Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and MDC-T vice-president Thokozani Khupe, who is battling breast cancer, will this week undergo a critical operation in South Africa as part of her treatment, senior party officials said on Sunday.
Addressing a campaign rally at Chibuku Stadium in Chitungwiza, MDC-T secretary-general Tendai Biti and organising secretary Nelson Chamisa urged party supporters to pray for the DPM.
Khupe, who is also the MDC-T MP for Makokoba, went public about her condition in June and vowed to soldier on.
She also committed to setting up a cancer foundation together with the late popular sungura musician, Tongai Moyo.
Moyo succumbed to non-Hogkins cancer in October after a six-year battle with the disease.
The aim of the foundation is to raise awareness about cancer and encourage early testing.Biti said Khupe, who attended on Sunday’s rally, would leave for the operation at a private South African hospital tomorrow.
“Our vice-president, Khupe, will this week go for a critical operation,” Biti said.
Later, Chamisa led the supporters in a prayer for the party leader.
“This week, our vice-president and DPM is going for an operation in South Africa.
“Let us pray for her. So, let’s hold each other’s hands and pray for the country and our VP,” he said.
In June, Khupe told staff atBinga Hospital that she would be going to South Africa before Christmas for an operation and vowed to fight and win the battle against the disease that kills thousands of women every year.
Recently the MDC-T organised a prayer meeting in Bulawayo for Khupe, who said her condition had strengthened “my spirituality and enhanced my relationship with God”.