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SENATE VOTES 08 JUNE 2017 59

ADVANCE COPY-UNCORRECTED

No. 59

           

PARLIAMENT 

 

OF

 ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE

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FOURTH SESSION – EIGHTH PARLIAMENT

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THURSDAY, 8TH JUNE, 2017

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

Bhobho H

Buka F

Carter M.N

Charumbira Chief Chiduku Chief R . M Chipanga T.S.

Chizema C.

Gampu Chief IV

Goto R,

Gwenzi Chief,

Hungwe G T

Jadagu G.T,

Khumalo D T

Machingaifa T, Mabhugu F.E. Makone T, Makore J.

                 

Makwarimba C. Maluleke M.

Marava M

Mashavakure N,

Mathuthu T A

Mavhunga M,

Mawire J,

Moeketsi V

Moyo S K

Mtshane Chief

Mugabe C.T,

Muronzi M,

Musaka M B

Musarurwa Chief E.M,

Mutsvangwa M,

Nembire Chief

Ntabeni Chief, Shiri A,

Siansali Chief,

Sibanda A

Tawengwa C.Z,

 

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

Hon Min Damasane A, Hon Min Mavhima L, Hon Min Matangaidze T, Hon Min Chikwama

B, Hon Min Mushowe C, Hon Min Ndlovu A,

 

 

Printed by Order of the Senate

 

Absent with Leave

Hon. Sen. Mbengegwi S.S., Hon. Sen. Muzenda T.V., Hon. Sen. Matiirira A., Hon Sen Dandawa Chief, Hon Sen Mumvuri D D E, Hon Sen Masuku A,  Hon Sen Ndlovu J. Hon Sen Chimutengwende C C C.

  1. The President of the Senate reminded the House that a capacity building workshop             would  be  convened by Parliament in collaboration with the United Nations Agencies              in   Zimbabwe on the United Nations System and Sustainable Development               Goals(SDGs) at  the Sango Conference Centre, Cresta Lodge in Msasa on Monday, 12            th June, 2017.

2.            QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

             

                         QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

             Hon Sen  Marava, seconded by Hon Sen Mutsvangwa, moved: That time for               Questions without Notice be extended by fifteen minutes.

            Motion put and agreed to.

                *           QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

.

 

  1. Hon Sen Tawengwa, seconded by Hon  Sen Marava,  moved: That  Notice of Motion No. 1 and Orders of the Day Nos. 3 to 7 for today,  stand over   until  Orders of the Day Nos. 8 and 2 have been disposed of in that

            Motion put and agreed  to.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Report of the Thematic Committee on Gender and Development on Early Child Marriages- (Adjourned 2nd May, 2017- Hon Sen. Masuku).    

[Days elapsed: 45]

 

Question again proposed: That this House takes note of the Second Report of the Thematic Committee on Gender and Development on Early Child Marriages (S. C. 11, 2016) – Hon. Sen. Makore. 

Motion put and agreed to.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on Zimbabwe’s low population (Adjourned 7th June, 2017- Sen. Musaka )

  [Days elapsed: 26]

 

Question again proposed: That this House: -

CONCERNED with difficulties to attract effective investors to Zimbabwe for sustainable profitable investment due to Zimbabwe’s low population;

FURTHER CONCERNED that most non-governmental Organizations diligently promote birth control down wards instead of encouraging family planning for prolife that is population growth;

CURRENT world trend in population are to encourage large families so as to grow market for products;

Now therefore, this House resolves that the Zimbabwe Government should encourage large families as follows;

  1. Give incentives to families to have a minimum of eight children;
  2. NGOs and Organisation promoting birth control should now be requested to promote family growth-Hon. Sen. Musaka.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

  1. On the motion of the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services: The Senate adjourned at thirteen minutes past four o`clock  p.m.

  1.                                                                                                           MADZONGWE

                                                                                    President of the Senate.                        _________________________________________________________________________

TUESDAY 13TH JUNE, 2017

 

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICE OF MOTION

 

 

  1. COMMITTEE: To resume on consideration of an adverse report by the Parliamentary Legal Committee on the Land Commission Bill (H.B. 2A, 2016) (Progress reported 5th April, 2017)-Hon Samukange .

 

  1. HON. SEN. TAWENGWA

          HON. SEN. CHIEF DANDAWA

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 the Community Share Ownership Trusts in Mudzi and Mutoko Districts (S.C. 10, 2017).

 

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech-(Adjourned 7th June 2017 – Sen. Rtd. Gen. Nyambuya).

                                                                                                 [Time elapsed: 2 hrs. 11 minutes]

Question again proposed: That a respectful address be presented to the President of

Zimbabwe as follows –

May it please you, your Excellency 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. Rtd. Gen. Nyambuya

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the State of the Nation Address – (Adjourned 7th June, 2017—Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira).  

                                                                                                                            [Days elapsed: 32]

 

Question again proposed: That this House conveys its profound gratitude to His Excellency, the President Cde. R. G. Mugabe for addressing a joint sitting of Parliament on the State of the Nation.

Expresses its commitment to and support for the views contained in his address; and that a respectful address be presented to His Excellency the President, informing him

      of the sentiments of the House – Hon. Sen. Chipanga.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on violence that had become a socio-political way of life among the people of Zimbabwe- (Adjourned 7th June, 2017- Sen.  Chief Charumbira)

  [Days elapsed: 31]

          Question proposed: That this House:

NOTING that violence has become an integral part of our socio-               political way of life;

CONCERNED that we cannot build a progressive developmental nation within a violent environment;

CONCERNED about the violence oriented and negative legacy we are developing as a nation;

NOW THEREFORE calls upon this House:

  1. To denounce all forms of violence being perpetrated upon and among the people of Zimbabwe;

  1. To call upon the law enforcement arms of government to enforce law and order without fear or favour;

  1. To admonish political parties so that they desist from the use of violence in order to impose their will on the people of Zimbabwe.

  1. To challenge the executive to fulfill its constitutional obligation by respecting human rights in terms of section 48-78 of the constitution of Zimbabwe. –

Sen. B. Sibanda .                               

 

6     Adjourned debate on motion on the Alignment of the Electoral Act to the Constitution of Zimbabwe (Adjourned 7th June, 2017-Hon Sen Tavengwa)

                                                                                                              [ Day elapsed:  23]

Question proposed: That this House:

ACKNOWLEDGING the progress made by the Zimbabwe Electoral

Commission(ZEC) towards assuming the Constitutional mandate of ensuring that elections are conducted efficiently, freely, fairly, transparently and in accordance with the law;  

FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGING the financial restrictions facing ZEC due to scarcity of resources allocated by the Treasury and the interest from the international donors, including UNDP, to assist in supporting ZEC as a key pillar of democracy;

AWARE that the desire by government to engage the International Community as  economic partners for the development of Zimbabwe will also be enhanced by inviting the widest range of international players to observe and monitor  our national  elections;

AWARE that the holding of a transparent, free and fair election in 2018 will depend on the integrity of the voters roll as well as an enabling environment;

NOTING the slow process of aligning the Electoral Act to the constitution means that there are areas wherein ZEC is acting unconstitutionally and that there have been actions by ZEC which have not been aligned even to the Electoral Act;

NOW, THERFORE, calls upon

  1. The Government to expeditiously align the provisions on ZEC to the

Constitution;

  1. ZEC to urgently engage with partners to implement the biometric voters roll in order to fulfill the Constitutional mandate;
  2. Government to align the Electoral Act with the Constitution and crate an electoral environment that complies with Article 17 of the African Union Charter on free and fair elections – Hon. Sen. Timveos.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on funds controlled by School Development Committees and School (SDCs) and School Development Associations (SDAs). (Adjourned 7th June, 2017- Hon. Sen. D.T. Khumalo)

[Day elapsed: 3]

           Question proposed: That this House

NOTING the efforts made by Government in expanding the education system at Primary and Secondary levels across the country to meet the demand for education since independence;

APPLAUDING the Government’s decision to embrace all stakeholders in education thereby leading to the creation of School Development Committees (SDCs) and School Development Association (SDAs);

FURTHER applauding the excellent work done by parents through the SDCs and SDAs in enhancing the quality of education in Zimbabwe;

DISTURBED by the abrupt decision by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to order the closure of SDAs/ SDCs accounts at government schools and transfer monies to the government controlled School Service Fund.

CONCERNED that the move will retrogressively impact on the gains made in the educational system over the years and result in the total collapse of the system;

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to;

  1. Align the Education Act to the Constitution.
  2. Cease forthwith the transfer of SDA/ SDCs Funds to the School Service Fund.
  3. Formulate a consolidated Statutory Instrument to guide the operations of SDCs and SDAs taking into account stakeholders’ input.- Hon. Sen. D.T. Khumalo

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the First report of the Thematic Committee on Sustainable Development Goals on SDG No. 3 (Adjourned  7th  June, 2017- Hon Sen

. Masuku)

[Days elapsed: 5]

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 resolving situations of statelessness in our country: (Adjourned 7 th June, 2017- Sen. Masuku)

             

                                                                                                                                                               [Days elapsed: 4]

 

 Question proposed: That this House;

RECALLING ongoing efforts of the African Union to move towards the adoption of a Draft “Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Right to Nationality and the Eradication of Stateless in Africa:,

TAKING NOTE of the conclusions and Recommendations on statelessness adopted by the SADC “Technical Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa Addressing Mixed Migration in Southern Africa: Linking Protection, Immigration, Border Management and Labour Migration, Gaborone, Botswana from 16-18 August 2016”,

ACKNOWLEDGING the Conclusions of the “Conference on Ensuring Everyone’s Right to Nationality: The Role of Parliaments in Preventing and Ending Statelessness, Co-organised by the Parliament of South Africa, the inter Parliamentary Union and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, from 26 to 27 November 2015”;

RECOGNISING the requirement by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) endorsed by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2015, in particular SDG target 16,9 to provide by 2030 legal identity for all, including birth registration;

FURTHER RECOGNISING the numerous formal pledges of SADC Member States to accede to the 1954 UN Convection relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 UN Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and the Recommendations from the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review to the same effect.

COGNISANT that the Zimbabwe National Constitution provides for Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms incorporating the right of children to a name and provision of identity documents;

NOW THEREFORE calls upon the Government to:

  1. i) Resolve any existing situations of statelessness within our own country; ii) Review the legislative frameworks and administrative practices in nationality matters with a view to ensure their consistency with the Zimbabwe Constitution and International standards on the prevention and resolution of statelessness, as well as on protection of stateless persons;
  • Initiate legislative        reforms            which address any identifies

gaps or challenges, including any discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion or gender, thereby helping to prevent statelessness;

  1. Ensure gender equality as regards the equal right of men and women to pass on their nationality to their children and spouses and to change or retain their nationality.
  2. Expedite the implementation of Article 6(4) of the African Charter on the

Rights and Welfare of the Child, thereby preventing childhood statelessness; vi) Establish and maintain comprehensive birth registration and civil registration systems within Zimbabwe with a view to prevent statelessness;

  • Accede to the 1954 UN Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, the 1961 UN Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and the 1990 UN Convention on the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.
  • Support the drafting, adoption and ratification of a Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Right to Nationality and the Eradication of Stateless in Africa.”Hon SenTimveos.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS on HIV and AIDS in Institutions of Higher Learning in Zimbabwe. (Adjourned 7th June, 2017 – Hon. Sen. Masuku).

 

[Days elapsed: 7]

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS on HIV and AIDS in Institutions of Higher Learning in Zimbabwe. (S.C. 7, 2017)—Hon. Sen. Timveos.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                   .

 

THURSDAY 15TH JUNE, 2017

 

 

QESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

 

         QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 *          QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

*1.

HON. SEN. TIMVEOS :To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House what plans are in place to alleviate challenges posed by lack of point of sale fiscal machines in view of the fact that such machines are not readily available in the country, a situation that has affected business.

[Transferred on 23rd February 2017]

*2.

HON. SEN. MASHAVAKURE:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain to the House the status of the Sovereign Wealth Fund since its inception and to state whether any financial resources have been injected to it.

[Deferred from 4th May 2017]

 

*3.

MASHAVAKURE:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House whether or not it would make economic sense to broaden the Sovereign Fund resource base by including non – mineral income such as funds sourced from agriculture and tourism.

[Deferred from 4th May 2017]

*4.

HON. SEN. MASHAVAKURE:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain what would be good for the country in respect of Sovereign Wealth as International Best Practices to make an Annual Budget allocation to

Sovereign Wealth Fund or to put all state revenue inflows into the Sovereign Wealth Fund from which periodic withdrawals would be made by finance Annual National Budget requirements at the appropriate time in the fiscal year.

 

[Deferred from 4th May 2017]

*5.

HON. SEN. MASHAVAKURE:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic and Economic Development to;

(a)   Update the nation on the progress made in as far as the work of the government appointed commission of inquiry into the conversion process of pension and insurance benefits after dollarization in 2009 is concerned.

(b)   Indicate to the House how those who were compelled to take up paltry terminal pay outs from insurance companies before 2009  way before the maturity dates of their policies would be assisted by the work of the Justice George Smith Commission.

(c)   Inform the House what steps government and other authorities would take to assist contributors who are being forced to continue making monthly contributions to some funeral assurance houses even though the initial agreements entered into before dollarization stated that contributions would be for ten years only.

(d)   Explain to the house whether or not it is true that, at law, retirement annuity policies have the status of pension polices and to further elaborate the legality of their unilaterally termination by some insurance companies in the period prior to dollarization  i.e. 2004 – 08.

[Deferred from 4th May 2017]

*6.

HON. SEN. NYATHI:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development

(a)   Indicate when the banks would be in a position to allow depositors to withdraw any amount of money from their bank accounts without limits

(b)   To state measures in place to ensure that people do not spend their productive time in long queues just to withdraw money which is as little as US$50.00 per day.

[Deferred from 4th May 2017]

*7.

HON. SEN. TIMVEOS:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain why the Ministry is not acquiring more machines to assist in clearing trucks at Boarder Posts as some are now avoiding passing through Zimbabwe thereby resulting in less of revenue amounting to even twenty billion dollars.

 

[Deferred from 4th May 2017]

*13.   HON. SEN. TIMVEOS: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the Housewhat plans  the Ministry has  in place to save lives that are frequently lost due  to prohibitive costs of blood which requires as much as one hundred and twenty dollars a pint to buy.

[Deferred from 16th February, 2017]

*8.

TIMVEOS: To ask the Minister of         Finance           and      Economic Development to explain to the House the measures taken by the Ministry to curb corruption as that the economy recovers.

[Deferred from 4th May 2017]

*9.

HON. SEN. TIMVEOS:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House whether the Committee to investigate the disappearance of $15 Billion was set up and to further state when its findings would be brought before Parliament.

[Deferred from 4th May 2017]

*10.

HON. SEN. CHIEF SIANSALI:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain why banks are limiting withdrawals to a maximum of $100 per transaction from banks to Ecocash transfers, a situation which results in exorbitant charges to the user a case in point being Agribank; and to consider whether or not it would be prudent to allow withdrawals up to the maximum limit of $5 000 per day.

*11.

HON. SEN. SIBANDA B: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House what the perceived challenges or problems are that militate against Zimbabwe negotiating with the South African based monetary union so as to allow the country to adopt the rand as the  official currency while continuing to solve the economic dilema.

*12.

HON. SEN. SIBANDA B: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to furnish the House with a detailed state of national indebtedness as at 31 March, 2017 by providing the following:

a)      The comprehensive foreign debt including interest accrued;

b)      Domestic loans debts including interest accrued;

c)      Parastals debts that government has committed to take over and the names of these parastatals;

d)      The current trading account debt of government and bills such as electricity and water;

e)      Current treasury bills commitments including those that have been rolled over;

f)       Any salary and allowances accrued.

 

*14. HON. SEN. CHIMHINI: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care, to give a progress report on Chiramba Clinic in Ward 4, Chimanimani West which was constructed through CDF Program in 2011 and to clarify why the clinic is still not operational thereby disadvantaging the community which contributed its labour and local material for their benefit.

[Deferredfrom 16th March, 2017]

*15.

GOTO: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care, to inform the House the measure in place to assist those school children who have developed anemia after donating their blood.

[Deferredfrom 16th March, 2017] 

*16.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain how the information on HIV / AIDS is disseminated to disabled people to enable every citizen in the country to be taken abroad.

[Deferred from 4th May 2017]

*17.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care

(a)   Whether the Ministry consults people living with disabilities when formulating policies on HIV / AIDS and

(b)   Whether people with disabilities are aware of policies on HIV / AIDS and whether they are user friendly.

[Deferred on 4th May 2017]

*18.

HON. SEN. TIMVEOS: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House whether cervical cancer screening was being done in every district and if not, to state when this would be done.

[Deferred from 4th May 2017]

*19.

HON. SEN. TIMVEOS:  To ask the Minister of Heath and Child Care

(a)   Whether the government has any programmes in place to educate women on cancer.

(b)   Whether CD4 count machines are now available in every district.

(c)   What policies are in place to reduce the spreading of TB throughout the country on adults and children with TB.

(d)   Whether there are programmes in place for information dissemination on TB nationwide.

(e)   What the Ministry is doing to reduce incidents of cancer prevalence and also to make drugs affordable to the patients.

(f)    Whether stateless people have access to ARVs and if so, how do they get them since they have no identification particulars.

(g)   To further state how successful PMTCT has been throughout the country and whether male partners have been involved in such programmes.

[Deferred from 4th May 2017]

*20.

HON SEN. TIMVEOS:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain why Zvishavane and the surrounding districts do not have a New Start Centre.

[Deferred from 4th May, 2017]

*21.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce what  measures are in place to capacitate the local fertilizer companies so that they are fully operational.

[Transferred on 4th May, 2017]

*22.          HON. SEN. MASHAVAKURE: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social

Welfare to inform the House when government intends to ratify the Marakesh

 

Treaty so that the blind and print disabled persons in the country can benefit with from easy access to published works.

 

[Transferred on 11th May, 2017]

*23.

 

HON. SEN. TIMVEOS:  To ask the Minister for Home Affairs to state the number of people living at Tongogara Refugee Camp and to inform the House whether their children are given primary documents.

[Deferred from 4th May, 2017]

 

*24.

HON. SEN. SIBANDA B: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to inform the House why persons who have attained citizen status and apply to change from alien to full Zimbabwean citizenship are required to pay exorbitant and unaffordable amounts for identification documents.

*25.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Sports and Recreation to inform the House;

(a)   About the policy of the Ministry aimed at spreading and promoting sports in rural areas so as to benefit the talented school leavers.

(b)   How helpful, friendly matches are in improving sports in the country.

(c)   Whether there are any prominent sporting personalities outside the country who only emerge when the country is confronted with crucial matches against strong teams in the region.

*26.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Sports Recreation whether the Ministry has any plans to award best sports people of the year with trophies as a way of incentivising and promoting sport in the country.

 

[Deferred from 4th May, 2017]

 

*27.

 

HON.  SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Rural Development Preservation and Culture Heritage the measures taken by the Ministry to educate the people about culture so that they are well informed.

[Deferred from 4th May, 2017]

*28.

HON. SEN. MALULEKE:  To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to explain to the House what plans the Ministry has put in place to install the solar system in the rural areas on Masvingo, particularly Chiredzi and to further elaborate when the rural electrification programme roll out would be extended cover the whole country in view of the fact that people in rural areas cannot afford to pay requisite ZESA fees which have to be paid in advance.

[Deferred from 4th May, 2017]

*29. HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:   To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to inform the House whether the Ministry has any plans of rescusitating the District Development Fund (DDF) Tillage Unit to boost tillage programmes in the country.

[Transferred on 4th May, 2017]

 

 

*30.

 

HON. SEN. CHIEF SIANSALI:  To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to update the House on the progress made by Monaf and Apex Coal Mining Companies in Lubu and Lusulu, Binga respectively which were conducting explorations in the previous five years and are no longer seen on the ground doing such work.

*31.

HON. SEN. CHIEF SIANSALI:  To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to explain to the House why a lot of teachers in the system still have non-teaching degrees at the expense of trained teachers who are seeking employment.

*32.

HON. SEN. SIBANDA B: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development to explain to the House why the Silikwe Irrigation Project in Matshetshe communal lands, in Gwanda, still remains in a semi developed state almost 20 years after the project was initiated.

            

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