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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VOTES 28_JUNE_2005_NO._6

ADVANCE COPY-UNCORRECTED

 

No.6

PARLIAMENT 

OF ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE HOUSE

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FIRST SESSION – SIXTH PARLIAMENT

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TUESDAY, 28TH JUNE, 2005

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Quarter-past two o’clock p.m.

 

 

Mr Speaker in the Chair.

 

PRAYERS.

 

Members Present

N.B. Printer please insert all ticked names in column form. 

 

Absent with leave

Gumbo J

Khupe T

Matamisa E

Misihairabwi-Mushonga P

Mpariwa P

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printed by Order of the House

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (adjourned 23rd June – The Minister of Rural Housing and Social Amenities).

 

[Time elapsed: 48 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- Mr Mzembi

 

On the motion of the Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education:  Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

  1. Mrs Stevenson, seconded by Mr Chamisa, moved: That Notice of motion No. 2 for today stands over until Order of the Day  4 for today has been disposed of.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on State action in respect of Operation Muarambatsvina (adjourned 23rd June - The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs).

 

[Day elapsed: 1]

Question again proposed:  That this House

 

CONCERNED with the massive destruction of people’s homes, markets and livelihoods under the vehicle of the so-called Operation Murambatsvina;

 

DISTURBED AND SHOCKED at the abuse of the rule of law, breach of the Constitution, international standards on the right to housing, the right to life, the rights of the children and the rights against forced evictions;

 

SHOCKED by the callousness of the State actions, particularly in the context of the current economic crisis, the ravaging winter and the massive food shortage;

 

DISMAYED at the total abuse of the local authorities and disrespect of the Urban Councils Act (Chapter 29:15) and the Regional Town and Country Planning Act (Chapter 29:12).

 

CONDEMNS AND CENSORS in the strongest of terms the State actions in respect of Operation Murambatsvina;

 

CALLS on Government to immediately stop and cease the aforesaid operation;

 

RESOLVES that Government abide by the international standards, the constitution and generally the rule of law;

 

CALLS on Government to comprehensively address the issue of national housing and in general terms the current structural economic crises;

 

CALLS on Government to urgently provide basic amenities and decent living standards to the victims of the current operation- Mr Mushoriwa

 

On the motion of the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs:  Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

  1. The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing made a ministerial statement on Operation Murambabtsvina and Garikai-Hlalani Kuhle.

 

  1. On the motion of the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, the House adjourned at twenty minutes to five o’clock p.m.

 

 

 

 

  1. L. NKOMO,

Speaker.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 29TH JUNE 2005

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

*QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

 

  1. MRS L. G. B. STEVENSON:     To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to:

 

  1. provide the House with the minutes of the meeting held by the Commission running Harare during which it resolved to implement “Operation

Murambatsvina”;

 

  1. explain why alternative housing factory shells and market stalls were not constructed before destroying people’s homes and livelihoods;

 

  1. explain why vendors with valid licences trading at authorized market places erected by the City of Harare using ratepayers’ money were arrested and their goods confiscated;
  2. inform the House the number of people who have been removed from their socalled illegal houses and where those people are now living;

 

  1. inform the House whether stands at Hatcliffe Extension site-and-service scheme funded by the World Bank will be reallocated, the criteria that would be used for selection of the new beneficiaries, or whether the scheme would be used for a purpose other than low-cost housing.

[Deferred from Wednesday, 22nd June, 2005]

 

  1. PROF. MOYO: To ask the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education to                explain:

 

  1. Why 18 months after the Lupane State University Foundation Committee submitted its final report, the University failed to enrol its first intake as expected in September, 2004 and state when the

University’s first intake is now expected;  ii)           When the University Council will be appointed; iii)      When the Vice Chancellor’s post will be filled; iv) How much is actually available for the construction of the University.

 

  1. PROF. MOYO: To ask the Minister of Finance to furnish the House with the exact information on:
    1. How many African and non African countries voted for or against Dr. Simba Makoni at the recent inconclusive elections in Lagos, Nigeria, for the next president of the Africa Development Bank (ADB);
    2. The voting process, outlining which countries voted and indicating the actual vote in percentage terms in the respective rounds;
  • What lessons the Government of Zimbabwe has drawn from this experience;

 

  1. MR CHEBUNDO: To ask the Minister of Finance what will become of the

$5 billion taxpayers money reportedly given to the Homestake Gold Mining Company in KweKwe mine by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe last year under the Productive Sector Facility.

 

  1. PROF. MOYO: To ask the Minister of Information and Publicity whether it is true as reported in the media that:
    1. In May 2005 the ZANU PF Secretary for Information and Publicity, Dr. Nathan Shamuyarira, visited Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings (ZBH) premises at Pockets Hill accompanied by the Ambassador of the Islamic

Republic of Iran to Zimbabwe, with no representation from the

Government of Zimbabwe; ii)      Dr. Shamuyarira addressed ZBH management and staff at a closed meeting on a range of unspecified issues in the absence of the

Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe; and iii)    If the above allegations are correct and whether the minister is aware of what issues Dr. Shamuyarira discussed with management and staff of the national public broadcaster and in what capacity given that Dr. Shamuyarira is not a member or official of the Government of Zimbabwe but a functionary of a political party.

 

  1. PROF. MOYO: To ask the Minister of Education, Sport and Culture to explain why a number of Ordinary Level candidates in Bulawayo at schools such as Northlea High School did not get all the results for all the subjects they sat for in 2004 and advise this House on measures the Ministry is taking to rectify that situations.

 

  1. HON. CHEBUNDO:     To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to explain measures being taken by his ministry to address the problems surrounding the Homestake Gold Mining Company in Kwekwe Viz: a) the alleged abandonment of the mines by the owner and the  alleged clandestine disposal of the mines and assets without the knowledge of the creditors and workers to ensure that workers and other creditors are not left out in the cold;
    1. what came out of the efforts of the former minister and ministry officials who worked closely and reportedly still showing interest in the mines;
    2. the welfare of the more than 650 employees who have not been paid their salaries for the past 8 months and the reported non remittance of the pension contributions to the Mines Pension Fund; and
    3. reported rampant illegal and uncontrolled panning on underground safety pillars taking place under cover of darkness thereby posing danger of collapsing of sections of the city.

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

  1. Mr Biti

Mr Bhebhe

 

To move:

That this House:

 

TAKING NOTE of the massive food, drugs, foreign currency and energy shortages;

 

CONCERNED with the continued unabated collapse of the public amenities in health, transport and education;

 

DISMAYED at the lack of any concrete, meaningful and decisive reversal programme by government;

 

DISTURBED by the shrinking economy and failing state particularly in areas of service provision;

 

RESOLVES that the government immediately addresses the critical shortages of shortages of food energy and public sector amenities;

 

CONDEMNS the absence of existing comprehensive monetary and fiscal reversal strategy;

 

FURTHER CONDEMNS the clear lack of strategy and leadership on the part of this Government.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (adjourned 28th June – The Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education).

 

[Time elapsed: 1hour 16 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- Mr Mzembi

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on State action in respect of Operation Muarambatsvina (adjourned 28th June - The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs).

 

[Days elapsed: 2]

Question proposed:  That this House

 

CONCERNED with the massive destruction of people’s homes, markets and livelihoods under the vehicle of the so-called Operation Murambatsvina;

 

DISTURBED AND SHOCKED at the abuse of the rule of law, breach of the Constitution, international standards on the right to housing, the right to life, the rights of the children and the rights against forced evictions;

 

SHOCKED by the callousness of the State actions, particularly in the context of the current economic crisis, the ravaging winter and the massive food shortage;

 

DISMAYED at the total abuse of the local authorities and disrespect of the Urban Councils Act (Chapter 29:15) and the Regional Town and Country Planning Act (Chapter 29:12).

 

CONDEMNS AND CENSORS in the strongest of terms the State actions in respect of Operation Murambatsvina;

 

CALLS on Government to immediately stop and cease the aforesaid operation;

 

RESOLVES that Government abide by the international standards, the constitution and generally the rule of law;

 

CALLS on Government to comprehensively address the issue of national housing and in general terms the current structural economic crises;

 

CALLS on Government to urgently provide basic amenities and decent living standards to the victims of the current operation- Mr Mushoriwa

 

  1. COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY.

 

 

 

 

 

BILLS UNDER CONSIDERATION BY THE PARLIAMENTARY LEGAL COMMITTEE

 

  1. Labour Amendment Bill (H.B. 1, 2005)- The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare (Referred 22nd June, 2005).

 

  1. Banking Amendment Bill (H.B. 3, 2005)- The Minister of Finance             (Referred 22nd June, 2005).

 

  1. Attorney-General’s Office Bill (H.B. 4, 2005)-The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs (Referred 22nd June, 2005).

 

  1. General Laws Amendment Bill (H.B. 5, 2005)-The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs (Referred 22nd June, 2005).

 

  1. Education Amendment Bill (H.B. 6, 2005)- The Minister of Education, Sport and Culture (Referred 22nd June, 2005).

 

  1. Harare Institute of Technology Bill (H.B. 24, 2004)- The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education (Referred 22nd June, 2005).

 

 

 

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