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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VOTES 16 OCTOBER 2013 NO 10

No. 10

 

 

PARLIAMENT

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

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FIRST SESSION – EIGHTH PARLIAMENT

 

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WEDNESDAY 16TH OCTOBER, 2013

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Quarter past two o’clock pm The Speaker in the Chair

 

PRAYERS

 

Members Present

 

 

 

Banda T;

Beremauro G;

Bhebhe A;

Bimha M C; Bhudha S.

Bunjira R

Butau D

Chakona P

Chamisa N

Chapfika D

Chasi F

Chibagu G

Chibaya A

Chidavaenzi E

Chibaya A

Chidhakwa S

Chidhakwa W

Chigudu M

Chigumba C C.

Chikomba L

Chikuni E

Chikwama B

Chikwinya N

Chikwinya S

Chimanikire G

Chimedza P Dr

ChimeneM M

Chimwamurombe A Chinanzvavana C

Chinomona M M

Chinotimba J

Chiota P C

Chipanga K Chipato A

Chirisa F

Chitembwe V J

Chitindi C

Chitura L

Chivamba K

Chiwa D

Chiwetu J Z

Chombo I M.C

Cross E G

Dhewa  W

Dube S

Dziva T M

Gava M

Gezi T

Goche N

Tasungunurwa; G I

Gumbo E.

Gumbo S.

Gumbo Joram

Gwanetsa K K

Gwanongoza E

Haritotas P

Hlongwane M

Holder J

Hungwa  G

Jaboon J

Kachepa N

Kadungure D A

Kanengoni T R

Katsande A

Kaukonde R J

Kaundikiza M

Kazembe K

Khanye N

Khumalo T

Khupe T

Kuruneri C

Kwaramba G

Labode M R

Machingauta C

Machingura R

Mackenzie I

Madanha M

Madondo T

Madubeko J

Madzimure W

Madzore P

Madzore S

Mahiya M

Mahlangu T

Mahoka S

Majaya B

Makoni R R

Makonya J

Makunde T

Makweya M

Mandipaka O

Mandiwanzira S C

Mangami D

Mangwende S

Manyengavana M

Maondera W

Mapiki J

Maridadi J

Marumahoko R

Mashakada T

Mashange W

Mashayamombe S

Mashonganyika D

Masiya D

Masuku P

 

Matambanadzo M                                       Mudambo T                                                 Nkomo R

Matangaidze T                                             Mudau M                                                      Nkomo S S

Matangira T R                                               Mudzuri E                                                     Nleya L

Mataruse P                                                   Mafunga A                                                   Nyahwo A

Mathe G                                                       Mujuru J                                                       Nyamupinga B B

Matibenga L G                                              Mukanduri S T                                             Nyathi B

Matienga M                                                 Munochinzwa M                                          Nyere C

Matimba K M                                               Muponora N                                                 Paradza K

Matuke L                                                      Mukwangwariwa F G                                  Passade J

Mavenyengwa R                                          Mukwena R                                                  Pedzisai

Mavima P                                                     Munengami F                                               Pemhenayi B

Mawere M                                                    Murai E                                                         Phiri F P

Mawere M RN S                                           Musanhi K S                                                 Porusingazi E

Mbwembwe E                                              Musanhu S K                                                Rudzirwayi J M

Mguni O                                                       Mushohwe C                                                Runesu B

Mhere E                                                        Musiiwa A                                                     Rungani A

Mhlanga A                                                    Musundire A L                                             Ruvai E

Mhlanga N J                                                 Musvaire W                                                  Samkange J T

Mhona F T                                                    Mutinhiri A                                                   Sansole T W

Midzi A B M                                                  Muzenda T M                                               Saruwaka T J.L.;

Misihairambwi P M                                     Muzhavazhe J                                              Savanhu T

Mkandla M                                                   Muzondiwa E S                                            Shongedza E

Mlambo W B.J;                                             Muzungu -  Masaiti E                                  Shumba K D

Mliswa T P                                                    Ncube D M                                                    Sibanda C C

Moyo F                                                          Ncube O                                                       Sibanda D

Moyo G                                                         Ncube S                                                        Sibanda D P

Moyo L                                                          Ndebele A                                                    Sibanda L

Moyo R                                                         Dlovu A                                                        Sibanda M

Mpofu B                                                        Ndlovu D M;                                                 Sibanda Z

Mpofu M M                                                  Ndlovu N                                                       Sithole G K

Mpofu R                                                        Ndoro L F                                                     Simbanegavi Y

Mpofu S                                                        Nduna D                                                       Sindi C

Mtingwende T                                              Nkatazo M M                                                Tarusenga U  D

Muchenje F                                                  Nkomo M                                                      Thembani S Z

Muchenje M S                                             Nkomo M                                                      Toffa J

Tshuma D

Tsogorani J

Tsomondo C

Vutete M

Wadyajena J M

Zemura L

Zhanda P T

Zhou P

Zhou T

Zindi I

Ziyambi Z

Zvidzai S

Zwizwai M

 

Printed by Order of the House

 

 

Absent with leave

Hon Khumalo M;  Hon Chombo IMC; Hon Muchinguri O.C.Z

 

  1. Appointment to the Pan African Parliament: Hon. C.C.C. Chimutengwende, Hon. J,M. Gumbo, Hon. P. Mupfumira, Hon. T. Mashakada and Hon. Sen. Chief F.Z. Charumbira

 

  1. Appointment to the SADC Parliamentary Forum: Hon. Sen. T. Mohadi, Hon. Dr. Mukanduri, Hon. Sen. M. Mutsvangwa, Hon. I. Gonese, Hon. J. Toffa.

 

  1. Committee nominated: Standing Rules and Orders: The following Hon. Members of the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders were appointed: Hon. Y. Simbanegavi, Hon. P. Mupfumira and Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira.

 

 

  1. The Speaker advised Hon. Zvidzai to defer giving notice of his motion until the Chair had occasion to study it and make a ruling on the constitutionality and therefore admissibility of the same.

 

  1. Questions without Notice

 

  1. Questions with Notice

 

  1. The Speaker recognized in the Speaker’s gallery, the presence of members of staff and students from Morgan ZINTEC College.

 

 

  1. Khupe, seconded by Hon. Dr Labode, moved:

 

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.

 

On the motion of the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

 

  1. The Speaker announced the appointment of Hon. Marumahoko (Deputy Chairperson of Committees), Hon. Dziva and Hon. Mutomba to the Chairperson’s panel in terms of section 136 of the Constitution.

 

  1. Hlongwane, seconded by Hon. Prof. Mavima, moved:

 

That this House:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

NOW, THEREFORE:

 

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

 

Resolves to submit this motion, together with a covering letter to the European Parliament, the

European External Action Service, the United States Congress, the Australian Parliament, New Zealand Parliament and the House of Commons, encouraging them to urge their governments to lift all forms of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.

 

And it being five minutes to seven o’clock p.m., the Speaker interrupted business under consideration. 

 

Debate to resume tomorrow.

 

  1. The Speaker adjourned the House at two minutes to seven o’clock pm.

 

 

  1. F. MUDENDA,

Speaker.

 

 

 

TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER 2013

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

 

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

 

[Time elapsed: 7hrs 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. MARIDADI HON. CHIMANIKIRE

 

That this House:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

NOW, THEREFORE:

 

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

 

 

3.          HON B. TSHUMA

HON. P.D SIBANDA

 

That this House -

 

            AWARE that 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 AWARE of our commitment to promote gender equality and empower women as envisaged           by millenium development goal number 3 and more fully by our constitution.

 

DEVASTATED by 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.

 

4.         HON. GONESE        HON. MAJOME

 

That this House:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon the Executive to urgently take steps to amend a number of

laws to align them to the Constitution.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on breast and cervical cancer (Adjourned 16th October – The Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care)

 

 

[Day elapsed: 1]

 

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

 

 

  1.  Adjourned debate on sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the US government and European     Union  (Adjourned 16th October – The Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care).

 

[Day elapsed: 1]

 

Question proposed: That this House:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

ALARMED by the arrogant unilateralism of the West which imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe

without engaging in exhaustive dialogue;

 

NOW, THEREFORE:

 

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

 

Resolves to submit this motion, together with a covering letter to the European Parliament, the

European External Action Service, the United States Congress, the Australian Parliament, New Zealand Parliament and the House of Commons, encouraging them to urge their governments to lift all forms of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe – Hon. Hlongwane

 

 

  1. Adjourn debate on the motion on food shortages in Zimbabwe (Adjourned 15th October – The

            Minister of State for Provincial Affairs - Harare)

 

That this House-

[Day elapsed: 1]

 

 

Question proposed

 

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.

 

 

  1. 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.

 

 

  1. 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-

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

FURTHER CONCERNED by 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.

 

10 .     COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 16TH OCTOBER, 2013

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

 ♦ QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

 * QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

 

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

Housing to explain whether it is government policy for Local Authorities to employ

Zimbabwean citizens and issue residential stands on a partisan basis  and

 

 

 to state the measures that government has put in place to curb such malpractices.
*2.

 

HON SARUWAKA:  To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to clarify the position regarding the chairing of committees by different political parties in Rural District Councils, Town Boards and Municipalities especially the Audit

Committee which is now assigned to the main opposition party in Parliament as provided in the constitution, to enhance accountability.

*3.

 

 HON. GONESE:  To ask the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry to give an update on  progress made by the Ministerial Task-Force mandated to investigate the invasion of the Save Conservancy and recommendations made to government in that regard.
*4.

 

HON. D. SIBANDA:  To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to explain  why the Registrar General, Mr Tobaiwa Mudede and the Chairman of Civil Service

Commission, Dr. Mariyawanda Nzuwah are still in the employment of the state after they have reached their retirement age.

*5.

 

HON. GONESE:  To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to explain:
  i)    the circumstances surrounding the inordinate delay in the completion of the Harare       International Airport Road linking with Enterprise road; and

 

ii)  why Municipal land was transferred to a contractor prior to  completion of the  project.

 

 

*6. HON MAHIYA:  To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development why it has
  taken too long for the government to construct roads in Mashame, Gandavaroyi and
 

 

Nyaurungwe in Gokwe Gumunyu constituency.
*7. HON GONESE:  To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to inform and
  explain to the House;

 

  1. The contractor responsible for the Christmas Pass Sector of the Plumtree Mutare road.

 

  1. Why there is very little progress being made to complete the project and why the quality of the supposedly finished sections of the road appear to be substandard

 

*8. HON GONESE: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development what policy
  intervention the government has to rehabilitate the National Railways of Zimbabwe to a viable
 

 

entity.
*9. HON MPOFU M.:  To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to explain to
  the House whether there are plans in place to expeditiously revive programmes whose progress
  has been static over the years such as;
  1. i) Completion of Nkayi in Kwekwe road which was last done in 2006 ii) Maboleni- Cross Roads Business Centre Road which was last done in 1998
 

 

Gweru- Silobela which was done before Independence
*10. HON MADUBEKO: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to explain
to the House when the Ministry intends to complete the lower Gweru road which was started in
 

 

 

 

1998?
*11.

 

HON. GONESE:  To ask the Minister of Agriculture, mechanization and Irrigation Development to state the tonnage of grain Zimbabwe has imported from Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and other neighboring countries during this year.
*12.

 

HON MPOFU M:  To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Mechanization to inform the House what plans the Ministry has to resuscitate the ARDA farmers, Mayoka Irrigation and Loreto Irrigation Schemes in Silobela which are currently in a dysfunctional state.
*13. HON MADUBEKO:  To ask the Minister of Agriculture to explain to the House

 

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

 

  1. The Ministry’s plans to reconstruct the dam.

 

 

 

*14.

 

HON. MARIDADI:  To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to state when the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act will be amended to ensure that suspects and  accused persons, that is, defendants in criminal proceedings are accorded the rights to which they are entitled under sections 50 and 70 of the new Constitution.
*15. HON ZINDI:  To ask the Minister of  Home Affairs to give this House statistics regarding fatal acceidents that occur as a result of other motorist ramming behind stationery broken down haulage trucks or fuel tankers from 2009 to date

 

 

*16. HON SARUWAKA:  To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to clarify whether a mayor or a council chairperson has authority to;

 

Deny councilors of political parties from being members of any committee of their choice

  Bar councilors of political parties from being members of a specific committee as was the case in Mutasa Rural District Council where MDC-T councilors were barred from being members of the Finance Committee
*17. HON SARUWAKA:  To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to clarify whether a mayor or a council chairperson has authority to;

 

Deny councilors of political parties from being members of any committee of their choice

  Bar councilors of political parties from being members of a specific committee as was the case in Mutasa Rural District Council where MDC-T councilors were barred from being members of the Finance Committee
*18. HON MADUBEKO:  To ask the Minister of Local Government and Rural  Resettlement to explain to the House;

 

i)      Why Chiefs were last issued vehicles in 2004.

 

ii)     The Ministry’s plans to consider the plight of chiefs.

 

iii)   The government’s policy to construct and electrify chiefs homesteads.

 

  The government’s policy with regard to the allocation of farms to Chiefs in their respective areas.
*19.

 

HON MPOFU M. M.:  To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development why Malgreen Gold Mine co-owned by Mwana Africa and Pan Africa Mining Resources continues to lie idle after its operations displaced the local people when they were hurriedly started despite the fact that the mine has complete structures.
*20.

 

 HON MPOFU M.M: To ask the Minister  of Mines and Mining Development to explain what action would be taken against Mwana Africa Mining Company which pegged 75% claims of Silobela constituency but has dismally failed to work on them.
*21.

 

HON MPOFU M.M: to ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to explain the Ministry’s policy regarding claims that continue to lie idle when the locals who can take advantage and empower themselves by conducting mining activities continue to suffer
*22.

 

HON SARUWAKA:  To ask the Minister of Environment Water and Climate whether the mining operations by the Russian Company in Penhalonga along Mupfure River is done in conformity with Environmental Management Authority regulations government.
*23. HON GONESE: To ask the Minister of State for Presidential affairs to outline to the House
  1. The annual budget of the Presidential scholarship fund.

 

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

 

 

  • Why the fund is administered outside the Ministry of Education; and

 

  1. The beneficiaries by province since its inception.

 

*24.  HON GONESE:  To ask the Minister of Youth, Indigenization and Empowerment to explain to the  House

  1. The amount of money disbursed by the Kurera/Ukondla Youth Fund.

 

The beneficiaries of the fund.

 

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

 

*26. 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.

 

*27. HON CROSS:  To ask the Minister of Budget, Finance and Economic Development to inform
the House on the

i)    Terms and conditions agreed  with the International Monetary Fund as the basis of the Staff Monitored Programme

ii)   The plans that exist to ensure compliance with the Staff Monitored Programme iii) Whether Zimbabwe is on the Staff Monitored Schedule

 

*28. HON CROSS: To ask the Ministry of Budget, Finance and Economic Development to give the
  House a clear statement of revenues accruing to the State from the tax collected during the
first seven months of 2013 and to make a forecast of these revenues to the end of the year.
*29. HON CROSS: To ask the Ministry of Budget, Finance and Economic Development to explain
to the House whether the government will be able to meet its essential obligations from these
  revenues.

 

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