Senator Lilian Timveos’ motion in the Senate, calling for a comprehensive government policy on cancer, has received widespread bi-partisan support in the National Assembly.
Senator Timveos used her maiden speech in the Senate in November to rally support for cancer patients.
In the ensuing public discussions, however, some debate has focussed narrowly on the possible need for a levy to set up a Cancer Fund. Sen. Timveos defended her motion, saying it covered much more than the need for such a cancer fund.
“What I proposed was more than just a new tax on workers. Even if there was a levy on workers, how much would that raise, considering that more than 80 percent of the population is unemployed? What I am calling for is innovation in raising support to help fellow Zimbabweans who are affected by cancer,” Sen. Timveos said in a statement.
Below is the motion. Sen. Timveos’ Maiden Speech is available via Hansard, on the Parliament of Zimbabwe website, http://www.parlzim.gov.zw.
Mover: Hon. Timveos
Seconder: Hon. Marava
“Recalling that the month of October is breast cancer month.
Concerned by the number of people, especially women, dying from breast, cervical and other cancers.
Alarmed by the situation of cancer patients in terms of accessibility of treatment in the country.
Also alarmed that cancer treatment is beyond the reach of many patients, especially women.
Recommends that the Government comes up with a clear Policy Document in respect of awareness, counselling, screening for cancer, the treatment of cancer and charges to be levied on cancer patients.”
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A Press Release from the Office of Senator Lilian Timveos, Shadow Minister of Home Affairs, Zimbabwe.
The Shadow Minister of Home Affairs, Senator Lilian Timveos has deplored the rise in road traffic accidents ahead of the festive season.
She called on the police to do a professional job in regulating traffic and to shun corruption.
“It is with sorrow and a deep sense of shock that we learn’t of yet another horrific accident on our roads. I was informed that six more Zimbabweans had perished at the same spot near Zvishavane due to a car crash on Monday. “Although this happened in my own constituency, I can not confine the grief to this area alone as it has shaken the whole nation.
“While our law enforcement officers investigate, we also note the growing carnage involving unlicensed “Noah” vehicles, so soon after a police operation to get rid of unregistered operators.
“We call upon the police to desist from all forms of corruption and do a professional job in regulating crime. We do not need a traffic jungle where people die simply because it is a holiday period. This is the time for people to be happy, reuniting with their families for the school and work holidays.
“Besides, as a nation we can not afford the rampant loss of life and damage to lives and livelihoods.
“Just recently, the nation was mourning the loss of 24 lives due to an avoidable ethanol tanker explosion. We need to be vigilant and ensure that there is safety for all on our public roads.”
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