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Makonde is a district in the Mashonaland West Province of Zimbabwe and covers an area of about 8 680 square kilometers. It is bound by Guruve District ( Mashonaland Central) in the North and North East, Zvimba District in the East, Chegutu District in the South, Kadoma District in the South West, Gokwe North District ( Midlands Province) also in the South West and Hurungwe District in the West. The area is divided into 19 wards which constitute 2 parliamentary constituencies namely Makonde and Mhangura and the whole district is under the jurisdiction of Chief Nemakonde.
Makonde District is a farming district. Crops grown include cotton, maize, and tobacco. Cattle is widely raised in the district for dairy products and beef, on a commercial basis. The main mineral which is mined is copper.
Chinhoyi the main town is a college town, hosting two major universities, namely: Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) and Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU). There are three major high schools; Chinhoyi High School, Nemakonde High School and Lomagundi College. In addition the district is home to numerous primary schools.
Makonde Rural District Council
Makonde district is governed by a council. The Council is mandated by the Rural District Councils Act Chapter 29:13 to administer the area under its jurisdiction, this being Makonde District minus Chinhoyi Municipal Area and the area under National Parks and Wildlife Management. Makonde Rural District Council was formed in 1993 through the amalgamation of Umboe Rural Council, which was largely in Large Scale Commercial Farming area, Chitomborwizi Rural Council, which was in the Small Scale Commercial Farming Area and part of Chirordziva District Council which was in the communal area.
- MAKONDE RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL, , Published: , Retrieved: 27 February 2018