Zimbabwean freelance journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono has said the death of socialite and businessman, Genius ‘Ginimbi’ Kadungure could have been avoided.
He attributes the death to poor roads and collapsed health sector which he said were both a result of grand corruption by political elites.
Ginimbi, together with his three friends, died in a road accident earlier this month when his Rolls Royce Wraith was involved in a head-on collision with a Honda Fit along Borrowdale Road before veering off the road, hitting a tree and bursting into flames moments later.
Witnesses said Ginimbi was overspeeding. Commenting on the socialite’s death, Chin’ono said:
“My take away from Ginimbi’s death is that we need institutions that work for everyone!
“He could have lived if we had an ambulance service that worked.
“The State money looted daily would have built a dual carriageway system and that accident wouldn’t have happened.
“There are times when personal money and wealth can’t replace national rot.
“Our personal wealth will not protect us from the consequences of corruption and looting.
“Let us ALL fight against corruption by exposing it.
“I don’t care about Ginimbi’s social life, however I care that his death was directly caused by a rotten road system, a broken health delivery system ,all caused by corruption and looting!
“The rich should know that they are not immune from the vagaries of corruption!
“There are thousands of citizens who die everyday like Ginimbi in accidents that are directly linked to a rotten State, remember them too as human beings and not just statistics of bad governance!
“Tomorrow it could be you or your loved one!
Responding to comments which suggested that Ginimbi’s death was not connected to corruption in the country, Chin’ono said:
“Our education system is terrible. I have written in this post (above) that we need institutions in our country.
“And some people come back and say Ginimbi was drunk and speeding.
“Of course, he could have been that and more, but if we had good institutions he would have been stopped by police before the accident.
“He would have been breathalysed and arrested and locked up.
“That is what good institutions mean, the fact that he was speeding and was drunk means that police don’t have cars to patrol the streets because of looting and corruption.
“Some say he was a tax dodger. Yes if he was that then it means that the institutions are weak.”