Khupe pushes for cancer levy

Thokozani Khupe.

MDC-T vice-president Thokozani Khupe is set to introduce a motion in the House of Assembly calling for the introduction of a cancer levy to help Zimbabweans suffering from the disease to get treatment.


Khupe’s motion to be seconded by MDC-T Health shadow minister Ruth Labode seeks to call on Parliament to push for the establishment of cancer treatment units.

“We are alarmed by the number of women dying from breast and cervical cancer in Zimbabwe and (are) concerned by the unavailability of cancer treatment in Zimbabwe,” the notice to move the motion in the House of Assembly Order Paper reads.

“We are also deeply worried by the lack of accessibility to cancer treatment in Zimbabwe and further concerned that cancer treatment is not available, accessible and affordable.”

Khupe was herself diagnosed with breast cancer during her tenure as Deputy Prime Minister last year and has undergone intensive treatment outside the country.

Last year, she revealed that she had lost one of her breasts to cancer.

Other new motions likely to attract debate in the House of Assembly this week include one by Mabvuku Tafara MP James Maridadi (MDC-T) calling on the Mines and Energy Portfolio Committee to conduct an inquiry into the power sector in Zimbabwe.

The motion is set to discuss the issue of power cuts to both domestic and commercial consumers as a result of load-shedding and the lack of capacity by Zesa to attend to faults on time.

Lobengula MP Samuel Sipepa Nkomo (MDC-T) is also expected to introduce a motion to call for the setting up of a Parliament committee to enquire into the food shortages besetting the country.

Zanu PF MP for Mberengwa East Makhosini Hlongwane is also set to give notice to introduce a motion calling on the European Union, Australia, New Zealand and the United States to lift all forms of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.