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MDC-T deputy president Thokozani Khuphe’s much-vaunted cancer foundation has run aground after failing to attract sponsorship from donors to finance its operations.

In a recent interview with NewZimbabwe.com, the former deputy premier also blamed the country’s tense political environment for her misfortunes.

“The foundation is there but we don’t have money unfortunately,” she said.

“Our major problem is resources which are not easy to come by. We are still struggling but we are going ahead soliciting for funding so that we are able to assist the vulnerable who are suffering from cancer.”

After going through successful treatment for a life-threatening breast cancer, Khuphe soon revealed plans to set up a cancer foundation named after her.

She said she had been touched by the plight of less-privileged women who lose their lives every day after failing to get the treatment she herself got as the country’s then deputy prime minister.

The ambitious project looked viable until she lost her lofty government position following her party’s loss to Zanu PF in the 2013 elections.

Since then, Khuphe has found things tough as it has emerged the foundation has no secretariat and only relies on the benevolence of its 11 board members.

The MDC-T legislator blamed politics for her failure to transform the foundation into a more viable project.

“The environment is the one which is not conducive that is why donors are not receptive,” she said.

“The politics of the day is the one which decides who works with you and who doesn’t want to work with you. Once your politics is not right, you find that investors will not come, donors will not be receptive.

“These days there is donor fatigue people are just tired. Once our political environment changes money would be available because the corporate world will start operating, industry will open and we will get money from the local industry.

“We don’t just want money from international donors but from our own local industry as well.”

Khuphe’s project has among its board members, Women’s University in Africa University vice chancellor Professor Hope Sadza who also offers her private premises for the foundation’s meetings.

As part of its activities, Khuphe said, the group visits villages especially in Matebeleland North to alert villagers on the dangers of breast cancer.

But its activities come a cropper if it comes to assisting those affected by the disease with the finances.

“We do awareness programmes especially in the villages so that they are aware there is cancer but we cannot help them financially especially those who would want to do chemotherapy and stuff.”

Source : New Zimbabwe