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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VOTES 16_JUNE_2009_NO._31

 

 

ADVANCE COPY- UNCORRECTED

No. 31

 

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 JUNE 2009

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

 

PRAYERS

 

Members Present

 

 

 

Baloyi A,

Beremauro G,

Bhasikiti K,

Bimha M.C

Buka F,

Chaderopa F Chambati T.S

Chamisa N

Chanetsa P.T.

Chebundo B

Chibaya                A

Chidhakwa W.K

Chikava B,

Chikwinya S,

Chimanikire G,

Chimbetete W.M

Chimhini D.A,

Chinomona M.M

Chinyadza W

Chiota P.C

Chirongwe R,

Chirume O

Chitando J

Chitima A,

Chivamba K,

Cross E.G

Denga P

Dokora          L.D.K

Gwiyo C.C Haritatos P

Hlongwane M

Hove S.R

Huruba T

Jembere E

Jiri M

Kachepa               N

Kagurabadza M.T

Matamisa            E.E

Matibe T.P

Matibenga L.G

Matienga               M

Matimba T

Matinenga E.T

Matonga                B

Matshalaga            O

Matutu T

Mavima L.D Mazikana P.H

Mbwembwe E

Mhandu C

Mhashu F.G

Mhlanga A

Mkhosi E.T.M

Mlambo M.M

Mlilo O.S

Mnkandla T

Mohadi          K.C.D

Mombeshora D.T

Moyo G

Moyo R

Moyo S

Mpofu N

Mpofu               O.M

Mpukuta                 L

Muchauraya P

Muchena O. N

Mudarikwa S

Mudau M

Mudavanhu E

Mudenge I.S,

Mudiwa S

Mudzuri E

Mudzuri H

Muguti C

Mujuru J.T.R

Mukanduri S.T

Mukonoweshuro E

Munengami            F

Mungofa P.T

Munjeyi                 G

Mushonga S.L

Kanzama F

Kapesa R

Karenyi

Katsande A

Kay J.I.H

Khumalo M,

Khumalo N.M,

Khumalo S.S,

Khumalo T

Khupe T

Kumalo M

Langa A

Mabhena G

Machacha

Madamombe

Madubeko

Madzimure

Madzore P

Mafios I.D

Mahlangu T

Mahoka S

Majome F.J

Makamure

Makone T.M

Makuyana

Mandebvu N.T

Mangami D

Maposhere

Maramba P.H

L

C

S

J

W

R

M

D

Dongo G.Z

Dube C.R.E

Dube M

Dube P

Dumbu F

Dzingirai

Dzinotyiweyi

H.A.M

Dzirutwe G

Gabuza J.G

Garadhi S

Gonese I.T

Goto R

Gumbo J.M

I
Maramwidze E H

Mare M

Marima E

Masaiti E Mashakada       T

Masukume N.P.S

Mushore L

Musumbu E

Musundire        A.L

Nguni S.R

Ngwenya B

Nhema           C.D.F

Nkomo S.S

Nyakudanga O

Nyamande J Nyamudeza S

Nyamupinga B.B

Nyanhongo M.H

Nyaude B

Nyoni S.G.G

Parirenyatwa     D.P

Pasihomusha-

Matiza B.J

Pemhenayi C.F

Raradza E

Rutsvara R

Sai S

Samkange N.T.C

Sansole T.W

Saruwaka T.J.L

Shamu W.K

Shirichena E

Shoko H

Shoko M

Sibanda

Sibanda D.S

Sibanda F.M

Sibanda P.N

Sindi C

Sululi A

Tachiona

Tazviona R

Timba J.Z

Tshuma B

Undenge

Varandeni J

Zhanda T.P

Zinyemba M

Ziteya K.S

Ziyambi

Zwizwai

C.C

M

S

W.Z

M.

Musvaire W

Mutambara AG

Mutasa D.N.E

Mutinhiri A

Mutinhiri T

Mutomba W

Mutsekwa G.T

Mutseyami C.P

Muza I

Mwonzora D.T

Mzembi W

Navava E

Ncube

S
Ndambakuwa F

Ndava R

Ndebele G

Ndhlovu A

Nezi W

 

 

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Printed by Order of the House

 

Absent with leave

Mangena J.

Nyamande J

 

  1. Paper laid upon the Table-

 

The Minister of Finance

 

            Report of the Comptroller and Auditor-General on the Management of Construction Projects by the Public Works Department [Chapter 22:03]

 

  1. The Speaker announced that all Members of Parliament were invited to attend a joint Caucus meeting for all the three political parties and Chiefs on Wednesday, 17th June 2009, at 0900 hours in the House of Assembly Chamber.

 

  1. The Speaker informed all Women Parliamentarians that they are invited by the

Secretary for Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development to the National Women's Constitutional Summit, to be held at Rainbow Towers on Friday, 19 June 2009 from 0830 hours to 1700 hours.

 

  1. The Speaker also announced that the Select Committee on the New

Constitution will hold Provincial Consultative meetings as follows:- Harare at

Rainbow Towers on Wednesday, 24th June 2009 at 1000 hours; Matebeleland

North at Lupane on Saturday 27th June 2009 at 1000 hrs; Midlands at the Cathedral Hall on Saturday 27th June 2009 at 1000 hours; Mahsoland Central at Tendai Hall on Wednesday 24th June 2009 at 1000 hours; Masvingo at Civic Centre on Saturday 27th June 2009 at 1000 hours; Bulawayo at the Large City

Hall on Saturday 27th June 2009 at 1000hours; Mashonaland West at Chinhoyi

Hall on Wednesday 24th June 2009 at 1000hours; Matebeleland South at

Gwanda Hotel on Saturday 27th June 2009 at 1000hours. Hon Members are invited to attend and are reminded that political party regalia and slogans will not be allowed in the meetings.

 

  1. The Speaker informed members that the MDC-T Party has made the following changes to Portfolio Committee membership due to clashes in the meeting times: Hon Mudiwa from Budget, Finance and Investment Promotion to Mines and Energy; Hon Gonese from Public Works and National Housing to

Small and Medium Enterprises; Hon Madzimure from Budget, Finance and

Investment Promotion to Industry and Commerce; Hon C. Dube from State

Enterprises and Parastatals to Industry and Commerce; Hon Makamure from State Enterprises and Parastatals to Agriculture, Water Lands and

Resettlement; Hon S. Moyo from State Enterprises and Parastatals to Media, Information and Communication Techonlogy; Hon Suruwaka from Public

Accounts to Budget, Finance and Investment Promotion; Hon Chirume from

Small and Medium Enterprises to Public Works and National Housing; Hon

Makuyana from Health and Child Welfare to Small and Medium Enterprises;

Hon Machacha from Transport and Infrastructural Development to Local

Government, Rural and Urban Development; Hon Karenyi from Health and

Child Welfare to Local Government, Rural and Urban Development; Hon

Mutseyami from Industry and Commerce to Defence and Home Affairs; Hon

Matamisa from Higher Education, Science and Technology to Health and

Child Welfare; Hon Hove from Industry and Commerce to Public Accounts;

Hon Muchauraya from Media, Information and Technology to Justice, Legal Affairs Constitutional  and Parliamentary Affairs

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the distribution of agricultural inputs (Adjourned 13th May 2009-The Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Mutambara).

 

[Day elapsed: 2]

 

Question again proposed:  That this House-

 

APPRECIATING that agriculture is the backbone of the economy of Zimbabwe,

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that the issue of food security for all Zimbabwe is a priority for the all inclusive government,

 

 REALISING that the distribution of inputs, which is basically, a civilian function was not done in a fair and transparent manner.

 

DISMAYED that endemic and debilitating corruption has plagued the input distribution programme,

 

REALISING that agricultural production has been adversely affected by lack of forward planning and timeous provision of agriculture inputs,

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, RESOLVES THAT;

 

  1. The inputs for the 2009/2010 agricultural season be distributed to disadvantaged rural farmers by the end of July 2009;

 

  1. A completely transparent system of distribution of agricultural inputs be put in place,

 

  • All elected officials, namely councillors and Members of Parliament who are the trustees of the people, be actively involved in the input distribution programme- Hon Mwonzora.

 

Amendment was proposed by Hon Gonese:

 

                        to delete, all the words after;

“….put in place”.

 

Amendment put and agreed to.

 

Motion as amended viz: APPRECIATING that agriculture is the backbone of the economy of Zimbabwe,

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that the issue of food security for all Zimbabwe is a priority for the all inclusive government,

 

 REALISING that the distribution of inputs, which is basically, a civilian function was not done in a fair and transparent manner.

 

DISMAYED that endemic and debilitating corruption has plagued the input distribution programme,

 

REALISING that agricultural production has been adversely affected by lack of forward planning and timeous provision of agriculture inputs,

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, RESOLVES THAT;

 

  1. The inputs for the 2009/2010 agricultural season be distributed to disadvantaged rural farmers by the end of July 2009;
  2. A completely transparent system of distribution of agricultural inputs be put in place- Hon Mwonzora.

 

Motion as amended put and agreed to.

 

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

13th May 2009 – The Deputy Prime Minister Hon Mutambara) 

 

[Time elapsed: 12 hours 38 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 the Deputy Prime, Hon Khupe: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the postponement of the opening of schools from the 13th to the 27th of January 2009 (Adjourned 13th May 2009 – The Deputy Prime Minister Hon Mutambara)

 

[Days elapsed: 6]

 

Question again proposed:  That this House-

 

WORRIED by the postponement of the opening of schools from the 13th of January 2009 to the 27th of January 2009;

 

CONCERNED by the uncertainty surrounding the education sector as manifested by the delay in the marking of Grade 7, „O‟ and  „A‟ Level examinations and the threat by teachers not to go back to work unless their demands are met;

 

SHOCKED by the unwarranted interference in the operations of “Trust” schools and other private educational institutions;

 

ALARMED by the failure of those who claim to be in charge to find answers to the crisis in the educational sector which resulted in most students failing to attend lessons in 2008;

 

DISTURBED by the fact that this situation may deteriorate in 2009;

 

            NOW, therefore, calls upon those responsible to take a holistic approach and find solutions to the crisis – Hon Mhashu.

 

Motion, with leave, withdrawn.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the structural dislocation of Zimbabwe‟s economy (Adjourned 12th May 2009- The Minister of Constitutional and

Parliamentary Affairs)

 

[Days Elapsed: 5]

Question again proposed: That this House-

 

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

 

  1. i) To call for the crafting of policies to address these challenges being faced by Zimbabweans- Hon Biti.

 

On the motion of the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Khupe: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

  1. On the motion of the Deputy Prime Minister Hon Khupe: The House adjourned at twenty seven minutes to four o‟clock p.m.
  2. N.M MOYO

Speaker.

 

 

WEDNESDAY 17TH JUNE 2009 

 

QUESTION FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

♦          QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

*          QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

 

*1.    HON. S. MOYO: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural

Development:-

  1. how safe it is for Zimbabweans to use passenger trains in view of the serious signal problems faced by the NRZ; and
  2. what plans the Ministry has regarding the hundreds of old wagons that have been lying idle at various railway stations countrywide over the years since they have been depreciating with time.

 

*2.    HON. D. A. CHIMHINI: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructral Development:-

 

  1. when the Jombe- Mutare road which starts from the Bvuma turn-off will be tarred since it road is an important link and a shorter route to Mutare; and
  2. to state why these gravel roads have not been maintained for years a situation that has led to bus operators withdrawing services from the area thus prejudging the fruit growers in the area.
 

*3.       HON. P. N. SIBANDA: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural

Development to inform this House whether the Binya-Karoi road is in the Ministry‟s plans for tarring, as this route is shorter and therefore cheaper than the one that goes via Bulawayo.

 

*4.       HON. NYAUDE: To ask the Ministers of State for National Healing to inform the House:

i)   whether  they are aware that on the 19th and 20th March 2009,  ZANU PF officials in Bindura South Constituency, namely, Matangira and Muzondo addressed rallies denouncing and rejecting the Global Political Agreement and the inclusive Government  and that these officials questioned the integrity of the three principals to the Global Political Agreement; and ii)        whether any measures will be taken to ensure that people are not misled at

 

 

rallies.

[Deferred: Wednesday 1st April 2009]

*5.

 

HON. NYAUDE: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Urban and Rural evelopment to inform the House when traditional leaders will start conducting their business in a non-partisan manner, in view of the fact that in Bindura South Constituency, Chief Masembura appears to be unaware of the new political order obtaining in Zimbabwe and continues to harass those perceived to be non-ZANU PF subjects.

 

[Deferred: Wednesday 1st April 2009]

*6. HON. L. KARENYI:  To ask the Minister of Local Government, Urban and Rural Development to explain the purpose of having special interest councillors in Local Government Councils who, as losing candidates, tend to create a lot of problems for the sitting Councillors.
 

 

 

 

[Deferred: Wednesday 13thApril 2009]

*7. HON. MANGAMI:  To ask the Minister of Local Government, Urban and Rural Development whether there will be a development fund given to new towns such as Gokwe, during the life of STERP and how much it is.

 

[Deferred: Wednesday 13th April 2009]

 

*8.       HON. GARADHI: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Urban and Rural

Development to inform the House:

  1. i) whether the victims of cholera are going to be compensated; ii)   Whether Zinwa accepts responsibility for causing cholera and if so what measures were taken to bring to book those responsible; and
  • why he is trying to protect the town Clerk of Harare who is being investigated by writing to the Mayor. How does he justify his actions.

 

[Deferred: Wednesday 13thApril 2009]

 

 

*9.       HON. D. A. CHIMHINI: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Urban and Rural Development to explain if it is government policy to have ZANU (PF) functionaries forcibly occupying council buildings formerly used as parliamentary constituency information centers by former ZANU (PF) mps thereby turning them into their party offices without paying any rentals or signing any lease agreements as is the case in Mutasa north council office at Hauna Growth Point.

 

*10.     HON. JIRI: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban

Development,

i)         how Rural District Councils have been allowed to operate year in year out

without audited financial statements .e.g. Chikomba district councils last audited accounts were produced in 2003 or before; ii)       what the Ministry is doing about the gross mal-administration in the

running of council affairs, particularly by those of Chikomba Rural District Council where assets have been personalized and misappropriated for a period in excess of five years; and

iii)        what arrangements have been put in place to address the above concerns

  with the urgency they require.

[Deferred: Wednesday 13thApril 2009]

 

*11.

 

HON KAGURABADZA: To ask the Minister of Finance whether the Ministry: i) is aware that Redwing Mine in Penhalonga, a gold mine operated by Metallon Gold of Zimbabwe, has closed down due to flooding as the water pumps at this mine are malfunctioning or cannot be repaired and new ones have not been bought because the RBZ is alleged to have withdrawn money from the mine‟s Foreign Currency Account (FCA) and did not reimburse it; and

ii) can advise when this money is going to reimbursed to ensure that the Mine reopens.

 

[Transferred: Wednesday, 13th May 2009]

*12.

 

HON. MUCHAURAYA: To ask the Co-Ministers of Home Affairs to inform the House whether the relatives of the eighty-three diamond panners who were allegedly buried in two mass graves in Dangamvura, Mutare, in 2008 were notified of the burial.

[Transferred: Wednesday, 13th March 2009]

 

*13.

 

HON. P. N. SIBANDA: To ask the Co-Ministers of Home Affairs what the Ministry is doing to address the matter of the growing number of illegal immigrants from Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo and the allegations that they are killing and stealing livestock in the Binga District.
*14.

 

HON. M. SHOKO: To ask the Co-Ministers of Home Affairs; Yona Genti, Ngoni Naite, Archiford Chipiyo and an unidentified youth, on 17 June 2008 were brutally murdered at House No-491 Unit F, Seke, Chitungwiza, whether or not perpetrators of this heinous offence have been apprehended and how far the case has gone.
*15. HON NYAMANDE:  To ask the Minister of Finance to explain what people of Makoni Central should do with their old bank notes that have been made

obsolete by the introduction of new bank notes as they feel that they have been prejudiced of their hard earned cash.

  [Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

 

*16.

 

 

HON MADZIMURE:  To ask the Minister of Finance to:-

i)      inform this House whether an independent audit of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe‟s activities vis-à-vis the distribution of farm mechanization equipment and agricultural inputs will be carried out; and

ii)    furnish this House with the names of the beneficiaries of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe‟s farm mechanization and input distribution schemes.

[Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

 

*17.

 

 

HON. F.M. SIBANDA:  To ask the Minister of Finance to state:-

i)       the measures that were put in place to prevent abuse of the USA$ 100 vouchers given to civil servants as allowances; and

ii)     if any corrective measures have been taken against Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe employees who were given USA$ 100 allowance since they are not civil Servants.

[Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

*18. HON. KAGURABADZA: To ask the Minister of Finance whether the allegation that the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe intercepted and withdrew funds totaling $720 000 from Foreign Currency Accounts of several companies, among others, the Zimbabwe Coffee $231 000, Tanganda Tea Company $134 000, Non Governmental Organisation $95 000, and Small Scale traders $260 000, is true and if the Minister could make a statement on when the RBZ would reimburse the said funds so that the companies can conduct their normal operations.

 

[Deferred: Wednesday 1st April 2009]

*19. HON. GWIYO: To ask the Minister of Finance to inform the House which vote of the 2009 Budget caters for the Prime Ministers Office.
   

[Deferred: Wednesday 1st April 2009]

 

*20.

 

 

HON. PEMHENAYI:  To ask the Minister of Finance to inform the House what measures have been put in place to ensure good business practice in light of the amended gold trading policies.

[Deferred: Wednesday 13st April 2009]

*21.

 

HON MADZIMURE:  To ask the Minister of Defence to inform the house what happened to guns that were allegedly issued for campaign purposes to retired army officers and war veterans during the period 29 march 2008 to 30 June 2008.

[Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

 

*22. HON. F.M. SIBANDA:  To ask the Minister of Defence to state:-
  1. the correct position of the Defence Forces regarding the political order as signed on 15th September 2008 and the measures the Ministry is taking to ensure that the entire Defence Forces uphold the Global Political Agreement (G.P.A).

 

  1. the steps the Ministry is taking to protect junior soldiers from unwarranted threats by their Commanders for supporting the new political order as signed on the 15th September 2008.

 

[Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

 

*23.     HON. NYAMANDE:  To the Minister of Defence whether the service Chiefs still maintain that they will not salute the Prime Minister, Hon. Morgan Richard Tsvangirai and to explain their absence during the swearing in of Prime Minister by His Excellency, the President.

 

[Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

 

*24.     HON. A. BALOYI: To ask the Minister of Information Communication

Technology to spell out the Ministry‟s policy and strategy to ensure that cell phone network operations licensed by the Government of Zimbabwe will roll out networks to cover all areas of the country, in particular the rural areas of Sengwe and Chikombedzi Growth Points in Chiredzi South.

 

 

[Deferred: Wednesday 1st April 2009]

 

*25.     HON. P. N. SIBANDA: To ask the Minister of Information Communication Technology:-

 

  1. i) whether the Ministry has plans to replace the radio booster at Kamativi Tin

Mine as it used to supply television and radio reception to Kamativi and

Binga; and   ii) what the Ministry is doing to improve cellphone network in Binga District as Telephones and cellphones only work between 8am and 4pm only.

 

*26.     HON. S.S KHUMALO: To ask the Minister of Information, Communication Technology:-

 

  1. i) how far the Ministry has gone with adjusting tariffs for fixed network at

Tel-One as people continue to receive bills that are exhorbitant; and ii)       whether the Minister is aware that Tel-One bills are based on estimates   rather than actual usage.

 

*27.     HON. MUCHAURAYA: To ask the Minister of Water Resources, Development and Management when the people of Makoni South will eventually have access to the water at Osborne Dam since it is not benefiting the local community.

 

[Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

 

*28.    HON. A. BALOYI: To ask the Minister of Water Resources Development and Infrastructure when the Ministry plans to complete the construction of the Tokwe Mukorsi Dam in Masvingo Province and whether the Government allocated funds for this project in the current fiscal year.

 

 

[Deferred: Wednesday 1st April 2009]

 

*29. HON. MADAMOMBE:  To ask the Minister of Water Resources, Development

 

 

 

and Management to inform this House:

i)      what progress has been made regarding the handover take over of water management from ZINWA to the Local Authorities; and

ii)    to state financial and material support that has been given to local authorities by the Government for the management of the water reticulation system.

[Deferred: Wednesday 1st April 2009]

*30.

 

HON. MANGAMI:  To ask the Minister of Education Sport, Arts and Culture:

i)      to state the Ministry‟s position on the teachers who resigned or absconded from duty,

ii)    to explain to the House whether they will return to work and carry out their duties in the posts they occupied when they left the Ministry.

iii)  when the deadline for them to resume their duties is. iv)  what the Ministry‟s position is regarding their pension contributions.

*31.

 

HON.C.R.E. DUBE: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development:-

i)       what the Ministry‟s policy on the refurbishment and rehabilitation of thermal power stations in urban centers apart from Hwange Power Station is; and

ii)     how much contribution to the national grid these thermal power stations would make if they were to be fully operational.

*32.

 

HON. MUDIWA:  To ask the Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs to explain the circumstances relating to the removal from the court proceedings of the matter relating to the confiscated diamonds from a Mr Norman Chiadzwa on the 14th October 2006 after approval by Government had been given to the Local Community to mine and sell the mineral to MMCZ.
*33.

 

HON. S. MOYO: To ask the Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs the policy regarding the role played by NGOs in the provision of food and medical treatment for Prison inmates considering the serious budgetary constraints faced by these institutions.
*34.

 

HON. GONESE: To ask the Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs to explain why

“D” class Prisoners at Mutare Remand Prison are not allowed to wear their own clothes when the Prison has run out of uniforms and they move around naked beneath the blankets they wrap around themselves.

*35.

 

HON. GONESE: To ask the Minister of Agriculture Mechanization and Irrigation Development to:
  1. confirm whether ARDA Nuanetsi, ARDA Chirundu, ARDA Katiyo, ARDA Halstead, ARDA Middle Sabi, ARDA Chisumbanje, ARDA Nandi and ARDA Mkwasine have been or are in the process of being availed to private individuals outside the Short Term Emergency Recovery Programme (STERP);
  2. confirm if it is true that one individual, namely Mr Billy Rautenbach has illegally occupied ARDA Middle Sabi (5 000 ha), ARDA Chisumbanje (40 000 ha) and ARDA Nuanesti (150 000 ha) under different companies owned by the same individual, and whether it is true that his contribution to the proposed joint ventures is in the form of loans which will have to be repaid before ARDA realizes any value, and in the case of ARDA Nuanetsi there is no realizable value to ARDA for all the Authority‟s investment to date;
  • explain how one individual can be in possession of over 300 000 ha of land and how much ARDA has realized from these transactions since it is alleged that these assets are being grabbed with no financial rewards for the equity acquired by the individuals to ARDA, and if that is the case, how can ARDA be turned around it if is being stripped of all its investments for the benefit of private individuals; and
  1. whether it is true that the Acting Chairperson of ARDA now has Executive powers to make decisions outside the Board and Management structures, thus frustrating and demoralizing both the Management and workers of ARDA.
   
*36.

 

 

HON. E. G. CROSS: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and

Irrigation Development:-

i)       to explain how many hectares of wheat and barley have been planted this winter, to state the estimated output and whether it will meet the target set in the 100 day programme; and

ii)     to state the estimated tobacco hectrage for  Please can the Minister tell Parliament how many hectares for the 2009-2010 planting season, the number of growers and to give reasons for any  anticipated decline in the output production given the fact that in the past ten years there has been a steady decline in the output.

*37.

 

HON. D. A. CHIMHINI: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanization and

Irrigation Development to inform the house when the Honde Valley

Mupotedzi community women Mutarazi Catchment water project which was started in 2004, will have a transformer installed and be commissioned.

*38.

 

HON GARADHI: To ask the Minister of State Enterprise and Parastatals to inform the House whether the Ministry has any plans to revive parastatals such as the Cold Storage Company (C.S.C), Dairy Marketing Board (D.M.B) and the Cotton Marketing Board (C.M.B).
*39.

 

HON. D. A. CHIMHINI: To ask the Minister of State Enterprises and Parastatals to explain if he is aware that Arda Katiyo estate is broke and has not been paying its workers since January 2009 and explain to the house what steps are being taken to alleviate the suffering of the workers and assist Arda Katiyo estate to recapitalise.
*40. HON. D. A. CHIMHINI: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Welfare:-

i)      what the ministry is doing about the constant electricity load shedding at Hauna district hospital which has a mortuary and theatre that go for hours on end without electricity since the hospital cannot afford to purchase diesel to keep the generator running; and

ii)    whether the ministry can proffer a possible solution to keep the hospital functioning properly.

 

*41.

 

HON. N. MASUKUME: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Welfare:-

i)      why the Ministry expels pregnant student nurses when the government has invested a lot of money from its coffers, an alternative should be found so as to retain manpower in the hospitals;

ii)    what the Ministry‟s position is on buildings that were constructed but have gone for years without operating for example Munyamani clinic in

Mwenezi west Constituency; iii) does the Ministry have plans to follow up on vapositori parents who do not send their children for immunization as these are at high risk; and

iv)what the Ministry is doing to alleviate the problem of shortage of ambulances in Mwenezi District.

*42.

 

HON. D. A. CHIMHINI: To ask the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare to explain whether the Ministry has plans to assist in the resolution of the Katiyo

Labour dispute of 2000, since the workers are worried at the failure by the

Labour Court to give a final determination. (case ref: Labour Relations

Tribunal lrt/mc/16/2000-arda vs. P. Thompson and 149 others.)

*43.

 

HON KAGURABADZA:  To ask the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare to inform the House if there are measures in place to ensure that over 1000 employees who were laid off by Redwing Mine in Penhalonga will get their retrenchment packages.
*44. HON. M. SHOKO: To ask the Ministers of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment:-

i)       to explain the logic behind the creation of youth zones in Chitungwiza; and

ii)     to elaborate whether the youths manning these zones earn a salary and what the rationate of employing more people is at a time when Government is struggling to pay teachers and nurses salaries.

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

1.         HON CHIMANIKIRE  HON CHIKAVA

 

That this House takes note of the report of the delegation to the SADC

Parliamentarians‟ Policy Dialogue on Poverty and Social Transfers held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

2.         HON CHINYADZA  HON S. MOYO

 

That this House-

 

SHOCKED by the levels of abject poverty that perpetually assail the inhabitants of communal areas;

 

CONCERNED by the fact that 70% of the national population live in these poverty stricken areas and yet 95% of them have little or no income to meet their basic needs;

 

AWARE that past governments have perennially failed to economically empower communal dwellers preferring instead to issue food hand-outs; EXTREMELY DISTURBED by policies of past governments, which

concentrated on erecting social infrastructure whilst ignoring the critical role of productive investment in the development process;

 

ALARMED that economic dualism and the vicious cycle of poverty pervading the communal areas is being exacerbated by the persistent failure of the Government to initiate policies and programmes to redress the same;

 

FURTHER AWARE that the combined effect of over-population, lack of economic opportunities, and poor incomes, have catalysed a self-reinforcing process of environmental destruction in rural areas, in general, and communal areas in particular;

 

FURTHER CONCERNED by the deliberate indifference to the plight of communal people, and the parochial, puny and paternalistic policies enunciated by the institutions of government controlling the allocation of national resources;

 

NOW , THEREFORE;

 

  1. Calls upon Government to put in measures to eliminate the abject poverty debilitating the communal areas;
  2. Expresses its support for the initiation of policies and programmes aimed at eliminating the dual economic structure existing in Zimbabwe and to concomitantly integrate the communal areas into the modern economy; and
  • Requests the Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Investment Promotion to undertake an urgent in-depth study and analysis of the problem, and recommends comprehensive measures which will ensure the allocation of the requisite material and human resources needed to extricate communal Areas from their state of underdevelopment.

 

3.         HON CHIKWINYA  HON MWONZORA

 

CELEBRATING the consummation of the Global Political Agreement, in particular its expressed commitment to reforming the media environment in Zimbabwe as stated in Article 19 of the same;

 

CONCERNED by the slow progress made towards achieving media plurality and diversity;

 

DISTURBED by the Executive‟s failure to bring before Parliament for amendment the legislation that curtails media freedom;

 

NOTING the continued bias and lack of paradigm shift in the public media, particularly the Herald and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation;

 

ALARMED by the Minister of Media, Information and Publicity‟s brazen and unbridled contempt of a High Court ruling that declared the Media and Information Commission illegal;

 

DISTURBED by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe‟s failure to grant broadcasting licenses to other private players in line with the provision of the Global Political Agreement;

 

CONCERNED by the slow pace of constituting the Zimbabwe Media Commission;

 

NOW, THEREFORE;

 

  1. Calls on the Minister of Media, Information and Publicity to constitute the Broadcasting and Services Board (BAZ) which should immediately start granting licenses to other media players by August the 6th 2009;
  2. Calls on the Executive to bring before Parliament for amendment or repeal all pieces of legislation that curtail media freedom;
  • That the public media, particularly the Herald and the ZBC, provide balanced and fair coverage to all parties in line with Article 19 (d) and (e) of the GPA;
  1. That the Minister of Media, Information and Publicity must respect the rule of Law and abide by the High Court ruling that nullified the existence of Media, Information Commission;
  2. That the constituting of the Zimbabwe Media Commission be quickened and brought to finality and closure by July 15th 2009; and
  3. That this Parliament commits itself to supporting a Constitution that guarantees, specifically, media freedom.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 16th June 2009 – The Deputy Prime Minister Hon Mutambara)

 

[Time elapsed: 13 hours 04 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. Adjourned debate on motion on the structural dislocation of Zimbabwe‟s economy (Adjourned 16th June 2009- The Minister of Constitutional and

Parliamentary Affairs)

 

[Days Elapsed: 6]

Question proposed: That this House-

 

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- Hon Biti.

 

6.         HON. GONESE    HON. MAJOME

 

 That this House-

 

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 elections and report its findings to Parliament – Hon. Gonese

 

7.         COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY

 

NOTICES OF MEETINGS

 

THURSDAY, 18TH JUNE 2009

 

Committee Room No.1 at 1000 hours

 

Small and Medium Enterprise Cooperative Development

Hon. Moyo R  (Chairperson), Hon. Chimbetete, Hon. Chirume, Hon.

Masvaire, Hon. Matibe, Hon. Munjeya, Hon. Mutomba, Hon. Navaya, Hon.

Nemadziva, Hon. Nyamudeza, Hon. Tazviona, Hon. Zhuwao, Hon.

Zinyemba. ClerkMs Mushunje.

 

Committee Room No.3 at 1000 hours

            Women, Youth, Gender and Community Development

Hon. Matienga (Chairperson), Hon. Chibaya, Hon. Chirume,  Hon. Chitima,

Hon. Dumbu, Hon. Goto, Hon. Khumalo T, Hon. Mharadza , Hon. Navaya,

Hon. Nyamupinga, Hon. Shirichena, Hon. Sithole. Clerk – Mrs Khumalo

 

Committee Room No.413 at 1000 hours

 

Media, Information and Communication Technology

Hon. Chimanikire, (Chairperson), Hon. Chaderopa, Hon. Chanetsa, Hon. Hlongwane, Hon. Mandebvu, Hon. Matonga, Hon. Mudarikwa, Hon. Pemhenayi, Hon. Jembere, Hon. Muchauraya, Hon. Mudiwa, Hon. Musumbu,

Hon. Varandeni. Clerk – Mrs Nyawo

 

Education, Sports and Culture

Hon. Mangami, (Chairperson) Hon. Bhasikiti, Hon. Chihota, Hon. Chimhini, Hon. Chitando, Hon. Haritatos, Hon. Kumalo Marvellous, Hon. Madubeko, Hon. Mguni N,  Hon. Mudzuri H, Hon. Muza, Hon. Nezi, Hon. Sibanda F.M.

Committee Clerk- Ms Mudavanhu

 

At 1000 hours

Committee Room No. 3

 

            Women, Youth, Gender and Community Development

Hon. Matienga, Hon. Chibaya, Hon. Chirume, Hon. Chitima, Hon. Dumbu, Hon. Goto, Hon. Khumalo T, Hon. Mharadza , Hon. Navaya,

Hon. Nyamupinga, Hon. Shirichena, Hon. Sithole- Mrs Khumalo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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