THE late socialite and businessman Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure did not write a will to determine how his estate will be distributed, his lawyers said yesterday.
According to Mr Brighton Pabwe of Venturas and Samukange — who were Ginimbi’s long-time legal representatives, there was no inheritance document deposited with any attorneys or with the Master of High Court. A person can write a will which can only be kept by his lawyers or by the Master of High Court.
Mr Pabwe told our Harare Bureau yesterday that, “We are not aware of any will that was prepared by the late Kadungure. That document does not exist at the moment.”
As a way forward, Mr Pabwe said the Master of High Court Mr Eldard Mutasa has called for a meeting of the Kadungure family, creditors and beneficiaries on Wednesday at 10.30AM.
Mr Mutasa could not be reached for comment as his mobile phone was unreachable.
Inheritance law experts explained that it was likely that at the Wednesday meeting, the Kadungures will register Ginimbi’s estate.
The Master of High Court will then determine whether the estate should be distributed through a will or an estate executor.
In the event that an executor is appointed, he/she will then list all the properties, vehicles, creditors in the Kadungure estate and then later on agree with the beneficiaries on how the estate will be partitioned.
Mr Pabwe said a clear position to the fate of Ginimbi’s wealth will be determined on Wednesday.
Last week, Ginimbi’s friend Mr Nommater Zinyengere popularly known as “Sophisticated Hustler” or “Kit Kat” failed to push through an unsigned will at the Master of High Court.
In the unsigned will, Kit Kat was named the heir to Ginimbi’s Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster while the late socialite’s father, Anderson Kadungure and his sisters Juliet and Neria were listed as possible beneficiaries of the estate.
Repeated efforts to get a comment from Kit Kat were futile as his mobile phone went unanswered. He did not respond to a request for an interview via WhatsApp.
But Ginimbi’s lawyers insisted there was no registered will.
Family spokesman Mr Darlington Kadungure also distanced the family from the purported will although he declined to further discuss the matter.
He said a family meeting will be held today at Ginimbi’s Domboshava mansion to chart the way forward.
“For now, we don’t want to say much as a family. We are meeting tomorrow (today) and that is when we will decide what we will do with our brother’s estate,” said Mr Kadungure.
Information gathered by our Harare Bureau indicates that some of the properties that make up Ginimbi’s estate include the Domboshava mansion, a plush holiday home in Dubai and a mansion in Phakalani Golf Estate in Gaborone, Botswana – a luxury suburb said to be that country’s version of Harare’s Borrowdale Brooke.
Investigations by this paper also show that his companies include Pioneer Gases (Zimbabwe), Quick Gases (Botswana) and 27, 40 000 litre fuel tankers in South Africa – all under Piko Trading – the holding company of his business ventures.
Ginimbi also owned an undisclosed number of top-of-the-range vehicles such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Range Rovers and Bentleys — all worth millions of United States dollars.
Although it is not legally stated as to what will happen to the 10-bedroom Domboshava villa, close family associates claim that it will be turned into a high-end hotel while some of vehicles will be used as shuttle cars.