Bikita District

Bikita is a district in the Masvingo Province of Zimbabwe. It borders with Gutu District, Zaka District, Chipinge District, Chiredzi District, Buhera District and Mwenezi District. It is located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) east of Masvingo. Its administration is at Nyika Growth Point but initially it was at Bikita Office, 15km south of Nyika towards Jerara Growth Point in Zaka District. Its name probably is derived from a mountain in the Bikita Mamutse Area called Bikita Mt. Speculative lies propounded it came from the Shona word Dikita which means antbear, which describes the shape of a nearby hill. The district used to be known as Denga which means up in the clouds and has moved several times to different locations. The surrounding area is mined for lithium. The reputed to have the largest reserve of petalite in the world.[2] .

Bikita
District
Typical Scene at business centres across the district.
Typical Scene at business centres across the district.
Nickname(s): 
Bikita kuMakomo
Districts of Masvingo province
Districts of Masvingo province
Masvingo constituency seats for the 2008, showing the division of Bikita (District)
Masvingo constituency seats for the 2008, showing the division of Bikita (District)
Coordinates: 20°05′S 31°37′E / 20.083°S 31.617°ECoordinates: 20°05′S 31°37′E / 20.083°S 31.617°E
CountryZimbabwe
ProvinceMasvingo
Government
 • TypeRural Council
 • Member of ParliamentBeauty Chabaya
Population
(2012 Census)[1]
 • Total162,356
Time zoneUTC+2 (CAT)

Government and politics

The district sends three members to Zimbabwe's House of Assembly. Each of the wards in the district has an elected official who works at the rural district council.

The district was divided into three sections for the 2008 elections, namely east, west and south. The district was a stronghold of ZANU-PF from 1980 until the time of the 2008 parliamentary election, when the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) won all three seats, one with a razor thin margin.[3][4]

Bikita South

Bikita South, Zaka east and central, is made of wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 26, 28, and 29. During the 2008 House of Assembly elections, Luka Gumbare (ZANU-PF), Wilson Makonya (MDC(mut)) and Jani Varandeni (MDC(tsv)) ran for the seat. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced Jani Marandeni as the winner with a total of 6,916 votes to 5,284 of Luka Gumbare. Matsai community is one of the most impoverished in Bikita but it has its shining beacon Mashoko mission with a renowned hospital and state-of-the-art high school. Ward 28 and 29 is made up of small scale commercial farms. These farms were mostly purchased in the early 1950s.

Bikita East

Bikita East comprises wards 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, and 27. Matthew Makaza (ZANU-PF), Walter Mutsauri (independent) and Edmore Marima (MDC(Tsva)) ran for the seat for the House of Assembly. According to the ZEC, Edmore Marima won the seat with 7,784 votes to 5,373 polled by Walter Mutsauri.

Bikita West

The constituency seat is made up of eleven wards, namely 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 22, 23, and 32. Elias Musakwa (ZANU-PF) and Heya Shoko (MDC(tsv)) ran for the seat. Shoko narrowly won the seat with 7,048 votes to Musakwa's 7,029.

Development

  • Bikita Forum
  • Silveira Tarred Road

References

  1. ^ Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency. "2012 Census Provincial Report: Masvingo". Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  2. ^ Mining Data [1](accessed 27 February 2008)
  3. ^ Independent Election Results site "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 April 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) (accessed 1 April 2008)
  4. ^ Sokwanele site Archived 30 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine
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mutikizizi is a shopping centre in bikita west constituency,and almost 52km from nyika growth point.it is a remote area that has a population of around 1011 people.it is a densey populated area with a very high literacy level because of schools found in this area.kushinga secondary,mutikizizi,gwariro,nyaravani,gudo and marirangwe are schools found in this area.

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