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.[1] The flashy town was one of the earliest residence of the whites and a centre for agriculture and forestry activities.[2]

Geography and Climate

Marondera is the name of a former area headman. It is derived from the Shona verb kurondera - to follow. [3] 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[4] 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:

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

Turnout - 23 479 voters or 66.20 %

More recently, for national government (Parliament) there are four constituencies;

  1. Marondera East
  2. Marondera West
  3. Marondera Central.
  4. Wedza North

In the Zimbabwe By-elections (March 2022), Caston Matewu of CCC won the seat with 6 756 votes. [5]

For local government there are;

  1. Marondera RDC and
  2. Marondera Municipality.

Dwindling Industry

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.[6] Additionally, the town at one point failed to pay for services such as electricity.

Notable People


  1. Bekezela Maduma Fuzwayo, How many people are there in the town of Marondera?, 'Bulawayo 24', Published: 16 July 2013, Retrieved: 5 May 2014
  2. About, 'Tourist Link', Published: ND, Retrieved: 5 May 2014
  3. [Chief Information Officer, Lore and Legend of Southern Rhodesia Place Names] (Southern Rhodesia Information Service, Salisbury, 1960) Retrieved 8 November 2021"
  4. Precipitation, 'My Weather', Published: ND, Retrieved: 5 May 2014
  5. National assembly & Council By-election results, ZBC News, Published: March 2022, Retrieved: March 2022
  6. Media Institute of Southern Africa (Zimbabwe), Marondera slowly becoming a ghost town, 'The Zimbabwean', Published: 12 July 2010, Retrieved: 5 May 2014