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SENATE VOTES 01 JULY 2020 NO 41

 

PARLIAMENT

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE    

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE

 

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SECOND SESSION – NINTH PARLIAMENT

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WEDNESDAY, 1st JULY, 2020

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Half past two o’clock pm.

 

The President of the Senate in the Chair.

Prayers.

 

Members Present:


Charumbira Chief

Chidawu O.

Chifamba J.

Chimbudzi A.

Chinake V.

Chirongoma J. M.

Chitanga Chief

Chundu Chief

Dube A.

Dube M. R.

Femai M.

Gumpo S.

Gwaradzimba E.

Gweshe K.

Hungwe J. D.

Hungwe S. O

Khupe W.

Komichi M.

Makumbe Chief

Malinga J. T.

Maluleke O. M

Mapungwana Chief

Mavetera T.

Mathema C.

Mathupula Chief

Mathuthu T.

Matiirira A.

Matsiwo Chief

Matuke L.

Mavhunga M.

Mavima L. D.

Mbohwa M.

Mkwebu A.

Moeketsi V.

Mohadi T. B.

Moyo S.

Mpofu S.

Munzverengwi A.

Muronzi M.

Mutsvangwa M.

Muzenda T. V

Mtshane Khumalo Chief

Ndlovu M.

Nechombo Chief

Nembire Chief

Ngezi Chief

Ngungumbane Chief

Nhema Chief

Ntabeni Chief

Nyambuya M. R

Nyangazonke Chief

Nyathi R.

Parirenyatwa D. P.

Rambanepasi C.

Rwambiwa E.

Sekeramayi S. T.

Shiri P.

Shumba C.

Timire R.

Tongogara A. K.

Tsomondo B.


In attendance in terms of section 138(2) and (3) and section 104(3) of the Constitution

Hon. Kambamura P, Hon. Muchinguri Kashiri O, Hon. Ziyambi Z.

  

Absent with leave

Hon. Mupfumira P.

Printed by Order of the Senate


1.        The President of the Senate informed the Senate that the Movement for Democratic Change- Tsvangirai (MDC-T) Party had nominated Hon. Sen. Dr. Mavetera as its Chief Whip in the Senate.

2.     The President of the Senate: On 30th June, 2020, Parliament was notified by the MDC-T Party that the following Senators had ceased to be Members of the MDC-T Party and therefore, no longer represent the interest of the Party in Parliament with effect from 30th June 2020.

 

a)      Hon. Sen. C. Chabuka                       Manicaland Province;

b)      Hon. Sen. S. Ncube                          Bulawayo Province;

c)      Hon. Sen. P. Ndlovu                         Matebeleland North Province;

d)     Hon. Sen. M. Phuti                            Matebeleland South Province;

e)      Hon. Sen. G. Shoko                          Bulawayo Metropolitan Province;

f)       Hon. Sen. H. Sinampande                 Matebeleland North Province;

g)      Hon. Sen. T. Vunganayi                    Mashonaland East Province; and

h)      Hon. Sen. H. Zivira                           Bulawayo Province.

 

Section 129 (1) (k) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that, “the seat of a Member of Parliament becomes vacant if the Member has ceased to belong to the political party of which he or she was a Member when elected to Parliament and the political party concerned, by written notice to the Speaker or to the President of the Senate as the case may be, has declared that the member has ceased to belong to it”.

 

Pursuant to the above, I do hereby inform the House that a vacancy has arisen in the Senate by the operation of the law. The necessary administrative measures will be taken to inform His Excellency, the President, of the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of the existence of the vacancies in line with section 39(1) of the Electoral Act [Chapter 213] as amended.

 

3.     The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, moved: That Orders of the

Day Nos. 1 and 2, for today, stand over, until Order of the Day No. 3, has been disposed

of.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

4.     Second Reading: Veterans of the Liberation Struggle Bill, (H.B. 15, 2019)  – The

Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs.

Bill read a second time. Committee, with leave, forthwith

 

(House in Committee)

 

        Clause 1 to 27, and Schedule put and agreed to.

         Bill to be reported without amendment.

 

(House resumed)

 

      Bill reported without amendment.

       Third reading, with leave, forthwith.

       Bill read a third time.

 

5.    On the motion of the Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs: The Senate adjourned

    at ten minutes to five o’clock pm.

                                                                          HON. M. M. CHINOMONA,

                                                                  President of the Senate.

 

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THURSDAY, 2ND JULY, 2020

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS.

 

* QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

           

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

 

*1.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Minister of Environment, Tourism, Climate and  Hospitality to inform the House the measures being taken by the Government to control  environmental degradation and to explain the role of traditional leaders in this regard.

 

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*2.     Hon. Sen. Gumpo: To ask the Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry to explain to the House:

a) measures being taken by the Government to control the outbreak of veld fires countrywide;

b) measures being taken by the Ministry to publicise information on the adverse effects of veld fires on the environment.

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*3.    Hon. Sen. Gumpo : To ask the Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry to explain to the House the functions of Catchment Councils and whether they play any  role in the control of veld fires.

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*4.   Hon. Sen. Gumpo : To ask the Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry to:

a)  state the number of rivers and dams affected by siltation in Zimbabwe; and

b) explain to the House whether the Ministry is implementing any de-siltation programmes,

and if so, to state the methods being used.

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*5.   Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality      Industry to inform the House Government policy regarding reforestation of areas affected by the mining activities of large corporates.

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*6.    Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi : To ask the Minister of Environment, Tourism, Climate and  Hospitality to explain to the House measures being taken  by the Ministry to minimise wildlife-human conflicts in conservancy areas and whether traditional leaders play any role 

      in solving such conflicts.

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*7.   Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain to the House how foreign owned businesses are contributing to the economic development of this country and to state the measures being taken by the Ministry to ensure that these operators deposit their monies into local banks.

 

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*8.  Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi : To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to  apprise the House on initiatives being made by the Ministry to promote gender equality in the country.

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*9.   Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain to the House the measures being taken by the Ministry to sensitize the public on the benefits of using a mono- currency system in the country and to further state endeavours put in place to curb the use of multiple pricing regimes by some business operators.

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*10. Hon. Sen. Mpofu S: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain government position on re-dollarization which appears to be market led, considering the fast depreciation value of the Zimbabwe dollar against other currencies.

 

[Deferred from 21st May, 2020]

 *11.  Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to: inform the House how Government is benefiting from large scale mining companies in Zimbabwe and to provide disaggregated data on the contributions of these companies to the fiscus, including names such companies and amounts remitted.

 

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*12. Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to explain to the House whether traditional leaders play any role in the resolution of mining disputes in areas under their jurisdictions.

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*13. Hon. Sen. Matiirira: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to inform    the House measures being taken by government to ensure that local people benefit from mining activities and to explain the benefits accruing to people in Mashonaland East Province from quarry stone mining in their area.

 

[Deferred from 27th February, 2020]

 

*14.   Hon. Sen. Tongogara: To ask the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development to explain government policy regarding provision of tuition fee subsidies considering high university dropouts

[Deferred from 21st May, 2020]

*15.     Hon. Sen. Mpofu B: To ask the Minister for Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development to explain why Chinhoyi University of Science and Technology manages the nursing applications platform when there is a Department of Information Technologies in the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

[Deferred from 21st May, 2020]

*16.     Hon. Sen. Mpofu B: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to clarify government policy on job advertisements and deadlines, in view of the observation that on the 3rd of January 2020, NSSA advertised two senior positions namely that of Chief Property Investment Officer and Chief Investment officer stating the 10th of January 2020, as the deadline.

[Deferred from 21st May, 2020]

 

*17.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Defence and War Veterans to explain to the   House what the government policy is regarding the awarding of tenders of national development   projects and whether military engineers are considered so that they can benefit like private players.

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*18.     Hon. Sen. Mpofu S: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House which Nursing Schools have intakes in January, May and August and how many students will be accommodated under each nursing school intake.

 

[Deferred from 21st May, 2020]

 

*19.        Hon. Sen. Mpofu B: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain why Eco cash is the only means of payment accepted for Nursing student applicants to the exclusion of other forms of payment like One Wallet, Telecash, Bank Transfer, Pay Now amongst others.

[Deferred from 21st May, 2020]

 

*20.        Hon. Sen. Mpofu B: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain government’s position regarding decentralization of nursing recruitment in the spirit of devolution of power as enshrined in Section 264 of the Constitution.

 

[Deferred from 21st May, 2020]

 

*21.        Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Youth, Sports, Art and Culture to explain to the House

a) the measures being taken by the Ministry to advance sports in the country; and

b) how the Ministry identifies talented youths in various sporting disciplines thereby promoting sport as a source of employment for the youths.

 

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*22.   Hon. Sen. Matiirira: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to explain to the House government policy regarding the involvement of persons with disabilities in the decision making processes and measures being taken by the Ministry to enhance their participation, particularly on issues affecting them.

 

[Deferred from 27th February, 2020]

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICE OF MOTION

 

1.   Adjourned debate on the motion on the repeal of the death sentence and the provisions in the Criminal Law and Codification Act [Chapter 9:23] and other statutes. (Adjourned 20th May, 2020 – The Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Province)

 

[ Days elapsed: 9]

 

Question proposed: That this House –

 

RECOGNISING that the current international trends are moving towards the abolition of the death penalty;

 

RECALLING the intense debate on the death penalty which characterized the 2013 historic Constitution making process;

 

NOTING that Section 48 of the Constitution dealing with the death penalty was a result of the intense negotiations and create a clear discriminatory absurdity.

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that His Excellency, the President and other government officials have openly and publicly spoken against the death penalty;

 

CONCERNED that despite these developments, the death penalty still remains in Zimbabwe’s penal statutes;

 

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to submit a constitutional bill to Parliament repealing the death entence and the provisions in the Criminal Law and Codification Act [Chapter 9:23] and other statutes.- Hon. Sen. Makone

 

2.     Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Women Political Leaders Global Forum (Adjourned 20th May, 2020- Hon. Sen. Tongogara)

 

                                                                                                     [Days elapsed: 12]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Women Political Leaders Global Forum held in Reykjavik, Iceland from 18th to 20th November, 2019 – Hon. Sen. Tongogara

 

3.      Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 3rd World Parliamentary Forum on

Sustainable Development Goals (Adjourned 20th May, 2020 -  Hon. Sen. Chief

Mtshane)

 

[Days elapsed: 12]

Question proposed:  That this House takes note of the Report of the 3rd World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development Goals held in Bali, Indonesia from 4th to 5th September 2019 - Hon. Sen. Chief Mtshane

 

4.   Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 74th Session of the Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) (Adjourned 20th May, 2020 – The Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Province)

 

[Days elapsed: 12]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the 74th Session of the Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) held from 13th to 14th June 2019 in Bangui, Central African Republic- Hon. Sen. Makone.

 

5.     Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Zimbabwean Delegation to the

Bilateral Visit to Havana, Cuba (Adjourned 20th May, 2020 – The Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Province)

 

                                                                                                     [Days elapsed: 19]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwean

Delegation to the Bilateral Visit to Havana, Cuba from 1st to 6th September 2019–Hon.    Sen. Parirenyatwa.

 

6.   Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 2019. St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEFG) (Adjourned 20th May, 2020) – Hon Sen Mavetera)

 

[Days elapsed: 12]

Question proposed:  That this House takes note of the Report of the 2019. St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEFG) held from 6th to 8th June 2019 in St. Petersburg, Russia – Hon Sen. Mavetera.

 

7.    Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Thematic Committee on Indigenisation and Empowerment on the Implementation of Empowerment Programmes in the Mining Sector.  (Adjourned 20th May, 2020 – Hon. Sen. Mbohwa)

 

[Days elapsed:  19]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Thematic Committee on         Indigenisation and Empowerment on the Implementation of Empowerment Programmes in the Mining Sector. (S.C. 13, 2019) - Hon. Sen. Mbohwa

 

8.   Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 20th May, 2020 – Hon. Sen. Mohadi)

 

[Time elapsed: 3 hour 19 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-Hon. Sen. Muzenda.

 

9.      The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

 

WHEREAS in terms of section 327(2) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that an international treaty which has been concluded or executed by or under the authority of the President does not bind Zimbabwe until it has been approved by Parliament;

 

AND WHEREAS the Agreement establishing an Economic Partnership Agreement between the Eastern and Southern African States, on the one part and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was opened for signature, at London on 31 January, 2019; and it will enter into force either on the first day of the first month, or on such other date as the United kingdom and that signatory Eastern and Southern Africa States agree, following the deposit of the latter of their respective instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval;

 

AND WHEREAS the said agreement establishing the Economic Partnership Agreement between the Eastern and Southern Africa States, on the one part and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, on the other part was signed on the 31st of January, 2019 on behalf of the Republic of Zimbabwe;

 

AND WHEREAS Article 59(1) of the Agreement provides for signature, ratification, acceptance, approval and accession;

 

NOW THEREFORE, in terms of section 327(2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, this House resolves that the aforesaid Agreement be and is hereby approved.

 

10.    Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Reading of the Marriages Bill (H. B.7A, 2019) (Adjourned 30th June,2020 –The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs).

     

[ Days elapsed: 2]

 

Question proposed: That the the Marriages Bill (H.B.7A, 2019) be read a second time – The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

11. Second Reading: Census and Statistics Amendment Bill, (H.B. 3, 2020)- The Minister of Finance and Economic Development.

12. Third Reading: Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 1) Bill (H.B1A, 2017 – The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

MEETINGS OF COMMITTEES

Thursday, 2 July, 2020

At 1000 hours in Committee Room 3

 

Indigenisation and Empowerment: Hon. Sen. Mbohwa M. (Chairperson); Hon. Sen. Chirongoma J. M; Hon. Chief Chitanga, Hon. Sen. Chief Chikwaka; Hon. Sen.      Chief Chundu; Hon. Sen. Dube A; Hon. Sen. Femai M; Hon. Sen. Hungwe J. D;         Hon. Sen. Komichi M; Hon. Sen. Makone T; Hon. Malinga J. T; Hon. Sen Mpofu         B; Hon. Sen. Ndlovu P; Hon. Sen. Chief Nechombo; Hon. Chief Nembire; Hon.    Sen. Chief Nhema; Hon. Sen. Chief Nyangazonke; Hon. Sen. Phuti M; Hon. Sen.          Rambanepasi C; Hon. Sen.             Tsomondo B; Hon. Sen. Zivira H. (Committee Clerk -          Mr. B. M. Nyathi)

At 1000 hours in Committee Room 4

            Peace and Security: Hon. Sen. Dr. Parirenyatwa P. D. (Chairperson); Hon. Sen.   Chabuka K; Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira; Hon. Sen. Chifamba J; Hon. Sen.    Chimbudzi A; Hon. Sen. Dube M. R; Hon. Sen. Komichi M; Hon. Sen. Makone T;      Hon. Sen. Chief Makumbe; Hon. Sen. Chief Mapungwana; Hon. Sen. Mathuthu T;    Hon. Sen. Matiirira A; Hon. Sen. Chief Matsiwo; Hon. Sen. Mkhwebu A; Hon.     Sen. Mohadi T. B; Hon. Sen. Moyo S. K; Hon. Sen. Mudzuri E; Hon. Sen.          Mwonzora D; Hon. Sen. Ncube S; Hon. Sen. Ndlovu M; Hon. Sen. Chief Ngezi;        Hon.    Sen. Chief Ngungumbane; Hon. Sen. Chief Ntabeni; Hon. Sen. Nyathi R;            Hon. Sen. Chief Siansali; Hon. Sen. Dr. Sekeramayi S. T; Hon. Sen. Sinampande H.             M; Hon. Sen. Timveos L. (Committee Clerk—Mr. P. S. Munjenge)

 

Monday, 6 July, 2020

At 1400 hours in Committee Room No. 3

Gender Development and Empowerment: Hon Sen. Ncube S. (Chairperson);

Hon. Sen. Chifamba J; Hon. Sen. Chief Chikwaka; Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi A; Hon.             Sen. Hungwe O; Hon. Sen. Khupe W; Hon. Sen.  Mavetera T; Hon.Sen. Moeketsi         V; Hon. Sen. Mpofu   S; Hon. Sen. Muronzi M; Hon. Sen. Ndlovu P; Hon. Sen.         Chief Nembire; Hon. Sen.      Nyathi R; Hon. Sen. Timire R; Hon. Sen. Chief      Nhema; Hon. Sen. Nyathi R; Hon. Sen. Timire R;    Hon. Sen. Wunganai T; Hon.    Sen. Zivira H. (Committee Clerk - Mr. L. Majoni)

 

At 1400 hours in the National Assembly

 

HIV and AIDS: Hon. Sen. Femai M. (Chairperson); Hon. Sen. Chief Chitanga;

Hon. Sen. Dube A; Hon. Sen. Chabuka K; Hon. Sen. Chifamba J; Hon. Sen.          Chirongoma J. M; Hon. Sen. Dube A; Hon. Sen. Dube M. R; Hon. Sen. Komichi M;   Hon. Sen. Maluleke O. M; Hon. Sen. Chief Mapungwana; Hon. Sen. Mathuthu T;           Hon. Sen. Matiirira A; Hon. Sen. Chief Matsiwo; Hon. Sen. Dr. Mavetera T; Hon.        Sen. Mbowa M; Hon. Sen.     Mkhwebu A; Hon. Sen. Ndlovu M; Hon. Sen. Ndlovu             P; Hon. Sen. Dr. Parirenyatwa P. D; Hon. Sen. Phuthi M; Hon. Sen. Rambanepasi C;        Hon. Sen. Chief Siansali;             Hon.    Sen. Shoko G; Hon. Sen. Sinampande H. M;             Hon. Sen. Tongogara A; Hon. Sen. Tsomondo B. (Committee Clerk - Mrs. E.

Mafuruse)

 

At 1400 hours in Committee Room No. 4

 

 

Human Rights: Hon Sen. Dr. Sekeramayi S. T. (Chairperson); Hon. Sen. Chief

Charumbira Hon. Sen. Chinake V; Hon. Sen. Gumpo S; Hon. Sen. Gweshe K; Hon.          Sen. Hungwe J. D; Hon. Sen. Chief           Makumbe; Hon. Sen. Chief   Mapungwana; Hon. Sen. Chief Masendu;             Hon. Chief Mathupula; Hon. Sen. Mavetera T; Hon.             Sen. Mohadi T. B; Hon. Sen. Mwonzora D; Hon. Sen. Mupfumira P., Hon. Sen.          Muzenda T. V; Hon. Sen. Chief         Ngezi; Hon. Sen. Chief Ntabeni;Hon. Sen. Chief Nyangazonke; Hon. Sen. Shumba C; Hon. Sen. Rwambiwa      E.         (Committee Clerk - Ms. K. Usai)

Tuesday, 7 July, 2020

 

At 1000 hours in Committee Room No. 413

 

Sustainable Development Goals: Hon Sen. Chief Mtshane K. (Chairperson); Hon. Sen. Chidawu O; Hon. Sen. Chinake V; Hon. Sen. Chief Chundu; Hon. Sen. Gweshe K; Hon. Sen.  Hungwe O. S; Hon. Sen. Khupe W; Hon. Sen. Maluleke O. M; Hon. Sen. Chief Masendu; Hon. Sen.Chief Mathupula; Hon. Sen. Moeketsi V;           Hon. Sen. Mpofu B; Hon. Sen. Mpofu S; Hon. Sen. Mudzuri E; Hon. Sen. Mupfumira P, Hon. Sen. Muzenda         T. V; Hon. Sen. Chief Nechombo; Hon. Sen. Rwambiwa E; Hon. Sen. Shoko G; Hon. Sen. Shumba C; Hon. Sen.Timire R; Hon. Sen. Tongogara A. K; Hon. Sen. Wunganayi T. (Committee Clerk - Mr. B. Vangiranai)

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