Marondera (formerly Marandellas) is located some 67 km from Harare and is the capital of Mashonaland East Province. The city is surrounded by commercial farms where the residents go for seasonal employment. In 2013, the town had a population estimated at 46 000. The flashy town was one of the earliest residence of the whites and a centre for agriculture and forestry activities.
Geography and Climate
Marondera is the name of a former area headman. It is derived from the Shona verb kurondera - to follow.  Marondera, located at coordinates 18.19°S, 31.55° E with an average elevation of 1668 meters. Average daytime temperatures highs of around 23 °C and lows of around 11 °C. The average monthly amount of rainfall is around 3 mm in summer.
Marondera and surrounds are served by Marondera Provincial Hospital.
See Bernard Mizeki College.
See Cherutombo Secondary School.
See Chitepo Secondary School.
See Marondera High School.
See Nagle House.
See Peterhouse Boys.
See Peterhouse Girls.
See Rakodzi High School.
See Theydon Secondary School.
See Watershed College.
See Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.
In the Zimbabwe 1985 Parliamentary Election, Marondera returned to Parliament:
- Sydney Tigere Sekeremayi of Zanu PF - 30 822 votes.
- Joseph Tawonerwi Charumbira of UANC - 679 votes.
- Taderera Chimurenga Maingehama of PF-ZAPU - 414 votes.
In the 1990 Parliamentary Election (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Marondera returned to Parliament:
- Sydney Sekeramayi of Zanu PF with 18 892 votes,
- Sheila van Reenen of ZUM with 3 195 votes.
Turnout - 23 479 voters or 66.20 %
More recently, for national government (Parliament) there are four constituencies;
- Marondera East
- Marondera West
- Marondera Central
- Wedza North
In the 2000 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Marondera West returned to Parliament:
- Rufaro Gwanzura of Zanu PF with 11 221 votes,
- Shadreck Chipangura of MDC with 4 570 votes,
- John Tsimba, Independent, with 728 votes,
- Ernest Shora of ZUD with 0 votes.
In the 2000 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Marondera East returned to Parliament:
- Sydney Sekeramayi of Zanu PF with 10 692 votes,
- Didymus Munenzva of MDC with 10 629 votes,
- Sekai Tungai of UP with 248 votes,
- Pascal Dangwa, Independent, with 205 votes.
Following the death of Rufaro Gwanzura (Zanu PF) in a car crash in August 2000, a by election was held 25–26 November 2000. The result, Marondera West returned to Parliament:
- Ambrose Mutinhiri of Zanu PF with 7 376 votes,
- Shadreck Chipangura of MDC with 4 366 votes,
- Egypt Dzinemunenzva of African National Party with 377 votes.
In the 2013 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Marondera Central returned to Parliament:
- Ray Kaukonde of Zanu PF with 9 378 votes or 53.00 percent,
- Iain Kay of MDC–T with 7 892 votes or 44.60 percent,
- Kudzanai Mandaza of MDC–N with 314 votes or 1.77 percent,
- 1 others with 112 votes or 0.63 percent.
Total 17 696 votes
In the 2013 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Marondera East returned to Parliament:
- Jeremiah Chiwetu of Zanu PF with 15 626 votes or 86.93 percent,
- Tracy Mutinhiri of MDC–T with 2 113 votes or 11.76 percent,
- Dominic Tembedza of MDC–N with 236 votes or 1.31 percent,
Total 17 975 votes
In the 2013 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Marondera West returned to Parliament:
- Macdonald Muchetwa of Zanu PF with 7 309 votes or 58.73 percent,
- Richard Mavhunga of Ind. MDC–T with 3 244 votes or 26.06 percent,
- Constance Chihota of MDC–N with 1 198 votes or 9.63 percent,
- 2 others with 695 votes or 5.58 percent.
Total 12 446 votes
In the Zimbabwe By-elections (March 2022), Caston Matewu of CCC won the central seat with 6 756 votes. 
In the 2022 By-Elections, (see Zimbabwe By-elections (March_2022)) Marondera Central returned to Parliament:
- Caston Matewu of CCC with 6 756 votes,
- Ignatious Mateveke of Zanu PF with 4 200 votes,
- Witness Muzavaziof MDC Alliance with 292 votes,
- Tawanda Carlos Pindirire, Independent, with 55 votes,
Marondera East constituency returned:
- Jeremiah Z Chiwetu of Zanu PF with 9 379 votes,
- Samuel Machekanyanga of CCC with 1 874 votes,
- Moses Mandaza of ZLP,
- Thomas Tasarirenhamo of MDC Alliance with 104 votes.
For local government there are;
Marondera just like most of the cities and towns in the country had been experiencing company closures since 2002. This regrettable state of affairs rendered thousands of workers jobless resulting in them being reduced to mere vendors. The former Marondera mayor Farai Nyandoro, allegedly attributed the closure of some companies to the controversial Indigenisation and Empowerment Regulations. Additionally, the town at one point failed to pay for services such as electricity.
In recycling, see:
- Thomas Mapfumo (musician),
- Ray Kaukonde (politician),
- Ian Kay (politician),
- Justine Chivavaya (Municipality Housing Director).
- ↑ Bekezela Maduma Fuzwayo, How many people are there in the town of Marondera?, 'Bulawayo 24', Published: 16 July 2013, Retrieved: 5 May 2014
- ↑ About, 'Tourist Link', Published: ND, Retrieved: 5 May 2014
- ↑ [Chief Information Officer, Lore and Legend of Southern Rhodesia Place Names] (Southern Rhodesia Information Service, Salisbury, 1960) Retrieved 8 November 2021"
- ↑ Precipitation, 'My Weather', Published: ND, Retrieved: 5 May 2014
- ↑ National assembly & Council By-election results, ZBC News, Published: March 2022, Retrieved: March 2022
- ↑ Media Institute of Southern Africa (Zimbabwe), Marondera slowly becoming a ghost town, 'The Zimbabwean', Published: 12 July 2010, Retrieved: 5 May 2014