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SENATE HANSARD 12 November 2019 29-05

PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE

Tuesday 12th November, 2019

The Senate met at Half-past Two o’clock p.m.

PRAYERS

(THE HON. PRESIDENT OF SENATE in the Chair)

MOTION

PRESIDENTIAL SPEECH: DEBATE ON ADRESS

First Order read: Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the

Presidential Speech.

Question again proposed.

HON. SEN. MATHUTHU: Thank you Madam President for

giving me this opportunity to add a few words on the Presidential

Speech which was delivered by His Excellency the President Hon. E. D.

Mnangagwa to the nation.  Most of the issues that were touched by the

President concern the plight of the people of Zimbabwe.

The Government has embarked on a journey to improve our economy, we are also faced with a lot of challenges that include corruption, drought, Cyclone Idai more so the sanctions and shortage of cash.  The President has promised the nation that corruption will be fought from all angles and there is going to be no sacred cow. So let us, as a nation fight corruption together and not to point fingers at each other.

On Cyclone Idai Madam President, the nation was caught by surprise.  The nation was not prepared for such a big disaster. I would like to commend those that are responsible for civil protection, be it national, provincial even district, for taking the necessary steps possible in assisting those that were that time victims of this disaster.

Madam President, I would also like to thank the international community for coming up with a massive aid programme to assist Zimbabwe.

An Hon. Senator having passed between the Chair and the

Member speaking.

THE HON. PRESIDENT OF SENATE: Order Hon. Senator,

you may not cross between the speaker and the Chair. Hon. Mathuthu you may proceed.

HON. SEN. MATHUTHU: Thank you Madam President.  On our

own, we were not going to be able to contain the effects of Cyclone Idai and we were going to experience more deaths.

On shortage of cash, measures were being taken by Government to assist the population by injecting more cash into circulation and also coming up with a legislation to curb money laundering.

On the drought situation, the only way out, the President emphasized the need to increase the irrigated land in the country and encouraged farmers to go solar because of the shortage of electricity in the country.  All solar products coming into the country are now duty free. We would like to thank the President for that.

The President also talked about the effects of climate change. In would also like to thank the SADC for extending and speaking with one voice with Zimbabwe on the call of the unconditional removal of the illegal sanctions.  The sanctions are weapons of mass destruction used by one super power and its allies to destabilize other nations and effect regime change.  I therefore call upon this august House to join the nation and SADC in calling upon the removal of these so called sanctions and allow this beautiful country called Zimbabwe to recover and grow its economy.  I also call upon this august House to support the reforms that the Government has embarked on. Let us support…

THE HON. PRESIDENT OF SENATE: Order Hon. Senator.

Maybe I have to advise you that we have a motion on sanctions. You are not supposed to concentrate on that unless the President mentioned something concerning the sanctions.

HON. SEN. MATHUTHU: I was through on that one, thank you Madam President. I would like to end by commending the President on the issue of dialogue and also thank those political leaders that are involved in the political parties’ dialogue. The President is always calling upon those that think they have a role to play in building the Zimbabwe we want to join him and other leaders in coming up with solutions to our problems.  He is always saying his doors are open, so I urge fellow Zimbabweans to take heed of this call and join hands to build a better Zimbabwe. I thank you.     

HON. SEN. MUZENDA: I move that the debate do now adjourn.

HON. SEN. MKHEBU: I second.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Wednesday, 13th November, 2019

MOTION

REMOVAL OF ILLEGAL SANCTIONS IMPOSED ON ZIMBABWE

Second Order read:  Adjourned debate on motion on the unconditional and immediate removal of the illegal economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.

Question again proposed.

HON. SEN. MBOHWA:  Madam President, I move that the

debate do now adjourn.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  I second.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Wednesday, 13th November, 2019.

THE HON. PRESIDENT OF SENATE:    Why is it that our

Hon. Senators are reluctant to debate today?

On the motion of THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR MIDLANDS PROVINCE (HON. L. MAVIMA), the Senate

adjourned at Seventeen Minutes to Three o’clock p.m.

 

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