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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VOTES 02 SEPTEMBER 2020 NO 60

No. 60

 

 

PARLIAMENT

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

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SECOND SESSION – NINTH PARLIAMENT

 

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WEDNESDAY, 2ND SEPTEMBER, 2020

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     ADVANCE COPY- UNCORRECTED

No. 60

 

 

PARLIAMENT

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

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SECOND SESSION – NINTH PARLIAMENT

 

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WEDNESDAY, 2ND SEPTEMBER, 2020

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Quarter past two o’clock p.m.

The Speaker in the Chair

 

Prayers

 

Members Present

 

 

 

Biti L. T.,

Bushu B.,

Bvute O.,

Chamisa S.,

Chanda G. ,

Chibagu G.,

Chidakwa J.,

Chidakwa P.

Chidamba S.,

Chiduwa C.

Chihururu C.,

Chikomba L.,

Chikombo W.,

Chikudo Rueben,

Chikuni E.,

Chikwinya S.,

Chimbaira G.,

Chimina L.,

Chinanzvavana C,

Chingosho C. P.

Chinotimba J.,

Chinyanganya M.,

Chipato A, 

Chitura L,

Chiyangwa P,

Chombo M,

Dinar K,

Dube G,

Dube M.,

Dutiro P,

Dzepasi G,

Dzuma S.,

Gabbuza J. G.,

Gandawa M. A,

Gonese I T,

Gorerino O.,

Gozho C,

Gumbo J. M.,

Gwanongodza E.,

Hamauswa S.,

Houghton J. R,

Jaja J.,

Kabozo S.,

Kachepa N.,

Kambamura P.,

Kanhutu I N,

Kankuni W,

Kapuya F.,

Karenyi L.,

Karikoga T.,

Karoro D.,

Karumazondo M. T.,

Kashambe M. T.,

Kashiri C.,

Kazembe K.,

Khumalo M.,

Khumalo S. S.,

Kureva E.,

Machando P.,

Machingauta C.

Madhuku J,

Madiro M,

Madiwa C.,

Madzimure W.,

Madziva S.,

Mafuta S. V.,

 Mago N,

Mahlangu S,

Makoni R R,

Makonya J,

Mangora B.,

Maphosa L.,

Marikisi N.,

Maronge C.,

Masango C. P.,

Masenda N. T,

Mashakada T.

Masuku E,

Masuku P.,

Matangira T. R,

Mataranyika D. M.,

Mataruse P.,

Matewu C.,

Matsikenyere N.,

Matsunga S.,

Mavenyengwa R.,

Mavetera T. A.,

Mavhunga M,

Mawite D.,

Mayihlome L,

Mbondah M,

Mchenje S. M.,

Mguni Hlalani

Mguni S K,

Mhere E.,

Mhlanga J. N.,

Mhona F T,

Mkandla M.,

Mkaratigwa E.,

Molokela-Tsiye F D,

Moyo C.,

Moyo E,

Moyo Priscilla,

Moyo R.,

Moyo T.,

Mpame C.,

Mpariwa P,

Mpofu A.,

Mpofu M. M.,

Muchimwe P T,

Muchinguri O C Z,

Mudarikwa S,

Mudyiwa M.,

Mugweni C. T.,

Mukapiko D. L.,

Munetsi J.,

Muponora N.,

Murai E,

Murambiwa O,

Murire J, Rtd. Col. Dr

Musabayana D.,

Musakwa E,

Musanhi K. S,

Musiyiwa R.,

Muswere J.,

Mutambisi C,

Mutodi E.,

Ncube E.,

Ncube Ophar,

Ncube Owen,

Ndebele A.,

Ndiweni D.,

Ndlovu S.,

Nduna D. T.,

Nguluvhe A.,

Ngwenya S.,

Nhambo F.,

Nhari V,

Nkani A.,

Nkomo M,

Nyabani T,

Nyamudeza S,

Nyashanu M. Dr,

Nyabote R.  

Nyati Esther

Nyathi R. R,

Nyere C.,

Nyokanhete J,

Nyoni I,

Nyoni S. G. G.,

Omar Joosbi,

Paradza J,

Paradza K.,

Phulu K. I.,

Porusingazi E.,

Raidza M.,

Sacco J. K.,

Samambwa E.,

Sansole T. W.,

Saruwaka T. J. L.,

Seremwe B.,

Sewera J N,

Shamu W. K.,

Shava J.,

Shirichena E.,

Shongedza E.,

Shumbamhini H.,

Sibanda D P,

Sibanda D. S.,

Sibanda O.,

Singo L,

Sithole G K,

Sithole James,

Sithole Josiah,

Sithole S,

Tarusenga U D,

Taruvinga F.,

Tekeshe D.,

Toffa J.,

Togarepi P.,

Tongofa M.,

Tshuma D.,

Tsunga R,

Tsuura N.,

Watson N J,

Zemura L,

Zengeya – Muradzikwa V

Zhemu S,

Zhou P,

Zhou T,

Ziyambi ,

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printed by Order of the House




In attendance in terms of section 138(2) and (3) and section 104(3) of the Constitution

 

    Absent with leave

Hon. Gandawa, Hon. Rungani A

 

 

1.         The Speaker informed the House that Hon. Esther Nyathi has been nominated to serve on

            the Portfolio Committees on Information, Media and Broadcasting             Services; and Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development.

 

2.         The Speaker also informed the House that Parliament received a petition from Zimbabwe Parents of Handicapped Children Association beseeching Parliament to facilitate the provision of free or subsidised medication for children living with epilepsy and that the      petition had since been referred to the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care.

 

3.         The Speaker further informed the House that on 20th July, 2020, Parliament of Zimbabwe received a petition from Deaf Zimbabwe Trust beseeching Parliament to amend and align section 193 of Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act to the Constitution and domesticate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and that the petition had since been referred to the Portfolio Committee on Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

4.         Furthermore, on 22nd July, 2020, Parliament of Zimbabwe received a petition from the Women Institute of Development beseeching Parliament to engage central government regarding the need to urgently address the Bulawayo Water crisis and ensure the promotion of the right to safe, clean and portable water to the residents.  The petition has since been referred to the Portfolio Committees on Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement and Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.

 

5.         The Speaker also informed the House that in order to maintain social distancing, Hon Members were expected to make their contributions from wherever they were connected from.

 

6.         The Speaker: Following the testing of COVID 19 to Members of Parliament and Staff on Monday 31st August 2020 and Tuesday 1st September 2020, please be advised that the city of Harare and Parliament Clinic will be contacting only those who tested positive to COVID 19 from today until Friday 4th September, 2020. Consequently, those who do not receive any call by Friday 4th September, 2020 would have tested negative to COVID 19. We urge those who will test positive to strictly observe the World Organisation guidelines on isolation as advised by the Ministry of Health and Child Care and Parliament Clinic. We also urge you to remain calm and positive and would like to assure you that we are together in this. You will be in our prayers every day and we wish you a speedy recovery.

 

7.         Questions without notice.

 

8.         Questions with notice.

 

9.          Hon Togarepi, seconded by Hon Mhona, moved: That Notice of Motion No. 1, for today, stands over until Notice of Motion No. 2 has been disposed of.

 

            Motion put and agreed to.

 

10.        Hon. K. Paradza, seconded by Hon. Mhona, moved: That this House takes note of the Report of the International Forum on Development of Parliamentarians and the Russia-Africa Parliamentary Conference, held at the Crown Plaza Hotel, in Moscow, Russia from 1st to 3rd July 2019.

 

On the motion of Hon. Togarepi, seconded by Hon. Mpariwa: Debate adjourned until     tomorrow.

 

11.       On the motion of Hon. Togarepi, seconded by Hon. Mpariwa: The House adjourned at a quarter to five o`clock pm.

         

 

                                                                                         HON. ADV. J. F. MUDENDA,

                                                                                        Speaker.    

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                                            THURSDAY, 3RD SEPTEMBER 2020

                                                                             

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

1.          Hon. Vice President K.C.D. Mohadi

 

That this House takes note of the Annual Report of the National Peace and Reconciliation

Commission for the year 2018, presented to Parliament in terms of Section 323 (1) of the

Constitution of Zimbabwe.

 

 

2.           Hon. Vice President K.C.D. Mohadi

 

That this House takes note of the Annual Report of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission for the year 2019, presented to Parliament in terms of Section 323 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

 

3.           The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs

 

             THAT WHEREAS Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that any

           Convention, Treaty or Agreement acceded to, concluded or executed by or under the

           authority of the President with one or more foreign states or governments or international

           organisations shall be subject to approval by Parliament.

 

         WHEREAS the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Harmonization of Seed

          Regulatory Framework in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) was

         adopted to address regional seed insecurity through integrating smaller and national seed

          markets into one large SADC seed market.

 

        WHEREAS the Republic of Zimbabwe is desirous of acceding to the regulatory framework.

 

        AND WHEREAS in accordance with Article 13 of the MoU, the MoU shall enter into force

        30 days after signature by two thirds of Member States and in terms of article 14 of the

        MoU, the MoU shall remain open for accession by any Members State and;

 

        MOW THEREFORE, in terms of Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, this

       House resolves that the aforesaid Memorandum of Understanding is hereby approved for

       accession.

 

 

4.      The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for the year 2019, presented to Parliament in terms of Section 323 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which states that every Commission must submit to Parliament, through the appropriate Minister, an annual Report on its operations by not later than end of March in the year following the year to which the report relates.

 

 

 

5.     The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs

 

  That this House takes note of the Report of the Judicial Services Commission for the year 2019, presented to Parliament in terms of Section 323 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which states that every Commission must submit to Parliament, through the appropriate Minister, an annual Report on its operations by not later than end of March in the year following the year to which the report relates.

 

6.     Adjourned debate on motion that leave be granted to bring in a Finance Bill (Adjourned

       16th July, 2020- The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs)

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    [Days elapsed 4]

 

        Question proposed: That leave be granted to bring in a Bill to make further provisions for      the revenues and public funds of Zimbabwe and to make provisions for matters connected

        therewith or incidental thereto – The Minister of Finance and Economic Development

 

7.      Committee: Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill (H.B. 8, 2019) – The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services.

 

8.       Second Reading: Forest Amendment Bill (H.B. 19, 2019)-The Minister of

         Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry.

 

      9.    Committee: National Prosecuting Authority Bill (H. B. 20, 2019) - The Minister of    

        Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

10.   Second Reading: Financial Adjustments Bill [(H.B. 19, 2019) – The Minister of Finance    and Economic Development.

 

11.       Second Reading: Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill (H.B. 18, 2019)-The Minister    

          of Information and Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services.

 

 

12.    Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Reading of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 2) Bill, (H.B. 23, 2019) – (Adjourned 9th July, 2020- The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs).

 

                                                                                                                        [Days elapsed 8]

 

Question proposed: That the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 2) Bill, (H.B. 23, 2019), be now read a second time – The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

13.     Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned

22nd October, 2019 – Hon. Sacco)

(Time elapsed: 2 hours 4 minutes)

 

Question proposed: That a respectful address be presented to the

President of Zimbabwe as follows: -

 

May it please you, your Excellency the President:

 

         We, the Members of Parliament of Zimbabwe, desire to express our loyalty to Zimbabwe

         and beg leave to offer our respectful thanks for the speech, which you have been pleased

          to address to Parliament. – Hon. Sacco.     

 

 

 

14.      Hon. Molekele-Tsiye

            Hon Mushayi

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development on the operations of Verify Engineering, Mkwasine [S.C. 1, 2020]

 

15.    Hon Mavenyengwa

          Hon Chibaya

 

            That this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwean Delegation to the

            141stAssembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union held in Belgrade, Serbia, from

            13th-17th October 2019.

 

16.       Hon. Toffa

           Hon. Tongofa

 

That this House take note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care on the Network of African Parliamentary Committees on Health (NEAPACOH) Conference, held in Kampala, Uganda from 30th to 31st October 2018.

 

 

 

17.    Hon Kwaramba

         Hon. Dr. Labode

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the Delegation to the Summit of the International Conference on Population and Development held in Nairobi, Kenya from 12th to 14th November 2019.

 

18.    Hon. Madiwa

         Hon. Chibaya

 

         That this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwean Delegation to the Fourth

          Interregional, Seminar on the Parliamentary capacity Building and Achievements of the

          SDGs for Parliaments of Developing Countries, Beijing, China from 11th-19th June

         2019.

 

19.    Hon. Mpariwa

 Hon. Chikombo

 

That this House adopts the Third Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Benchmarking Visit to the Parliament of Zambia by a Delegation of the Committee, (S. C. 17, 2019).

 

20.      Hon. Chombo                                    

            Hon. Labode Dr.

 

That this House takes note of the Delegation Report on the Pan-African Parliament High Level Summit on HIV and Health Financing in Africa, held in Brazzaville, Congo from 11th – 12th July 2019.

 

21.   Hon. Togarepi

        Hon. Mpariwa

 

That this House takes note of the Liaison and Coordination Committee Annual Report for  the First Session of the Ninth Parliament.

 

22.    Hon K. Paradza

            Hon Mayihlome

 

  That this House;

NOTING that all persons have a right to nationality as guaranteed by Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international instruments;

 

CONCERNED that statelessness remains human rights crisis affecting negatively on individuals and families globally with at least 10 million people estimated to be stateless;

 

RECOGNISING that in October 2013, the UNHCR called for the total commitment of the international community to end statelessness, which resulted in the Global Action plan to end statelessness in 10 years;

 

ALSO RECOGNISING that Zimbabwe is party of various international and regional human rights instruments including the 1954 convention relating to the status of statelessness persons which is acceded to in 1998;

 

ACKNOWLEDGING THAT Zimbabwe is not a party to the 1961 Convention of the Reduction of Statelessness;

 

AWARE THAT that the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20) Act 2013 provides a progressive basis for addressing issues of nationality and statelessness by, among others, providing for the possibility of dual citizenship, especially with respect to persons of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) heritage.

 

     NOW, THEREFORE, resolves to recommend:

(a)    That the Ministries of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage and Foreign Affairs work hand in glove to conclude the necessary processes to domesticate the conventions which Zimbabwe is party to with regard to statelessness;

 

(b)   That the Executive immediately takes steps to accede to and domesticate the 1961 Convention on Reduction of Statelessness, the 1990 Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all migrant workers and Members of their families and the 1957 Convention on the Nationality for all and ending statelessness by 2024;

 

(c)    That the Executive champions the eradication of statelessness within the SADC region during Zimbabwe’s chairpersonship of the SADC organ on Politics Defence and Security by supporting and advocating for the adoption of the SADC Joint Action Plan;

 

(d)   That the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage urgently align the Citizenship Act [Chapter 4:01], Births and Deaths Registration Act [Chapter 5:02] and the Immigration Act [Chapter 4:02] with the Constitution in order to effectively address issues of Statelessness in order to contribute to ending Statelessness by 2024; and

 

(e)    Urge the Executive to use Zimbabwe’s Chairpersonship of SADC PF to champion issues of ending Statelessness within the region.

23.    Hon Mpariwa

           Hon D. Sibanda            

         That this House:

 

NOTING that the 25th November, 2019 marked the beginning of the 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

 

COGNISANT that this important issue has been marked internationally since 1991 due to

the rampant physical, mental and sexual abuse of women and girls at the hands of cruel

and insensitive men.

 

WORRIED that in spite of the efforts to raise awareness of this critical issue it has in some instances gone unabated.

 

CONCERNED that Zimbabwe has been unable to eradicate this scourge which manifests itself in many ways such as domestic violence, rape, incest, child marriage and other undesirable practices.

 

AWARE that failure to deal with this problem is a sad indictment on Zimbabwe as a nation.

 

DESIROUS that appropriate legislative measures and policy interventions be put in place to end all forms of gender based violence.

 

NOW THEREFORE;

Calls upon the appropriate Government Ministries, agencies and departments to come up with appropriate measures to ensure that incidences of gender based violence are in the short term reduced and in the long run eradicated.

 

24.   Hon Ndiweni

          Hon Majaya

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the 46th Plenary Assembly Session of the SADC Parliamentary Forum held at the Swakopmund Entertainment Centre, Swakopmund, Namibia held from 10th to 17th December 2019.

 

25.    Hon Chidakwa  J.

         Hon Madzimure

 

         That this House: 

 

CONCERNED at the scourge of illicit financial flows affecting African countries in general and Zimbabwe in particular;

 

FURTHER CONCERNED about the lack of adequate domestic and international measures to curb illicit financial impropriation;

 

WORRIED by the Government’s indifferent and lackadaisical response to challenges of illicit financial flaws; and

 

DISTURBED by the operations of the cartels and other doggy characters who are aiding and abetting illicit financial flaws in the country.

 

NOW THEREFORE CALLS UPON, this House to;

 

         (a)Unequivocally condemn the practice of conducting illicit financial activities in

              Zimbabwe; and

 

         (b)The Government to put in place policies and measures to curb illicit financial

              flaws.

 

 

 

 

26.       Hon.  Mliswa

               Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga

 

            That this House:

 

RECOGNISING that Members of Parliament, with the exception of Independent candidates, are elected to Parliament on a political party ticket

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that every political party is guided by its own ideology, values and principles which largely influence the manner in which members of the party debate on issues brought before Parliament

 

AWARE that once a Member of Parliament is elected, he or she becomes a representative of every citizen of Zimbabwe in his or her constituency and not just those that voted for the Member

 

CONCERNED that Members of Parliament cannot fulfill this representative role to its letter and spirit due to the strictures imposed by political party ideology which is enforced by the whipping system

 

NOTING that Section 61 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe affords every citizen, including Parliamentarians, the right to freedom of expression and the right to seek, receive and communicate ideas and other information

 

ALSO NOTING that Section 148 (1) of the Constitution provides that Members of Parliament have freedom of speech in Parliament and in all Parliamentary Committees and, while they must obey the rules and orders of the House concerned, they are not liable to civil or criminal proceedings, arrest or imprisonment or damages for anything said in, produced before or submitted to Parliament or any of its committees.

 

COGNISANT, however, that this privilege is invalidated by Section 129 (1) (k) of the Constitution which gives political parties the unfettered power to recall a Member of Parliament whom, in executing his or her representative function, does not toe the party line

 

DEEPLY CONCERNED that this provision entrenches the whipping system and limits Members of Parliament’s ability to debate freely, earnestly and without fear or favour on issues that affect the people of Zimbabwe where the matters appear to contradict the party line.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon Parliament to: Urgently amend Section 129 (1) (k) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe so that it stays execution of any notice of expulsion of a member until the Constitutional Court has certified that due process was followed.

 

27.       Hon Madhuku

            Hon S. Sithole

 

            That this House;

 

APPLAUDING the commitment by Government to provide salary increases to civil servants from time to time to mitigate the impact of inflation caused by the vicissitudes of the economic environment;

 

COGNISANT that the resources provided by the Government are always limited and do not meet the expectations of the civil servants and other public officers;

 

RECALLING that in a bid to improve the conditions of service for its workers, Government has passed resolutions on the need to introduce non-monetary benefits as a way of augmenting the paltry salaries that civil servants earn to cushion their livelihoods under the prevailing harsh economic conditions;

 

NOW THEREFORE, CALLS upon the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the Public Service Commission to provide non-monetary incentives to all Government workers, the majority of whom have nothing to take home at retirement to show for their illustrious services as civil and public officers;

 

FURTHER RECOMMENDS that non-monetary benefits be given in the form of land and personal vehicles for those who have been in the civil service for periods in excess of twenty-five years.

 

28.       Hon. Kwaramba

              Hon. Bhuda-Masara

 

         That this House;

 

COGNISANT that the Republic of Zimbabwe is signatory to the Beijing +25 Declaration, the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);

 

RECOGNISING that Sections 17, 56, 79 and 80 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provide for gender equity;

 

NOTING the commemoration of SHEDECIDES on 2nd March and the International Women’s Day on 8 March, 2020 under the theme “I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights’, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action;

 

DEEPLY CONCERNED by the regression in the implementation of the Beijing+ 25 Critical Areas;

 

WORRIED about the country’s state of preparedness in the face of the Coronavirus and other non-communicable diseases;

 

NOW THEREFORE in line with the Beijing+ 25 declaration;

 

a)      Government to create an enabling environment for teenagers to access reproductive health services;

 

b)      Government to increase funding for the Ministries implementing the Beijing +25 Critical Areas;

 

c)      Government to equip relevant stakeholders that deal with Gender Based Violence with adequate financial and human resources; and

 

d)     Parliament of Zimbabwe to expedite the implementation of the institutional gender policy which provides institutional mechanisms to deal with sexual harassment and violence against women.

 

29.       hon mavetera

hon tsvangirayi

 

That this House:

 

MINDFUL that young people constitute around seventy percent of the population and must be adequately represented in all the socio-economic spheres as they are the backbone of the country’s economic development;

 

ALSO MINDFUL that Section 20 (b) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that the State and all agencies of government at every level must take reasonable measures, including affirmative action programmes, to ensure that youths, particularly those aged between fifteen and thirty-five have opportunities to associate and to be represented and participate in political, social and other economic spheres of life;

 

COGNISANT that there are gaps in the legislative framework on issues pertaining to the youths;       

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon the responsible Ministry to:

 

a)      come up with legislation that allocate at least twenty-five percent of decision-making positions to the youth by the 31st December, 2022;

b)      embark on programmes that economically empower the youths by 31st December, 2022; and

c)      ensure that such measures and programmes embarked on are all inclusive, non-partisan and reflective of the national character of our country.

30.       Hon J. Chidhakwa

Hon Mushoriwa

 

That this House;

 

NOTING the widening gap between the poor and the rich in Zimbabwe.

 

CONCERNED that extreme poverty in Zimbabwe has risen from 29% (4,7 million) in 2018 to 34% (5,7 Million) people in 2019;

 

SHOCKED that the richest few Zimbabweans took a large percentage while the bottom half of Zimbabweans accounted for less percentage of the country’s income in 2019;

 

SADDENED that the Government has gazetted that domestic workers be paid RTGS $1 200.00 which is far less than USD $60.00 per month and well below the poverty datum line;

 

AWARE that the Executive arm of Government has failed to come up with policies that address inequalities;

 

NOW THEREFORE; calls upon Government:

 

 

a)      To carry out investigations to determine the causes of the continued widening gap between the rich and the poor in the country; and

 

b)      To take remedial measures to urgently address the economic disparities in the country.

 

 

 

 

31.    Hon. Mushayi

        Hon. Gonese

 

      That this House:

 

AWARE that Zimbabwe ratified several international instruments promoting breast-feeding, including; the International Labour Organisation (ILO)Maternity Protection Convention No. 183 of 2000, ILO Recommendation No. 191, the Innocenti Declaration of 1990 and Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative of 1991;

 

ENCOURAGED by the initiatives made by the Government to domesticate these international instruments through Section 65 (7) of the Constitution, the Labour Act [Chapter 28:01], Public Health Act [Chapter 15:17], Statutory Instrument 1/2000 Public Service Regulations, Infant and Young Child Feeding Policy and the Food and Nutrition Security Policy;

 

COGNISANT of the nutritional benefits of breast feeding to the healthy development of infants and positive impact on the socio-economic development of our country;

 

      CONCERNED that a majority of employed women continue to experience challenges in their workplaces which impede them from achieving positive breast-feeding outcomes including; incomprehensive maternity leave policies, lack of facilities to express and refrigerate breast milk or nurse their babies in privacy and child care facilities at or near their workplaces, amongst others;

 

ALSO CONCERNED that a great number of employed women discard milk in toilets when their breasts become engorged during working hours, while some are forced to wean their babies before they attain two years of age as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), thereby exposing them to attacks by diseases and malnutrition;

 

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon:

 

a) The Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to present a bill to Parliament

           by 31st December 2020:

   i) aligning the Labour Relations Act [Chapter 28:01] to the Constitution, in particular the

       removal of the qualifying period of one year of employment for female employees in

       order for them to enjoy the right to paid maternity leave, thereby afford all women

       adequate time for breastfeeding; and

     ii)  providing for the mandatory establishment of lactation rooms and child care facilities

           in all workplaces so as to ensure that both women employed in the formal and

           informal sectors successfully practice optimal breastfeeding, amongst other support

           systems and policies to enable working mothers to breastfeed;

 

b) Parliament to establish a lactation room in the Parliament Building for the sole purpose of

          breastfeeding, expressing or storing milk by nursing mothers who maybe Honourable

          Members or Officers of Parliament by 31st December 2020.

 

32.       Hon. Josiah Sithole

             Hon. E. Ncube

 

NOTING that Zimbabwe ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2013;

 

      ALSO NOTING that Section 83 of the Constitution exhorts the state to take appropriate  

      measures to ensure that persons with disabilities realise their full mental and physical potential;

 

                 CONCERNED that persons with disabilities continue to be marginalised in socio-economic development initiatives, including disbursement of the Covid 19 Lockdown cushioning grants for vulnerable groups and e-learning facilities during the Lockdown;

 

           ALSO CONCERNED that the Disabled Persons Act [Chapter 17:01] of 1992 has been                       overtaken by events and no longer adequately caters for the rights of persons with                                     disabilities;

 

            NOW THEREFORE, calls upon:

 

a) the government to craft all-inclusive development policies which cater for the needs of

                persons with disability, amongst other groups;

            b) the Ministry of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare and Ministry of Primary and

                Secondary Education to urgently provide specific grants and e-learning packages for

                persons with disabilities respectively by 31st July, 2020; and

            c) the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to present a bill to

                Parliament which aligns the Disabled Persons Act [Chapter 17:01] to the Constitution                   and domesticates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with                                Disabilities by 31st December 2020.

 

33.        Hon. Josiah Sithole

               Hon. Mutambisi

 

            That this House:

 

            Noting that Section 75(1) (a) of the Constitution states that every citizen and permanent

            resident of Zimbabwe has a right to a basic state-funded education, including adult basic

            education;

 

  Applauding the Government of Zimbabwe for establishing the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) Programme in 2001 as a key component of the Enhanced Social Protection Programme (ESPP);

 

Cognisant that the BEAM Programme is based on a policy framework designed to provide quality education to children and support to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in line with international agreements to which the Government of Zimbabwe is a signatory;

 

Disturbed that the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Report (2019) revealed that an average of 61 percent of children were turned away from school in 2019 due to non-payment of tuition fees;

Also disturbed that the rate of school dropouts continues to rise amongst girls and the economically disadvantaged children resulting in early child pregnancies and child labour;

 

Concerned at the continuous disparity between policy and selection criteria of beneficiaries of the BEAM Programme by Community Selection Committees;

 

Now, therefore, calls upon:

a)      Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to conduct awareness campaigns on the BEAM Manual targeting Community Selection Committees;

b)      Ministry of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare in collaboration with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to effectively monitor implementation of the BEAM Programme, particularly the selection process to ensure that all eligible students benefit from the programme; and

c)      Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to allocate adequate financial resources towards BEAM Programme in the 2021 National Budget in view of the increasing levels of vulnerability in the country and ultimately facilitate the progressive realisation of basic state-funded education.

 

 

34.     Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the International Forum on the Development of Parliamentarians and the Russia-Africa Parliamentary Conference (Adjourned 2nd September, 2020 – Hon. Togarepi)

[Day elapsed: 1]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the International Forum on Development of Parliamentarians and the Russia-Africa Parliamentary Conference, held at the Crown Plaza Hotel, in Moscow, Russia from 1st to 3rd July 2019- Hon Paradza K

 

 

 

35     Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Industry and   Commerce on the Petition by Associations of the Sugarcane Farmers (Adjourned 16th July, 2020 – Hon. Togarepi)

[Days elapsed: 5]

 

    Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Industry and   Commerce on the Petition by Associations of the Sugarcane Farmers on the issues relating to the division of proceeds ratio, Sugar Production Control Act (Chapter 18.19) of 1964, Value Added Tax, hegemony of the sugar industry value chain and subsequent myriad of challenges affecting sugarcane out-growers-Hon Sacco

 

36.   Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Delegation to the Third World  

        Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development (Adjourned 8th July, 2020 – Hon. P.  

        Moyo)

[Days elapsed: 8]

 

    Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Delegation to the Third World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development, held in Bali, Indonesia from 4th to 5th September 2019-Hon P. Moyo

 

37.       Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the delegation to the 75th Session

of the Executive Committee and the 42nd Conference of the African Parliamentary Forum Union (APU) (Adjourned 7th July, 2020 – Hon. Togarepi)

[Days elapsed: 9]

 

     Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the 75th Session of the

     Executive Committee and the 42ndConference of the African Parliamentary Forum Union

     (APU) – Hon. T. Zhou

 

38.  Adjourned debate on the motion on the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Lands,    

       Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement on the 2020 Zimbabwe Cotton Marketing                  

       Season: The Farmer’s Experience (Adjourned 14th July, 2020 – Hon.  

        Wadyajena)

[Days elapsed: 7]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement on the 2020 Zimbabwe Cotton Marketing Season: The Farmer’s Experience (S.C. 12, 2020) – Hon. Wadyajena

 

39.   Adjourned debate on motion on the Report   the Portfolio Committee on Public Service,

        Labour and Social Welfare on the Petition Received from the National Residential Care

        Leavers Network Trust on the Violation of Rights of Young Adults upon discharge from

         Residential Child Care Facilities (Adjourned 14th July, 2020 – Hon. E. Ncube)

 

 

 [Days elapsed: 7]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Portfolio Committee    on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare on the Petition Received from the National Residential Care Leavers Network Trust on the Violation of Rights of Young Adults upon discharge from Residential Child Care Facilities [S.C. 7, 2020] – Hon E Ncube

 

40.   Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation on the Petition on the need to set up a Youth Commission which will ensure that the State complies with the provisions of Section 20 of the Constitution,

(S. C. 2, 2019) (Adjourned 15th July, 2020 – Hon Togarepi).

                                                                                                                    [Days elapsed: 6]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of     Report of the Portfolio Committee on Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation on the Petition on the need to set up a Youth Commission which will ensure that the State complies with the provisions of Section 20 of the Constitution, (S. C. 2, 2019) – Hon Tongofa

 

41.    Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the delegation to 53rd Session of the ACP

         Parliamentary Assembly and the 37th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary

          Assembly (Adjourned 7th July, 2020 – Hon. Togarepi)

[Days elapsed: 11]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report on the 53rd Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and the 37th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly – Hon. P. Moyo

 

42.       Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Economic Development on the Familiarisation tour to Zimbabwe’s border posts (Adjourned 24th June, 2020 – Hon. Togarepi)

[Days elapsed: 12]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Economic Development on the Familiarisation tour to Zimbabwe’s border posts from 3rd to 6th June 2019 and 7th to 11th July 2019. (S.C. 26, 2019) – Hon. Mhona

 

43.       Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Primary and

Secondary Education on Schools Opening in light of COVID 10 Pandemic (Adjourned 4th   June, 2020 – Hon. Mutambisi)

 

[Days elapsed: 17]

 

   Question proposed: That this House adopts the Report of the Portfolio Committee on

   Primary and Secondary Education on Schools Opening in light of COVID 10 Pandemic

   (S. C. 6, 2020)- Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga

 

44.    Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Analysis of the 2017 Auditor General’s Report on Local Authorities (Adjourned 2nd June, 2020 – Hon. Togarepi)

[Days elapsed: 19]

 

 

Question proposed: That this House adopts the Second Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Analysis of the 2017 Auditor General’s Report on Local Authorities (Chegutu Municipality, Chinhoyi Municipality, Kariba Municipality and Karoi City Council) (S.C. 18, 2019)- Hon. Raidza

 

45.   Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare on Petition Regarding Delays in the Operationalisation of Statutory Instrument 125 / 2013 (Reinstated 2nd June, 2020 – Hon. E. Ncube)

                                                                                                                                      

 [Days elapsed: 21]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare on Petition Regarding Delays in the Operationalisation of Statutory Instrument 125 / 2013 Children’s (Non-Public Service Probation Officers) Regulations. (S.C.3, 2019)- Hon. E. Ncube

 

46.      Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs on the Zimbabwe Elections Support Network’s Petition to Parliament on Electoral Reforms (Adjourned 25th   June, 2020 – Hon. Mataranyika)

 

[Days elapsed: 11]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs on the Zimbabwe Elections Support Network’s Petition to Parliament on Electoral Reforms. (S.C. 29, 2019)-Hon Mataranyika.

 

47.       Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Delegation to the 45th Plenary Assembly

            of the SADC Parliamentary Forum (Adjourned 2nd June, 2020 – Hon. Mutambisi)

 

                                                                                                                     [Days elapsed: 19]

 

Question proposed: That this House Takes note of Report of the Delegation to the 45th Plenary Assembly of the SADC Parliamentary Forum, held at the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Centre, Maputo, Mozambique, from 15 to 25 July 2019-  Hon. Kwaramba

 

48.     Adjourned debate on motion on the Report on the Re-engagement visit to the United

         Kingdom of Sweden by a Parliamentary Delegation led by the Hon. Advocate J. F. Mudenda from 9th to 10th September 2019.  (Adjourned 23rd June, 2020 – Hon K.           Paradza)

 

                                                                                                                              [Days elapsed: 13]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report on the Re-engagement visit to

the United Kingdom of Sweden by a Parliamentary Delegation led by the Hon. Advocate J.

 F. Mudenda from 9th to 10th September 2019 - Hon K. Paradza.

 

49.     Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women

Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development on Fact Finding Visits to     Selected District Office and Women Empowerment Projects (Adjourned 23rd June 2020 – Hon Madiwa)

 

[Days elapsed: 13]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Portfolio Committee on

Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development on Fact Finding

Visits to   Selected District Office and Women Empowerment Projects in Mashonaland

East, Manicaland, Masvingo and Matabeleland South (S. C. 14, 2019) - Hon Madiwa

 

50.  Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women

      on Social Protection Systems, Access to Public Services and Sustainable Infrastructure for

      Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls, (Adjourned 23rd June 2020- Hon

     Kwaramba)

                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                              [Days elapsed: 13]

 

      Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the 63rd Commission on the

      Status of Women on Social Protection Systems, Access to Public Services and Sustainable

       Infrastructure for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls, held from

      11th to 22nd March 2019, in New York, United States of America – Hon Kwaramba

 

51.   Adjourned debate on motion on the Report on the 74th Session of the Executive   

  Committee of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) (Adjourned 23rd June 2020- Hon

  Zhou)

 

                                                                                                                                                                 [Days elapsed: 13]

 

   Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report on the 74th Session of the

   Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) held from 13th – 14th

   June 2019 in Bangui, Central African Republic – Hon T. Zhou 

 

 

52.    Committee of Supply

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 9TH SEPTEMBER, 2020

 

 

questions for oral answers

 

♦          QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

*          QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

 

*1.       Hon. Dr. Nyashanu: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to explain to the House when the Murambinda-Birchenough Road surfacing will            commence.

[Deferred from 8th July, 2020]

*2.       Hon. Sithole J: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development when     the surfacing of the Matsvange-Mashoko and Chikuku-Makuvaza Roads in Bikita           South Constituency will commence.

[Deferred from 8th July, 2020]

*3.       Hon. Sithole J: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to          inform the House when the bridge across Tugwi River which links up the resettlement

areas in Ward 26, Save Valley Conservancy, Ward 3 and Mashoko Hospital will be repaired.

[Deferred from 8th July, 2020]

*4.       Hon. Maronge: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to                          inform the House when the Rupike-Nyamande-Nyikavanhu Road in Masvingo South

Constituency will be regravelled.

[Deferred from 2nd September, 2020]

*5.         Hon.  Nkomo M: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House the measures put in place in availing diagnostic machines and services in rural areas.

 

[Deferred from 27th May, 2020]

 

*6.       Hon. M. Nkomo: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to apprise the House on    the measures being taken by the Ministry to ensure that children aged between 0 and 3   years access nutritionally balanced food during the COVID 19 Lockdown.

 

[Deferred from 15th July, 2020]

 

*7.       Hon. Maronge: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House          whether  the government has any plans to construct more clinics in Wards 26, 29 and 30            of Masvingo South Constituency considering that some people have to walk for distances        as long as 30  kilometres to access health care services.

 

[Deferred from 2nd September, 2020]

*8.       Hon I. Nyoni: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the

House measures being put in place to reduce the cost of using cashless transactions.

 

[Deferred from 27th May, 2020]

 

*9.       Hon. Dr. Nyashanu: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to inform   the House when the Ministry will electrify Madzimbashuro       Business Centre, Pedzisai       Primary School and the surrounding areas in Buhera District.

[Deferred from 8th July, 2020]

*10.     Hon. Sithole J: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to inform the         House when Wards 7, 28 and 26 in Bikita South Constituency will be electrified.

[Deferred from 8th July, 2020]

*11.     Hon. B. Dube: To ask the Minister of National Housing and Social Amenities to:

a)      Explain to the House why the Ministry is imposing rental charges on beneficiaries of the Hlalanikuhle Mutapa Housing Scheme in Gweru Town considering that the government offered them undeveloped stands or partially built houses;

 

b)      Inform the House when the Ministry will audit the Housing Scheme as there are allegations that fifty percent of the Houses are occupied by residents who are not the intended beneficiaries; and

 

c)      Inform the House when the Ministry will issue ownership documents to beneficiaries considering that the government has been promising to do so since 2008.

 

[Deferred from 12th February, 2020]

*12.     Hon. B. Dube: To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to inform the House the government policy position regarding individuals who lost parliamentary elections and then went on to masquerade as Honourable Members, as has been the case in some parts of the country such as Chiwundura Constituency.

 

[Deferred from 12th February, 2020]

 

 

*13.     Hon. M. Nkomo:  To ask the Minister of Youth Sport Arts and Recreation to inform the House on the Ministry’s plans to open a new branch for the Empowerment Bank in Matabeleland North’s provincial capital of Lupane so as to cater for the needs of the youth in the province.

[Deferred from 12th February, 2020]

 

*14.     Hon. E. Masuku: To ask the Minister of Youth, Art, Sports and Recreation to explain to the House the strategies that are being implemented by the Ministry to alleviate the plight of youths under the prevailing conditions of the Covid 19 pandemic.

 

[Deferred from 8th July, 2020]

 

 

*15.     Hon. Gandawa: To ask the Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Tourism and Hospitality Industry to explain measures being put in place to compensate communities in Nyamakate, Chinyudze areas of Hurungwe North, who are constantly losing livestock to wild animals.

 

[Deferred from 27th May, 2020]

 

*16.     Hon. Madhuku: To ask the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and          Hospitality to inform the House measures being taken by the Ministry to compensate

            (a) Families of victims killed by wild animals near conservancies due to human -wildlife                     conflict;

            (b) Farmers whose cattle are being killed by animals near conservancies; and

            (c) Farmers whose crops are destroyed by wild animals due to human-wildlife conflict

 

[Deferred from 27th May, 2020]

*17.     Hon. Chikuni: To ask the Minister Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality           Industry to inform the House government policy on forestry companies which have     not planted trees for the past three years resulting in the establishment of human            settlements in areas earmarked for reforestation.

 

[Deferred from 8th July, 2020]

 

*18.     Hon. Masuku E: To ask the Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Tourism and Hospitality             Industry to inform the House the measures that the Ministry has put in place to promote domestic             tourism in view of the fact that            international tourist arrivals have been drastically reduced by the             Covid 19 pandemic.

 

[Deferred from 8th July, 2020]

 

*19.     Hon. Mukapiko: To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce to inform the House when Zimcoke will official open. 

      

                                              [Deferred from 27th May, 2020]     

 

*20.     Hon. Mukapiko: To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce to update the House on the progress made on opening of ZISCO steel and its subsidiary companies like Lancashire steel.

 

[Deferred from 27th May, 2020]

 

*21.     Hon. Raidza: To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce to inform the House the progress made in resuscitating Buchwa Iron Mining Company (BIMCO), a division of ZISCO Steel in Mberengwa East Constituency.

 

[Deferred from 27th May, 2020]

 

*22.     Hon. Raidza: To ask the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation to inform the House when is the Ministry going to develop sports and recreational facilities in Mberengwa East Constituency.

 

[Deferred from 27th May, 2020]

 

*23.     Hon. Masango: To ask the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development to explain the role of Community Development Coordinators.

 

[Deferred from 27th May, 2020]

 

*24.     Hon. Mkandla: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural                                 Resettlement to inform the House:

a) when 10 out of the 13 boreholes in Dete in the Gwayi Catchment area will be rehabilitated; and

b) whether the Ministry has any plans to replace the current electric water pumping            system with solar considering that boreholes in the area are non-functional for periods   as long as   four weeks due to electric faults.

[Deferred from 2nd September, 2020]

*25.    Hon. Mkandla: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to inform the        House whether the Ministry has any plans to open Kamativi Mine which shut down more             than ten years ago.

[Deferred from 2nd September, 2020]

*26.     Hon. Maronge: To ask the Minister of Local Government and Public Works to inform   the House when the Zimbabwe United Passengers Company (ZUPCO) buses will be allocated to ply areas with dusty feeder roads such as Nyajena in Masvingo South      Constituency.

 [Deferred from 2nd September, 2020]

*27.     Hon. Maronge: To ask the Minister of Local Government and Public Works to inform   the House when access roads in in Masvingo South Constituency will be graded         considering that the roads are in a state of dilapidation since this rehabilitation exercise            was last done 3 years ago.

[Deferred from 2nd September, 2020]

*28.     Hon. Maronge: To ask the Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal   and Courier Services to inform the House when the NetOne mobile network will be      expanded to the Guwa area in Ward 24 and Nyamande area in Ward 27 of Masvingo

South Constituency which currently lack any coverage.

[Deferred from 2nd September, 2020]

 

*29.   Hon. Maronge: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to          explain to the House measures being taken by the Ministry to expedite the Food Deficit         Mitigation Programme in view of the fact that vulnerable persons in some parts of      Masvingo South Constituency such as Wards 24, 26 and 28 have not received maize for

the past months.

[Deferred from 2nd September, 2020]

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