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SENATE HANSARD 15 JUNE 2023 VOL 32 NO 39
PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE
Thursday, 15th June, 2023
The Senate met at Half –past Two o’clock p.m.
(THE HON. DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF SENATE in the Chair)
ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE HON. DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF SENATE
SWITCHING OFF OF CELLPHONES
THE HON. DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF SENATE: I have to inform Hon. Senators to switch off their Cellphones before business commences.
SUSPENSION OF COMMITTEE BUSINESS
THE HON. DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF SENATE: I wish to inform the Senate that Committee meetings and any other Committee activities will be suspended with effect from today, the 15th of June, 2023.
Five years has been like five days, it has been nice being in this Chamber and I wish all of you good health. I thank you.
BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
THE MINISTER OF ENERGY AND POWER DEVELOPMENT (HON. SODA): I move that Orders of the Day Numbers 1 to 6 on today’s Order Paper be stood over until Order of the Day Number 7 has been disposed of.
Motion put and agreed to.
FORMATION OF A GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL UNITY
HON. SEN. KOMICHI: I move for the withdrawal of the motion from the Order Paper:
That this House— COGNISANT of the weaknesses of the current governance system, in particular the Electoral System, which is endemic in Africa and fervently practised in Zimbabwe;
ACKNOWLEDGING that the Electoral System is quintessentially Eurocentric as it is modelled upon exogenous practices as opposed to traditional African governance systems which prevailed during precolonial epoch and were anchored on humanism, solidarism, or pluralism, and had deep social cohesion;
CONCERNED that the alien system is problematic when applied to Africa as it spawns dissensions and tears down the moral and social fabric of political solidarity in societies;
MINDFUL that since 1980, Zimbabwe’s economic growth has been on a downward trajectory with significant political and economic developments when there was the 1987 Unity Accord and the Government of National Unity (GNU) during the period 2009–2013;
DESIROUS to see a prosperous Zimbabwe, which rises above the divisive and conflictual Western Electoral Systems which created a dualised political landscape:
NOW, THEREFORE— (a) calls upon the three arms of Government to recommend a Government of National Unity before the 2023 election; (b) calls upon Parliament to introduce far reaching reforms in our governance system as a matter of urgency so that political and economic injustices are addressed.
HON. SEN. PHUGENI: I second.
Motion with leave, withdrawn.
On the motion of THE MINISTER OF ENERGY AND POWER DEVELOPMENT (HON. SODA), the Senate adjourned at Twenty-One minutes to Three o’clock p. m. until Tuesday, 22nd August, 2023.