Khupe rallies women voters

LEADER of the MDC-T splinter group, Thokozani Khupe is playing the gender card ahead of polls, saying it is time for women to join hands and vote female candidates into office ahead of their male counterparts.

BY SILAS NKALA/ BLESSED MHLANGA

Addressing a women’s election convergence meeting in Bulawayo yesterday, Khupe said with women making up 52% of the voting population they held sway in the polls.

“As women we constitute 52% of the population, contribute more than 80% of the gross domestic product, half of the food consumed in this country comes from the hands of women … we work 10 times harder than men, but regardless of all that we still don’t fully enjoy our rights and freedoms. Some of us have been beaten physically, verbally abused, we have been pushed over, but I decided to stand up and continue moving forward,” she said.

Khupe who was accompanied by People’s Rainbow Coalition presidential candidate Joice Mujuru and leader of the splinter PDP, Lucia Matibenga said her decision to stand against MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa was premised on the need to be the voice of women in the country.

“In life you must never give up no matter what challenges you face, just wake up dust up and continue moving with a straight face. If I was a weak person I would have said let me pack my bags and leave, but I said never I am not going to betray the women of Zimbabwe, I will not betray the young girls who also aspire to be presidents at the end of the day they must learn from us, the courage that we have, the determination that we have it must inspire them to say if our sisters are going ahead and fighting to the finish why can’t we as the elders,” she said.

A presidential candidate in the upcoming elections, Khupe, went for the jugular saying women must be equally respected and challenged them to push for a women’s victory in politics which she claimed resolve the problems rocking the country.

“We want women to be empowered so that you are able to take care of your families. We carry children for nine months, we take care for them to grow, I am who I am because of my mother and you are who you are because of your mother. So for someone to stand up to say a woman cannot be a president that is the biggest insult I have heard in my life,” she said.

“We are women, we were born as leaders in our own right because we give birth to people. We carry them for nine months without making them pay rent, we make them grow up to be doctors, to be presidents, prime ministers, to become whatever they would be. What we do not want is to be intimidated and harassed as women,” she said.

Khupe went ahead to claim glory for the over 2 million women who registered on the Biometric Voters Roll (BVR) saying they heeded the voice of WEC.

“We as WEC2018 our target was to register 2 million women as voters but we must be proud of our selves, we surpassed our target, we managed to register about 2,8 million women voters. This shows that as women we have won and we have taken Zimbabwe. As we leave here we must be ambassadors, preachers of the gospel and the gospel is go and vote for a woman.”

21 Comments

  1. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakomurudohamandishe

    Comment…Muzvare Khupe, imbotanga
    maparuzhinji zvamurikushuwira kuita. MANIFESITO mbhedhenu, vanhu vaone.
    Uye zivayi kuti nyika ndeye varume nevakadzi. Mauto, Mapurisa, Vanoona nezvevasungwa varume. Avo vanozova pasi pehutungamiri hwenyu. Musaitawo chadzimira pasina sango mukweguruwe.

  2. mbuya iyi yapererwa, ngaino kangira vazukuru nzungu.

  3. Shaolin Kung fu master

    Don’t forget that 95% these women that you are talking about are married, they do things that please their husbands.

  4. We targeted to register 2.8M women”. Kkk. As if you they were never voter before. Wake up. This is the last card that can change the voting parten of the electorate. Magosiyanei naGushungo vaidya nehama dzavo if you can only relate to those who are like you sexually. Equally are you saying the whites were never wrong to treat themselves as superior than the blacks. Sorry you lost madam, hasha dzichakuparirai amai woye.

  5. “We targeted to register 2.8M women”. Kkk. As if they were never voter before. Wake up. This is the last card that can change the voting pattern of the electorate. Magosiyanei naGushungo vaidya nehama dzavo if you can only relate to those who are like you sexually. Equally are you saying the whites were never wrong to treat themselves as superior than the blacks. Sorry you lost madam, hasha dzichakuparirai amai woye.

  6. Comment…khupe is divisive she want to divide men and women .ndebele ppl and shona ppl ,she is political novice you can’t win election on gender basis.no women will listen to you bcz zimbabwe is for both men and women

  7. Eagle's eye & baboon's ears

    My wife was laughing this morning saying If i vote for Khuphe that will be end of my marriage.Khuphe dont increase domestic violence in our houses.That gender vote you will get it from who.Even commercial sex workers cant take that because there are in business with man.That divisive approach will not help you in anyway.It is a pity that you have misled Mujuru and matienga who are ll in need of man support.Mind you MDC you purport to lead had shoddy VP Guto who is man , your spokesman witness is man.So these man are your bootlickers, shame on you and your man

  8. idiot shit mbwa mgodoyi

  9. Linda Ndlovu- UZ

    Khupe shamari, speak for yourself, I am a student and am going to vote for change , vote for my job, to vote for my future as simply opposed to voting for a woman.

  10. Linda Ndlovu- UZ

    Sorry to say this Khupe, I am a young student and will only vote for a young president who will guarantee me a brighter future. Guess who?

  11. Umkhonto ka Shaka

    tHIS woman is trying to split votes and nothing else. Otherwise she has been paid to delay the change that we all want. But when the right time comes no one will stop the winds of Change.

    Umzingwane is all voting for CHANGE

    gO cHAMIASA GO. go Umzingwane go

  12. dr amy gilesi

    chimbuya chinoputa zvinodhaka here ichi. Chimbwasungata.

  13. There are truths in what Ms Khupe said. Who can say a woman cannot be president when we all learn everything from our mothers at an early stage of our lives? From controlling wee and poo, walking, talking, eating etc?

    In a very unpredictable election where different constituencies are expecting different outcomes from their party and leader of choice, I say, stop insulting others. Everyone must be free to vote for whoever they want, don’t block that right for other voters, it’s a human right and doing so is undemocratic and unconstitutional.
    Rather try and persuade voters to your side by logical analysis and facts not emotional twaddle, slander and downright intimidation, threats and lies.

  14. This sentence needs proper punctuation!!!!!!”If I was a weak person I would have said let me pack my bags and leave, but I said never I am not going to betray the women of Zimbabwe, I will not betray the young girls who also aspire to be presidents at the end of the day they must learn from us, the courage that we have, the determination that we have it must inspire them to say if our sisters are going ahead and fighting to the finish why can’t we as the elders,” she said.

  15. There are different demographic groups within the voting populations one may appeal to,we know women have an ax to grind with man which goes beyond centuries- heaps & heaps of grievances which they may want to solve in their relations with men’s patriarchal politics. There is a brewing war over this issue,women want to elect someone who would best attend to this at various national fora- preferably a woman also.khupe & Mujuru are wiser to take this advantage& win the election since women beat men in numbers-but the truth is some men sympathetic to women will support their cause; and also some women will refuse to take the cause for other reasons

  16. addmore gudo

    It won’t b clear cut,but the majority of women might choose to Aline themselves with their cause;however it requires vigorous & resourced campaign to reach out to every women n where,to prepare all women to informed positions nation wide,so that they would go to elections wiser & with objectives to solve women’s issues at the national scene.Women in rural areas are unlikely to get this message for example,if the campaign is not vigorous enough,youth demographic group might also support the women agenda-which obviously embraces economic,social& political answers to these demographic groups.May b big resistance might met fr the old gard- the patriarchal demographic

  17. Khupe is trying to separate married women from their husbands – she herself is not married. She is trying to destroy families by piting brothers against sisters fathers against daughters. Its mission impossible she must never push the gender dynamics citizenry does not like that.

  18. There is nothing Dr Khupe has said here. When campaigning some have said they are targeting the youth;others have said they are targeting the rural vote; diaspora voters etc. That is her campaign strategy. If you don’t agree with her it doesn’t mean that everyone doesn’t. As for women who are against her you are pathetic. Anyway l am not surprised because for most of you there is nothing between your ears. Someone tries to fight for your cause you turn against her. I have advised my wife, mother and sister to vote for a person whom they think will advance their cause, man or woman. If man knew how to run a country Zimbabwe would not be in this mercy. What do Zimbabwean men have to show for their superiority complex. You are not even ashamed of yourselves by what you as a species have done to the country. Only fools would believe that just being a man makes you a better leader. You people of Zimbabwe deserve the worst until you wake up. Your reasoning is painfully screwed and you deserve to be where you are for you can’t be counted among civilized nations until you are cleansed of your bush mentality. Stupid beings.

  19. Dr Khupe. If you can look at rallies being addressed by man kuti wakawanda ndewapi. Wakadzi here kana warume? Then you will see murikutamba henyu nemazwi enyu. Ma Women’s league ese arikuti pamberi nani? Mbuya Zuma tried it in South Africa chimbowabvunzai

  20. Grace Mugabe haazati ari murume. We do not vote women into power for the sac of gender balance,,,

  21. Good sense Khupe, this is politics, you cleverly use your trump card. Next meeting hit on tribalism and use that attack on you at Buhera as your tool. By so doing you winning hearts of true voters, than those who bank on seeing people at rallies. Remember counting on eggs is nothing, maybe only 3 can go on to be chickens out of 1000. Use a clever strategy and I bet some will soon be singing ‘votes were rigged’. I like the Matebele warrior spirit in you. May God give you power.

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