Pindula:Weekly featured article/March 2015, Week 14
It was in Chinhoyi that the first shots of the Second Chimurenga were fired by seven guerrillas. It is in this context that the town has a lot of significance in Zimbabwean history. In the colonial period the town was previously known as Sinoia. The town was also home to one of Zimbabwe’s most celebrated music groups, the Bhundu Boys.
In Chinhoyi, you also find the Chinhoyi Caves which are renowned for their beauty and mystery. Legend has it that there are certain behaviours and utterances which are not permissible when one is inside the cave, failure to observe the regulations and taboos is reported too have led to disappearances of several people.
On a lighter note, it was also in Chinhoyi that fraudster Rotina Mavhunga rose to prominence after she misled key government officials at the time such as Didymus Mutasa into believing that she possessed supernatural powers which could make diesel ooz from a rock. It took a thorough investigation to establish that Mavhunga had duped government officials after she had managed to squeeze out some valuables to perform her act.