Murewa (also Murehwa) is a town in Mashonaland East Province.


Murewa is home to about 8,559 people.
According to a 2015 Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) report, Murewa District had a poverty prevalence rate of 71.6%. The highest poverty prevalence rate was in Ward 19, (77.2%) while the lowest poverty prevalence was in Ward 29, (48.0%). Ward 29 is in the Macheke area where there are significant farming activities as well as a business centre.[1]

For Central Government (Parliament), Murewa is divided into Murewa North and Murewa South constituencies.

In the Zimbabwe 1985 Parliamentary Election Murewa North returned to Parliament:

Murewa South returned:

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

Murehwa South returned:

In the 2000 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Murehwa North returned to Parliament:

Murehwa South returned:

In the 2013 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Murehwa North returned to Parliament:

  • Tendayi Makunde of Zanu PF with 8 733 votes or 47.81 percent,
  • Daniel Garwe, Independent, with 6 741 votes or 36.91 percent,
  • Langton Matuku of MDC–T with 2 141 votes or 11.72 percent,
  • Andrea Katumba of MDC–N with 443 votes or 2.43 percent,
  • 1 other with 207 votes or 1.13 percent.

Total 18 265 votes

In the 2013 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Murehwa South returned to Parliament:

Total 19 647 votes

In the 2013 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Murehwa West returned to Parliament:

  • Ladislus Ndoro of Zanu PF with 12 779 votes or 70.78 percent,
  • Leonard Mandaza of MDC–T with 3 665 votes or 20.30 percent,
  • Alaska Kumirai of MDC–N with 954 votes or 5.28 percent,
  • 2 others with 657 votes or 3.64 percent.

Total 18 055 votes

In the Zimbabwe By-elections (March 2022), Nyasha Masoka took 11 125 votes in Murewa South to retain the seat for Zanu PF after Cde Joel Biggie Matiza died in 2021.

In the 2022 By-Elections, (see Zimbabwe By-elections (March_2022)) Murewa South returned to Parliament:

The local government is Murewa RDC.


The district of Murewa stretches from Mt. Hanwa (10 km north of Macheke) in the south up to Uzumba in the north, Nyadire River North East and Nyaguvi South East of Murewa. It is dominated by traditional African agriculture of the Shona people.

Only the southern quarter of the area is covered with commercial farms, founded by European settlers. In that area, there are three hilltop fortresses belonging to the Murewa (Moyo) people, built in the later phase of ancient Monomotapa State under the Chieftainship family on Murewa, after 1500 AD.

Zhombwe Mountain is in Murewa District.

Economic Structure

Murewa district is an agro-based economy with a lot of subsistence farmers who specialise in Vegetable and maize farming. The district is also famous for Mango production.

Murewa Arts and Culture centre

The Murewa Culture Centre was founded in 1984. It was established with the thrust of becoming an exemplary of self-sustaining arts and culture center. The center contributes to community development by creating employment in aspects such as skills empowerment in cultural industries.

People around the center benefit from the organization through their involvement in areas such as visual arts, batik, screen printing, tie and dye, crafts making, performing arts, traditional dances, garment making and textile design among others.

The center also thrives to build the capacity of arts and cultural industries such that the industry can become a competitive sector which significantly contribute towards the GDP and reduce unemployment.

Mbende Jerusarema dance

The Mbende Jerusarema Dance is a popular dance style practised in the Murewa and Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe districts. The dance is characterized by acrobatic and sensual movements by women and men, driven by a polyrhythmic drummer accompanied by men playing woodblock clappers and by women handclapping, yodelling and blowing whistles. Unlike other drum-based East African dance styles, the MbendeJerusarema does not rely on intricate foot stamping or a large number of drummers. Instead, the music is performed by one master drummer, and no songs or lyrics are involved. In the course of the dance, men often crouch while jerking both arms and vigorously kicking the ground with the right leg in imitation of a burrowing mole. The dance’s curious name reveals much about its vicissitudes over the centuries. Before colonial rule, this ancient fertility dance was called Mbende, the Shona word for “mole”, which was regarded as a symbol of fertility, sexuality and family. Under the influence of Christian missionaries, who strongly disapproved of this sexually explicit dance, the dance’s name was changed to Jerusarema, deriving from the Shona adaptation of the name of the city of Jerusalem, to endow it with a religious connotation. Both names are commonly used today. In spite of its condemnation by the missionaries, the dance remained popular and became a source of pride and identity in the struggle against colonial rule. The dance is changing its character and meaning as its enactment as an exotic animation for tourist audiences becomes more widespread. It is also increasingly used at political party rallies, where it is removed from all its original intentions. The mitumba drum, rattles and whistles, which used to accompany the dance, have successively been replaced by instruments of poor quality, contributing to the loss of the uniqueness of the Mbende music.

Schools in Murewa District

See High Schools Of Zimbabwe.

Hospitals in Murewa

  • Beta House St Paul's Mission, Zimbabwe, Murewa,+263 78 2050
  • Chikari (Mandishona) Surgery & Maternity Home, Zimbabwe, Murewa,+263 78 2047 QUICK DETAILS
  • St Paul's Mission Hospital, Zimbabwe, Murewa, +263 78 2053


  1. [1], Zimbabwe Poverty Atlas, Published: DATE_PUBLISHED_HERE , Retrieved: 14 May2018