Zimbabwean socialite dies in car crash after a night out
Zimbabwe socialite and female influencer friend are killed as he crashes his Rolls Royce hours after posting a video saying he was ‘going to pop champagne’
- Genius Kadungure, 36, was driving when his Rolls Royce hit another car head on
- The crash happened on the way home from a night out to celebrate a birthday
- Birthday girl and popular influencer Michelle Amuli, 26, was killed in the crash
- Another victim was reportedly wanted in Malawi in connection with a fraud case
A Zimbabwean millionaire and socialite has died in a head-on car crash which trashed his Rolls Royce and killed his passengers.
Genius Kadungure, 36, and popular influencer Michelle Amuli, 26, – better known as Mimi Moana – were among four people who died in the collision on Borrowdale road in the Zimbabwean capital Harare.
The other two victims, also passengers in the Rolls Royce Wraith, have been named by iHarere News as Limumba Karim – a Malawian national wanted in his home country for fraud and a woman from Mozambique named only as ‘Elisha’.
Zimbabwean millionaire and businessman Genius Kadungure, 36, died in a car crash in the capital Harare on Sunday after his Rolls Royce Wraith collided head on with another vehicle
Influencer Michelle Amuli, 26, – better known as Mimi Moana – was among the four people killed in the crash. The friends had been returning home from a club where they had celebrated Amuli’s birthday when the crash happened
Witnesses said Kadungure, also known as Ginimbi, was thrown from his vehicle while the three others were trapped inside as it caught fire
The flashy businessman, known affectionately as Ginimbi, was reportedly thrown from his vehicle after a head-on crash with a Honda in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The Rolls Royce reportedly then hit a tree and caught fire with the others trapped inside.
Zimbabwean police confirmed in a statement that three people had been ‘burnt when the vehicle caught fire after it clashed with a Honda Fit head-on as the driver overtook another car.’
Just hours before the crash, Kadungure posted a video on social media showing him climbing into his car to head to the nightclub for the evening. Pictured: The burned-out wreck of the car
The two others who died in the car crash are reported to be Malawian fugitive Limumba Karim and a woman from Mozambique named only as ‘Elisha’
Just hours earlier, Kadungure posted a video to Instagram of him climbing into the car to leave his mansion in the village of Domboshava to enjoy a night out at Dreams Night Club – one of his businesses.
In the footage, he can be seen dancing and saying: ‘We are going to pop champagne. It’s going to be champagne showers tonight.’
The night out was reportedly to celebrate influencer Amuli’s 26th birthday.
Kadungure was well known for flaunting his luxurious lifestyle on social media, often posting videos of himself with fast cars in his palatial home.
Last month, he celebrated his birthday with a lavish all-white party, similar to white-themed bashes he has held in the past.
Kadungure started his first business aged 17 and his wealth has been estimated at anything from £7million to £76million, according to the BBC.
A flashy businessman, Kadungure was well known for flaunting his luxury lifestyle on social media, often posting videos of himself with fast cars in his lavish home
He started his first business aged 17 and his wealth has been estimated at anything from £7million to £76million, according to the BBC
The crash on Sunday appears to have happened after Kadungure and his friends left the club.
Witnesses said he was responsive for around five minutes before passing away.
iHarare News reported that passersby tried to rescue the others from the vehicle but they were still trapped as the Rolls Royce burst into flames.
Influencer Amuli was reportedly trapped in the car along with three others following the crash. They died when the vehicle caught fire
It is not clear whether the Honda driver was killed or injured in the crash.
The fraud charges against Malawian Karim who died in the crash related to one of the biggest financial scandal’s in Malawi’s history.
In just six months in 2013, the Malawian state was allegedly defrauded of more than £24 million – almost 1% of the country’s GDP.
iHarare News reported that the money was siphoned out of government accounts.
The scandal resulted in several donors – who largely bankroll the country’s budget – pulling almost half of its aid money.
It is not clear what Karim’s alleged role in the scandal was. He reportedly fled to South Africa to avoid arrest.
The BBC reported that Kadungure had faced his own accusations of fraud for incidents in 2009, 2014, 2016, 2018.
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