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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VOTES 26_MARCH_2009_NO._26

ADVANCE COPY- UNCORRECTED

No. 26

 

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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THURSDAY 26TH MARCH 2009

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Quarter past two o‟clock p.m

The Deputy 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

Chebundo B

Chibaya                  A

Chidhakwa W.K

Chikava B,

Chikwinya S,

Chimanikire G,

Chimbetete W.M

Chimhini D.A,

Chinomona M.M

Chinyadza W

Chirume O

Chitando J

Chitima A,

Chivamba K,

Cross E.G

Dokora            L.D.K

Dongo G.Z

Dzingirai                  I

Dzinotyiweyi

H.A.M

Dzirutwe G

Gabuza J.G

Garadhi S

Gonese I.T

Goto R

Gumbo J.M

Gwiyo C.C Haritatos P

Hlongwane M

Hove S.R

Huruba T

Jembere E

Jiri M

Kachepa                 N

Kagurabadza M.T

Matutu T

Mavima L.D Mbwembwe E

Mhandu C

Mhashu F.G

Mlambo M.M

Mombeshora D.T

Kapesa R

Katsande A

Kay J.I.H

Khumalo N.M,

Khumalo S.S,

Kumalo M

Machacha

Madamombe

Madzimure

Madzore P

Mafios I.D

Mahlangu T

Mahoka S

Majome F.J

Makamure

Makone T.M

Makuyana

Mandebvu N.T

Mangami

Mangena J

Mangwana M.P

Maposhere

Maramba P.H

C

S

W

R

M

D

D

Moyo J.N

Moyo S

Mpariwa P

Mpukuta

Muchauraya P

Muchena O. N

Mudarikwa S

Mudau M

Mudavanhu E

Mudiwa S

Mudzuri H

Mukanduri S.T

Munengami

Mungofa P.T

Munjeyi

Mushonga S.L

Mushore L

Musumbu E

Musundire

Musvaire W

Mutinhiri T

L

F

G

A.L

Mutseyami C.P

Muza I

Mwonzora D.T

Navava E

Ndambakuwa F

Ndava R

Ndhlovu A

Ndlovu M. M

Nemadziva N

Maramwidze E H

Mare M

Masaiti E Mashakada       T Matamisa             E.E

Matibe T.P

Matimba T

Matinenga E.T

Nezi W

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

Pasihomusha-Matiza

B.J

Sai S

Saruwaka T.J.L

Shamu W.K

Shirichena E

Shoko M

Sibanda D.S

Sibanda F.M

Sindi C

Sithole A

Sululi A

Tachiona                M

Tazviona R

Tshuma B

Varandeni J

Zhanda T.P

Zinyemba M

Ziteya K.S

Zwizwai                M.

 

 

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Printed by Order of the House

 

Absent with leave

Langa A.

Madubeko  Masukume N.P.S.

Mlilo O.S

Pasihomusha Matiza B. J Zhanda P.

 

  1. Hon Gumbo, seconded by Hon Chinomona, moved: That Order of the Day No. 1, for today, stands over until Order of the Day No. 8 has been disposed of.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

  1. Hon Mwonzora, seconded by Hon Mudiwa, moved: 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. That a completely transparent system of distribution of agricultural inputs be put in place; and

 

  • That all elected officials, namely councillors and Members of Parliament who are the trustees of the people, be actively involved in the input distribution programme.

 

On the motion of the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development:  Debate adjourned until Tuesday.

 

  1. On the motion of the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development: The House adjourned at twenty one minutes past four o‟clock p.m. until Tuesday, 31st March 2009 at a quarter past two o‟clock p.m.

 

N.M Khumalo   Deputy Speaker.

 

 

TUESDAY, 31ST MARCH 2009

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

  1. COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY.

(Additional Estimates of Expenditure (2008) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29).

 

2.         HON GUMBO  HON HURUBA

 

That this House expresses its profound sorrow on the untimely death of

Retired General Zvinavashe on the 10th of March 2009,

 

Places on record its appreciation of the service which the late Retired General rendered to his people, Parliament and the nation, and

 

Resolves that its deepest sympathy be conveyed to Mrs Zvinavashe and family.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the distribution of agricultural inputs (Adjourned 26th March 2009-The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development).

 

[Day elapsed: 1]

 

            Question 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 proposed by Hon Gonese:

 

                        to delete, all the words after;

“….put in place”.

 

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

18th March 2009 – The Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Khupe) 

 

[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. Adjourned debate on motion on the postponement of the opening of schools from the 13th to the 27th of January 2009 (Adjourned 18th March 2009 – The Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Khupe)

 

[Days elapsed: 4]

 

Question 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.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the structural dislocation of Zimbabwe‟s economy (Adjourned 3rd March 2009- The Minister of Defence)

 

 

[Days Elapsed: 4]

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. 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.

 

7.         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 elections and report its findings to Parliament.

 

8.         COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY

 

 

WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL 2009

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

 

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE
*

 

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE
*1.

 

HON. MLAMBO: To ask the Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Development to explain:

I)        government policy concerning the youth who were employed by government during the run off elections for campaign purposes; and  II)           whether the youth are on the government payroll.

[Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

 

*2.

 

HON MUDIWA:  To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to explain:
  1. the issue surrounding the relocation of the people of Chiadzwa since the governor of Manicaland has been quoted in the press as having visited the area and given them a deadline to vacate the area by may 2009;
  2. whether an environment impact assessment has been done for the proposed mining area according to section 97 of the environmental management act and whether stakeholders were consulted;
  • whether an explanation was given to the people of Chiadzwa as to why they have to be; and
  1. whether there is a feasibility report dealing with the effect of the intended relocation showing the impact on the education and culture of the people and how the issue of compensation is going to be addressed.
  [Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

 

*3.

 

HON KAGURABADZA: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development 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; ii)      can advise when this money is going to reimbursed; and

iii) can inform the House if there are measures in place to ensure that over 1000 employees who were laid off get their retrenchment packages.

 

[Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

*4.

 

HON. MUCHAURAYA: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development 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.

[Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

 

*5. 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]

 

*6.

 

 

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]

 

*7.

 

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]

 

*8. 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.

 

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

 

*10.

 

HON NYAMANDE:  To ask the Co-Ministers of Home Affairs whether in the light of a general amnesty granted to all civil servants and other skilled workers who are in the diaspora, there are any government guarantees to bankers and those operating foreign based radio stations and on-line newspapers that they will not be arrested when they come back to re-build Zimbabwe.

[Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

 

*11.

 

HON MADZIMURE:  To ask the Co-Ministers of Home Affairs to explain why Zimbabwe has not ratified the UN Convention against Torture.

[Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

 

*12.

 

HON MADZIMURE:  To ask the Co-Ministers of Home Affairs whether the Ministry approves the alleged torture of suspects as a means of getting confessions, if not, why suspects are still being tortured and evidence obtained through such means used in court.

[Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

 

*13.

 

HON. NYAMANDE:  To ask the Co-Ministers of Home Affairs to inform the House whether there has been any progress made in apprehending the gunmen who shot and killed Farai Gambe in Vhengere Township- Rusape, during the run-up to the June 2008 run off elections.

[Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

 

*14.

 

HON. MUCHAURAYA:  To ask the Co-Ministers of Home Affairs to explain why police in Zimbabwe arrest people in order to investigate whereas in other countries police investigate in order to arrest.

[Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

 

*15. HON. GWIYO: To ask the Co-Ministers of Home Affairs to inform the House when the documents and computers allegedly taken by the police and the AntCorruption Commission from Chitungwiza Municipality last year would be returned to the Council and to disclose the outcome of that investigation.

 

*16.

 

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]

 

*17.

 

 

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

i)                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).

 

ii)              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]

*18.

 

 

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]

*19. HON MADZIMURE:  To ask the Minister of Information Communication Technology to explain:

I)     why in this modern world it is still difficult to get sim cards when in other SADC countries sim cards can be bought in tuckshops;

II)   why sim cards are more expensive than air time; and

III) why the rates are more than five times higher than in other countries given that air time is purchased in stable currencies.

 

[Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

 

*20. HON. F.M. SIBANDA:  To ask the Minister of Water Resources Development and Management to explain:-

i) what plans, strategies and resources the Ministry has put in place to develop a sustainable water supply for drought stricken Matebeleland

Region; ii) what strategic information the Ministry has on the Matebeleland Zambezi Water Project Trust which seems to have died a natural death after huge sums of money were collected from the Province and other well-wishers in the form of donations and subscriptions;

iii)  what action the Ministry would take to enforce the High Court order which compels the leadership of the Matebeleland Zambezi Water Project Trust to publish its accounts for the benefit of all people who subscribed or donated to the project; and

iv)  how far ZINWA has responded to the government directive to hand over water and sewer management to the respective local government authorities, and in particular, Gokwe Town Council.

 

[Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

 

*21.

 

 

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 benefitting the local community.

[Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

*22.

 

HON.KAGURABADZA: To ask the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education whether he is aware that the RBZ is alleged to have withdrawn some money from the Africa University‟s Public Sector Management Programme‟s Foreign Currency Account (FCA) and did not reimburse the University resulting in the stalling of the programme and if he could inform the House when the money would be refunded so that the programme can resume its normal operations.

[Deferred: Wednesday, 25th March 2009]

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