Thokozani Khupe is a Zimbabwean politician, cancer activist and the former Vice President of the Movement for Democratic Change. She challenged President Nelson Chamisa for the bid to succeed the late MDC-T founder Morgan Tsvangirai. Khupe reportedly said she will run for President in the 2018 elections representing MDC-T despite reports that she had been dismissed from the party. MDC-T Dismisses Khupe, Gutu And Bhebhe.Khupe was expelled from Parliament after the MDC-T wrote a letter to the speaker of parliament informing him that khupe had been expelled from the party and hence did not represent it and its interests.

Thokozani Khupe
Thokozani Khupe, MDC-T
Thokozani Khupe
Born Thokozani Khupe
November 18, 1963
Bulawayo
Residence Zimbabwe
Nationality Zimbabwean
Citizenship Zimbabwean
Education Zimbabwe Open University, NUST
Occupation
  • Politician
Years active 1978 to present
Employer Movement for Democratic Change
Known for Being Deputy Prime Minister during the Government of National Unity, Vice President of the MDC-T Party
Home town Bulawayo
Political party Movement for Democratic Change
Movement Democrat
Opponent(s) Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front

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Biography

She was born in Bulawayo on the 18th of November 1963. She is a mother of three, two twin boys and a girl.[1]

Education

She holds the following degrees

Political career

Khupe started her activism in the 1980s when she was part of a strong trade union movement agitating for better working conditions. Her post as Zimbabwe Amalgamated Railway Union secretary in 1978-1999 brought her closer to Morgan Tsvangirai who was at the helm of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) at that time.[2] It is therefore not surprising that she was one of the founding members of MDC who became a National Executive member in 1999 when the party was formed. Having been secretary for Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions Women’s Advisory Council in 1991 was an added advantage to be considered as MDC executive member.

Positions Held

She was elected Member of Parliament for Makokoba in the 2000 elections. She was awarded in 2006 when she was voted MDC Vice-President, a position which she still holds. She also represented her party in government in 2009 when she became the first-ever Deputy Prime Minister in the history of Zimbabwe.[3]

Major Successes

In October 2012, she opened the Thokozani Khupe Cancer Foundation to help cancer patients access affordable treatment. Khupe, who is herself a cancer survivor saw the need to reduce the number of cancer deaths due to the few hospitals that offer cancer treatment and the high cost that these hospitals charge.[4] Khupe who is leader of the opposition in the House of Assembly, has been active introducing motions for the cause of cancer patients. She once clamoured for government to introduce a mandatory cancer levy and the establishment of cancer centers across all provinces. Only Parirenyatwa and Mpilo hospitals in Harare and Bulawayo respectively offer cancer treatment.[5]

International Positions

She is the President of the Global POWER Women Network Africa which promotes gender equality and women empowerment in the area of HIV and Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights in Africa.


Factionalism after the death of Morgan Tsvangirai

Expulsion from Parliament

Khupe was expelled from parliament after she was expelled from the MDC-T because she did not recognize Nelson Chamisa as the legitimate successor of Morgan Tsvangiriai.

Response to expulsion

Thokozani Khupe responded to her recall from Parliament saying it is a malicious act of interfering in the internal affairs of the party.

Speaking through her aide Witness Dube, Khupe said she has advised her lawyers to seek legal recourse on the issue. She also revealed that the MDC-T leadership crisis was before the High Court and as such, she did not deserve to be recalled from Parliament.


Some Articles About Thokozani Khupe

Zanu-PF Responds To Chamisa’s Claim They Were Behind Khupe’s Attack At Tsvangirai’s Burial Fri Apr 20 2018

Khupe Accuses Parliament Of Failing To Protect Her Tenure As MP Thu Apr 19 2018

Chamisa Responds To His Expulsion From MDC-T By Khupe Wed Apr 18 2018


References

  1. Marriage not for me: Khuphe, New Zimbabwe, Published: October 25, 2010, Retrieved: July 1, 2014
  2. Khupe, Africa Confidential, Retrieved: July 1, 2014
  3. Tsvangirai sworn in as Prime Minister, New Zimbabwe, Published: February 11, 2009, Retrieved: July 2014
  4. Khupe Cancer foundation launched, The Herald, Published: October 26, 2012, Retrieved: July 1, 2014
  5. Cancer video sends chills in Parliament, News Day, Published: October 17, 2013, Retrieved: July 1, 2014