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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VOTES 16_DECEMBER_2008_NO._9

ADVANCE COPY- UNCORRECTED

No. 9

 

PARLIAMENT

OF ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

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FIRST SESSION – SEVENTH PARLIAMENT

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TUESDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2008

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Quarter past two o’clock p.m The Speaker in the Chair

 

PRAYERS

 

Members Present

 

 

Bhasikiti K,

Bhebhe A,

Bimha M.C

Biti L.T

Buka F,

Chaderopa

Chambati T.S

Chebundo B

Chibaya A

Chikava B,

Chimanikire G,

Chimbetete W.M

Chimhini D.A,

Chininga E.T.C,

Chinomona M.M

Chinyadza W

Chirume O

Chitando J

Chitima A,

Chivamba K,

Cross E.G

Dongo G.Z

Dube C.R.E

Dube M

Dumbu F

Dzinotyiweyi

H.A.M

Dzirutwe G

Garadhi S

Gonese I.T

Goto R

Gumbo J.M

Hove S.R

Huruba T

Jembere E

Jiri M

Kagurabadza M.T

F Kanzama F

Kapesa R

Karenyi L

Kay J.I.H

Khumalo M,

Khumalo N.M,

Khumalo S.S,

Khupe T

Kumalo M

Machacha

Madubeko

Madzimure

Madzore P

Mahoka S

Majome F.J

Makuyana M

Mangami

Mangena J

Mangoma E.S

Maposhere

Maramba P.H

Mare M

Masaiti E

Matamisa

Matibe T.P

Matibenga L.G

Matienga

Matimba T

Matinenga E.T

Matutu T

Mavima

Mazikana

Mbwembwe

Mguni N

Mhlanga A

Mkhosi E.T.M

Mlambo M.M

C

J

W

D

D

E.E

M

L.D

P.H E

Mnangagwa E.D

Mnkandla T

Mombeshora D.T

Moyo J.N

Moyo R

Moyo S

Mpariwa P

Mpofu N

Mpukuta                   L

Muchauraya P

Mudarikwa S

Mudau M

Mudavanhu E

Mudiwa S

Mudzuri E

Mudzuri H

Mukonoweshuro E

Munengami

Mushonga S.L

Musumbu E

Musundire

Musvaire W

Mutinhiri A

Mutinhiri T

Mutsekwa G.T

Mutseyami C.P

Muza I

Mwonzora D.T

Mzembi W

Navava E

Ncube

Ndambakuwa F

Ndava R

Ndebele G

Ndlhovu A

Ndlovu M. M

Nemadziva N

F

A.L

S

Nezi W

Nhema              C.D.F

Nkomo S.S

Nyakudanga O

Nyamande                J

Nyamupinga B.B  Nyaude B

Parirenyatwa D.P

Pemhenayi C.F Rutsvara R

Saruwaka T.J.L

Shoko M

Sibanda                C.C

Sibanda D.S

Sibanda F.M

Sibanda P.N

Sithole A

Tachiona                 M

Tazviona R

Tshuma B

Varandeni J

Zhuwao P

Zwizwai               M.

 

 

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Printed by Order of the House

 

Absent with leave

Baloyi A Kachepa N.

Mafios D

Masukume N.P.S Munjeyi G.

Ndava R

Sithole A Zhanda T.P.

 

  1. Hon Chebundo asked leave to move the adjournment of the House for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance, relating to the cholera epidemic that was being experienced in the country since August 2008,

 

and the Speaker, having considered the motion to be one contemplated by Standing Order No. 30 (1), called upon Members supporting the motion to rise in their places; and not fewer than twenty-five Members having risen, the Speaker declared the leave of the House to have been granted.

 

The motion stood over, under Standing Order No. 30 (1) until a quarter-past five o’clock  this afternoon.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned

11th November 2008 – Hon Gumbo) 

 

[Time elapsed: 10 hours 27 minutes]  Question again proposed

 

That a respectful address be presented to the President of Zimbabwe as follows:-

 

May it please you, your Excellency the President:

 

We, the Members of Parliament of Zimbabwe, desire to express our loyalty to Zimbabwe and beg leave to offer our respectful thanks for the speech, which you have been pleased to address to Parliament - Hon Mazikana.

 

On the motion of Hon Gonese, seconded by Hon Majome: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the food crisis in Zimbabwe (Adjourned 11th November 2008-Hon Gumbo).

 

[Days Elapsed: 2]

 

Question again proposed: That this House-

 

AWARE that Zimbabwe consumes 2 million tones of maize annually and that only 400 000 tonnes is available from what was actually produced this last growing season and what has been provided by the State in the form of imports so far this year;

 

ALSO AWARE that of the 350 000 tonnes of wheat needed to meet national consumption, no more than 100 000 tonnes can be provided from domestic production and imports;

 

COGNISANT of the fact that the national annual demand for soyabeans is about 240 000 tonnes with only 60 000 tonnes available to meet this demand;

 

ACCEPTING that the total imports from the international Community in the current year will not exceed 400 000 tonnes of cereals and that the total national deficit of cereals and oil seeds will be over 800 000 tonnes;

 

NOTING that the above statistics infer that the nation faces hunger and starvation of endemic proportions;

 

CONCERNED by the persistent failure of the State institutions to distribute the little food available in a transparent and non-partisan manner;

 

FURTHER CONCERNED by the lacklustre attitude of the responsible State institutions and their apparent failure to effectively deal with this national disaster;

 

NOW THEREFORE this house resolves that;

 

  1. The food crisis be declared a national disaster;

 

  1. The Portfolio Committee responsible for Lands and Agriculture investigates and reports on this issue as a matter of urgency.

 

  1. That this Committee makes recommendations on how the Country can actively engage the donor community in alleviating the impact of hunger in Zimbabwe; and

 

  1. Initiate proposals to obviate the recurrence and intensification of the problem in future - Hon Chinyadza.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

  1. On the motion of Hon Gonese, seconded by Hon Majome moved: That Notices of Motions Nos. 3 and 4, for today, stand over until Order of the Day No. 5 has been disposed of.

 

  1. The Minister of Rural Housing and Societies Amenities moved the adjournment of the House pursuant to leave granted in terms of Standing Order No. 30 (1) in order to discuss the cholera epidemic that was being experienced in the country since August 2008.

 

  1. The House adjourned at five minutes to seven o’ clock p.m.

 

  1. N. MOYO

Speaker.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 17TH DECEMBER 2008 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

♦          QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

*          QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned

16th December 2008 – Hon Gonese) 

 

[Time elapsed: 11 hours 59 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 Mazikana.

 

  1. HON. GONESE

HON. MAJOME

 

COMMENDING the people of Zimbabwe on a fairly decent election on 29 March 2008.

 

CONCERNED by the reports of alleged murder, torture, rape, arson and looting that took place after the harmonized elections of 29 March 2008.

 

FURTHER CONCERNED by levels of lawlessness, abuse of the rule of law and abuse of state institutions in this violence.

 

NOW THEREFORE, THIS HOUSE RESOLVES THAT:

A select Committee of Parliament be appointed to investigate the violence that took place after the March 28 and report its findings to Parliament.

 

  1. HON. BITI

HON. T. KHUMALO

 

CONCERNED WITH the structural dislocation of Zimbabwe’s economy, macroeconomic dysfunctionality and the pervasive levels of failure by the state.

 

DISTURBED BY the high levels of poverty, unemployment and suffering of the people of Zimbabwe.

 

CONCERNED BY the collapse of the public education, public health and public transport infrastructure in the country.

 

FURTHER CONCERNED BY the deeply seated humanitarian crisis, the absence of the rule of law, the food crisis and the extent of deprivation and want by our people.

 

ALARMED BY the high levels of corruption, looting, avarice, asset stripping, patronage and clientelism prevalent in the country.

 

CONCERNED BY THE militarization and politicization in the distribution of food.

 

FURTHER CONCERNED by the deliberate indifference to the crisis by those in control.

 

NOW THEREFORE, THIS HOUSE RESOLVES;

 

  1. To express its strong concern to the responsible authorities and urge all concerned to direct their energies towards the rebuilding of Zimbabwe.

 

  1. To call for the crafting of policies to address these challenges being faced by Zimbabweans.

 

  1. COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY.

 

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TUESDAY, 20TH JANUARY 2009

 

NOTICE OF MOTION

 

HON MAVIMA

HON HLONGWANE

 

CONCERNED with the ever increasing number of deaths linked and or related to cholera within Zimbabwe, and the lack of an aggressive and focused response by the National Water Authority to play its rightful role in providing safe drinking water and sanitation to the nation;

 

NOTING that as of 14th December, 2008 approximately 700 people countrywide had died of cholera and in excess of 10,000 people had been infected with the disease as per reports from the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, and:

 

FURTHER NOTING that more people are likely to die or become infected as the outbreak takes its toll throughout the country;

 

ACKNOWLEDGING the efforts of the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) calling on all stakeholders to be involve with maximum effort to combat the outbreak and admitting that the outbreak had now taken a national scope: and appreciating the establishment of the cabinet task force on cholera by government, and the call by the Minister of Health and Child Welfare for local and international well wishers including UNICEF, WHO, and other organizations to come in full force to assist the country in combating this disaster;

 

APPRECIATING the assistance rendered by our friendly neighbours, in particular, The Republics of Namibia and South Africa in providing drugs and other medical equipment and consumables to fight the deadly cholera disease;

 

CONCERNED that ZINWA does not have the capacity nor the resources to provide safe drinking water and sanitation to the citizens of Zimbabwe particularly under such trying times and or in the near future;

 

FURTHER NOTING that most households and public institutions now go for weeks on end without any safe and treated running water and sanitation;

 

RECOGNISING that capacity to effectively distribute, treat and manage water supply was efficiently done by various Municipalities in the country prior to the take over by ZINWA and;

 

ACCEPTING that this experiment (ZINWA) must now come to its logical conclusion and has failed;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, this House resolves that:

 

  1. The cholera crisis be declared a national disaster;
  2. A Joint Portfolio Committee of Water Resources and Infrastructure Development and Health and Child Welfare, investigates and reports on this issue as a matter of urgency;
  3. That this Joint Portfolio Committee makes recommendations on how the country can return the management and distribution of water supply and sanitation back to the Municipalities;
  4. That the Joint Committee submits detailed proposals to capacitate the     municipalities and set a timetable to repeal appropriate legislation with regards to certain responsibilities accorded to ZINWA.

 

 

 

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