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Marondera (formerly Marandellas) is located some 67 km from Harare and is the capital of Mashonaland East Province. The city is surrounded by commercial farms where the residents go for seasonal employment. In 2013, the town had a population estimated at 46 000.[1] The flashy town was one of the earliest residence of the whites and a centre for agriculture and forestry activities.[2]

Geography and Climate

Marondera is the name of a former area headman. It is derived from the Shona verb kurondera - to follow. [3] Marondera, located at coordinates 18.19°S, 31.55° E with an average elevation of 1668 meters. Average daytime temperatures highs of around 23 °C and lows of around 11 °C. The average monthly amount of rainfall is around 3 mm[4] in summer.

Marondera and surrounds are served by Marondera Provincial Hospital.

See Bernard Mizeki College.
See Cherutombo Secondary School.
See Chitepo Secondary School.
See Marondera High School.
See Nagle House.
See Peterhouse Boys.
See Peterhouse Girls.
See Rakodzi High School.
See Theydon Secondary School.
See Watershed College.

See Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.


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

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

Turnout - 23 479 voters or 66.20 %

More recently, for national government (Parliament) there are four constituencies;

  1. Marondera East
  2. Marondera West
  3. Marondera Central
  4. Wedza North

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

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

Following the death of Rufaro Gwanzura (Zanu PF) in a car crash in August 2000, a by election was held 25–26 November 2000. The result, Marondera West returned to Parliament:

In the 2013 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Marondera Central returned to Parliament:

  • Ray Kaukonde of Zanu PF with 9 378 votes or 53.00 percent,
  • Iain Kay of MDC–T with 7 892 votes or 44.60 percent,
  • Kudzanai Mandaza of MDC–N with 314 votes or 1.77 percent,
  • 1 others with 112 votes or 0.63 percent.

Total 17 696 votes

In the 2013 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Marondera East returned to Parliament:

Total 17 975 votes

In the 2013 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Marondera West returned to Parliament:

Total 12 446 votes

In the Zimbabwe By-elections (March 2022), Caston Matewu of CCC won the central seat with 6 756 votes. [5]

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

Marondera East constituency returned:

Local Government

For local government there are;

  1. Marondera RDC and
  2. Marondera Municipality.

Marondera Mayor Chengetai Murowa (Cllr Ward 1) was suspended in August 2020 from the Nelson Chamisa led MDC Alliance after his leaked phone call audios revealed that he was working with the Thokozani Khupe led MDC T. Murowa was recorded while chatting with MDC-T Mashonaland East provincial administrator Wellington Makonese. [6]

Mayor 2023

Simbarashe Nyahuye (Cllr, Ward 3) was, on 21 September 2023, elected as Mayor of Marondera. He beat Bonface Tagwirei (Cllr, Ward ) four votes to three. He replaces Chengetai Murowa (Cllr Ward 1) who was recalled by the MDC-T party recently, along with Size Vilela (ward 11), Charles Ngwena (ward 4), Wonder Siriya (ward 6) and Misheck Manyere (ward 5). The new Mayor said he was aware that water was the greatest challenge and it would be his first priority. [7]

Dwindling Industry

Marondera just like most of the cities and towns in the country had been experiencing company closures since 2002. This regrettable state of affairs rendered thousands of workers jobless resulting in them being reduced to mere vendors. The former Marondera mayor Farai Nyandoro, allegedly attributed the closure of some companies to the controversial Indigenisation and Empowerment Regulations.[8] Additionally, the town at one point failed to pay for services such as electricity.

In recycling, see:

Notable People


  1. Bekezela Maduma Fuzwayo, How many people are there in the town of Marondera?, 'Bulawayo 24', Published: 16 July 2013, Retrieved: 5 May 2014
  2. About, 'Tourist Link', Published: ND, Retrieved: 5 May 2014
  3. [Chief Information Officer, Lore and Legend of Southern Rhodesia Place Names] (Southern Rhodesia Information Service, Salisbury, 1960) Retrieved 8 November 2021"
  4. Precipitation, 'My Weather', Published: ND, Retrieved: 5 May 2014
  5. National assembly & Council By-election results, ZBC News, Published: March 2022, Retrieved: March 2022
  6. Mayor suspended over leaked audios, Pressreader, Published: 26 August 2020, Retrieved: 22 September 2023
  7. Nyahuye new Marondera mayor, The Herald, Published: 22 September 2023, Retrieved: 22 September 2023
  8. Media Institute of Southern Africa (Zimbabwe), Marondera slowly becoming a ghost town, 'The Zimbabwean', Published: 12 July 2010, Retrieved: 5 May 2014

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