Eric Matinenga is a Zimbabwean case lawyer and politician who successfully defended Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai during his treason trial in 2005.
Matinenga was arrested on May 31, 2008 on allegations of inciting public violence and released on June 5, 2008 following a successful application to have his arrest and detention declared unlawful. He was re-arrested on June 7 on the same charges. He was eventually acquitted in May 2009.. His ministry managed to deliver a new Constitution for the Zimbabwe.
Political Positions Held
He was elected in 2008 as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Buhera West, defeating the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front's (Zanu-PF) candidate Tapiwa Zengeya. On 10 February 2009, Morgan Tsvangirai leader of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) designated Matinenga for the position of Minister of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs as part of the Government of National Unity. (GNU).
Matinenga retired from active politics at the end of the GNU going back to his career an the advocate.