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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VOTES 04 AUGUST 2021 NO 73

 

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No. 73

 

PARLIAMENT 

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF  THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

 

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THIRD SESSION – NINTH PARLIAMENT

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WEDNESDAY, 4TH AUGUST 2021

 

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The Speaker in the Chair.

 

 

PRAYERS.

 

Members Present

Chasi F.,

Banda G;

Chibagu G.,

Banda S,

Chidakwa J.,

Bhila R,

Chidamba S.,

Bhuda S,

Chiduwa C.

Bushu B.,

Chihururu C.,

Chadzamira R. E.,

Chikomba L.,

Chamisa S.,

Chikudo Rueben,

Chanda G. ,

Chikukwa M. R,

 

 

Quarter past two o’clock pm.

Chikuni E.,

Chikwama B.,

Chimbaira G.,

Chimina L.,

Chimwanza J.

Chingosho C. P.

Chinotimba J.,

Chinyanganya M.,

Chipato A,

 

 

Chitura L,

Chiyangwa P,

Chombo M,

Dube B,

Dube G,

Dube M.,

Dube P,

Dutiro P,

Dzepasi G,

Dzuma S.,

Gabbuza J. G.,

Gandawa M. A,

Garwe D.,

Gonese I T,

Gorerino O.,

Gozho C,

Gwanongodza E.,

Hamauswa S.,

Houghton J. R,

Jaja J.,

January S.

Kabozo S.,

Kachepa N.,

Kambamura P.,

Kankuni W,

Kapuya F.,

Karikoga T.,

Karumazondo M. T.,

Kashambe M. T.,

Kashiri C.,

Kazembe K.,

Khumalo M.,  Khumalo S. S.,  Khupe T.

Kwaramba G.,

Labode M. R.

Maboyi R M.,

Machando P.,

Machingauta C.

Madiwa C.,

Madziva S.,

Mafuta S. V.,

Mago N,

Makone S.

Makoni R R,  Makonya J,

Mamombe J,

Mandiwanzira S C,

Mangora B.,

Maphosa L.,

Marapira D.,

Marikisi N.,

Markham A. N.,

Maronge C.,

Masango C. P.,

Masenda N. T,  Mashakada T.

Mashonganyika D,

Masuku E,

Masuku P.,

Matangira T. R,

Mataranyika D. M.,

Mataruse P.,

Matemadanda V.,

Mathe S,

Matsikenyere N.,

Mavenyengwa R.,

Mavetera T. A.,

Mavhunga M,

Mavima P,

Mawite D.,

Mayihlome L,

Mbondah M,

Mchenje S. M.,

Mguni Hlalani

Mguni N, Mhere E.,

Miranzi B.

Mkandla M.,

Mkaratigwa E.,

Mlambo M. M.,

Mliswa M T,

Mliswa T P

Mnangagwa T. M.,

Molokela-Tsiye F D,

Moyo C.,

Moyo Peter,

Moyo Priscilla,

Moyo R.,

Moyo T.,

Mpame C.,

Mpariwa P,

Mpofu M. M.,

Mpofu R.,

Muchimwe P T,

Mudarikwa S,

Mudyiwa M.,

Mukapiko D. L.,

Mukuhlani T.,

Mukunyaidze S. E. I.,  Munochinzwa M.

Murambiwa O,

Murire J, Rtd. Col. Dr

Musabayana D.,

Musakwa E,

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Musanhi K. S,

Musarurwa W.Y.

Mushonga P. M.,

Mushoriwa E.,

Musikavanhu D. A.,

Musiyiwa R.,

Muswere J.,

Mutambisi C,

Mutodi E.,

Mutomba W.,

Ncube E.,

Ncube Ophar,

Ncube Soul,

Ndebele A.,

Ndiweni D.,

Ndlovu E.,

Ndlovu S.,

Nduna D. T.,

Ngome J.,

Nguluvhe A.,

Ngwenya S.,

Nhambo F.,

Nhari V,

Nkani A.,

Nkomo M,

Nyabani T,

Nyabote R.

Nyamudeza S,

Nyashanu M. Dr,

Nyathi R. R,

Nyati Esther

Nyere C.,

Nyokanhete J,

Nyoni I,

Nyoni S. G. G.,

Paradza J,

Paradza K.,

Phuti D.,

Porusingazi E.,

Raidza M.,

Rungani A,  Sacco J. K.,  Saizi T.

Samambwa E.,

Samson A.,

Samukange J. T.,

Sansole T. W.,

Sanyatwe C.,

Saruwaka T. J. L.,

Seremwe B.,

Sewera J N,

Shamu W. K.,

Shava J.,

Shirichena E.,

Shongedza E.,

Shumbamhini H.,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sibanda L.

Sibanda M.,

Sibanda O.,

Sikhala J.,

Simbanegavi Y.,

Sithole G K,

Sithole James,

Sithole Josiah,

Sithole S,

Svuure D,

Tekeshe D.,

Toffa J.,

Togarepi P.,

Tongofa M.,

Tshuma D.,

Tsuura N.,

Tsvangirai Vincent

Watson N J,

Zemura L,

Zhou P,

Zhou T,

Ziyambi ,

 

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

 

Hon. F. Shava; Hon. A. Masuka; Hon A, Murwira; Hon. M. Ncube; Hn. M. Mutsvangwa; Hon. Mangwiro; Hon. July Moyo.

 

 

Printed by Order of the National Assembly 3

 

 

Absent with leave

 

Hon. Rtd. Gen. Dr. C. G. D. N. Chiwenga; Hon. Chitando; Hon. Mhona; Hon. Madiro; Hon. Garwe; Hon. Muchinguri – Kashiri; Hon. E. Moyo; Hon. Mathema; Hon. Z. Soda

 

  1. Questions without notice.

 

  1. The Speaker made a ruling in terms of Standing Order No. 215 that time for questions without notice be extended by fifteen minutes.

 

  1. Questions with notice.

 

  1. The Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement made a Ministerial Statement on the disconnection of water supplies to defaulters in the local authorities of Gwanda and Beitbridge.

 

  1. On the motion of Hon. Togarepi, seconded by, Hon. Mpariwa: The House adjourned at nineteen minutes to six o’clock pm.

 

 

HON. ADV. J. F. N. MUDENDA,

Speaker.

 

                         

THURSDAY, 5TH AUGUST, 2021

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

  1. Adjourned debated on motion on the SECOND READING of the Pensions and Provident Funds Bill (H.B. 17, 2019) (Adjourned 18th May, 2021The Deputy Minister of  Finance and Economic Development).

 

Question proposed:  That the Pensions and Provident Funds Bill (H.B. 17, 2019) be now read a second time - The Minister of Finance and Economic Development.

           

  1. Adjourned debated on motion on the SECOND READING of the Zimbabwe Independent Complaints Commission Bill (H.B. 5, 2020) (Adjourned 22nd July, 2021- The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs).

 

Question proposed:  That the Zimbabwe Independent Complaints Commission Bill (H.B. 5, 2020) be now read a second time - The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission for the year 2020 (Adjourned 22nd July, 2021- The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs)

 

[Days elapsed: 6]

                                                                                                           

 Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission for the year 2020, presented to this House of 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 no later than the end of March in the year following the year to which the report relates – The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.                    

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 3rd August, 2021 Mutambisi).

 

[Days elapsed: 70]

 

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. Togarepi.

 

  1. HON. TOGAREPI HON. MPARIWA

[Days elapsed: 6]

 

That this House takes note of the Annual Report of the Second Session of the Ninth Parliament of Zimbabwe presented by the Liaison and Coordination Committee.

 

  1. HON. MKARATIGWA HON. SVUURE

[Days elapsed: 12]

 

That this House takes note of the Third Report of the Portfolio Committee Mines and

Mining Development on the Fact Finding Visits to Areas Affected by Mining Accidents (S. C. 19, 2021).

 

  1. HON MADIWA            HON MPARIWA

[Days elapsed: 20]

That this House:

 

MINDFUL of the important significance that Public holidays, national monuments and historical artifacts and the naming of public assets play in the country as symbols of cultural identity;

 

ALSO MINDFUL that public holidays contribute immensely to national identity as they reflect national values, vision and aspirations of the citizenry on issues that reflect gender equality, equity and demonstrate national commitment to constitutionally shared values and principles;

 

CONCERNED that there is no public holiday set aside to commemorate achievements, contributions and the role played by women in the cultural. Political, socio and economic development spheres of the country;

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that the country has recognized specific holidays to honour the roles played by some groups in the society, for example the 21st February movement, National Youth Day, Workers Day and Heroes Day and Defence Forces Days;

 

COGNISANT that the International Women’s Day commemorations are held annually on the 8th of March to honour the role played by women in the struggle for the emancipation and their contribution to their respective Nations in the past, present and future and yet in Zimbabwe this day is not a formal public holiday;

 

REALISING that other countries in the region have set aside public holidays that are related to their historical background and economic development including women’s achievement;

 

FURTHER COGNISANT of the critical roles played in the first and Second Liberation War by women such as Nehanda Nyakasikana, the spiritual leaders and other.

 

NOW THEREFORE, calls on this August Assembly to urge the Executive to emulate other countries in the region by declaring a specific day to celebrate women’s achievements in the development and liberation of the country.

 

  1. HON. JOSIAH SITHOLE             HON. MOLOKELE

 

[Days elapsed: 12]

 

That this House;

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that Sections 3, 6, 22, 56 and 83 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provide for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;

 

INSPIRED by Government initiatives over the years to implement and fulfill the provisions of section 19 of the Constitution;

 

COGNISANT that the Government of Zimbabwe is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD);

 

 

MINDFUL that achievements gained following the enactment of the Disabled Persons

Act of 1992,  the adoption of the National Disability Policy in 2021, signing of the  United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities in 2013  and the subsequent enactment of the 2013 Constitution of Zimbabwe are threatened with imminent reversal should the government fail to expeditiously implement the  provisions of the domestic and international protocols that Zimbabwe has agreed to be bound to;

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that programmes relating to Persons with Disabilities should always be prioritized by all ministries and coordinated by the Department of Disability Affairs in the Ministry of Public Services, Labour and Social Welfare.

 

DISMAYED that the parent ministry is ill funded to prioritize and handle programmes on disability within government ministries.

 

CONCERNED that Persons with disabilities experience diverse vulnerabilities as they are prone to abuse and exposure to various forms of unfavourable socio-economic conditions throughout the country;

 

NOW THEREFORE, requests for the establishment of a Parliamentary Caucus that deals directly with issues affecting persons with disabilities from a comprehensive and holistic perspective.

 

  1. HON. MAYIHLOME

HON. CHIDAKWA

[Days elapsed: 9]

 

That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence,

Home Affairs and Security Services on the Petition from the Sunningdale 1 Residents  Association (SIRA) on the continued alienation and marginalization of the coloured  community due to the double zero identity classification code. (S. C. 22, 2021).

 

  1. HON. K. MGUNI HON. I. NYONI

[Days elapsed: 9]

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Industry    and Commerce on the Fact-finding Visits to Sable Chemical, Lancashire Steel and     ZISCO Steel (S. C. 3, 2021).

 

  1. HON. TONGOFA HON. MASUKU

[Days elapsed: 7]

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation on the Petition from Gwanda Community Youth Development Trust regarding youth participation in decision making. (S.C. 17, 2021).

 

  1. HON. CHIKUKWA HON. GABUZZA

[Days elapsed: 8]

That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Local  Government, Public Works, National Housing and Social Amenities on the Inquiry  into the State of Waste Management in Zimbabwe (S.C. 23, 2021).

 

  1. HON. MOKONE

HON. NYABANI

[Days elapsed: 6]

 

That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services on the Petition received from Youth

Broadcasting FM (Y-FM) regarding the issuance of Community Radio Station  Licences (S.C. 26, 2021)

 

  1. HON. NYOKANHETE

HON.  MPARIWA

[Days elapsed: 4]

That this House:

 

COGNIZANT that Zimbabwe is always prone to natural and man-made disasters prompting the need for risk management plans to be put in place at all times;

 

MINDFUL that the effects of these disasters affect women and children mostly who are always the most vulnerable in most cases;

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that Sustainable Development Goals 2, 3, 5, 6 and 13 emphatically underpin the need for social protection and well-being of every citizen regardless of the social status in society;

 

FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGING that the National Development Strategy (NDS 1) supported by the National Social Protection Policy Framework is designed to implement appropriate social protection safeguards for vulnerable groups;

 

NOTING WITH DISMAY that disasters associated with climate change are always on the increase in the country leading to environmental damages and displacements as evidenced by Tokwe Mukosi floods, Cyclone Idai and the Covid-19 pandemic;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, CALLS upon the EXECUTIVE to;

 

  1. come up with policies that enhance gender responsive risk reduction strategies for scourges like the Covid-19 pandemic.
  2. further mainstream gender sensitive policies and legislation.
  3. prioritize resource allocation to programmes associated with reduction of disasters in the country.
  4. enhance the capacity of women in risk management programmes and ensure that they are adequately represented in all decision making position that have to do with issues of disaster management.

 

  1. HON MAVETERA        HON MUSARURWA

[Days elapsed: 4]

 

That this House:

 

DESIROUS to uphold the Constitution and to protect it at all times;

 

COGNISANT that Section 20 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that the State and all institutions and agencies of government at every level must take reasonable measures including affirmative action programmes, to ensure that youths, that is to say people between the ages of fifteen to thirty- five years-

 

  • have access to appropriate education and training;
  • have opportunities to associate and to be represented and participate in political, social economic and other spheres of life;
  • are afforded opportunities for employment and other avenues to economic empowerment;
  • have opportunities for recreational activities and access to recreational facilities; and
  • are protected from harmful cultural practices, exploitation and all forms of abuse.

ALSO, COGNISANT that the founding values and principles which bind the State and all institutions and agencies at every level include, among other things, recognition of the rights of Youths,

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that any measures and programmes for the Youths must be inclusive, nonpartisan and national in character;

 

DESIROUS to promote Youth inclusion and influence in public policy with the main objective of increasing and improving youth participation in the broader economic sphere in order to harness the Youth demographic dividend

 

NOW, THEREFORE, RESOLVES, that

 

  1. A Caucus of influencers and Youth experts, led by sitting Hon Members of the National Assembly, be assembled to focus on policies and frameworks that drive the Youth Agenda Sector towards the National Economic and Social

Transformation Agenda;

 

  1. Hon Members of Parliament in their various Constituencies prioritise Youths in resource allocation and programming;

 

  1. Hon Members pursue innovative initiatives and strategies that bring together the Youth sector and the various stake holders for the purposes of promoting participation and mainstreaming in public and private sector programming in the country

 

  1. HON. DR. NYASHANU

HON. DR. MASHAKADA

 

[Days elapsed: 4]

 

That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Economic Development on the Consolidated Budget Performance Reports for Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and Institutions under its purview. (S.C. 28, 2021).

 

 

 

  1. HON. DUBE            HON. NDUNA

 

[Days elapsed: 2]

 

That this House considers and adopts the Second Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Analysis of Vote 8 for the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2018 (S.C. 12, 2021).

 

  1. HON. DUBE

HON. MBONDIAH

[Days elapsed: 2]

That this House considers and adopts the Third Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Special Maize Programme/ Command Agriculture, (S.C. 24, 2021).

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 65th Session of the Commission on        the Status of Women on women’s full and effective participation and decision making  in public life as well as the elimination of violence for achieving gender equality and  the empowerment of all women and girls (Adjourned 3rd August, 2021 –   Mutambisi)

 

[Days elapsed: 3]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women on women’s full and effective participation and decision making in public life as well as the elimination of violence for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls held virtually from 15th to 26th March 2021 – Hon Kwaramba.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Fifth Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environment, Climate and Tourism on Dinde Community Petition (S.C. 25, 2021)            – (Adjourned 22nd July, 2021 – Togarepi).

 

[Days elapsed: 6]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Fifth Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environment, Climate and Tourism on Dinde Community Petition (S.C. 25, 2021)– Hon Musarurwa.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on domestic resource mobilization for the repayment of debts and resuscitation of the economic sector (Adjourned 20th July, 2021 Dr. Khupe)

 

 

[Days elapsed: 8]

Question proposed:

MINDFUL that domestic resource mobilization is essential in ameliorating the burden of repayment of overdue debts and bringing about normalcy in the resuscitation of the economic sector in the country;

ACKWOLEDGING the inalienable rights of the people to better living conditions

through the utilization of their country’s diverse mineral resources such as the untapped lucrative coal bed methane gas which still lies untapped in Lupane yet it can generate millions of revenue to the state;

COGNISANT that the natural methane gas reserves in Lupane which were discovered several decades ago have the potential to strengthen the economy of the country in a very short time by boosting the energy generation capacity;

FURTHER COGNISANT that Zimbabwe is not a party to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a global standard for the good governance of mineral resources which seeks to address the key governance issues in the extractive sector;

NOW, THEREFORE, CALLS upon the Executive to;

  1. Expeditiously find a reliable investor to convene operation on the methane gas            resources on a Build-Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.
  2. Prioritize the engagement of locals in this project in view of their background knowledge of the prevailing conditions in the area.
  3. Consider joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) as a matter            of urgency in view of the benefits that can be accrued along the value chain starting             from the point of extraction right up to where government generates revenue- Hon. 

            Dr. Khupe)

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Portfolio Committees on Budget, Finance and Economic Development and the Expanded Sustainable Development

Goals on the 2021 Post-Budget Feedback Meetings (Adjourned 29th June, 2021 Hon. T. Moyo)

                                                                                                   [Days elapsed: 11]

 

 Question proposed:  That this House takes note of the Report of the Portfolio Committees on Budget, Finance and Economic Development and the Expanded Sustainable Development Goals on the 2021 Post-Budget Feedback Meetings (S. C. 20, 2021).  – Hon. Dr. Nyashanu.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Findings of the Inquiry on the Petition from Women and Land on Farmer-Miner Disputes (Adjourned 17th June, 2021

Mutambisi)

                                                                                                   [Days elapsed: 11]

 

 Question proposed:  That this House takes note of the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mines and Mining Development on the Findings of the Inquiry on the Petition from Women and Land on Farmer-Miner Disputes (S. C. 18, 2021. – Hon. Mkaratigwa

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the incapacitation of teachers due to poor remuneration and the state of the public education (Adjourned 10th June, 2021 Hon Mushoriwa).

 

[Days elapsed: 15]

 

            Question proposed:  That this House,

 

COGNISANT that education is a basic right enshrined in Zimbabwe’s Constitution and that the state has a duty to provide learners with resources and teaching facilities depending on the availability of resources;

 

NOTING, the unprecedented turbulence caused by the Covid 19 pandemic to the country’s public education system;

 

AWARE that the incapacitation of teachers due to poor remuneration and conditions of service has worsened the state of the public education system;

 

CONCERNED that the disturbances in the education sector have further widened the gap between the children of the rich and poor in Zimbabwe as the former access education while the latter do not have the same privileges;

 

SHOCKED that the Executive has not enacted policies to address the plight of teachers thereby threatening the future of millions of learners.

 

NOW THEREFORE, recommends that the Portfolio Committees on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare; and Primary and Secondary Education jointly conduct:

 

  1. an inquiry to determine whether the ideological shift by the Executive

arm of Government from centre left to centre right which favors the                     rich at the expense of the poor is desirable to Zimbabwe;

 

  1. public hearings to assess whether there has been no dereliction of duty by the Ministers of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare and Primary and Secondary Education in the ongoing deterioration of the public education system in Zimbabwe; and

 

  1. an investigation into whether Members of the Executive are not benefitting from the chaos in the public education system by luring students from failed public schools to their personal private colleges and schools which offer Cambridge examinations instead of the Zimbabwe School Examination Council (ZIMSEC).

 

  1. To proffer recommendations to this House on measures that need to be taken to address the crises in the public education system in the country-Hon Mushoriwa.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Joint Portfolio Committee on

ICT, Postal and Courier Services and Primary and Secondary Education (Adjourned 10th June, 2021 The Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry).

 

[Days elapsed: 15]

 

            Question proposed:  That this House takes note of the First Report of the Joint Portfolio Committee on ICT, Postal and Courier Services and Primary and Secondary Education on provisions of online classes for learners during the COVID 19 pandemic period.  S.C. 14, 2021- Hon Peter Moyo.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development on the Petition on Fees Increases in Tertiary Education Institutions (Adjourned 9th June, 2021 – Hon Maphosa)

                                                                                                                                                     [ Days elapsed: 16]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development on the Petition on Fees Increases in Tertiary Education Institutions. (S. C. 13, 2021) – Hon Maphosa

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 2021 Virtual Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations (Adjourned 8th June, 2021The Minister of National Housing and Social Amenities)

 

[Days elapsed: 18]

 

Question proposed:  That this House takes note of the Report of the 2021 Virtual Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations under the theme “Fighting corruption to restore trust in government and improve development prospects held on the 17th and 18th February 2021-Hon. Mavenyengwa.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the proposal to amend Section 129 (1) (k) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe - (Adjourned 20th May, 2021 Mutambisi)

 

[Days elapsed: 20]

 

 

Question proposed: 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 fulfil 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 – Hon. T. Mliswa.

 

  1. COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 18TH AUGUST, 2021

 

            QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

♦           QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

*           QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

 

*1.       HON. MAYILOME: To ask the Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs to explain to the House the criteria used to confer National Hero status considering that some juniors during the liberation struggles are being conferred national hero status whilst former senior commanders are not.

[Deferred 4th August 2021]

*2.       HON. MAYILOME: To ask the Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs to explain to the House the circumstances surrounding the procrastination in the establishment of Military Cemeteries at Provincial capitals.

 

[Deferred 4th August 2021]

 

*3.       HON. N. MGUNI: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House what plans are being put in place to reduce the walking distance that people at Kezi in Matopo South Constituency have to travel in order  to have the COVID-19 vaccination administered.

[Deferred 4th August 2021]

*4.       HON. N. MGUNI: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House  the measures being put in place to address enquiries from people affected and afflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

[Deferred 4th August 2021]

 

*5.       HON MUNETSI: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to explain to the House:

 

  1. When Chiendambuya – Mayo – Chikare Road will be resurfaced.

 

  1. When construction will commence on the Chinyika River Bridge in Ward 9 in Makoni.

 

  1. b) When the Datatan Road in Ward 9 Makoni North is going to be upgraded.

 

[Deferred 4th August 2021]

 

 

NOTICE OF MOTION

 

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 of governments or international organizations shall be subject to approval by Parliament;

 

WHEREAS the Treaty for the Establishment of the African Medicines Agency was adopted by the African Union on the 5th February 2019;

 

WHEREAS the Republic of Zimbabwe is a signatory to the aforesaid Treaty. WHEREAS the Republic of Zimbabwe is desirous of becoming a Party to the aforesaid Treaty.

 

AND WHEREAS the entry into force of the aforesaid Treaty shall be conditional upon its ratification by Member States in accordance with their constitutional procedures;

 

NOW THEREFORE, in terms of Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, this House resolves that the aforesaid Convention be and is hereby approved.

       ___________________________________________________________________________

 

 

BILLS UNDER CONSIDERATION BY THE PARLIAMENTARY LEGAL COMMITTEE

 

  1. Copper Control Amendment Bill, (H. B. 3, 2021) - The Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage (Referred 21st July, 2021).

 

  1. Police Amendment Bill, (H. B. 2, 2021)- The Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage (Referred 21st July, 2021).

 

  1. Public Finance Management Amendment Bill (H. B. 4, 2021)- The Minister of Finance and Economic Development (Referred 21st July, 2021).

 

  1. Guardianship of Minors Amendment Bill (H. B. 7, 2021)- The Minister of Justice,                     Legal and Parliamentary (Referred 21st July, 2021).
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