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SENATE HANSARD 7 JUNE 2022 VOL 31 NO 45

PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE

Tuesday, 7th June, 2022

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

PRAYERS

(THE HON. PRESIDENT OF SENATE in the Chair)

THE HON. PRESIDENT OF SENATE: Good afternoon Hon. Senators. Where are the others because your eyes want me to ask you? What is happening?

HON. SEN. CHIRONGOMA: Some of our colleagues are on outreach.

THE HON. PRESIDENT OF SENATE: You want me to believe that everyone is on outreach? – [HON. SEN. CHIRONGOMA: Some]- Some, not all.

HON. SEN. CHINAKE: I know some are on outreach but others are on Zoom.

THE HON. PRESIDENT OF SENATE:  I think I said you cannot start to be on virtual before the House is full. So the virtual part is out. We announced this last time.

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE HON. PRESIDENT OF SENATE

SWEARING IN OF A NEW MEMBER

THE HON. PRESIDENT OF SENATE: On the 1st of June, 2022, Parliament was notified by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), that Nasper Manyau has been appointed a Member of the Senate for the people with disabilities to fill the vacancy which occurred following the death of Hon. Sen. Rejoice Timire.

The appointment is with effect from 14th May, 2022. Section 128 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that before a Member of Parliament takes his or her seat in Parliament, the Member must take the Oath of a Member of Parliament in the form set out in the Third Schedule. Section 128 (2), states that the oath must be taken before the Clerk of Parliament. I therefore call upon the Clerk of Parliament to administer the oath of a Member of Parliament to Hon. Sen. Nasper Manyau.

NEW MEMBER SWORN

HON. SEN. NASPER MANYAU subscribed to the Oath of Loyalty as required by law and took her seat. – [HON. SENATORS: Hear, hear.] -

MOTION

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

HON. SEN. DR. SEKERAMAYI: Thank you Madam President. I move that Orders of the Day, Nos. 1 to 5 be stood over until Order of the Day, No. 6 has been disposed of.

          HON. SEN. TONGOGARA: I second.

          Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

SCHEMES TO REDEEM THE NATIONAL HERD FROM DEVASTATING AND DESTRUCTIVE EFFECTS OF DROUGHT         

          Sixth Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the Effects of Drought on the National Herd in the Dry Regions of the Country.

Question again proposed.

          +HON. SEN. KHUPE: Thank you Madam President for this opportunity to air my voice on the motion brought about by Hon. Sen.  A. Dube with regards to drought. From where I come from, we call it nkwankwa. This means a situation where cattle will not survive and water will not be available despite the number of rains received because land would have run out of water. Growing up as a boy, there used to be a place called umlaga, meaning better grazing land. Around the month of August, September, October, cattle are driven to this grazing land where there is better grass and water.

          Right now, we realise that one of the factors creating these challenges is erosion and deforestation, not taking good care of our environment. What excites me is that our President, Dr. E. D. Mnangagwa has intervened in making sure that people get water and is trying to increase the country’s herd by distributing cattle. Without cattle, our economy will not grow. We will be required to survive from importing meat from other countries yet we used to export.

          Therefore, we applaud our President Dr. E. D. Mnangagwa for realising that effort to restore our national herd, it is critical. It is not easy but what is being done will assist in developing our country. We need to know that when talking about the national herd, we are not only focusing on having enough meat for braais in parties and weddings. Most of us, even though people are now using tractors for tillage, people continue to use cattle for land preparation. When these cattle are not in good condition and unable to till, there will not be any production in our fields.  We also need to know that cattle milk is relish that we used to eat from our childhood.

          I remember my grandmother MaNyathi - in Kalanga culture, I do not know if most of you know it. There is what we used to call kunubula nkaka. This is milk that used to be eaten by boys and girls for them to be strong. We used to get this from cattle. I do not know if grannies of today who enjoy chips still know this type of milk. What I am asking for is that our cultural leaders, chiefs and headmen, each time there are functions, they need to see to it that people keep their culture by preparing such relish as amasi not for our kids to think that milk is obtained from shops. They need to know that milk comes from cattle.

          Let me conclude by saying our national herd is destroyed by drought - nkwankwa.  In other instances, there are causative factors and because of drought, we end up relying on wild animals for meat, hence human and wildlife conflict.

With these few words our lovely President of the Senate, Hon. Chinomona, I continue to say thank you for giving me this opportunity to say a few words on this important motion. May God bless you and bless Hon. Sen. A. Dube. Thank you.

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

          HON. SEN. CHIRONGOMA: I second.

          Motion put and agreed to.

          Debate to resume: Wednesday, 8th June, 2022.

MOTION

POLICIES THAT ADDRESS AND PLUG LOOPHOLES RELATED TO TAX EVASION

Seventh Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on policies that address and plug loopholes on tax evasions, illicit financial flows and corruption.

Question again proposed.

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

HON. SEN. TONGOGARA: I second.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Wednesday, 8th June, 2022

MOTION

REPORT OF THE 50TH PLENARY ASSEMBLY OF THE SADC PLENARY FORUM HOSTED VIRTUALLY BY THE KINGDOM OF LESOTHO

         Eighth Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 50th Plenary Assembly of the SADC Plenary Forum hosted virtually by the Kingdom of Lesotho from 10th to 12th December, 2021.

Question again proposed.

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

       HON. SEN. CHINAKE: I second.

        Motion put and agreed to.

        Debate to resume: Wednesday, 8th June, 2022.

             On the motion of HON. SEN. DR. SEKEMAYI, seconded by HON. SEN. CHIRONGOMA, the Senate adjourned at Three O’clock p.m.     

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