Lucia Matibenga

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Lucia Matibenga
Lucia Matibenga, Zimbabwean Politician
Lucia Matibenga
NationalityZimbabwean
OccupationPolitician
Known forPolitics, Being a Member of Parliament
Political partyMDC Renewal Team

Lucia Matibenga is a Zimbabwean politician who belongs to the United Movement for Democratic Change also known as the MDC Renewal Team led by Tendai Biti. She was a member of parliament for Kuwadzana Constituency before she was expelled.

Political career

Matibenga was the Minister of Labour and Public Service during the Government of National Unity from 2011 to 2013.[1] She was also chairperson of the Women's Council in the MDC-T party before she moved out to join the renewal team.[2]


Matibenga was elected into parliament in the harmonised July 2013 elections which brought an end the Government of National Unity. After the controversial 2013 elections, the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai was marred by factional fights emanating from serious differences in ideological grounds. The opposing faction led by former Secretary General Tendai Biti and Elton Mangoma eventually broke away to form their own party called the MDC Renewal Team in 2014. After the breakaway, the MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai made a request to parliament to recall the so-called rebel MPs from parliament since they were no longer part of the MDC-T.


On 17 March 2015, the speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda made a parliamentary ruling that the 21 MPs who had defected from the MDC-T party were no longer members of parliament and their seats were declared vacant. Matibenga was one of the 21 MPs who were expelled from parliament after the ruling.

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References

  1. , One on one with Matibenga,NewsDay, published:4 Feb 2013,retrieved:19 Mar 2015"
  2. , Tsvangirai plots Mangoma’s ouster,The Standard, published:9 Feb 2014,retrieved:19 Mar 2015"