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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VOTES 04 DECEMBER 2013 NO 20

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

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FIRST SESSION – EIGHTH PARLIAMENT

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WEDNESDAY, 4TH DECEMBER, 2013

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Quarter past two o’clock pm.

The Speaker in the Chair.

Prayers.

 

Members Present

 

Banda T;

Beremauro G;

Bhasikiti Chuma K;

Bunjira R

Butau D

Chakona P

Chamisa N

Chapfika D

Chasi F

Chibagu G

Chibaya A

Chidhakwa S

Chidhakwa W

Chigudu M

Chigumba C C.

Chikomba L

Chikukwa M

Chikuni E

Chikwama B

Chikwinya N

Chimanikire G

ChimeneM M

Chimwamurombe A

Chinanzvavana C

Chinotimba J

Chipato A

Chirisa F

Chitembwe V J

Chitindi C

Chitura L

Chivamba K

Chiwa D

Chiwetu J Z

Cross E G

Damasane S A.E;

Dhewa W

Dube S

Dziva T M

Gabbuza J.G.

Gezi T

Gonese I.T

Gumbo E.

Gumbo J.M

Gwanetsa K K

Gwanongodza E

Hlongwane M

Holder J

Hungwa G

Jaboon J

Kachepa N

Kadungure D A

Kanengoni T R

Kanhanga E W

Katsande A

Kaukonde R J

Kaundikiza M

Kazembe K

Khanye N

Khumalo M

Khumalo T

Kuruneri C

Kwaramba G

Labode M R

Machingauta C

Machingura R

Mackenzie I

Madanha M

Made J.

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

Mangami D

Mangwende S

Manyengavana M

Mapiki J

Maridadi J

Marumahoko R

Masara Budha S

Mashange W

Mashayamombe S

Mashonganyika D

Masiya D

Masuku P

Matangaidze T

Matangira T R

Mathe G

Matibenga L G

Matienga M

Matimba K M

Mavenyengwa R

Mawere M

Mawere M RN S

Mbwembwe E

Mguni O

Mhere E

Mhlanga N J

Mhona F T

Midzi A B M

Misihairambwi P M

Mkandla M

Mlambo W B.J;

Mliswa T P

Mnangagwa E

Moyo R

Mpariwa P

Mpofu B

Mpofu M M

Mpofu R

Mpofu S

Mtingwende T

Muchenje F

Muchenje M S

Muchinguri O

Mudambo T

Mudarikwa S

Mudzuri E

Mukwangwariwa F G

Mukwena R

Munengami F

Murai E

Musanhi K S

Musiiwa A

Musundire A L

Musvaire W

Mutasa D N

Mutematsaka C

Mutezo M

Mutinhiri A

Mutomba W

Mutsvangwa C

Muzenda T M

Muzhavazhe J

Muzondiwa E S

Muzungu - Masaiti E

Muzembi W

Ncube D M

Ncube H

Ncube O

Ncube S

Ndebele A

Ndhlovu Alice

Ndlovu D M;

Ndlovu M S

Ndlovu N

Ndoro L F

Nhema C F.D.;

Nkatazo M M

Nkomo Mail

Nkomo Malachi

Nleya L

Nyahwo A

Nyamupinga B B

Nyanhongo M

Nyathi B

Nyere C

Paradza K

Passade J

Pemhenayi B

Porusingazi E

Rudzirwayi J M

Rungani A

Ruvai E

Sansole T W

Savanhu T

Shamu W K

Shongedza E

Shumba K D

Sibanda D

Sibanda D P

Sibanda L

Sibanda M

Sibanda Z

Sithole G K

Simbanegavi Y

Sindi C

Tarusenga U D

Thembani S Z

Tongofa M

Tshuma B

Tshuma D

Tsomondo C

Wadyajena J M

Watson N J

Zemura L

Zhou P

Zhou T

Zindi I

Ziyambi Z

 

Printed by Order of the House

 

Absent with leave

Hon. Bhebhe A., Hon. Ndhlovu A, Hon. Chidavayenzi; Hon. Mafunga A., Hon. Runesu B., Hon Nkomo S.S.; Hon. Nkomo R.

1. Questions without Notice.

2. Questions with Notice.

3. The Speaker made an announcement regarding the election of Hon. T. Khumalo as Vice-Chairperson of the IPU Advisory Group on HIV/AIDS and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

4. The Speaker informed the House of changes to the membership of Portfolio Committees as follows:

(a) Hon. D. Mashonganyika moved from the Portfolio Committee on Communication,

Technology, Postal and Courier Services to the Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy; and

(b) Hon. A. Mafunga moved from the Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Public

Works and National Housing to the Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs.

5. The Speaker recognised the presence, in the Speaker’s gallery, of the delegation of the Namibian Standing Committee on Security, Constitutional and Legal Affairs.

6. The Minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development moved: That Notice of Motion No. 1, for today, stands over until Order of the Day No. 14 has been disposed of.

Motion put and agreed to.

7. Hon. Musundire seconded by Hon. Maridadi moved: That this House;

CONCERNED by the proliferation of illegal structures put up by the homeless at a time the local Authorities of Harare, Chitungwiza and other Local Authorities elsewhere in the country are dismantling such structures which are the only means of accommodation available to these people without providing alternative accommodation.

DISMAYEDby the reluctance of the law enforcement agencies to apprehend the illegal land developers and unregistered co operatives that are swindling and shortchanging desperate home seekers of their hard earned cash.

NOW THEREFORE:

Calls upon the Government to take:

(a) Remedial measures by putting in place programmes that are sustainable and settlement

lands that are pro-poor; and

(b) Action against these illegal land developers and unregistered cooperatives.

On the motion of Hon. D. Sibanda, seconded by Hon Madzimure: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

8. On the motion of Hon. D. Sibanda, seconded by Hon Maridadi: The House adjourned at nineteen minutes to six o’clock pm .

J. F. MUDENDA,

Speaker.

THURSDAY, 5TH DECEMBER, 2013

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech(Adjourned 26th November – The Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care).

[Time elapsed: 11 hrs. 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. B. Tshuma

Hon. D. P. Sibanda

That this House -

AWAREthat the Government of Zimbabwe has a duty of transparency and accountability in respect of its stewardship of national assets in pursuit of the national interest.

FURTHER AWAREof our commitment to promote gender equality and empower women as envisaged by millennium development goal number 3 and more fully by our constitution.

DEVASTATEDby the violence unleashed by the Board of Directors of the Hwange Colliery Company Limited on the women who moved to gather at the corporations General Office in Hwange on the 7th of October 2013 intending to peacefully press on the Board the urgency of the need for payment of long overdue wages by the company to its employees.

NOW, THEREFORE:

Calls upon the Government of Zimbabwe as the majority shareholder of the Hwange Colliery

Company Limited, to exercise its ownership to provide the relief sought by the community

stakeholder.

3. Adjourned debate on motion on the proliferation of alleged illegal structures and illegal land allocation ( Adjourned 4th December – Hon. D. Sibanda )

 

[Day elapsed: 1]

Question proposed:

 

That this House;

CONCERNED by the proliferation of illegal structures put up by the homeless at a time the local Authorities of Harare, Chitungwiza and other Local Authorities elsewhere in the country are dismantling such structures which are the only means of accommodation available to these people without providing alternative accommodation.

DISMAYEDby the reluctance of the law enforcement agencies to apprehend the illegal land developers and unregistered co operatives that are swindling and shortchanging desperate home seekers of their hard earned cash.

NOW THEREFORE:

Calls upon the Government to take-

(a) Remedial measures by putting in place programmes that are sustainable and settlement

plans that are pro-poor.

(b) Action against these illegal land developers and unregistered cooperatives – Hon. Musundire

 

4. Hon. Misihairabwi Mushonga

Hon. Toffa

That this House -

COGNISANTthat government has committed itself to a salary increase for public servants;

AWAREthat any increase will be minimal given resource challenges;

RECALLING the Government resolution on the need to introduce non-monetary benefits to augment salaries of Public Servants;

NOW, THEREFORE:

Calls upon the Minister of Finance to immediately implement the non monetary benefits giving all public servants a duty free certificate to import a vehicle for personal use.

5. Adjourned debate on motion on the constrained space that Parliament is currently operating in ( Adjourned 3rd December –Hon.J. Gumbo).

[ Day elapsed: 1]

Question proposed: That this House:

NOTINGthat the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides for a Presidential Proclamation in setting

the venue for the sitting of Parliament;

CONCERNED that the current parliamentary venue does not provide aconducive environment for serious debate;

RECALLINGthe need to devolve arms of state and bring Parliament to other centres too;

NOW, THEREFORE:

Calls upon this House-

(a) In the short term to change the venue for the sitting of Parliament;

(b) To consider moving the seat of Parliament to Bulawayo; and

(c) To provide resources for minimum renovations to the current Parliament. – Hon.

Misihairabwi - Mushonga

6. Adjourned debate on motion on the intermittent power cuts by ZESA (Adjourned 3rd December –Hon. Mpariwa).

 

[ Days elapsed: 7]

Question proposed: 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. – Hon. Maridadi

7. Adjourned debate on motion on breast and cervical cancer (Adjourned 21st November – Hon. Gonese)

[Days elapsed: 3]

Question proposed: 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 – Hon. Khupe

8. Adjourned debate on motion on sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the US government and European Union ( Adjourned 21st November – Hon. Gonese).

[Days elapsed: 5]

Question proposed: Thatthis 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 – Hon. Hlongwane

9. Adjourned debate on motion on food shortages in Zimbabwe (Adjourned 15th October – The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs – Harare)

Question proposed

That this House-

[Day elapsed: 1]

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 ­–Hon. Nkomo S.S.

 

10. 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.

11. 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.

12.Adjourned debate on motion on the establishment of a Women’s Bank which does not require collateral ( Adjourned 20th November – Hon. Gonese).

[Days elapsed: 4]

Question proposed:

 

That this House-

ALARMED by the number of women informal traders in Zimbabwe;

CONCERNED by the lack of empowerment of women regardless of the establishment of flea markets in Zimbabwe;

ALSO CONCERNED by the levels of poverty regardless of empowerment programmes put in place by government and NGOs, such as flea markets;

DEEPLY SADDENED by lack of financial literacy programmes by government and NGOs targeted at women in the retail trade.

DEEPLY WORRIED by the attitudes towards women informal entrepreneurs by financial Institutions;

NOW, THEREFORE:

Calls for the establishment of a Women's Bank that will not require collateral. - Hon Khupe.

13. Adjourned debate on motion on the realignment of existing laws to the Constitution (Adjourned 21st November – The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs- Mashonaland East).

[Days elapsed: 3]

Question proposed:

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- Hon. Gonese.

14. Committee of Supply.

WEDNESDAY, 11TH DECEMBER, 2013

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

♦ QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

*1. Hon Mackenzie: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National

Housing when the construction of the Government Office Complex at Siakobvu Growth Point

in Kariba will be completed.

[Deferred from Wednesday 4th December, 2013]

*2. Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to explain to the House the Government policy on the allocation of fire tenders to local authorities.

*3. Hon Madubeko: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Department to explain to the House

i) The circumstances behind the delay of the reconstruction of Shagar Dam which has continued to affect the irrigation scheme in the community.

ii) The Ministry’s plans to reconstruct the dam.

[Deferred from Wednesday 6th November, 2013]

*4. Hon Ncube S: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development whether there are any plans to re open the ARDA Irrigation Scheme in Maphisa, Matobo South Constituency.

*5. Hon Mangami: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development to explain how gevernment intends to improve availability of reservoirs such as dams in Gokwe so that irrigation activities can be undertaken.

*6. Hon saruwaka: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate whether the mining operations by the Russian Company in Penhalonga along Mutare River is done in compliance with Environmental Management Agency regulations.

[Deferred from Wednesday 4th December, 2013]

*7. Hon Gonese: To ask the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs in the President’s Office to outline to the House

i) The annual budget of the Presidential scholarship fund.

ii) Whether it is not prudent to use the fund to upgrade the infrastructure of local Universities in order to arrest the capital outflow.

iii) Why the fund is administered outside the Ministry of Education; and

iv) The beneficiaries by province since its inception.

[Deferred from Wednesday 4th December, 2013]

*8. Hon Madubeko: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to explain to the House plans of the Ministry to construct classrooms and houses for teachers, respectively in Vungu resettlement area who have been using homesteads since 1999.

[Deferred from Wednesday 4th December, 2013]

*9. Hon Mackenzie: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to give statistics on the number of primary and secondary schools headed by untrained teachers in Zimbabwe and to state government's plans to resolve the critical shortage of trained teachers in rural areas.

[Deferred from Wednesday 4th December, 2013]

*10. Hon Mangami: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to explain how Government intends to readdress imbalances created by payment of incentives as some parents can not afford to pay them in certain schools.

*11. Hon madubeko: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain to the House whether it is still a government policy to have clinics every 10kms and if so, why is it not so in Vungu Resettlement area.

[Deferred from Wednesday 4th December, 2013]

*12. Hon. Nduna: to ask the Minister of Health and Child Care what the government's policy is on the distribution of clinics in the rural areas and the strategies put in place to ensure that people have equal access to health care.

*13. Hon Mangami: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain Government policy on the assistance given to people whose health care treatment requires a lot of money for ailments such as transplants.

*14. Hon Chirisa: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care what the Ministry is doing in terms of improving working conditions for nurses.

*15. Hon Mackenzie: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development the amount of money distributed to Kariba Town by ZINARA over the past five years to maintain the following roads:

i. Makunde Kariba Road;

ii. Siakobvu Negande Road;

iii. Mola Mahuyu Road and

iv. Jongola Road

[Deferred from Wednesday 4th December, 2013]

*16. Hon Mackenzie: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to inform the House when the following roads were last resurfaced;

i. Mola Makuyu road;

ii. Jongola Road and

iii. Siakobvu negande Road in Kariba

and whether there are plans to grade them

[Deferred from Wednesday 4th December, 2013]

*17. Hon Mackenzie: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development the current position with regard to Air Zimbabwe flights to Kariba and the proposed upgrading of Kariba Airport.

[Deferred from Wednesday 4th December, 2013]

*18. Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development whether it is government's policy to ensure that Local contractors are awarded tenders for roads construction in light of the indigenisation and economic empowerment programme.

*19. Hon Ncube S. To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development whether there are any plans by the Ministry for a comprehensive road infrastructure in Matobo South given the fact that there are no tarred roads at all in the Matobo South.

*20. Hon Nduna: To ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture the plans the Government has to resuscitate public swimming pools.

*22. Hon. Mpariwa: To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce what plans are in

place to resuscitate ailing companies in order to create employment and ensure that DMAF funds are monitored and accounted for.

[Deferred from Wednesday 4th December, 2013]

*23. Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce whether Government has plans to resuscitate moribund industries such as David Whitehead Textiles factories in Gweru, Kadoma and Chegutu which were an invaluable source of livelihood.

*24. Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development the Ministry's strategies for empowering small – scale miners who are required to pay the mining fees as large scale operators.

*25. Hon Chikomba: To ask the Minister of Mines and Energy to update the House on the Ministry's position regarding the revitalization of Sengwa Mine in Gokwe Kabuyuni.

*26. Hon Nduna: To ask the Minister of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare what efforts have been made by the Ministry to resolve the impasse within organisations representing Civil Servants to ensure that the latter are not prejudiced by the delay.

*27. Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to clarify to the House Government's policy with regards the connection of electricity in newly – established residential areas such as Forit Township in Chegutu which has not had electricity connected for the past 15 years.

*28. Hon Mangami: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning to explain measures that the Ministry is taking to ensure that policy holders receive their benefits from insurance companies when they mature.

 

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