MDC-T legislator under the women’s quota Thokozani Khupe is set to introduce a motion in the House of Assembly calling for the introduction of a cancer levy in Zimbabwe.
Khupe’s motion, to be seconded by another MDC-T MP under the women’s quota Ruth Labode, seeks to call on Parliament to push for the establishment of cancer treatment units in the country.
“We are alarmed by the number of women dying from breast and cervical cancer in Zimbabwe and concerned at the unavailability of cancer treatment in Zimbabwe,” read Khupe’s notice to move the motion in the House of Assembly Order Paper.
“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 of Zimbabwe last year and has undergone intensive treatment outside the country.
Last year, she confessed that she had lost one of her breasts to cancer.
Other new motions that are 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.
Maridadi’s motion will be seconded by former Mines and Mining Development deputy minister and Southerton legislator Gift Chimanikire (MDC-T).
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 be seconded by Mufakose legislator Paurina Mpariwa (MDC-T) to call for the setting-up of a Parliament committee to enquire into the food shortages currently engulfing Zimbabwe.
The motion by Nkomo seeks to call upon government to implement an urgent non-partisan drought and starvation mitigation programme.
Mberengwa East MP Makhosini Hlongwane (Zanu PF) has also given notice to introduce a motion calling upon the European Union, Australia, New Zealand and the United States to lift all forms of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.