Chivi is one of the districts in Masvingo Province. It is a semi-arid area which falls in agricultural regions 4 and 5. It is also the name of a mission station established in 1892 by Wedpohl, Neitz and Dietrich from Berlin, Germany. The district was known as Chibi in Rhodesia.
Government and Politics
At the national level, the district has three members in the Zimbabwe's House of Assembly.
- Josaya Dunira Hungwe of Zanu PF - 22 208 votes.
- Chinatsira Jonas Zvovurere of PF-ZAPU - 83 votes.
- Edward Goko Watungwa of ZANU - 19 votes.
- Ketina Mudamburi of Zanu PF, unopposed.
Chivi South returned:
Turnout - 20 368 voters or 48.95 %
- Samuel Creighton Mbengegwi of Zanu PF with 10 947 votes,
- Bennard Chiondengwa of MDC with 3 938 votes,
- Albert Meke, alias Chamwadoro, Independent, with 3 762 votes.
Chivi South returned:
- Charles Majange of Zanu PF with 12 056 votes,
- Alex Elias Mashamhanda of MDC with 4 312 votes,
- Paradza Mandebvu, Independent, with 1 683 votes,
- Lawson Mapfaire, alias Sithole, of Independent MDC with 0 votes.
For the 2008 elections, Chivi was divided into three sections, namely east, west and south.
Chivi South is made of wards 1, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 32.
Chivi East comprises wards 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25.
Chivi North is made up of wards 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 22, 23, and 32.
- Munyaradzi Zizhou of Zanu PF with 6 832 votes,
- Paul Thompson Mhlolo of CCC with 1 414 votes,
- Faith Chuma of Patriotic Zimbabweans with 139 votes,
- Shadreck Mapope of MDC Alliance with 252 votes.
At local government level, Councillors are elected to Chivi RDC. In 2018, there were 32 wards.
The district has been a stronghold of Zanu-PF since independence in 1980.
The district is located in the drought-prone region of the country, north of Mwenezi District and west of Masvingo (District). Much of the District is occupied by subsistence farmers. Because of low average rainfall, Government of Zimbabwe has established several small scale irrigation schemes for the populace to supplement their meager harvests.
- [Chief Information Officer, Lore and Legend of Southern Rhodesia Place Names] (Southern Rhodesia Information Service, Salisbury, 1960) Retrieved 8 November 2021"
- National assembly & Council By-election results, ZBC News, Published: March 2022, Retrieved: March 2022