DOMBOSHAVA, Zimbabwe – A maximum of 100 people will attend the funeral of businessman and socialite Genius ‘Ginimbi’ Kadungure tomorrow at his mansion in Domboshava, in line with Covid-19 regulations, and the mourners will have to wear face masks and maintain social distancing, as at all funerals.
Musical shows and concerts have also been banned at the funeral in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19, which has claimed 255 lives in Zimbabwe, National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said in a statement yesterday.
“To ensure a decent send off and burial, the Zimbabwe Republic Police implores the organisers of the funeral of the late Genius Kadungure to observe Covid-19 regulations, especially with regards to wearing of face masks, social distancing and the general maintenance of law and order.
“The organisers are reminded that under Covid-19 regulations, funerals are still restricted to not more than one hundred people.
“Musical performances or concerts are prohibited.
“Mourners are therefore urged to observe the law for the safety of others and themselves,” he said.
This comes after tents have been pitched and a stage for musical performances erected for the send-off of the late socialite with plans for a mass gathering of people from all walks of life.
Family spokesperson Mr Clement Kadungure had said there will be a church service from Salvation Army, which is their family church, and performances by various artistes.
“The programme for the burial of Genius is that we have agreed that his body will come home tomorrow morning and lie in the house.
“There will be a church service and testimonies from family and friends.
“We are expecting a lot of people including senior Government officials who will be present for his burial.
“The body will be taken to the tents on Saturday and that is where the body viewing will be taking place before the burial.
“He will be buried in his yard, not inside the house as being alluded to by some people.
“He will be buried according to our normal ways and according to tradition not what different people are saying,” he said.
Mr Kadungure said a mausoleum will be built soon after his burial but it will have his statue instead, since they want the mansion to be turned into a hotel.
He also dismissed claims of an all-white send-off party for Ginimbi saying it was a funeral not a party, so people are free to dress according to how they related with the late socialite.
Family of popular Zimbabwean socialite and millionaire, Ginimbi Genius Kadungure – wey die for motor accident on 8th November say im want pipo wey wan attend im burial to wear white dress.
Dis all-white dressing wey everybody must wear come di burial dey similar with Ginimbi trademark dressing for di lavish parties wey im dey always host while e dey alive.
Di family say di wearing of white cloths na part of Ginimbi funeral plan and dem go do di burial for im mansion inside Domboshava on Saturday .
During one interview with tori pipo, The Herald, Ginimbi eldest sister, Juliet tok say her brother use to tell dem say e want huge send-off.
“Genius na fun-loving character, e dey always remind us about how e want im funeral to be. In fact, e get di plan for ground and dey always tok say ‘ndiri big’, so make sure for my funeral, you no hurry-hurry bury me.”
“Take time to plan for my burial. Check my requirements well and one of di tins be say I want everyone wey go come my funeral to dress in all white, no mata who. Please, make sure you tok am plenti times. Remember, say I be all-white guy. Di all-white need to be on di day of burial.” Juliet say na wetin im brother, Ginimbi bin tell dem before e die.
Juliet say according to di plan, dem go get to wait for Ginimbi oda friends wey dey abroad to come for di burial.
“Ginimbi go tok say, make sure you get in touch with my oda friends abroad and wait for dem to come. Dat na why we dey tok say for now di burial go begin on Thursday and for now pipo dey gada for our papa residence wey dey 400 metres away from Ginimbi mansion.”
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Madam Juliet say dem don set up one tent because plenti pipo dey com from all ‘walks of life’ and we no fit accommodate all of dem for di mansion.
“We go arrange one tent for friends and fans, then anoda VIP tent, we go bury Ginimbi on Saturday for im yard as e wish to. E dey very difficult for us as family and we dey kindly request di public to respect us and avoid spreading bad rumours.
She add for now, we don put family spokesperson wey be Clement Kadungure. Anything you wan hear wey no come from am, no be true.
Juliet tok say no be say di family dey stop pipo from mourning Ginimbi for im mansion, as social media dey report, but di reason why di funeral dey happun for di oda side na to accommodate everyone.
“You fit think say di yard dey big, but e no dey big to accommodate everyone as you know many pipo dey come,” she tok. “Like I tok, we don decide to pitch tents for di open space near my papa house. Na also for di security of dihouse.”
Juliet tok say Ginimbi dey always wish make dem turn im house to museum or hotel upon afta e die.
“We go invite some local artistes so dat dem go perform on Friday wen im body go lie in state for im mansion,” she tok. “Remember, Genius na im own G-Entertainment wia e promote some local artistes, so we go do im wishes and dem go also dress in white.”
Chief executive officer of Ginimbi G4K security company Dr Peter Gwaza, tok say some pipo dey come with di intention to tiff Ginimbi property.
“We don already catch two pipo wey don tiff plastic chairs,” e tok. “Again, di house get plenti property wey we need to protect. I respect di decision wey di family take to do di funeral outside di mansion.”
Ginimbi Genius Kadungure na prominent businessman, chairman of Piko Trading Holdings plus Founder of Genius Foundation, and owner of Sankayi (AKA Dreams Nightlife Club).
E get masters for Business Administration, e get get im MBA from di University of Great Zimbabwe.