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SENATE VOTES 07 DECEMBER 2017 20

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No. 20

 

PARLIAMENT 

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE

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FIFTH SESSION – EIGHTH PARLIAMENT

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THURSDAY, 7TH DECEMBER 2017

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Half past two o’clock pm. President of the Senate in the Chair.

Bhebe M,

Bhobho H,

Charumbira Chef,

Chiduku Chief,

Chifamba J,

Chimanikire A,

Chimbudzi A,

Chimhini D.A,

Chimutengwende C.C.C,

Chipanga T. S,

Chisunga Chief,

Chitanga Chief,

Chizema C,

Dandawa Chief T. M,

Gampu Chief IV,

Goto R,

Gwenzi Chief,

Jadagu G.T, 

Machingaifa T,

Makone T,

Makore J,

Maluleke O,

Manyeruke J,

Marava M,

Marozva Chief,

Masendu Chief

Mashavakure N,

Mathuthu T. A,

Matiirira A,

Mavhunga M,

Mawire J,

Mlotshwa S, Moeketsi V,

Mohadi T.B,

Mtshane Chief,

Mugabe C.T,

Mumbengegwi S.S,

Mumvuri D.D.E,

Muronzi M, 

Murwira T,

Musaka M. B,

Musarurwa Chief E. M,

Muzenda T. V,

Ndhlovu J,

Nebiri Chief, 

Nembire Chief,

Ngungumbane Chief,

Ntabeni Chief,

Nyambuya M.R Rtd. Gen.

Nyamukoho Chief,

Nyathi R,

Parirenyatwa P.D,

Sekeramayi S.T,

Shiri A, 

Shoko G,

Sibanda B,

Sinampande H, Tawengwa C. Z, Timveos L.

Printed by Order of the Senate

 

Absent with leave

Hon. Sen. D. T. Khumalo, Hon. Sen. Mutsvangwa M, Hon. Sen. Mlotshwa S, Hon. Sen. Sibanda A.

  1. Report from the Parliamentary Legal Committee NOT being adverse reports on the following General Notices-

                                                                                                                                            Date received

 

               General Notices published in the Gazette during the month

               of October, 2017…………….……………………………………7th December, 2017

  1. Report from the Parliamentary Legal Committee being adverse report on the following Statutory Instrument-

                                                                                                                                            Date received

               Statutory Instrument No. 110 of 2017-Presidential Powers

               (Temporary Measures) (Extension of State Liabilities Act to the

                Assets of Chitungwiza Municipality) Regulations, 2017…………..7th December, 2017

  1. The President of the Senate informed the Senate that Hon. Sen. Shiri had been appointed to the Committee on Standing Rules Orders following Hon. Masuku’s appointment as Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province.

  1. The President of the Senate clarified a misunderstanding on the status of Senators and Proportional Representation Members of the National Assembly in the Constituency Development Committees. She informed the Senate that the Senators and Proportional Representation Members were Members of all Constituency Development Committees falling under their jurisdiction in terms of Article 9 (2) and (3) of the CDF Constitution. She indicated that they had full voting rights as Members and were accorded the same participatory rights as other Members of the CDF.

  1. The President of the Senate reminded the Senate that the Minister of Finance and Economic Development would present the 2018 National Budget in the National       Assembly at three o’clock p.m.

  1. On the motion of the Minister of Health and Child Care: The Senate adjourned at ten minutes to three o’clock pm until Tuesday, 19th December, 2017, at half past two o’clock in the afternoon.

  1.                                                                                     MADZONGWE,

                                                                                                                                President of the Senate.

 

 

TUESDAY, 19TH DECEMBER, 2017

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

1.     HON. SEN. MLOTSHWA            HON. SEN. B. SIBANDA

 

That this House-

DISTURBED by the lack of commitment by the Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement to provide alternative resettlement areas for communities from Zwehamba; Mahatshe; and Matankeni evicted to pave way for developmental national projects;

CONCERNED at the apparent lack of consideration for such communities who had to bear the brutal brunt of oppression in 1947 when they resisted eviction;

COGNIZANT that it is their right to enjoy the fruits and the benefits of the war of liberation in view of their heroic exploits when they resisted colonial oppression;

MINDFUL that such communities have to be involved in the Command Agriculture Programme which was launched in 2016, a year which coincided with their unscheduled evictions.

NOW THEREFORE; calls upon the Executive to expeditiously resolve the issue of providing arable land to sixty-two households from Zwehamba; Mahatshe; and Matankeni areas in the Matobo District so that they can resume their farming activities unperturbed so as to live a prosperous and stable life premised on peace and stability which is requisite in the whole of Zimbabwe.

  1. Committee: Consideration of an Adverse Report by the Parliamentary Legal Committee on Statutory Instrument No. 110 of 2017-Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) (Extension of State Liabilities Act to the Assets of Chitungwiza

Municipality) Regulations, 2017—Hon. Samukange

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Gender and Development on Access to Safe and Clean Water in Rural Areas

(Adjourned 6th December, 2017- Hon. Sen. Makore.)

                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                  [Days elapsed: 8]

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Gender and Development on Access to Safe and Clean Water in Rural Areas, [S. C. 18, 2017] – Hon. Sen. Makore.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on

Indigenisation and Empowerment on the Circumstances Surrounding the Non-

Establishment of Community Share Ownership Trusts in Mudzi and Mutoko Districts.           (S.C. 10, 2017). (Adjourned 6th December, 2017- Hon. Sen. Tawengwa).

 

                                                                                                                                                         [Days elapsed: 25]

                 Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report that the Thematic

Committee on Indigenisation and Empowerment on the Circumstances Surrounding       the Non-Establishment of Community Share Ownership Trusts in Mudzi and Mutoko Districts (S.C. 10, 2017)—Hon. Sen. Tawengwa.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Sustainable Development Goals on SDG No. 3 (Adjourned 6th December, 2017-

Sen. Tawengwa)

                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                    [Days elapsed: 33]

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Sustainable Development Goals on SDG No. 3: “Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-being for all at all ages”, [S. C. 8, 2017] – Hon. Sen. Chief Mtshane

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Peace and Security on the Preparedness of the Grain Marketing Board to handle the 2016/2017 Crop Deliveries and the Success of the Command Agriculture Programme (Adjourned, 6th December, 2017—Hon. Sen. Tawengwa).

 

                                                                                                                                    [Days elapsed: 21]

 

 Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Peace and Security on the Preparedness of the Grain Marketing Board to handle the 2016/2017 Crop Deliveries and the Success of the Command Agriculture Programme (S. C. 15, 2017)- Hon. Sen. Mumvuri.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Zimbabwe delegation to the International Conference on Promoting Stakeholder and Parliamentary Dialogue on Arms Trade Treaty (Adjourned 6th December, 2017- Sen. Timveos)

 

[Days elapsed: 15]

 

 Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwe delegation to the International Conference on Promoting Stakeholder and Parliamentary Dialogue on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) held at Pullman Teranga Hotel in Dakar, Senegal from 13th to 14th June, 2017- Hon. Sen. Timveos.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 7th Retreat of the Association of

Senates, Shoora and equivalent Councils in Africa and the Arab World (ASSECAA) (Adjourned 6th December, 2017- Hon. Sen. Sinampande)

[Days elapsed: 6]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the 7th Retreat of the Association of Senates, Shoora and equivalent Councils in Africa and the Arab World (ASSECAA), held form the 26th to 27th November 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia- Hon. Sen. Makore.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Parliament of Zimbabwe Delegation to the Eighth Retreat of the Association of Senates, Shoora and Equivalent Councils in Africa and the Arab World (ASSECAA) (Adjourned 5thDecember, 2017- The Minister of State for Manicaland Province)

 

                                                                                                                                                [Days elapsed: 6]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Parliament of Zimbabwe Delegation to the Eighth Retreat of the Association of Senates, Shoora and Equivalent Councils in Africa and the Arab World (ASSECAA), held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 20th to 21st May 2017- Hon. Sen. Sinampande.

      10.       THE MINISTER OF LABOUR AND SOCIAL WELFARE

 

 THAT WHEREAS Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that  any Convention, Treaty or Agreement acceded to, concluded or executed by or under  the authority of the President with one or more foreign states of governments or  International Organisations shall be subject to approval by Parliament;

 WHEREAS the Republic of Zimbabwe is desirous of becoming party to the  Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are blind,  visually impaired or otherwise print disabled;

 WHEREAS the Marrakesh Treaty recognizes that Governmental and Non –  Governmental Organisations play an important role in providing persons with print  disabilities with access to alternative format materials;

                     WHEREAS the Republic of Zimbabwe is desirous of ratifying the Marrakesh Treaty;

 WHEREAS the entry into force of the aforesaid Treaty shall be conditional upon its  ratification by the Member States in accordance with their Constitutional Procedures;

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

 

        11.     THE MINISTER OF LABOUR AND SOCIAL WELFARE

 

        THAT WHEREAS Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that any          convention, treaty or agreement acceded to, concluded or executed by or under the           authority of the President with one or more foreign states of governments or  International Organisations shall be subject to approval by Parliament; 

         

        WHEREAS Zimbabwe is committed to promote and protect the social and economic       rights of its people and guarantee International Organisations and regional best practices in          the labour market;

 

        AND WHEREAS Zimbabwe approved of the SADC policies on Child Labour, Social     Security, Use of Chemicals, HIV and HIV and Decent work it remains desirous to       realize the aspirations of regional cooperation and integration in the employment and

                  Labour sector;

                  AND WHEREAS, His Excellency, the President of the republic of Zimbabwe, Cde.

                  Robert Gabriel Mugabe on the 18th of August 2014 at Victoria Falls signed SADC

                  Protocol and Employment and Labour;

NOW THEREFORE, in terms of Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, this House resolves that the aforesaid Ratification of the SADC Protocol on Employment and Labour be and is hereby approved for acceptance.

 

      12.       THE MINISTER OF LABOUR AND SOCIAL WELFARE

 

 THAT WHEREAS, Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that  any Convention, Treaty or Agreement acceded to, concluded or executed by or under  the authority of the President with one or more foreign states or governments or  International Organisations shall be subject to approval by Parliament;

 

 WHEREAS Zimbabwe is a member State of the International Labour Organisation  and seeks to eradicate forced labour in all its forms;

 

 AND WHEREAS Cabinet approved of the Ratification of the ILO Protocol to the  Forced Labour Convention P029 on the 1st of June 2017;

 

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

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 20TH DECEMBER 2017 

 

                  NOTICE OF MOTION

 

                  HON. MAWIRE

                  HON. MAKORE

                  That this House;

 

 MINDFUL of the need to protect consumers from unscrupulous business people bent  on maximizing profits at the expense of the majority of the people;

 

 DESIROUS to have consumers that fully appreciate the role of the Consumer Council  of Zimbabwe, the law enforcement agency and other agencies of the State that protect  them from exploitation of their hard earned cash;

 

 CONCERNED at the ineptitude and flippant attitude by banking institutions who  cover up for their inefficiencies under the guise of network system that are always  alleged to be down;

 

        DISTURBED by unwarranted price hikes for goods on hire purchase that have seen          consumers falling victim to malpractices by individuals who have even gone to the             extent of siphoning some civil servants salaries without their knowledge through the          Salary Service Bureau.

 

        NOW, THEREFORE, calls for concerted efforts by the State to stamp out  such    corrupt practices by formulating effective Consumer friendly laws to protect              Zimbabwean citizens and thereby instill a sense of confidence in the economy  among         our people.

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY, 21ST DECEMBER 2017

 

     

QESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

         QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

  *         QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

*1.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, and Rural Resettlement to explain:

(a)   Whether or not farmers in resettlement areas are insured against natural disasters;

(b)   How a farmer can be assisted in case of loses of one hundred and fifty or more hectares of maize crop due to veld fires.

(c)   How farmers are sensitised on setting up fireguards or fire breaks in place to avert veld fires.

(d)   What the Ministry’s policy is as regards the protection of farmers from unscrupulous buyers who want to cash in on maize that was harvested under the Command Agriculture Programme.

[Deferred from 28th September, 2017]

 

*2.

HON. SEN. GOTO:  To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, and Rural Resettlement to:

a) Inform the House what measures have been put in place to assist farmers who lost their crops due to water logging and veld fires after benefitting from the Government’s Command Agriculture Programme.

  1. State whether the repayment of debt to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) would not be spread over a period to allow farmers to first recover from their losses so that they may remain viable as farmers.

  1. Further state how farmers who could not access fertilizers would be expected to repay their loans in view of the fact that they are not able to meet their obligations due to poor yields that they realized.

 

d) How Government would support those farmers affected by the shortage of diesel and electricity during the winter wheat cropping season, and also in view of the fact that some farmers have abandoned their activities mid-way through the season due to lack of such resources.

[Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

*3.

HON. SEN. CHIMHINI: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, and Rural Resettlement to explain to the House why the Mupotedzi Irrigation Scheme in Honde Valley, under Mutasa Rural District Council was abandoned considering that the Government had already spent money on irrigation pipes and the perimeter fence for the area which was allocated to beneficiaries.

                                                                                                     [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

*4.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning to inform the House;

(a)   The success and failures of the 2016 budget;

(b)   How through the 2016 Budget the Ministry has managed to economically empower people with disabilities.

[Deferred from 28th September, 2017]

*5.

 

 

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to inform the House what benefits the nation has realized from the Chinese people who are in business in the country.

[Deferred from 28th September, 2017]

*6.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning:

a)      To explain the Ministry’s policy with regards to ensuring that all imported vehicles that are currently parked in most areas of the country pay taxes to the government;

b)      To further explain why they are parked when they are already in the country;

c)      How these vehicles got into the country when they are not being used for their intended purposes.

d)      To state whether citizens are fully conversant with laws governing the importation of vehicles and the consequences of breaching such laws.

 

[Transferred 5th October, 2017]

 

*7.

HON. SEN. KHUMALO D.T.:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain why district hospitals do not have the capacity to help malnourished children, and to send them to private or mission hospitals for recovery.

[Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

*8.

 

HON. SEN. KHUMALO D.T.:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain why district and provincial hospitals managements are not aware of the one thousand nutrition days for mother and Child.

       [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

*9.

HON. SEN. KHUMALO D.T.:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care whether the Ministry is aware that Nutritionists are not part of the decision making team in districts and provinces yet this is where critical issue relating to Hospitals are discussed.

                                                                                [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

*10.

HON. SEN. KHUMALO D.T.:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain why food nutrition is not recognized as a science subject when training nurses.

                                                                                [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

*11.

HON.SEN CHIMHINI: To ask the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting

Services:

  1. a) To explain the misinformation by the Ministry relating to the alleged $10

                                     000,00 payments per month for what was owed to Zimbabwe Music Rights

                                      Association (ZIMURA) in 2010, when in fact the Zimbabwe Broadcasting

                                    Cooperation (ZBC) had only paid $30 000 as at 18 October 2017 as

                  opposed to $90 000 which should have been paid by that time.

b)   To inform the House when the Ministry intends to clear arrears to          ZIMURA in excess of $650 000 which were accrued over a seven year             period.

c)   To state how the Ministry will assist musicians to receive royalties, in     view of the fact that many of them live in abject poverty.

 

                                                                       [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

*12.

HON. SEN. CHIMHINI: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs and Culture to explain to the House why the Ministry has failed to curb incidents of blatant infringement and flagrant breach of copyright legislation where piracy of music, books and other intellectual property rights is being conducted with impunity on daily basis as if there are no laws to stop piracy.

 

                                                                      [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

*13.

HON. SEN.  CHIMHINI: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs and Culture to inform the

House why there is no provision for mobile units that issue Birth Certificates and Identity Cards to institutions of Higher Learning where some students have attained

18 years and above, and would also want to register during the Biometric Voter Registration Programme since they would be in classes; and if the Ministry could consider catering for this age group in institutions of Higher Learning.

                                                                                                  [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]  

 

*14. HON. SEN. CHIMHINI: To ask the Minister of Defence, Security and War Veterans Affairs to inform the House what measures the Ministry is putting in place to allay fears of potential implosion emanating from frightening public utterances on the succession matrix for the state presidency following the recent televised public fights which are a cause for concern to the general public.

         

                                                                                                  [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017] 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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