chapomba (or shapomba)​


means any legal liquor that is in the range of 80 proof (40% ABV) but not more than that, whereas musombodhiya or otherwise known as mbatutu generally means anything starting from at least a minimum of 100 proof (50% ABV) to about 160 proof (80% ABV).

musombodhiya (mbatutu)​


this is similar to moonshine (also known as hooch, firewater, etc) in terms of its high ABV when compared to all the other drinks, and of course, it is illegal to be sold in local stores across Zimbabwe.

But just like anywhere else in the world, people circumvent this regulation by bootlegging or deliberately repackaging and mislabelling the actual amount of ABV (i.e. alcohol by volume).

This obviously leads to serious health issues for people who may think they are drinking the same stuff as yesterday while in reality, it is much stronger today than it ever was.


Synonyms for chapomba
Chapu​
Ngunga​
Chi straight​


Synonyms for musombodhiya
Krango​
Kambwa​
Mbatutu​
Mbrututu​


Example usage:
Person 1: "Ko avo vaita sei zvavakarara pasi kudero sezvinonzi vadirwa mucheka nemheni?"

Person 2: "Blazo avo vakwapaidzwa nemusombodhiya vobva vanoka. Tew much mbatutu wangu."
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