Charismatic United States-based Zimbabwean preacher, Prophet Passion Java has released a statement mourning his social media rival Genius Kadungure. The flamboyant businessman and socialite, who was affectionately known as Ginimbi, died on Sunday morning following a tragic traffic accident.
The social media savvy Prophet Passion Java and Ginimbi were infamous for their many social media battles in which they tried to show up one another, with each claiming that he was richer than the other. Prophet Passion Java is alleged to have erected billboards with his face along the Borrowdale Road and leading up to Ginimbi’s home in Domboshawa, just to spite his rival.
However, in a sombre statement released a few hours after the death of Ginimbi was confirmed, the Man of God said that Kadungure was his friend and big brother. He also refuted allegations that the two were enemies saying that the two of them were actually friends who used social media to entertain people by creating drama.
Passion also called for Ginimbi to be buried at the national heroes acre before abruptly cutting off his statement, as he broke down in tears.
Posting the video on social media platform Instagram, the founder leader of the Passion Java Ministries and Kingdom Embassy Ministries captioned the post,
My condolences I lost my big brother today. Death is not a good friend ndichatamba nani now?
Police have confirmed that the late Genius Kadungure was driving his Royce Rolls with three other passengers along Borrowdale Road in Harare on his way to his home in Domboshava.
When he got to the Philadelphia area in Borrowdale where the accident occurred, he was involved in a head-on collision with a Honda Fit which had two people.
Police spokesman, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said Ginimbi’s car hit a tree and caught fire.
“He was assisted and was taken out of the car but died on the spot.
The three people who were travelling with him also died in the accident with the bodies burnt beyond recognition.
The two people who were in the Honda Fit were taken to hospital.
Zimbabwean socialite and businessman Genius Kadungure, commonly known as “Ginimbi”, died instantly in a freak road accident in the early hours of Sunday.
Three other people, including a model and fitness trainer, also died in the accident.
The 36-year-old had been driving his R5m Rolls-Royce Wraith which collided head-on with three other vehicles.
The speeding Rolls-Royce veered off the road and hit a tree before going up in flames, according to an eyewitness.
Danny Kuwanga told police that with the help of three unidentified men, Ginimbi’s body was pulled away from the burning car but three passengers were trapped and consumed by the flames.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) confirmed the death.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm the death of four people that included Genius Kadungure in a fatal road traffic accident along Borrowdale Road.
“Three people were burnt when the vehicle caught fire after it clashed with a Honda Fit head-on as the driver overtook another car near Philadelphia,” said police spokesperson assistant commissioner Paul Nyathi.
Two of those burnt to death were identified as Alicia Adams, a model, and a fitness trainer, Michelle “Moana” Amuli.
The group were reportedly coming from Ginimbi's nightclub, Dreams, a prime spot in the capital of Harare.
He had earlier posted on his Instagram account that they were going to party up a storm.
“Guys, it’s time to go out, it’s gonna be going down. We’re going to Dreams (nightclub) in the next few minutes, it’s gonna be going down. It’s Moana’s birthday, we’re going to pop champagne, it’s gonna be champagne showers tonight, see you there,” he told his 600,000 plus followers.
Ginimbi was known for his lavish birthday parties held annually at any chosen destination in Southern Africa. His last birthday bash in Harare reportedly cost US$50,000 (R900,000).
He had business interests in gas and petroleum. However, his lifestyle drew the attention of many because of his acquisition of supercars. His latest being a Ferrari 488 Spider to join other cars such as Range Rovers, a Lamborghini, a Bentley and a host of Mercedes-Benzes, the most prominent one being a G Wagon.