Since the death of Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure, there had been an ever-increasing spotlight being shined on his once-secretive private life. A few skeletons are beginning to tumble from the closet, the latest being revelations that he fathered a son with a Gutu-based businesswoman.
According to the Sunday Mail, the late socialite had a child with Ms Miyedzo Madondo back in 2011. Initially, the Kadungure family had said they didn’t know of any child Ginimbi had fathered and it is still unclear if anyone in the family knew of Ginimbi’s supposed child with Miyedzo Madondo.
“As far as I know, Genius did not leave behind any children. I heard through rumours that he had children everywhere, but I was never introduced to any of his children,”
Mr Anderson Kadungure, the father to Genius Kadungure, said recently in an interview.
Ginimbi’s brother also said he didn’t know if his late brother is survived by any children or not. Clemence Kadungure said he does not know of any children since no child was brought to the family when Ginimbi was still alive. The question of children had arisen as many were asking who is likely to be the heir to Ginimbi’s vast wealth.
Last week, the family unanimously accepted an unsigned will recently be filed at the Master of High Court, which does not cover the nine-year-old (name withheld).
However, claims have been made before by another woman, who said Ginmbi was the father of her child and it turned out not to be true. Ginimbi discovered in 2014 that he had been looking another man’s child for the 11 years after he demanded a paternity test from the child’s mother who was seeking an upwards review of maintenance to $USD1500 a month.
Ms Madondo on the other hand said she was not interested in the fortune of her ex-flame as she was living a comfortable life.
“I was born into a family with everything that I needed, so we are OK. Please just leave us alone,” she said.
Her father, Mr Elias Madondo, was a well-known businessman in Masvingo, who owned a hotel and a farm, among his many business interests.
The relationship between Ms Madondo and Kadungure reportedly collapsed after the birth of the child. Although he was not initially involved in the upbringing of his son, he, later on, warmed up to him and began spoiling him with expensive gifts.
The former union between Ginimbi and another businesswoman, Ms Zodwa Mkandla, is one that has been acknowledged by the Kadungure family. Coincidentally, the former couple met in 2006 — the same time that Genius is reported to have met Ms Madondo.
“I met him when he was 23 and it was in 2006. We were just friends then but he, later on, asked me out and we started dating in 2009; this was after three years of friendship,” Ms Mkandla told The Sunday Mail a fortnight ago week.
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