Thursday, August 5, 2021

The ‘rat race’ for Ginimbi’s estate in Botswana continues but…

The big fight that erupted between the family of the late businessman and socialite Genius ‘Ginimbi’ Kadungure and a self-proclaimed executor Patricia Darangwa is reaching an end, at least in Botswana. Before his demise, Ginimbi had two companies in the country – Quick Gases (Pty) Limited and Matiflex (Pty) Limited which are registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) and currently have bank accounts with the First National Bank Botswana (FNBB).While Matiflex has been declared dormant, Quick Gases Pty Limited on the other hand has been involved in the business of supplying liquid petroleum gas in Botswana.

The Mochudi based company is reported to owe the Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) millions of Pula in company tax. In December 2020 BURS said that it was still investigating the matter. BURS’s ongoing investigations on the matter follows whispers that there is a ploy by powerful individuals in Zimbabwe to ‘run-away’ with Genius’s estate particularly those considered to be liquid including those in Botswana and South Africa.

It is feared that the unnamed individuals desperately want to lay their hands on the cash banked by Quick Gases Pty Limited at the First National Bank Botswana. This week, it however emerged that the rat race for the late Ginimbi’s estate in Botswana could end soon following failure by lawyers representing Patricia Darangwa – who identifies herself in the court papers as an administrator of the Estate of Ginimbi to file necessary documents at the Gaborone High Court.

Darangwa made an urgent application in December 2020 praying that the court nullify the Power of Attorney given to one, Leo Chiweshe. Her attorneys were to file heads of arguments on the 24th of February 2021 but have since failed giving an early indication that the case could die prematurely.Court papers this week details how the self-proclaimed executor failed to furnish the Gaborone High Court with the purported power of attorney that the late Ginimbi had executed in favour of Darangwa.

As a result of the failure, Ginimbi’s right hand man in Botswana – Leo Chiweshe has submitted to the court through answering affidavit that Darawanga’s application was “fatally misconceived”. In the urgent case registered in December 2020, Darangwa and her attorneys also wanted the court to declare that Ginimbi’s local companies are without directors following his passing in November 2020.

This is despite the existence of Leo Chiweshe – an all-time ‘business associate’ of Ginimbi who was appointed by the deceased to manage the Botswana assets through a power of attorney and has been taking care and managing his local businesses even when he was alive. Documents before the Gaborone High Court and seen by Sunday Standard this week also detail how Darangwa pressed Ginimbi’s surviving family members in Zimbabwe to accept an unsigned Will and her appointment as an executor.

In affidavit submitted to both Courts of law in Zimbabwe and Botswana one of Ginimbi’s surviving sisters – Juliet Kadungure details how the Ginimbi family was becoming disenchanted with the executor – Darangwa. The two parties – Darangwa’s attorneys and Leo Chiweshe, who has been cited as the first respondent in the case, are expected to appear before Justice Segopolo of the Gaborone High Court soon to decide the fate of the case following what appears to be a premature death of the big battle for Ginimbi’s estate in Botswana.

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