Chegutu (formerly Hartley) is one of the best farming communities in Zimbabwe situated in Mashonaland West Province. Located at some 105[1] km south of Harare, the city is residence to about 90 000 people.


The settlement was named by hunter Henry Hartley in 1891, who the Hartley Hills were also named after. He, along with Dr. Karl Maunch, discovered gold here, and then later at Mazowe. In 1901, Cecil Rhodes chose the present site, and old Hartley, about 30km east, was abandoned. [2] 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.

See Chegutu High School.
See Pfupajena Secondary School.
See Presbyterian Secondary School.


In the Zimbabwe 1985 Parliamentary Election Chegutu East returned to Parliament:

In the Zimbabwe 1985 Parliamentary Election Chegutu West returned to Parliament:

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

Turnout - 25 301 voters or 76.18 %

Water Woes

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. [3]


  1. ,Barbara McCrea, Tony Pinchuck, The Rough Guide to Zimbabwe, Page: 103.Rough Guides Ltd,200.
  2. [Chief Information Officer, Lore and Legend of Southern Rhodesia Place Names] (Southern Rhodesia Information Service, Salisbury, 1960) Retrieved 8 November 2021"
  3. Zesa to construct direct powerline for Chegutu, 'NewsDay', Published: 30 Aug 2011, Retrieved: 2 May 2014