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Gokwe is a town in Midlands Province.


It is home to about 18,942 people.

The nearby Lutope river to the south derives it's name from dope, Shona for mud, and ru, implying long. Hence rutope is a long stretch of mud. Reportedly a good description of the river. [1]

See Cheziya Gokwe High School.
See Gokwe District Hospital.
See Gokwe North and Gokwe North RDC.
See Gokwe South and Gokwe South RDC.
See Nembudziya Government Secondary School.
See Njelele Secondary School.

It is the birthplace of Johnson Matambo, 2022 MP for Kuwadzana.

Chizarira National Park is nearby.


Central Government

In the Zimbabwe 1985 Parliamentary Election, Gokwe East returned to Parliament:

In the Zimbabwe 1985 Parliamentary Election, Gokwe West returned to Parliament:

In the 1990 Parliamentary Election (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Gokwe East returned to Parliament:

Turnout - 22 989 voters or 67.05 %

Gokwe North returned:

Turnout - 24 862 voters or 55.48 %

Gokwe South returned:

Turnout - 25 872 voters or 74.60 %

Gokwe West returned:

Turnout Full results for Gokwe West were not released.

In the 2000 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Gokwe South returned to Parliament:

Gokwe Central returned:

Gokwe North returned:

Gokwe East returned:

Gokwe West returned:

In the 2022 By-Elections, (see Zimbabwe By-elections (March_2022)) Gokwe Central returned to Parliament:

Local Government

On 15 September 2023, it was reported that Gokwe Town Council elected Councillor Lisias Mutegwe Chairperson. [2]


Property Alteration

Gokwe Ward 4 councillor Darlington Mudondo altered his shop plan without following procedure. This affected the property of his neighbour, Lisias Mutegwe, and Gokwe Town Council then, in March 2021, issued a prohibition and enforcement order stopping Mudondo from continuing with the project. [3]

Further Reading

14 December 2021 - Gokwe council sinks 18 million into solar powered-boreholes. [1]


  1. [Chief Information Officer, Lore and Legend of Southern Rhodesia Place Names] (Southern Rhodesia Information Service, Salisbury, 1960) Retrieved 8 November 2021"
  2. 11 Local Authorities’ Elect Mayors, 263 Chat, Published: 15 September 2023, Retrieved: 5 October 2023
  3. Gokwe councillor in abuse of office storm, Pressreader, Published: 3 March 2021, Retrieved: 5 October 2023

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