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Karoi is a town located in Mashonaland West Province.


See Distances in Zimbabwe.


The name is derived from the River Karoyi. Muroyi is ChiShona for witch. The prefix ka is a diminutive. Hence, little witch. Witches and other sorcerers were thrown into the river, and the bodies flowed down into the Angwa River. Another story is that this river, though small, is particularly dangerous (treacherous, wayward, witch-like) when in flood. [1]


It is home to about 25 030 people.

In the Zimbabwe 1985 Parliamentary Election, Karoi returned to Parliament:

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

Turnout - 6 483 voters or 18.10 %

The Karoi Local Government is Karoi Town Council.

Other information

Court interpreter and reporter, then journalist Charles Laiton went to school in Karoi.

Further Reading


  1. [Chief Information Officer, Lore and Legend of Southern Rhodesia Place Names] (Southern Rhodesia Information Service, Salisbury, 1960) Retrieved 8 November 2021"

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