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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VOTES 16 JULY 2020 NO 56

ADVANCE COPY- UNCORRECTED

No. 56

 

 

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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The Speaker in the Chair

 

PRAYERS

 

Members Present

 

THURSDAY, 16TH JULY, 2020
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Quarter past two o’clock p.m.

Bhuda S,

Biti L. T.,

Bushu B.,

Chanda G. ,

Chibagu G.,

Chidakwa J.,  Chidakwa P.

Chikudo Rueben,

Chikukwa M. R,

Chikuni E.,

Chikwama B.,

Chikwinya S.,

Chinanzvavana C,  Chingosho C. P.

Chipato A,

Chitura L,

Dube B,

Dube M.,

Dzepasi G,

Dzuma S.,

Gabbuza J. G.,

Garwe D.,

Gezi T.,

Gonese I T,

Gozho C,

Gwanongodza E.,

Hamauswa S.,

Haritatos V. P.,

Jaja J.,

Kabozo S.,

Kachepa N.,

Kankuni W,

Kapuya F.,

Karoro D.,

Karumazondo M. T.,

Kashambe M. T.,

 

Kashiri C.,

Kazembe K.,

Khumalo S. S.,

Kureva E.,

Kwaramba G.,

Machando P.,

Machingauta C.

Madhuku J,

Madiro M,

Madzimure W.,

Madziva S.,

Mafuta S. V.,

Mago N,

Makoni R R,  Makonya J,

Mamombe J,

Mangora B.,

Maphosa L.,

Marikisi N.,  Masenda N. T,  Mashakada T.

Matangira T. R,

Mataranyika D. M.,

Mavenyengwa R.,

Mavetera T. A.,

Mawite D.,

Mchenje S. M.,

Mguni S K,

Mhona F T,

Mkandla M.,

Mlambo M. M.,

Moyo C.,

Moyo E,

Moyo Peter,

Moyo R.,

Moyo T.,

Mpame C.,

Mpofu M. M.,

Mpofu R.,

Muchimwe P T,

Mukuhlani T.,

Munetsi J.,

Muponora N.,

Murai E,

Murambiwa O,

Musabayana D.,

Musakwa E,

Musanhi K. S,

Mushayi M.,

Musiyiwa R.,

Mutambisi C,

Mutodi E.,

Mutomba W.,

Ncube E.,

Ncube Ophar,

Ncube Owen,

Ndebele A.,

Ndlovu S.,

Nduna D. T.,

Nguluvhe A.,

Ngwenya S.,

Nhambo F.,

Nkani A.,

Nkomo M,

Nyabani T,

Nyere C.,

 

 

 

Nyoni I,

Paradza K.,

Porusingazi E.,

Raidza M.,

Rungani A,

Rwodzi B.,

Sacco J. K.,

Samambwa E.,

Sansole T. W.,

Saruwaka T. J. L.,

Shamu W. K.,

Shava J.,

Shirichena E.,

Shongedza E.,

Simbanegavi Y.,

Sithole G K,

Sithole Josiah,

Sithole S,

Tarusenga U D,

Tekeshe D.,

Togarepi P.,

Tsunga R,

Tsuura N.,

Tungamirai T.,

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

 

Hon. P. Shiri

Hon. M. Mutsvangwa

 

 

 

    Absent with leave

Hon. Banda S.;

Hon. Biti

Hon. Gezi T.

Hon. Karikoga

Hon. Mayihlome Hon. Modi R.I. Hon. Molokele  Hon. Moyo E.

Hon. Ngome

Hon. Msakwa

 

 

  1. The Deputy Speaker informed the House that Hon. Mpariwa had been appointed as the new National Assembly Chief Whip for the MDC – T Party, replacing the former MP. Hon.

Prosper Mutseyami. Consequently, in terms of Section 15(f) of the Constitution, Hon. Mpariwa became a member of the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders (CSRO). She would be deputised by Hon. David Tekeshe who replaced Hon. Nomathemba Ndlovu who was also recalled by the MDC – T Party.

 

  1. The Deputy Speaker reminded the House that the Minister of Finance and Economic Development would present the 2020 Mid-Term Budget and Economic Review Statement.

 

  1. Togarepi, seconded by Hon. Mhona, moved: That Orders of the Day, Nos. 1 to 10 for today, stand over until Order of the Day No. 11 has been disposed of.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

  1. Sacco, seconded by Hon. N. Mguni, moved: 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.

 

On the motion of Hon. Togarepi, seconded by Hon. Mutambisi: Debate adjourned until        Tuesday, 28th July, 2020.

 

  1. The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, moved: That the House reverts to Order of the Day No. 1.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

  1. The Minister of Finance and Economic Development moved: 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.

 

  1. The Minister of Finance and Economic Development laid upon the Table-

 

The 2020 Mid-Term Budget and Economic Review

The 2020 Mid-Year Budget Review Revenue Measures

Finance (No. 2) Bill, (2020) (Departmental Draft)

 

On the motion of the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs: Debate adjourned until Tuesday, 28th July, 2020.

          

  1. On the motion the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs: The House adjourned at six minutes to four o’clock pm until Tuesday, 28th July, 2020 at a quarter past               two o’clock in the afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HON. ADV. J. F. MUDENDA,

Speaker.

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, 28TH JULY, 2020

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion for leave to bring in a Finance Bill- (Adjourned 16th July, 2020 – The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs).

 

[Day elapsed: 1]

 

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.

 

 

 

 

        2.      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.

 

        3.    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.

 

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

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the SECOND READING of the Attorney General’s Office Amendment Bill [(H.B. 4, 2019) – (Adjourned 28th May, 2020) The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

[Days elapsed 16]

 

Question proposed: That the Attorney General’s Office Bill (H.B. 11, 2019), be now read a second time – The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

  1. SECOND READING: Forest Amendment Bill (H.B. 19, 2019)-The Minister of  Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry.

 

  1. SECOND READING: National Prosecuting Authority Bill (H. B. 20, 2019) - The Minister of         Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

  1. SECOND READING: Financial Adjustments Bill [(H.B. 19, 2019) – The Minister of Finance    and Economic Development.

 

  1. 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 4]

 

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.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 22nd October, 2019 – 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.

 

 

11.      HON MOLOKELE-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]

 

  1. HON. PARADZA K.

 HON. MISIHAIRABWI-MUSHONGA

 

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.

 

13.  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.

 

14.         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.

 

 

15. 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.

 

16. 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.

 

17.       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).

 

        18.      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.

 

 

19.    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:

  • 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;

 

  • 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;

 

  • 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;

 

  • 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

 

  • Urge the Executive to use Zimbabwe’s Chairpersonship of SADC PF to champion issues of ending Statelessness within the region.
  1. 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.

 

21.   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.

 

  1. 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.

 

23. 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.

 

24. 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.

 

25.       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;

 

  1. Government to create an enabling environment for teenagers to access reproductive health services;

 

  1. Government to increase funding for the Ministries implementing the Beijing +25 Critical Areas;

 

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

 

  1. 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.

 

26. 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:

 

  1. come up with legislation that allocate at least twenty-five percent of decisionmaking positions to the youth by the 31st December, 2022;
  2. embark on programmes that economically empower the youths by 31st

December, 2022; and

  1. ensure that such measures and programmes embarked on are all inclusive, nonpartisan and reflective of the national character of our country.

 

 

 

27.    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:

 

 

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

 

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

 

28.    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:

 

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

by 31st December 2020:

  1. 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
  2. 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;

 

  1. 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.

 

29.       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 socioeconomic 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:

 

  1. the government to craft all-inclusive development policies which cater for the needs of

persons with disability, amongst other groups;

  1. 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
  2. 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.

 

 

30.     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 nonpayment 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:

  1. Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to conduct awareness campaigns on the BEAM Manual targeting Community Selection Committees;
  2. 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
  3. 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.

 

 

  1. 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 – Togarepi)

 

[Day elapsed: 1]

 

  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 

 

  1. 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: 5]

 

  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 

 

  1. 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: 6]

 

   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

 

  1. 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)

[Day elapsed: 3]

 

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

 

  1. 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)

 

 

[Day elapsed: 3]

 

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

 

  1. 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).

[Day elapsed: 2]

 

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

 

  1. 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: 7]

 

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

 

  1. 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 – Togarepi)

 

[Days elapsed: 8]

 

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

 

  1. 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: 13]

 

 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

 

  1. 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: 15]

 

 

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

 

  1. 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 – E. Ncube)

 

[Days elapsed: 20]

 

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

 

  1. 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: 7]

 

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.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Delegation to the 45th Plenary Assembly          of the SADC Parliamentary Forum (Adjourned 2nd June, 2020 – Mutambisi) 

 

[Days elapsed: 15]

 

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

 

  1. 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, 2020Hon K.

         Paradza)

 

[Days elapsed: 9]

 

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.

 

  1. 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: 9]

 

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

 

  1. 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: 9]

 

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

 

  1. 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: 9]

 

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   

 

        48.    COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY

       

                               

WEDNESDAY, 29TH JULY, 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.  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]

 

*5.       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] 

*6.

 

 

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]

*7.

 

HON. RAIDZA: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to inform the House when the collapsed electricity poles and cables in Wards 3 and 8 in Mberengwa East Constituency will be replaced as they pose grave danger to people and animals.

[Deferred from 12th February, 2020]

 

*8.

 

HON. CHIDZIVA: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to inform the House when vandalized electricity transformers in Highfield West Constituency as reported to the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority under Case Reference Number 24/17 six months ago will be repaired.

[Deferred from 12th February, 2020]

*9. HON. NKOMO M.:  To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to inform the House as to when Jotsholo – Dandanda electricity power line.

 

[Deferred from 12th February, 2020]

*10. HON. HOUGHTON: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to inform the House when the Rural Electrification Programme will be done in the following areas in Kariba-Nyaminyami Districts:

 

  1. Mamvuramachena
  2. Negande
  3. Chilimba
  4. Mola
  5. Mayovhe
  6. Chalala

[Deferred from 26th February, 2020]

 

*11.

 

 

HON I. NYONI: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to explain measures being put in place to curb stealing of power cables.

[Deferred from 27th May, 2020]

*12.

 

 

HON I. NYONI: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to inform the House the criteria used in selecting fuel filling stations to sell fuel in foreign currency.

[Deferred from 27th May, 2020]

*13. 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]

 

*14. 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]

*15. HON. B. DUBE: To ask the Minister of National Housing and Social Amenities to:
  1. 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;

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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]
*16.

 

 

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]

 

*17.

 

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] 

*18.

 

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]

 

]

 

 

*19.   HON. RAIDZA: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to inform the House when the Ministry will buy school furniture for Mponjane Primary School in Mberengwa District.

 

 

[Deferred from 27th May, 2020]
*20.

 

 

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]

*21. 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]

 

*22. 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]

 

*23. 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]

 

*24.

 

 

HON. MUKAPIKO: To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce to inform the House when Zimcoke will official open.

           [Deferred from 27th May, 2020]

*25.

 

 

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]

*26.

 

 

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]

*27.

 

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]

 

*28.

 

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]

_____________________________________________________________________________

 

BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION BY THE PARLIAMENTARY LEGAL COMMITTEE

 

Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill, (H.B. 18, 2019)- The Minister of Information and     Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services (Referred 17th June, 2020).

 

 

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