Mugabe, Chiwenga now locked in dangerous game

Mugabe, Chiwenga now locked in dangerous game
Published: 14 November 2017 (944 Views)
Ruling Zanu PFs warring factions are now locked in what could potentially be a deadly game of nhombo / fombo, according to political commentator Ian Makomeya, reported Khuluma Africa.

Makomeya echoed this in the wake of a botched press conference by Zanu PF Youth leader Kudzai Chipanga, which was meant to be a reponse to a press statement issued by commander of the defence forces General Constatino Chiwenga yesterday.

Nhombo or Fombo is a game played by children in Zimbabwe.

In the game, the contestants make a mound of soil and erect a small thin stick in the middle. They then take turns to remove a portion of the soil out. As the soil starts to run out, it becomes inevitable that one touch will cause the stick to fall.

When the stick falls the game is over, and the person whose last touch cause the stick to fall will get a physical beating of epic proportions.

Chiwenga's statement yesterday which singled out Jonathan Moyo and Grace Mugabe without naming them put the G40 faction into a trance, and sent the President into ‘sixes and sevens' according to sources.

Former Zanu PF youth leader Acie Lumumba yesterday stated that after Chiwenga's statement President Mugabe had been put in a position where he either had to act and fire his wife and Moyo, or make a move against the military.

Khuluma Afrika co-Editor Maynard Manyowa likened the situation to a version of cricket called Tip and Run.

"In my school days we used to play a version of cricket called Tip and Run. The rules are simple. You hit the ball and run to the other end. Nomatter what. You can't tip and not run. If you dont run you are out. Our politics has reached this level. Lumumba called it ‘touch is a move'. G40 has made a move. They have tipped. Now the other camp has to make a move."

Chipanga's clearly prepared statement today can be interpreted as a move which throws the ball back into the military's court.

Just like in the game of nhombo, when the stick is about to fall, one must make sure that each move takes the least amount of soil.

Chiwenga's move yesterday took away most of the soil, cornering Mugabe. But there was still enough soil for Mugabe to make a small move which does not make the stick fall, but now forces the military to make the next move, as it becomes their turn.

Political commentator and socialite Prince Noble added that the latest move though small throws the ball back into the military's court.

"This is classic Jonathan Moyo. Chiwenga must now either act against Chipanga, and risk appearing a petty bully for going after a small boy. Or he can ignore Chipanga and risk the humiliation of people singing that a whole general was silenced by a small boy."

A Zanu PF youth insider who spoke on the condition of anonymity stated that Chipanga had been sacrificed.

"It is not nhombo my brother. If you look at the video. He was uncomfortable. He was jittery. He has been sacrificed. Remember the rank and file of the youth is not in support of this, or they are genuinely scared. This is the military. This is the army. Not the salvation army. The whole army. Its not a game." he said in a WhatsApp text sent to Khuluma Afrika.

- Khuluma Africa

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

PHOTO: ZANU PF demo against Chiwenga's ally

by Mandla Ndlovu | 13 December 2018 | 119 Views

WATCH: Linda Masarira drunk... causes violence in a bar

by Mandla Ndlovu | 13 December 2018 | 126 Views

Chamisa in own ground-breaking event as Mnangagwa tit-for-tat continues

by Staff reporter | 13 December 2018 | 122 Views

Mugabes off to Far East again for annual holidays

by newzimbabwe | 13 December 2018 | 90 Views

Biti still banned from addressing gatherings

by Ndou Paul | 13 December 2018 | 60 Views

UK using Zimbabwe govt officials to interrogate failed asylum seekers

by The Independent | 13 December 2018 | 63 Views

Mutumwa Mawere set for Parliament appearance?

by newzimbabwe | 13 December 2018 | 73 Views

Zimbabwe angles for G7 $1.3 billion bridge loan

by Staff reporter | 13 December 2018 | 101 Views

Zimra promises hard times for tax dodgers

by Staff reporter | 13 December 2018 | 77 Views

Doctors defy govt orders

by Staff reporter | 13 December 2018 | 88 Views

Zimbabwe sits on $300 million worth of diamonds

by Staff reporter | 13 December 2018 | 89 Views

'Zanu-PF bigwigs queueing for fuel'

by Staff reporter | 13 December 2018 | 113 Views

Kasukuwere trial postponed again

by Staff reporter | 13 December 2018 | 68 Views

Zanu-PF sweats over Mnangagwa's safety

by Staff reporter | 13 December 2018 | 112 Views

Chamisa now wants dialogue with Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter | 13 December 2018 | 102 Views

Heavy rains leave trail of destruction in Beitbridge

by Staff reporter | 13 December 2018 | 85 Views

Form 3 pupil dies in Bulawayo gang violence

by Staff reporter | 13 December 2018 | 73 Views

WATCH: Chaos mars MDC Alliance councillor's burial

by Staff reporter | 13 December 2018 | 81 Views

Body of drowned Government official recovered

by Staff reporter | 13 December 2018 | 84 Views

Closing date for Form One pupils' online registration set

by Staff reporter | 13 December 2018 | 72 Views

Temporary importation for visitors' vehicles

by zimra | 13 December 2018 | 83 Views

Fisherman drowns after hippo attack

by Staff reporter | 13 December 2018 | 70 Views

Mnangagwa says Chamisa is daydreaming

by Staff reporter | 13 December 2018 | 65 Views

ZANU PF's 'War Room' exposed?

by Mandla Ndlovu | 12 December 2018 | 230 Views

Patience and Positivity required to reach Vision 2030

by Mike Tawanda | 12 December 2018 | 117 Views

MDC-T disowns Chamisa

by MDC-T | 12 December 2018 | 192 Views

Canaan Banana unmasked

by Mandla Ndlovu | 12 December 2018 | 218 Views

Biti bail conditions relaxed, passport returned

by Stephen Jakes | 12 December 2018 | 200 Views

Joy TV returns

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2018 | 177 Views

Mphoko: Taking a Cue from the Coup

by Robert Sigauke, Cape Town | 12 December 2018 | 200 Views

Groom humiliated

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2018 | 422 Views

Jailed Tsikamutanda moos like a cow

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2018 | 221 Views

Oscar Pambuka, Maziwisa released from jail

by Mandla Ndlovu | 12 December 2018 | 290 Views

FULL LIST: MDC Youths elect new leaders

by Mandla Ndlovu | 12 December 2018 | 171 Views

WATCH: Political change coming to Zimbabwe in 2024

by Mandla Ndlovu | 12 December 2018 | 164 Views

75 land barons arrested

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2018 | 157 Views

6 000 expected at Zanu-PF conference

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2018 | 131 Views

Zimbabwe judiciary's autonomy questioned

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2018 | 143 Views