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For the town in South Africa, see Willowvale, Eastern Cape.

Willowvale is the name of an industrial suburb in the South West of Harare, Zimbabwe.


Further information: Willowgate

Willowvale gave its name to the 1988-89 "Willowgate" scandal, in which government officials were using their positions to purchase foreign automobiles from a Willowvale car company and then reselling them at high profits.[1] The sales were exposed by Chronicle editors Geoffrey Nyarota and Davison Maruziva in a series of investigative reports, and led to a national scandal and commission of inquiry. A provincial governor and five ministers of the government of President Robert Mugabe resigned, one of whom, Maurice Nyagumbo, committed suicide.[2]


  1. ^ Jane Perlez (20 January 1989). "Zimbabwe Reads of Officials' Secrets". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  2. ^ P.P. Jackson (2010). Shattered Dreams. AuthorHouse. pp. 52–3. ISBN 9781452043944. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 

Coordinates: 17°53′S 30°58′E / 17.883°S 30.967°E / -17.883; 30.967