April 1, 1969
Mwenezi, Masvingo Province
|Education||Fletcher High School|
|Alma mater||University of Zimbabwe|
|Years active||1999 to Current|
|Known for||Being instrumental in MDC holding fort in Masvingo.|
|Political party||Zanu PF|
Tongai Matutu is a Zimbabwean politician and former MDC Masvingo Urban legislator. He joined Zanu PF on 2 November 2020. Matutu a lawyer by profession also served as a deputy youth minister during the now-defunct Government of National Unity (GNU) from 2008 to 2013.
Tongai Matutu is the former MP for Masvingo Urban and is married to Sheila and the couple has one son Tapiwanashe. He was born on 1 April 1969 in Mwenezi in Masvingo Province.
Tongai Matutu is a lawyer by profession and was a registered legal practitioner until he was barred from practising in December 2019 by the Law Society of Zimbabwe. Tongai is a founder member of the MDC when the party was launched in 1999. He was also the provincial secretary for Masvingo Province and in 2005 to March 2008 he was the MP for Masvingo Central before being elected the MP for Masvingo Urban on March 29, 2008. He was also an MDC’s national legal committee member. Hon. Matutu represented the MDC as a lawyer since 2000.
Barred from practising law
Zimbabwe’s former Youth Affairs Deputy Minister was barred from practising law in December 2019. The Law Society of Zimbabwe Report showed that eight other lawyers were deregistered for various misdemeanours. The report said Matutu, a deputy minister in Zimbabwe’s inclusive Government (2008-2013), “failed to carry out a mandate”.
Quitting the MDC
Mr Matutu dumped Tsvangirai’s party and teamed up with Mr Tendai Biti and others to form the People’s Democratic Party in 2014. The former legislator was disqualified from contesting the MDC Alliance Masvingo chairmanship in 2019 on the grounds that he once quit the party then led by late ex-Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai before he re-joined after heeding the MDC founding leader’s call for renegade members to return before his death.
Matutu dumped Biti’s PDP in 2016 and re-joined MDC as a card carrying member and revived his ambitions to be the provincial boss in Masvingo.
Joining Zanu PF
Former MDC-T legislator for Masvingo Central Tongai Matutu has joined Zanu PF saying the opposition party “in its various forms” has lost direction as it was now wasting precious time bickering among themselves. Matutu was welcomed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the two Vice Presidents Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi at State House in Harare on 2 November 2020.
Arrested for Assault
Matutu, a former member of Parliament for the Movement for Democratic Change formation which was led by the late former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, was alleged to have slapped and punched Chief Serima at the Matizha Business Center in September 2010. Matutu was considered to be the Tsvangirai MDC's main strategist in Masvingo and as such responsible for Zanu PF’s first ever defeat in the constituency, political sources said. Masvingo Magistrate Oliver Mudzongachiso found then Deputy Youth and Indigenisation Minister Tongai Matutu guilty of assaulting Masvingo Chief Serima, also known as Vengesai Rushwaya, ordering him to pay a fine of US$100. Matutu, who appealed the judgement, told VOA Studio 7 reporter Tatenda Gumbo that the charges against him were politically motivated.
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