BUSINESSMAN Genius "Ginimbi" Kadungure, who spent a weekend in remand prison, has facilitated the release of 50 people who were languishing at the Harare remand prison after failing to raise bail fees ranging from $50 to $500.
Ginimbi was thrown into remand prison on Friday although the state had consented to bail of $1000 as magistrate Bianca Makwande said his release was not in the interests of justice. He is being charged with fraud, money laundering and tax evasion of just over $3 million and Ginimbi was remanded to November 28 when the case resumes.
On Saturday, Ginimbi's legal team filed an urgent application for review in terms of s29 of High Court rules as they argue that there were irregularities of proceedings at the Magistrate's court. The High Court is expected to make a ruling this afternoon. It is while he got to the remand prison that Ginimbi learnt of the challenges faced by people whose trials are yet to start but failed to secure bail money and he decided to help 50 of them.
His South Africa-based PR officer, Shaleen Manhire-Nullens yesterday decided to make it public because she feels people misunderstand him. "Some had stayed for about eight months because they could not raise $20 to be released on bail, the other guy for whom we paid for $500 had stayed for a good five years. Others had failed to raise between $50 and $100 and had stayed in remand for at least three months.
"This is something that Zimbabweans need to be aware of. There are people out there who have been away from their families for a minimum of three months because they cannot afford $20 for bail.
"When Genius got to know of their predicament, he decided to help them. Genuinely when he did this he was against me making it public but I think it's time we talk about the good things that he is doing for society in Zimbabwe and beyond."
Explaining her decision to go public, Shaleen said:
"It is unfortunate that people always think that when he does something good he wants to buy people, it's just a PR stunt. But as his PR officer I feel it is time people get to know of this other side of Genius like in South Africa he donated R200 000 to help some students with their school fees but insisted that I do not make noise about it.
"Many people know Genius as a guy who shows off, a guy who loves parties and that's why I feel it's time I bring out that other side of him. It's something I cannot keep quiet about."