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.

Thokozani Khupe
Thokozani Khupe, MDC-T
Thokozani Khupe
Born Thokozani Khupe
November 18, 1963
Residence Zimbabwe
Nationality Zimbabwean
Citizenship Zimbabwean
Education Zimbabwe Open University, NUST
  • 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

Khupe was expelled from Parliament after the Chamisa led 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.

On 21 April 2018 Khupe held an extraordinary congress in Bulawayo where she was elected as the president of the party unopposed.



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


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

Attacked at Morgan Tsvangirai's funeral

Drama at Tsvangirai's Funeral: MDC Supporters attack Thokozani Khupe

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.

launching poll manifesto

The manifesto — titled, Building an Economy to Support Economic Transformation (BEST) — was launched at the Amphitheatre in Bulawayo at an event attended by several thousands of the party’s supporters.[6]

The manifesto had devolution of power and a pledge to fight corruption topping the list of priorities, once elected into government. MDC T B.E.S.T Manifesto

Car rally campaign

Dr Thokozani Khupe Car Rally in Harare

Demanding 1 million dollars from Nelson Chamisa

The MDC-T party led by Khupe said that it had no money to fund its campaign activities and demanded $1 million from the Nelson Chamisa led MDC-T party. Khupe said this was her party’s share from the money which was released to the MDC-T under the Political Parties Finance Act. In a statement Khupe said:

We have not received any money from the $1,9 million that was disbursed, not even a single cent. We wrote to the Ministry of Justice informing them of our position. We need our money for campaigning and they are mum on the issue. ….We have decided to take the legal route, we are engaging our lawyers with our VP (Obert) Gutu over the matter but the truth is we are in sixes and sevens over the issue, we are hoping that a miracle happens and we get this funding as soon as possible.

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WATCH: Thokozani Khupe Encourages Parties To Join Political Actors Dialogue Sat Jun 15 2019

Chamisa Hails Khupe As ‘A Comrade In The Struggle’ Fri Jun 14 2019

Khupe Jeered By MDC Supporters During Tsvangirai Java Burial Fri Jun 14 2019

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  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
  6. Khupe launches poll manifesto - The Standard, The Standard, published: 12 May 2018, retrieved: 24 Jul 2018
  7. Khupe Demands $1 From Chamisa, Says Her Party Has No Money To Fund Campaign ⋆ Pindula News, Pindula News, retrieved: 24 Jul 2018