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SENATE VOTES 1 OCTOBER 2020 NO 55

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No. 55

 

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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THURSDAY, 1ST OCTOBER, 2020

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Half past two o’clock pm.

 

The President of the Senate in the Chair.

 

Prayers.

 

Members Present

 

Charumbira Chief

Chifamba J.

Chikwaka Chief

Chimbudzi A.

Chinake V.

Chirongoma J. M.

Chundu Chief

Dube A.

Dube M. R.

Femai M.

Gweshe K.

Khupe W.

Komichi M.

Makone T M

Makumbe Chief

Malinga J.T.

Mapungwana Chief

Mavetera T.

Mathupula Chief

Mathuthu T.

Matiirira A.

Matsiwo Chief

Mbohwa M.

Mkwebu A.

Moeketsi V.

Mpofu B.

Mupfumira P.

Muronzi M.

Mutsvangwa M.

Muzenda T. V

Mtshane Khumalo Chief

Ndlovu M.

Ndlovu P.

Nechombo Chief

Nhema Chief

Ntabeni Chief

Nyambuya M. R

Nyangazonke Chief

Nyathi R.

Parirenyatwa D.P.

Rambanepasi C.

Rwambiwa E.

Sekeramayi S.T

Shumba C.

Siansali Chief

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. Musabayana D.

Hon. Dr. Mangwiro

Hon. Garwe

Hon. Masuka

Hon. Ziyambi

Hon. Phuthi

Hon. Nyoni

Hon. M. Ncube

 

 

Absent with leave

 

Hon Moyo J.; Hon. O.C.Z Muchinguri; Hon. D. Karoro; Hon. Haritatos; Hon. Sen. Mpofu S.

 

Printed by Order of the Senate

1.         Questions without notice.

 

2.          Questions with notice.

 

3.         The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, moved: That Orders of the Day Nos. 1 to 6, for today, stand over until Order of the Day No. 16 has been disposed of.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

4.         The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade moved: 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;

 

AND WHEREAS the Agreement between the Republic of Zimbabwe and the and the Government of Korea on the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments was signed in2010 on behalf of the Republic of Zimbabwe;

 

AND WHEREAS Article 16 of the Agreement provides for entry into force, duration and termination;

 

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.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

5.         The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade moved: 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;

 

AND WHEREAS the Agreement between the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Czech Republic on the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments was signed on the 13th of September, 1999 on behalf of the Republic of Zimbabwe;

 

AND WHEREAS Article 12 of the Agreement provides for entry into force, duration and termination;

 

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.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

 

6.         The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade moved: 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;

 

AND WHEREAS the Agreement between the Republic of Zimbabwe and the and the Kingdom of Sweden on the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments was signed on the 6th of October, 1997 on behalf of the Republic of Zimbabwe;

 

AND WHEREAS Article 10 of the Agreement provides for entry into force, duration and termination;

 

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.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

7.         The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade moved: 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;

 

AND WHEREAS the Agreement between the Republic of Zimbabwe and the and the Government of the United Arab Emirates on the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments was signed on the 16th of June, 2018 on behalf of the Republic of Zimbabwe;

 

AND WHEREAS Article 19 of the Agreement provides for entry into force, amendments duration and termination;

 

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.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

8.         The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade moved: 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;

 

AND WHEREAS the Agreement between the Republic of Zimbabwe and the and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand on the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments was signed on the 18th of February, 2000 on behalf of the Republic of Zimbabwe;

 

AND WHEREAS Article 12 of the Agreement provides for entry into force;

 

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.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

9.         The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade moved: 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;

 

AND WHEREAS the Agreement between the Republic of Zimbabwe and the and the Government of the United States of America on the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments was signed on the 20th of January, 1999 on behalf of the Republic of Zimbabwe;

 

AND WHEREAS Article 19 of the Agreement provides for entry into force and termination;

 

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.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

10.   On the motion of the Minister of Finance and Economic Development: The Senate

adjourned at twenty-six minutes past four o’clock pm until Tuesday 6th October 2020 at a half past two o’clock

 

 

HON. M. M. CHINOMONA,

                                                                 President of the Senate.

 

 

 

TUESDAY, 6TH OCTOBER 2020

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

 

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

2019) (Adjourned 21st July, 2020 –The Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and    Social Welfare).

     

[Days elapsed: 14]

 

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

The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

      

2.   Third Reading: Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 1) Bill (H.B1A, 2017 –

The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

3.   Adjourned debate on motion that this House takes note of the Annual Report of the

National Peace and Reconciliation Commission for the year 2018-                                  (Adjourned 30th September, 2020- The Minister of State for Mashonaland East Province)

     

[Days elapsed: 4]

 

 

Question proposed:  That this House takes note of the Annual Report of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission for the year 2018, presented to Parliament in terms of Section 323 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe- The Vice President K.C.D. Mohadi

 

4.   Adjourned debate on motion that this House takes note of the Annual Report of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission for the year 2019- (Adjourned 30th September, 2020 – The Minister of State for Mashonaland East Province)

     

[Days elapsed: 4]

 

 

Question proposed:  That this House takes note of the Annual Report of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission for the year 2019, presented to Parliament in terms of Section 323 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe- The Vice President K.C.D. Mohadi

 

 

5.  Adjourned debate on motion on the Annual Report of the First Session of the Ninth Parliament for the Liaison and Coordination Committee (Adjourned 30th September, 2020- Hon. Sen. Muzenda)

 

                                                                                                     [Days elapsed: 2]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Annual Report of the First Session of the Ninth Parliament for the Liaison and Coordination Committee- Hon Sen. Muzenda.

 

6.  Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 30th

September, 2020 – Hon Sen. Muzenda)

 

[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.

 

 

 

7.   Adjourned debate on motion on the Third Report of the Thematic Committee on Human Rights on the Domestication of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. (Adjourned 30th September, 2020- Hon. Sen. Muzenda)

 

                                                                                                     [Days elapsed: 3]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Third Report of the Thematic Committee on Human Rights on the Domestication of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. (S.C. 11, 2019)- Hon. Sen. Muzenda.

 

8.   Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Thematic Committees on Human Rights, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Gender Development on the enquiry into people’s access to clean, safe and portable water (Adjourned 30th September, 2020- Hon. Sen. Khupe)

 

                                                                                                     [Days elapsed: 5]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Thematic Committees on Human Rights, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Gender Development on the enquiry into people’s access to clean, safe and portable water –  Hon. Sen. Khupe

 

9.   Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 46th Plenary Assembly

Session of the SADC Parliamentary Forum. (Adjourned 30th September, 2020- The

Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Province)

                                                                                                     [Days elapsed: 6]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the 46th Plenary

Assembly Session of the SADC Parliamentary Forum held from 10th to 17th December,

2020 Swakopmund, Namibia.– Hon. Sen. Mohadi

 

10.  Adjourned debate on the need to alleviate challenges associated with the early discharge

of youths from child care facilities. (Adjourned 30th September, 2020 –

Hon. Sen. Tongogara)

 

[Days elapsed: 6]

 

Question proposed: That this House –

 

MINDFUL that children under Child Care Facilities are discharged from such Institutions upon attainment of 18 years of age,

 

ALSO MINDFUL that the United Nations Guidelines and Zimbabwe’s National

Residential Child Care Standards 6, recommends for a Discharge Plan for each child

before leaving the Child Care Facility,

 

CONCERNED at the inadequacy of follow up programmes by the Department of Social Welfare in monitoring the discharged youths as a way of preventing them from aimlessly roaming the streets.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon Government to partner with other stakeholders and private sector to alleviate the challenges associated with such decisions. – Hon. Sen. Tongogara.

 

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THURSDAY, 8TH OCTOMBER, 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. Tongogara: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain the government policy on enhancing domestic resource mobilization through beneficiation of the country’s natural resources.

 

[Deferred from 17th September, 2020]

 

*12.  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]

 

*13.        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]

 

*14.        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]

 

*15.     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]

 

*16.     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.

 

[Deferred from 17th September, 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. 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]

 

*19.        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.

[Deferred from 17th September, 2020]

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