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Gokwe region

The Gokwe Region consists of the land in the area around Gokwe centre that was formerly under the control of the Shangwe people,[1][2] a Shona-speaking group, which lay in the northern part of the Midlands province of northwestern Zimbabwe, and is now broken up into Gokwe South District and Gokwe North District. A number of other groups live in the area, including the Tonga, and Ndebele.[3]

Nkayi North District lies to the south. A researcher noted in 1998, that the Nkayi-Gokwe border had hardened even before independence when Shona-speaking auxiliary forces had been recruited in Gokwe and used against Nkayi in explicitly tribal attacks.[4]

Gokwe is made up of numerous areas including Kuwirirana Kana, Zumba, Gandavaroyi, Chireya, Sanyati, Tsungai, Nyaurungwe. Other smaller areas include Sikwiti, Sawirangwanda, Mamvuramachena, Dambamazura, Kasvisva, Sese, Matize and others.

Notes

  1. ^ pp. 287-288, Nyambara, Pius S. (2002) "Madheruka and Shangwe: Ethnic Identities and the Culture of Modernity in Gokwe, Northwestern Zimbabwe, 1963-79" The Journal of African History, 43(2): pp. 287-306
  2. ^ p. 378, Worby, Eric (1994) "Maps, Names, and Ethnic Games: The Epistemology and Iconography of Colonial Power in Northwestern Zimbabwe" Journal of Southern African Studies 20(3): pp. 371-392
  3. ^ p. 170, Alexander, Jocelyn (1998) "Dissident Perspectives on Zimbabwe's Post-Independence War" Africa: Journal of the International African Institute 68(2): pp. 151-182
  4. ^ p. 179, Note 97, Alexander, Jocelyn (1998) "Dissident Perspectives on Zimbabwe's Post-Independence War" Africa: Journal of the International African Institute 68(2): pp. 151-182


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