It’s almost 4 months since socialite and businessman Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure died in a horrific car accident, and it seems that Zimbabweans are still holding Rolls Royce Motor Cars responsible for the death.
Ginimbi, as the flamboyant businessman was affectionately known by his legion of fans, died in November when his Rolls Royce Wraith was involved in a high-speed crash which resulted in the super vehicle bursting into flames. Socialite Michelle “Mimi Moana” Amuli and two other associates died in the burning car when the doors failed to unlock, due to the impact of the collision.
Following the accident, some Zimbabweans questioned the safety features of Rolls Royce and took to social media to let their feelings known. The Rolls Royce Motor Cars Facebook page has received a lot of engagement from Zimbabweans following the accident.
Four months after the accident, it appears that Zimbabweans are not willing to let the issue go as they are causing havoc on the page. Perhaps, to the great angst of the page’s administrators and fans of the vehicle, it appears that the overwhelming majority of comments since November are coming from disgruntled Zimbabweans.
Ironically, some of the Zimbabweans have been so prolific in directing their ire at Rolls Royce that they have been awarded “Top Fan” badges by Facebook. The Facebook Top Fan Badges are awarded to those who are the most active and engaged on a page.
The comments are mainly about how Rolls Royce needs to accept purported blame for the spectacular failure of its car. Others have called on the motor company to pay its condolences to the family and to launch an investigation into how the car purportedly failed Ginimbi and his associates.
Some of the comments use tongue-in-cheek direct translations such as “You must touch our hands” and “We are waiting for your cry money.” The deluge in comments from Zimbabweans have not gone unnoticed and some fans of the car from other countries have tried to defend Rolls Royce from the unwarranted criticism. This has resulted in some usually good-natured ribbing and in some cases forceful debates. Unfortunately, this has also resulted in a few cases of abusive behaviour.
Below are some of the more interesting exchanges and comments on the Rolls Royce Motor Cars Facebook Page,
Rolls Royce is yet to publicly comment on Ginimbi’s fiery accident.