Gutu is a district in Masvingo Province.

Geographical location

History

The name comes from Guta Misewe, meaning guta - filled, misewe - arrows. The name of a caterpillar with spikey hairs. The first Chief Gutu was a man with a very hairy back. [1]

Population

According to the 2012 Census results for Masvingo province, Gutu has a population of 203 083.[2]

See Gutu High School.
See Mukaro High School.
See Mutero Secondary School.
See Rufaro Secondary School.

Joe Mutizwa was born in Gutu. Michael Mawema was born in Gutu.

Government

In the Zimbabwe 1985 Parliamentary Election, Gutu North returned to Parliament:

In the Zimbabwe 1985 Parliamentary Election, Gutu South returned to Parliament:

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

Turnout - 15 367 voters or 41.91 %

Gutu North returned:

Turnout - 21 467 voters or 59.40 %

Gutu South returned:

Turnout - 20 758 voters or 60.06 %

Since then, at the national level, Gutu was divided into five constituencies namely; Gutu South, Gutu North, Gutu Central, Gutu East and Gutu West.

Gutu Local Government is Gutu Rural Development Council (Gutu RDC)

Gutu South

It is one of the constituencies that were created as a result of the 2008 delimitation exercise resulting in the creation of the Gutu East Constituency. The constituency comprises of Nerupiri, Makore, Chikwanda, Chiwara, Dewende and Domborembavha.[3] The Member of Parliament for this constituency is Paul Chimedza.[4]

Infrastructure

There are good road networks in Gutu South constituency but communication network is poor. Housing is fairly decent, but the rural electrification programme has not benefited many parts of the constituency. There are adequate education facilities in the constituency, although health delivery remains poor, as most clinics are understaffed and face severe shortage of drugs which has now become a common problem throughout Zimbabwe's rural communities. Patients are now routinely referred to Gutu Mission Hospital.

Achievements

According to statistics released by Masvingo Provincial Education offices, Gutu district had one of the highest number of schools in the top 100 grade 7 primary results recorded in 2013. The district has 19 schools in the top 100.[5]

Problems

Of recent Gutu district has experienced severe droughts.

References

  1. [Chief Information Officer, Lore and Legend of Southern Rhodesia Place Names] (Southern Rhodesia Information Service, Salisbury, 1960) Retrieved 8 November 2021"
  2. Masvingo, Zimbabwe Statistics, published: No Date Given, retrieved: June 29, 2016
  3. Gutu South Constituency Profile, Parliament of Zimbabwe, published: 2011, retrieved: June 29, 2016
  4. HON CHIMEDZA PAUL, Parliament of Zimbabwe, published: No Date Given, retrieved: June 29, 2016
  5. Gutu District has 19 schools in the top 100 Masvingo Mirror, published: January 12, 2014, retrieved: June 29, 2016