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SENATE VOTES 1 DECEMBER 2020 NO 10

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No. 10

 

PARLIAMENT

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE

 

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THIRD SESSION – NINTH PARLIAMENT

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TUESDAY, 1st december, 2020

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Half past Two o’clock pm.

President of the Senate in the Chair.

 

Prayers.

 

Members Present

 

Charumbira Chief Chifamba J.

Chimutengwende C.

Chinake V.

Chirongoma J. M.

Chundu Chief

Denga P.

Dube A.

Dube M. R.

Femai M.

Gumpo S

Gweshe K.

Hungwe S. O.

Kambizi E.

Khumalo N.

Komichi M.

Makumbe Chief Maluleke O. M

Mapungwana Chief

Mavetera T.

Mathuthu T.

Matiirira A.

Matsivo Chief

Mbohwa M.

Moeketsi V.

Mohadi T. B.

Moyo G.

Moyo T.

Mudzuri E.

Mupfumira P.

Muronzi M.

Muzenda T. V

Ndlovu C.

Ndlovu D. M.

Ndlovu M.

Ndlovu P.

Nembire Chief

Ngezi Chief

Ngungumbane Chief Nhema Chief

Ntabeni Chief

Nyambuya M. R

Nyathi R.

Parirenyatwa D. P.

Rwambiwa E.

Sekeramayi S. T.

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

 

 

 

Printed by Order of the Senate

 

Absent with leave

Hon. Sen. Chief Chikwaka, Hon. Sen. Chief Nechombo, Hon. Sen. Rambanepasi

 

1.      The President of the Senate drew the attention of the Senate to an error on the Order Paper in terms of numbering of items and consequently advised that Order of the Day No. 7 should be No. 6 with the subsequent items being renumbered accordingly.

 

2.      Hon. Sen. Muzenda, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi, moved: That Notices of Motions Nos. 1 and 2 and Orders of the Day Nos. 3 and 4, for today, stand over until Order of the Day No. 8 has been disposed of.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

3.     Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 25th

November, 2020- Hon. Chirongoma)

 

[Days elapsed: 7]

     

 

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 Chirongoma.

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Chirongoma, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mudzuri: Debate adjourned until Tuesday.

 

4.   Adjourned debate on motion Report of the Extraordinary Session of the Council of the

Inter-Parliamentary Union (Adjourned 25th November, 2020-  Hon. Sen Chief Mtshane)

 

[Day elapsed: 2]

     

 

Question again proposed: That this House takes note of the Report on the Virtual Extraordinary Session of the Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) conducted from 1 to 3 November, 2020- Hon. Sen Muzenda.

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Muzenda seconded by Hon. Sen. Chirongoma: Debate adjourned until Tuesday.

 

5.   Adjourned debate on motion on 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

(Adjourned 25th November 2020 - Hon Sen A. Dube)

                                                                                                          [Day elapsed: 3]

Question again proposed: That this House

 

COGNISANT that the Republic of Zimbabwe is signatory to the Beijing +25 Declaration, the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

 

RECOGNISING that Sections 17, 56, 78, 79, 80 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provide for gender equality and other rights of women.

 

NOTING the commemoration of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign from 25 November – 10 December 2020 under the theme “Orange the world: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect”

 

MINDFUL that domestic violence and sexual abuse in our communities constitutes a scourge that has caused devastating social ills on women folk, among them, trauma, murders and suicide;

 

ALSO MINDFUL that the prevalence of domestic violence results in grievous physical, emotional, psychological harm among women and the girl child, leading to untold sufferings to minors;

 

COGNISANT that cases of domestic violence are contributory to high incidents of rape, incest, child marriages, depravation of love and financial support and other anti-social practices;

 

AWARE that failure to deal with this cancerous pandemic of gender-based violence is a serious indictment on the part of our nation;

 

DESIROUS to curb challenges of domestic violence;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon;

a)      Law enforcement agents to strictly enforce law on domestic violence and bring all culprits to book.

b)      Parliament to legislate for stiffer penalties to deal with domestic violence – Hon Sen. A. Dube

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. A. Dube, seconded by Hon. Sen. Chief Chundu: Debate adjourned until Tuesday.

 

6.   Adjourned debate on motion on the death of Hon. Sen. Air. Chief Marshal (Rtd)      Perence Shiri (Adjourned 25th November, 2020-  Hon. Sen. Tongogara)

 

[Days elapsed: 4]

     

Question again proposed: That this House expresses its profound sorrow on the sudden and untimely death on Wednesday, 29th July, 2020 of Honourable Senator for Mashonaland Central, Air Chief Marshal (Rtd), Perence Shiri.

 

Places on record its appreciation of the services which the late Member of Parliament rendered to Parliament and the nation; and

 

Resolves that its deepest sympathy be conveyed to the Shiri family and the Mashonaland Central province – Hon. Sen. Tongogara.

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Tongogara, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi: Debate adjourned until Tuesday.

 

8. On the motion of Hon. Sen. Muzenda, seconded by Hon. Sen. Tongogara: The Senate adjourned at three minutes past four o’clock pm until Tuesday, 8th December, 2020 at half past two o’clock in the afternoon.

 

 

                        M. M. CHINOMONA,

                                                                                       President of the Senate.

 

 

 

TUESDAY, 8TH DECEMBER, 2020

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

  1. The Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry

 

[Days elapsed: 3]

 

WHEREAS section 327(2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that any 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;

WHEREAS the Minamata Convention on Mercury, adopted at the Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee held in Geneva, Switzerland on 19 January 2013, is a global treaty whose objective is to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury;

WHEREAS Zimbabwe signed the Minamata Convention on the 19th of January 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland and is desirous of becoming a party and a member of the community of nations endeavoring to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury;

ANDWHEREAS Article 30 (1) of the Minamata Convention provides that any State wishing to be a Party to may, inter alia, deposit an instrument of ratification with the Depositary;

NOWTHEREFORE, in terms of section 327(2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe this House resolves that the aforesaid Minamata Convention on Mercury be and is hereby approved.

 

  1. The Minister of environment, climate, tourism and hospitality industry

 

      [Days elapsed: 3]

 

WHEREAS Section 327 (2) (a) 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;

 

WHEREAS the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, held on 15th October 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda adopted an amendment to the Protocol, now termed the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone Layer, which Amendment has not yet entered into force on 1 January 2019;

 

WHEREAS Zimbabwe is a party to the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone Layer and is desirous of becoming a party to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

 

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

 

 

3.      Second Reading:  Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill (H.B. 8A, 2019) – The Minister

of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services.

 

4.    Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Reading of the Marriages Bill (H. B.7A,

        2019) (Restored 5th November, 2020 –The Minister of Justice, Legal and

       Parliamentary Affairs).

     

[Days elapsed: 6]

 

Question proposed: That the the Marriages Bill (H.B.7A, 2019) be read a second time –

The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

5.     Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 1st

December, 2020- Hon. Chirongoma)

 

[Days elapsed: 8]

     

 

Question 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 Chirongoma.

 

6.   Adjourned debate on motion Report of the Extraordinary Session of the Council of the

Inter-Parliamentary Union (Adjourned 1st December, 2020-  Hon. Sen Muzenda)

 

[Day elapsed: 3]

     

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report on the Virtual Extraordinary Session of the Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) conducted from 1 to 3 November, 2020- Hon. Sen Muzenda.

 

 

7.      Adjourned debate on motion on 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

(Adjourned 1st December 2020 - Hon Sen A. Dube)

                                                                                                          [Day elapsed: 4]

Question proposed: That this House

 

COGNISANT that the Republic of Zimbabwe is signatory to the Beijing +25 Declaration, the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

 

RECOGNISING that Sections 17, 56, 78, 79, 80 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provide for gender equality and other rights of women.

 

NOTING the commemoration of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign from 25 November – 10 December 2020 under the theme “Orange the world: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect”

 

MINDFUL that domestic violence and sexual abuse in our communities constitutes a scourge that has caused devastating social ills on women folk, among them, trauma, murders and suicide;

 

ALSO MINDFUL that the prevalence of domestic violence results in grievous physical, emotional, psychological harm among women and the girl child, leading to untold sufferings to minors;

 

COGNISANT that cases of domestic violence are contributory to high incidents of rape, incest, child marriages, depravation of love and financial support and other anti-social practices;

 

AWARE that failure to deal with this cancerous pandemic of gender-based violence is a serious indictment on the part of our nation;

 

DESIROUS to curb challenges of domestic violence;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon;

c)      Law enforcement agents to strictly enforce law on domestic violence and bring all culprits to book.

d)     Parliament to legislate for stiffer penalties to deal with domestic violence – Hon Sen. A. Dube

 

8.   Adjourned debate on motion on the death of Hon. Sen. Air. Chief Marshal (Rtd)      Perence Shiri (Adjourned 1st December, 2020-  Hon. Sen. Tongogara)

 

[Days elapsed: 5]

     

Question proposed: That this House expresses its profound sorrow on the sudden and untimely death on Wednesday, 29th July, 2020 of Honourable Senator for Mashonaland Central, Air Chief Marshal (Rtd), Perence Shiri.

 

Places on record its appreciation of the services which the late Member of Parliament rendered to Parliament and the nation; and

 

Resolves that its deepest sympathy be conveyed to the Shiri family and the Mashonaland Central province – Hon. Sen. Tongogara.

 

 

THURSDAY, 10TH DECEMBER, 2020

      QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

*QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

 

*1.       Hon. Sen. Tongogara: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to inform the House measures being put in place to protect teachers and students in rural areas in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

*2.       Hon. Sen. Tongogara: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to inform the House when the National Disability Policy to alleviate the plight of people living with disability will be enacted into law.

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