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It serves as a small administrative and trading centre for the surrounding mixed farming area. In recent years it has grown rapidly and has become a popular area for people moving out of Harare.
The Ruwa Rehabilitation Centre just outside the town was established in 1981 for the rehabilitation of disabled ex-combatants.
The Ruwa Scout Park which hosted the Central African Jamboree in 1959 is located nearby.
Ruwa falls within the Seke constituency and in the 2005 parliamentary election elected Phineas Chihota with a majority of over 6000 votes.
In 1994, the Ariel School in Ruwa was the site of an alleged sighting of a landed UFO. Some of the approximately 60 students involved in the sighting also reported that a "strange being" communicated with them by staring into their eyes.
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