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Watson Khupe was a Zimbabwean Senator representing People with Disabilities and National Chairperson of the umbrella Disabled People's Organization (DPO) the Federation of Organizations of Disabled People in Zimbabwe, FODPZ. He died on 17 July 2022.
Born: 1963 (59 at his death). 
He was from Matabeleland.
Death: 17 July 2022, Mater Dei Hospital. 
No further information was found on his age, place of birth, or family.
School / Education
Khupe held a Masters degree in Business Administration from National University of Science and Technology and a postgraduate diploma from the same university.
No further information was found on his Junior or High School.
Had more than twenty-five years of hands-on experience in disability rights campaigns. He was also an expert in policy formulation, research, management, advocacy, designing and programming of livelihoods income projects.
Service / Career
Between February 2011 to March 2015, he was the project manager for income-generating livelihood projects for disabled people at the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Zimbabwe MDAZ. Funding came from the United States of America's African Development Fund ADF.
Between 2010 and 2012, he was one of the representatives of disabled people during the making of the new Constitution of Zimbabwe.
In 2010 Senator Khupe co-authored a report on disability and the incredible work of disability organisations in Zimbabwe that was published on the UK government website.
Recall from Parliament
In May 2022, the National Council of Disabled Persons of Zimbabwe recalled Khupe. In a letter written to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) the institution President Dr Obadiah Moyo listed the below reasons for recalling Watson Khupe:
- Senator Khupe does not respect the constitutions of organizations that elected him into office. One example is that of the National Council of Disabled Persons of Zimbabwe (NCDPZ), where he is working with an illegal parallel NCDPZ board that is led by Ms. Annah Shiri. He attends meetings of this structure.
- Using his influence as chairman of the Federation of Organizations of Disabled People in Zimbabwe (FODPZ), he seconded Mr. Edward Mundanga, NCDPZ branch chairman to sit in the National Disability Board (NDB), without the approval of the NCDPZ board. NCDPZ is an affiliate member of FODPZ and persons seconded to the NDB are recommended by its affiliates. Such an action is a clear disregard of laid down rules and regulations that need to be respected by a person holding the position of a Senator.
Activism: and Civic Participation
Between 2010 and 2012 he was one of the representatives of disabled people during the making of the new Constitution of Zimbabwe.
- ↑ Former Senator Khupe Dies, Bulawayo 24, Published: 19 July2022, Retrieved: 19 July 2022
- ↑ Former Senator Khupe Has Died, Pindula, Published 19 July 2022, Retrieved: 19 July 2022