The settlement was discovered by hunter Henry Hartley in 1891. The city started off as mining town before it became a fully fledged administrative and commercial centre.
Geography and Climate
The city is located at coordinates 18° 8' 0" South, 30° 9' 0" East.
For a long time the town has filed to meet the demands of drinking water. In 2011, the town council raised $325 000 which they paid to the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) for construction of a powerline to reduce the water problems. The powerline would be used to feed its waterworks. Power outages were the main cause for the failure to supply the daily demands of drinking water hence the construction of the powerline came as a relief to the residents. 
- ,Barbara McCrea, Tony Pinchuck, The Rough Guide to Zimbabwe, Page: 103.Rough Guides Ltd,200.
- Zesa to construct direct powerline for Chegutu, 'NewsDay', Published: 30 Aug 2011, Retrieved: 2 May 2014