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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VOTES 03 OCTOBER 2013 NO 8

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

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FIRST SESSION – EIGHTH PARLIAMENT

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THURSDAY, 3RD OCTOBER, 2013

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Quarter past two o’clock pm

The Speaker in the Chair

Prayers

 

Members Present

 

Banda T;

Bhudha S.

Bunjira R

Butau D

Chakona P

Chapfika D

Chasi F

Chibagu G

Chibaya A

Chidavaenzi E

Chibaya A

Chidhakwa S

Chigudu M

Chigumba C C.

Chikomba L

Chikuni E

Chikwama B

Chikwinya N

Chimanikire G

Chimedza P Dr

ChimeneM M

Chimwamurombe A

Chinanzvavana C

Chinomona M M

Chinotimba J

Chiota P C

Chipanga K

Chipato A

Chirisa F

Chitembwe V J

Chitindi C

Chitura L

Chivamba K

Chiwa D

Chiwetu J Z

Chombo I M.C

Cross E G

Dhewa W

Dube S

Dziva T M

Gava M

Gezi T

Tasungunurwa; G I

Gumbo E.

Gumbo Joram

Gwanongoza E

Hlongwane M

Holder J

Hungwa G

Jaboon J

Kachepa N

Kadungure D A

Kanengoni T R

Katsande A

Kaukonde R J

Kaundikiza M

Kazembe K

Khanye N

Khumalo T

Kuruneri C

Kwaramba G

Labode M R

Mabuwa C

Machingauta C

Machingura R

Mackenzie I

Madanha M

Madondo T

Madubeko J

Madzimure W

Madzore P

Madzore S

Mahiya M

Mahlangu T

Mahoka S

Majaya B

Majome F J

Makoni R R

Makonya J

Makunde T

Makweya M

Mandipaka O

Mangwende S

Manyengavana M

Maondera W

Mapiki J

Maridadi J

Marumahoko R

Masamvu L

Mashakada T

Mashange W

Mashayamombe S

Mashonganyika D

Masuku P

Matambanadzo M

Matangaidze T

Matangira T R

Mathe G

Matienga M

Matimba K M

Matiza B J

Matuke L

Mavenyengwa R

Mawere M

Mawere M RN S

Mbwembwe E

Mguni O

Mhere E

Mhlanga N J

Mhona F T

Midzi A B M

Mkandla M

Mliswa T P

Mnangagwa E

Moyo F

Moyo G

Moyo R

Mpariwa P

Mpofu B

Mpofu M M

Mtingwende T

Muchenje F

Muchenje M S

Muchinguri O

Mudambo T

Mudarikwa S

Mudau M

Muderedzwa R

Mudzuri E

Mafunga A

Mukanduri S T

Munochinzwa M

Muponora N

Mukwangwariwa F G

Mukwena R

Munengami F

Murai E

Musanhi K S

Musanhu S K

Musundire A L

Musvaire W

Mutematsaka C

Mutinhiri A

Mutomba W

Mutseyami P

Muzondiwa E S

Muzungu - Masaiti E

Ncube D M

Ncube H

Ncube O

Ncube S

Ndebele A

Dlovu A

Ndlovu D M;

Ndlovu M S

Ndlovu N

Ndoro L F

Nduna D

Nkatazo M M

Nkomo M

Nkomo M

Nkomo S S

Nleya L

Nyahwo A

Nyamupinga B B

Nyanhongo M

Nyathi B

Nyere C

Paradza K

Passade J

Pedzisai

Pemhenayi B

Phiri F P

Porusingazi E

Rudzirwayi J M

Runesu B

Rungani A

Ruvai E

Samkange J T

Sansole T W

Saruwaka T J.L.;

Shongedza E

Shumba K D

Sibanda D P

Sibanda M

Sibanda Z

Sithole G K

Simbanegavi Y

Sindi C

Tarusenga U D

Thembani S Z

Toffa J

Tshuma B

Tshuma D

Tsogorani J

Tsomondo C

Vutete M

Wadyajena J M

Zemura L

Zhou P

Zhou T

Zindi I

Ziyambi Z

Zvidzai S

Zwizwai M

 

 

Printed by Order of the House

Absent with leave

Hon Beremauro; Hon Bhebhe; Hon. Mpofu R; Hon. Kasukuwere; Hon. Watson N J; Hon Damasane A.S.E; Hon Muzenda T; Hon. Moyo L.; Hon Sibanda L.

 

1. The Speaker informed the House about the expulsion from the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) party of Hon. Dr Munyaradzi Kereke, Member of the National Assembly for Bikita West Constituency and accordingly, declared the seat vacant in terms of section 129 (1) (k) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. The Speaker further informed the House that he would inform the President and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of the existence of the vacancy in line with section 39 (1) of the Electoral Act, [Chapter 2:13].

2. The Speaker made an announcement in response to the behaviour displayed by Members of

MDC who rose in their seats when Hon. Khupe entered the House on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013 and the subsequent failure by Hon. Khupe to bow to the Chair when she entered the Chamber and before she resumed her seat in deference to the Speaker, as follows:

I wish to inform the House that Standing Order No. 54 of the National Assembly states that;

‘At the commencement of business and when the House adjourns or business is suspended, Members shall stand in their places until the Speaker or other member presiding has entered or left the Chamber, as the case may be’

By convention, all Members rise from their seats when the President, who is the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, enters or leaves the House. This is done in deference to the high office he holds. In this regard, Members must only rise from their seats in respect of the categories of persons specified above. Standing Order No. 81 of the National Assembly Standing Order states that;

 Any Member who wilfully disobeys any lawful Order of the House and any Member who interrupts the orderly conduct of business in the House, shall be guilty of contempt.’

I am concerned by the unacceptable behaviour of Members of Parliament from the

mdc who rose from their seats when the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. T. Khupe,

entered the Chamber yesterday. Moreso, Hon. Khupe did not even bow to the Chair

when she entered the Chamber and before she took her seat. This apparent lack of

respect for the Chair and the august House is a flagrant violation of Standing Rules and

Orders and will not be tolerated in future without appropriate censure. It is the Chair’s

hope that such an unfortunate incident will not occur again.

3. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 2nd

October – The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs- Mashonaland East).

[Time elapsed: 4hrs 08 mins]

Question again 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 Mbwembwe.

On the motion of the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs – Harare: Debate adjourned until Tuesday 15th October 2013.

4. The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs- Harare, moved: That Notices of Motions 2 to 4, for today, stand over, until Order of the Day No. 5, has been disposed of.

Motion put and agreed to.

5. Adjourned debate on motion on the terrorist attacks on the Westgate Shopping Mall in Kenya (Adjourned 2nd October - The Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care).

[Days elapsed: 1]

Question again proposed: That this House-

RECALLS attacks by the terrorist group Al-Shabaab on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya;

DEEPLY SADDENED by the death of sixty-two people and one hundred and seventy-five people who sustained injuries as a result of this terrorist attack;

NOW, THEREFORE:

i. Condemns the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya; and

ii.Expresses its condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and our solidarity with the people of Kenya at this trying time - Hon. G. Moyo.

On the motion of the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs – Harare: Debate adjourned until Tuesday 15th October 2013.

6. On the motion of the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs – Harare: The House adjourned at half past four o’clock pm until Tuesday, 15 th October, 2013 at a quarter past two o’clock in the afternoon.

J. F. MUDENDA,

Speaker.

TUESDAY, 15TH OCTOBER, 2013

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

1.Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 3rd October – The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs- Harare).

[Time elapsed: 5hrs 04 mins]

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 Mbwembwe.

2. Hon. S. S. Nkomo

Hon. Mpariwa

That this House-

NOTING that Zimbabwe was once the breadbasket of Southern Africa and has now been reduced to a basket case;

DISTURBED by the Government’s lack of precautionary programmes to avert hunger in the face of poor rainy season;

CONCERNED by the acute shortage of food which has resulted in more than two million people facing starvation particularly in Masvingo, Midlands, Matebeleland and Manicaland Provinces;

MINDFUL of the fact that in Zimbabwe more than 2.2 million people are in need of food to avert starvation;

NOW, THEREFORE:

Resolves to set up a Parliamentary Committee to enquire into the food shortage crisis that is currently engulfing Zimbabwe; and

Calls upon Government to implement an urgent non-partisan drought and starvation mitigation programme.

 

3. Hon. Maridadi

Hon. Chimanikire

That this House:

ALARMED by the intermittent power cuts to both domestic and commercial consumers as a result of load-shedding and faults;

CONCERNED by the lack of capacity by ZESA to attend timeously to faults;

DEEPLY WORRIED by the ever increasing gap between demand and supply;

ALSO DEEPLY ALARMED by the lack of investment into the power sector by the shareholder;

FURTHER CONCERNED by the flight of qualified and experienced personnel which has adverse effects on the electricity supply industry;

NOW, THEREFORE:

Resolves that the Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy conducts an inquiry into the power sector in Zimbabwe.

4. Hon. Khupe

Hon. Labode

That this House:

ALARMED by the number of women dying from breast and cervical cancer in Zimbabwe;

CONCERNED by the unavailability of cancer treatment in Zimbabwe;

DEEPLY WORRIED by the lack of accessibility to cancer treatment in Zimbabwe;

FURTHER CONCERNED that cancer treatment is not affordable especially to the majority of women;

DEEPLY SADDENED that cancer treatment is not available, accessible and affordable;

NOW, THEREFORE:

Recommends the introduction of a cancer levy in order to save many lives; and

Calls for the establishment of cancer treatment units in every district.

 

5. Hon. Hlongwane

Hon. Dr. Kereke

That this House:

CONCERNED by the high rate of de-industrialisation in Zimbabwe’s major cities and towns continuously in the last 12 years;

FURTHER CONCERNED by the levels of unemployment currently experienced in Zimbabwe;

DEEPLY WORRIED by the sanctions induced poverty levels that have blighted Zimbabweans for the past 12 years;

PERTURBED by the alarming brain and skills drain experienced by Zimbabwe’s economy in the last decade;

ALARMED by the arrogant unilateralism of the West which imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe without engaging in exhaustive dialogue;

NOW, THEREFORE:

Calls on the European Union, Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America to lift all forms of sanctions they imposed on Zimbabwe.

Resolves to submit this motion, together with a covering letter to the European Parliament, the European External Action Service, the United States Congress, the Australian Parliament, New Zealand Parliament and the House of Commons, encouraging them to urge their governments to lift all forms of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.

6. Adjourned debate on motion on the terrorist attacks on the Westgate Shopping Mall in Kenya (Adjourned 3rd October - The Minister State for Provincial Affairs- Harare).

[Days elapsed: 2]

Question proposed: That this House-

RECALLS attacks by the terrorist group Al-Shabaab on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya;

DEEPLY SADDENED by the death of sixty-two people and one hundred and seventy-five people who sustained injuries as a result of this terrorist attack;

NOW, THEREFORE:

Condemns the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya; and

Expresses its condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and our solidarity with the people of Kenya at this trying time - Hon. G. Moyo.

7. Hon. Gonese

Hon. Majome

That this House:

ACKNOWLEDGING that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and all existing laws have to be aligned to the new Constitution;

RECOGNISING that the current pieces of legislation must reflect the thrust and spirit of the progressive dispensation brought about by the new Constitution;

WORRIED that the Executive seems to lack the necessary commitment and enthusiasm to expeditiously attend to this matter;

CONCERNED that the lack of certainty regarding which laws are not consistent with the letter and spirit of the new Constitution will result in the lack of clarity on the legal position on various issues;

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon the Executive to urgently take steps to amend a number of laws to align them to the Constitution.

8. Adjourned debate on motion on the Health Sector in Zimbabwe (Adjourned 1st October

- The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs ).

[Days elapsed: 2]

Question proposed: That this House-

 

ALARMEDby the deteriorating nature of the health sector in Zimbabwe which include the health infrastructure and services;

CONCERNEDby government’s lack of adequate attention, time and effort into averting the health crisis;

DEEPLY WORRIEDby the expanding gap between the private and public health delivery systems;

ALSO DEEPLY ALARMEDby the reports from Harare Central Hospital where mothers are delivering babies on the floor;

FURTHER CONCERNEDby the shortage of basic services such as water at government institutions;

NOW THEREFORE:

Resolves that the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care conducts an inquiry into the health sector in Zimbabwe - Hon. Dr. Labode.

9. Committee of Supply.

WEDNESDAY, 16TH OCTOBER, 2013

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

♦ QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

*1. Hon. Chinotimba: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to explain whether it is government policy for Local Authorities to employ Zimbabwean citizens and issue residential stands on a partisan basis and

to state the measures that government has put in place to curb such malpractices.

*2. Hon. Gonese: To ask the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry to give an update on progress made by the Ministerial Task-Force mandated to investigate the invasion of the Save Conservancy and recommendations made to government in that regard.

*3. Hon. D. Sibanda: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to explain why the Registrar General, Mr Tobaiwa Mudede and the Chairman of Civil Service Commission, Dr. Mariyawanda Nzuwah are still in the employment of the state after they have reached their retirement age.

*4. Hon. Gonese: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to explain:

i) the circumstances surrounding the inordinate delay in the completion of the Harare

International Airport Road linking with Enterprise road; and

ii) why Municipal land had been transferred to the contractor prior to the completion of the

project.

*5. Hon. Gonese: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, mechanization and Irrigation Development to state the tonnage of grain Zimbabwe has imported from Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and other neighboring countries during this year.

*6. Hon. Maridadi: To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to state when the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act will be amended to ensure that suspects and accused persons, that is, defendants in criminal proceedings are accorded the rights to which they are entitled under sections 50 and 70 of the new Constitution.

 

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