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SENATE VOTES 16 DECEMBER 2020 NO 15

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No. 15

 

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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WEDNESDAY, 16th december, 2020

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Half past Two o’clock pm.

Deputy President of the Senate in the Chair.

 

Prayers.

 

Members Present

 

Charumbira Chief

Chifamba J.

Chikwaka Chief

Chimbudzi A.

Chimutengwende C.

Chinake V.

Chirongoma J. M.

Chitanga Chief

Chundu Chief

Denga P.

Dube A.

Dube M. R.

Femai M.

Gumpo S

Gweshe K.

Hungwe S. O.

Kambizi E.

Khumalo N.

Khupe W.

Komichi M.

Makumbe Chief Maluleke O. M

Mapungwana Chief

Mavetera T.

Mathupula Chief

Mathuthu T.

Matiirira A.

Matsivo Chief

Mbohwa M.

Mkwebu A.

Moeketsi V.

Mohadi T. B.

Moyo G.

Moyo T.

Mpofu B.

Mudzuri E.

Mupfumira P.

Muronzi M.

Mutsvangwa M.

Mtshane Chief

Ndlovu D. M.

Ndlovu M.

Ndlovu P.

Nechombo Chief

Ngezi Chief

Ngungumbane Chief Nhema Chief

Ntabeni Chief

Nyambuya M. R

Nyangazonke Chief

Nyathi R.

Phugeni K.

Rwambiwa E.

Shumba C.

Siansali Chief

Tongogara A. K.

Tsomondo B.

 

 

 

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

Hon. Murwira A, Hon. Ndlovu M, Hon. Ncube M, Hon. Ziyambi Z

 

 

Printed by Order of the Senate

 

Absent with leave

 

Hon. Malinga J. T, Hon. Muzenda T.V, Hon. Sen. Rambanepasi C,

 

 

1.        Reports from the Parliamentary Legal Committee NOT being adverse reports on the following:

[Date received]

 

All Statutory Instruments gazetted during the months of October

and November, 2020………………………………………………..16th December, 2020.

 

2.        The Deputy President of the Senate reminded Hon. Senators to update their mobile contact numbers to enable them to receive urgent messages from Parliament.

 

3.        The Deputy President advised Hon. Senators who had not yet collected their mifi devices to do so from the ICT officers stationed at the Members’ dining room.

 

4.        Second Reading: Manpower Planning and Development Amendment Bill (H. B.2A, 2020)The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development.

 

Bill read a second time.

 

Committee – forthwith.

 

(House in Committee)

 

Clauses 1 to 22, put and agreed to.

 

Bill to be reported without amendment.

 

(House resumed)

 

Bill reported without amendment.

 

Third reading – forthwith.

 

Bill read a third time.

 

 

5.         The Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, moved:

 

      [Days elapsed: 7]

              That -

 

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.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

 

6.        The Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, moved:

 

[Days elapsed: 7]

That-

 

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.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

7.         Bills received from the National Assembly

 

Date received

 

Finance (No. 2) Bill, (H. B. 9A, 2020)

Appropriation (2021) Bill, (H. B. 6, 2020)………………….16th December 2020.

 

Second reading – forthwith.

 

8     Second Reading: Finance (No. 2) Bill, (H. B. 9A, 2020) - The Minister of

Finance and Economic Development.

 

Bill read a second time.

 

Committee – forthwith

 

(House in Committee)

 

Clauses 1 to 38, put and agreed to.

 

Bill to be reported without amendment.

 

(House resumed)

 

Bill reported without amendment.

 

Third reading – forthwith.

 

Bill read a third time.

 

5.                  Second Reading: Appropriation (2021) Bill, (H. B. 6, 2020) - The Minister of Finance and Economic Development.

 

Bill read a second time.

 

Committee – forthwith.

 

(House in Committee)

 

Clauses 1 to 5 and Schedule, put and agreed to.

 

Bill to be reported without amendment.

 

(House resumed)

 

Bill reported without amendment.

 

Third reading – forthwith.

 

Bill read a third time.

 

7.         On the motion of the Minister of Finance and Economic Development: The Senate adjourned at five minutes past seven o’clock pm.

 

 

                         GEN. (RTD) M.R. NYAMBUYA,

                                                                                      Deputy President of the Senate.

 

 

THURSDAY, 17TH 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.

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

 

1.           Hon Sen. Mohadi T.B.

Hon Sen. Mathuthu T.

 

(Day elapsed: 2)

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the 47th Plenary Assembly Session of the SADC-Parliamentary Forum, held virtually on 9th October 2020 in Windhoek, Namibia.

 

2.         Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Zimbabwe Delegation to the

5th Annual General Meeting of the African Parliamentarians Network on Development Evaluation (APNODE) (Adjourned 15th December, 2020-  Hon. Sen Chief Nechombo

 

      [Days elapsed: 4]

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwe Delegation to the 5th Annual General Meeting of the African Parliamentarians Network on Development Evaluation (APNODE) held from 28th to 30th August 2019 in Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire-  Hon. Sen Chief Nechombo.

 

 

3.         Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Extraordinary Session of the Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (Adjourned 15th December, 2020-  Hon. Sen Mathuthu)

 

[Days elapsed: 8]

     

 

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.

 

 

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

(Adjourned 15th December 2020 - Hon Sen Mathuthu)

                                                                                                          [Days elapsed: 9]

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;

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

 

5.         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: 10]

     

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

 

6.           The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs

 

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 the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Harmonisation of Seed Regulatory Framework in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) was adopted to address regional seed insecurity through integrating smaller and national seed markets into one large SADC seed market;

 

WHEREAS the Republic of Zimbabwe is desirous of acceding to the regulatory framework;

 

AND WHEREAS in accordance with Article 13 of the MoU, the MoU shall enter into force 30 days after the signature by two thirds of the Member States and in terms of section 14 of the MoU, the MoU shall remain open for accession by any Member State and;

 

NOW THEREFORE, in terms of Section 327(2)(a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, this House resolves that the aforesaid Memorandum of Understanding is hereby approved for accession.

 

 

  1. 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: 11]

 

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

 

8.                  Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 15th

December, 2020- Hon. Sen. Chirongoma)

 

[Days elapsed: 13]

 

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.

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