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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VOTES 5_JULY_2005_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 – SIXTH PARLIAMENT

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TUESDAY, 5TH JULY 2005

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Quarter-past two o’clock p.m.

 

Madam Speaker in the Chair.

 

PRAYERS.

 

 

Members Present

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

 

Absent with leave

Gumbo J. M.

Kaukonde R. J.

Matamisa E. Sakabuya M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printed by Order of the House

 

 

  1. The Acting Speaker informed the House that an induction workshop for all Members of Parliament would be held at the Harare Sheraton Hotel in the Jacaranda Room from Monday 11 to Tuesday 12 July 2005.

 

  1. SECOND READING: Harare Institute of Technology Bill (H.B. 24, 2004)- The     Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education

 

Bill read a second time. Committee- Thursday

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (adjourned 30th June – The Minister of State Enterprises, Anti-Monopolies and AntiCorruption).

 

[Time elapsed: 3 hours 41 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 Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs:  Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

  1. Mr Gonese, seconded by Mr Madzimure moved: That Notice of Motion No. 5 for today stands over until Order of the day No. 7 has been disposed of.

 

Motion put and agreed to.  

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on State action in respect of Operation Murambatsvina (adjourned 30th June - The Minister of State Enterprises, Anti-Monopolies and Anti-Corruption).

 

[Days elapsed: 3]

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

 

 

 

 

  1. Madzongwe, Acting Speaker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 6TH JULY 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, 29th June, 2005]

 

*2.       PROF. J. 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;

[Deferred from Wednesday, 29th June, 2005]

   
*3.

 

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  by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe last year under the Productive Sector Facility.

[Deferred from Wednesday, 29th June, 2005]

*4. MR. L MOYO:  To ask the Minister of Finance to explain:
a) whether it is the function of the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to make policy pronouncements, promising and allocating funds to various business sectors and other institutions;
b) whether the Ministry of Finance sanctions these disbursements and if so to elaborate on the selection process;
c)

 

whether  there are any mechanism to ensure transparency and create checks and balances in order to ensure maximum accountability.
*5.

 

MR SIKHALA: To ask the Minister of Finance whether the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe will be able to recover the $3 trillion which was disbursed under the Productive Sector Facility.
*6.

 

MR . SIKHALA:  To ask the Minister of Finance to explain whether   the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is legally entitled to perform functions of Commercial Banks in Zimbabwe.
*7.

 

MR. SIKHALA:   To ask the Minister of Finance to explain to the House the checks and balances have been put in place to protect the nation against abuse of funds advanced to parastatals and municipalities by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.
*8. PROF. J. MOYO:   To ask the Minister of Information and Publicity whether it is

true as reported in the media that:

  1. i) 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.

[Deferred from Wednesday, 29th June, 2005]

 

*9.       MR. 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:

  1. 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;
  2. what came out of the efforts of the former minister and ministry officials who worked closely and reportedly still showing interest in the mines;
  3. 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
  4. 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.

[Deferred from Wednesday, 29th June, 2005]

 

*10.     MR. SIKHALA:    To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary

Affairs whether he is aware that the State Indebted Insolvent Companies Act

breaches the constitutional provision on property rights, and if so what corrective measures he intends to take, especially in light of the fate of Shabanie-Mashava Mines.

   
*11.

 

MR. SIKHALA:    To ask The Minister of Finance to enlighten the House on the source of the Productive Sector Investment Facility, and to name the accounting organs/institutions of those funds.
*12.

 

MR. SIKHALA:   To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to comment on the Executive’s involvement in the administration of private companies in the name of national interests without resorting to the courts as provided for in our bankruptcy laws, citing the case of  Shabanie-Mashava Mines.
*13.

 

MR. SIKHALA:    To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to clarify the steps involved in the specification of companies, explaining how companies are placed under state- appointed administrators.
*14.   MR. SIKHALA:   To ask the Minister Industry and International Trade to provide statistics on foreign investment, given that Zimbabwe is under spot light against a background of international concern about the rule of law and property rights.

 

*15.   MR. SIKHALA:  To ask the Minister of State for Indigenisation and

Empowerment to define the ministries’ policy on indigenisation particularly in light of the recent takeover of assets owned by black individuals through state instruments like what happened to Mutumwa Mawere, James Makamba  and Jefrey Munzwimbi.

 

*16. MR. SIKHALA:    To ask the Minister of State Enterprises, Anti-Monopolies and Anti Corruption to:

  1. inform this august House on the process used in the appointment of  Mr A.
  2. Gwaradzimba as the administrator of Shabani-Mashava Mines Holdings

(SMMH);

  1. furnish this House with Mr Aafarus.M. Gwaradzimba’s remuneration package; and
  • Confirm if SMMH funds were used to finance the Tsholotsholo gathering in late 2004.

 

*17.   MR. SIKHALA:To ask the Minister of State Enterprises, Anti-Monopolies and Anti Corruption to enlighten this House on the indebtedness of SMMH since the appointment of an administrator and to provide a breakdown of application of the funds.

 

*18.    MR N. SIKHALA:            To ask the Minister Mines and Mining Development to inform the House on why a South African based company owned by a Jewish family, J. G. Petrow has been given the exclusive rights to market our asbestos when the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe is responsible for the marketing all minerals.

 

*19.     MR. CHAMISA:   To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development to explain:

  1. why the Kuwadzana Library has not been completed for so long since the local community is starved of library services; and
  2. why the Harare City Council is reluctant to accept the donation for the Library that was raised by the local MP.

 

*20.     MR. CHAMISA:   To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and, Urban Development to inform the House:

  1. what the Ministry intends to do to alleviate the plight of residents of Kuwadzana Extension who do not have facilities such as shops, tower lights and standard roads;
  2. why it has taken a long time for Kuwadzana Extension to be officially handed over to the local city council by the Government and when this handover is expected.

 

*21.     MR. CHAMISA:    To ask the Minister of Youth Development and Employment Creation to:

a)               explain whether the youth training programmes are to be continued and, if so, where the Government will get the resources for the expansion, considering that the programme nearly collapsed due to lack of resources; and

b)               outline the benefits of the national youth training service to the nation and

  provide statistics of the number of youths per province that have benefited from the programme.
*22.

 

MR. GWETU:   To ask the Minister of State Water Resources and Infrastructural

Development to report to this House the progress on the Zambezi Water Project particularly the Gwayi/Shangani phase.

*23.

 

MR. MUSA:    To ask the Minister of State Water Resources and Infrastructural Development when Chipara Dam on the Mudzi river is going to be constructed.
*24.

 

MR. CHAMISA: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to update this House on the progress made so far regarding the construction of Kuwadzana Police Station.
*25. MR. L MOYO: To ask the Minister of Transport and Communication to:

confirm whether the newly purchased Chinese made Air Zimbabwe passenger plane are safe to travel on;

*26.          MR. L MOYO:         To ask the Minister of Transport and Communication

to:

  1. explain why the construction of the portion of Kezi-Bulawayo road is

done without adequate road construction signs as the current situation endangers the lives of road users and whether the ministry is considering widening  of the existing narrow bridges;

  1. state when the tarring of Kezi-Bulawayo road would be completed;

 

 

 

 

  1. MR. L MOYO:        To ask the Minister of Transport and Communication

to:

  1. explain when the construction of Maphisa-Gwanda road would begin; and
  2. provide a breakdown of the funds that were borrowed for the construction of Maphisa-Gwanda road.

 

*28.

 

MR. MUSA:       To ask the Minister of Transport and Communication when  the Mtoko-Rwenya road is going to be surfaced and why it has taken such a  long time.
*29. MR. MUSA :To ask the Minister of Transport and Communication why the Rewenya-Nyamapanda has not been maintained for some time.

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICE OF MOTION

 

  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 on State action in respect of Operation Murambatsvina (adjourned 5TH h July - The Minister of Justice , Legal and

Parliamentary Affairs)

 

[Days elapsed: 4]

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. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (adjourned 5th July 2005 – The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs)

 

[Time elapsed: 4 hours 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. SECOND READING: Banking Amendment Bill (H.B. 3, 2005)- The Minister of Finance 

 

  1. SECOND READING: Attorney-General’s Office Bill (H.B. 4, 2005)-The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs 

 

  1. COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY.

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY, 7TH JULY 2005 

 

ORDER OF THE DAY

             

COMMITTEE:   Harare Institute of Technology Bill (H.B. 24, 2004)- The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education

 

 

 

 

 

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. 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).

 

 

 

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