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SENATE VOTES 16 SEPTEMBER 2020 NO 48

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No. 48

 

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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TUESDAY, 15TH AUGUST, 2020

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Half past two o’clock pm.

 

The Deputy President of the Senate in the Chair.

 

Prayers.

 

Members Present

 

 

Charumbira Chief

Chidau O

Chifamba J.

Chikwaka Chief

Chimbudzi A.

Chimutengwende C

Chinake V.

Chirongoma J. M.

Chitanga Chief

Chundu Chief

Dube A.

Dube M. R.

Femai M.

Gumpo S.

Gwaradzimba E.

Gweshe K.

Hungwe J.D.

Hungwe S. O

Khupe W.

Komichi M.

Makone T M

Makumbe Chief

Malinga J.T.

Mapungwana Chief

Masendu Chief

Mavetera T.

Matema C

Mathupula Chief

Mathuthu T.

Matiirira A.

Matsiwo Chief

Matuke L.

Mavhunga M.

Mavima L. D.

Mbohwa M.

Mkwebu A.

Moeketsi V.

Mohadi T. B.

Moyo S.K.

Mpofu B.

Mpofu S.

Munzverengwi A.

Mupfumira P.

Muronzi M.

Muzenda T. V

Mtshane Khumalo Chief

Mwonzora D. T

Ndlovu M.

Ndlovu P.

Nechombo Chief

Ngungumbane 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. Ziyambi Z.

Hon. Ncube M

 

Absent with leave

 

Hon. Sen. Chief Ngezi; Hon. Sen. Maluleke; Hon. Sen. Shumba C.;

 

 

 

 

Printed by Order of the Senate

 

 

 

1.      The President of the Senate informed the House that His Excellency, the President, Hon. E. D. Mnangagwa, had appointed Hon. Sen. Monica Mutsvangwa to be the Leader of Government Business in the Senate with immediate effect.

 

2.      The President of the Senate advised the Senate that for purposes of maintaining social distancing, Hon. Senators could make their contributions from wherever they were connected. Hon. Senators were further urged to bring along their gadgets and to speak into them in order to enable those Senators beyond the precincts of the Chamber to follow proceedings.  In future, any Member who failed to bring their ICT gadgets would not be allowed to speak. In the same vein, Senators who were not contributing were asked to put their gadgets on mute to avoid interferences with proceedings in the House.

 

3.      The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, with leave, moved: That Standing Orders Nos. 50, 61(2), 125 and 128 regarding the automatic adjournment of the House at five minutes to seven o’clock pm on sitting days other than a Friday, and at twenty-five minutes past one o’clock pm on a Friday, private members motions taking precedence on Thursday after questions time, procedure in connection with the Parliamentary Legal Committee and Stages of Bills, respectively, be suspended with effect from today and for the next series of sitting in respect of Government Business.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

4.       The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs moved: That Orders of the Day Nos. 1 and 2, for today, stand over until Order of the Day No.14, has been disposed of.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

5.      Second Reading: Attorney General’s Office Bill (H. B. 14, 2019) – The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

      Bill read a second time.  Committee - forthwith.

 

(House in Committee)

      Clauses 1 to 9, put and agreed to.

 

Bill to be reported without amendment

 

(House resumed)

       Bill reported without amendment.

 

Third reading -  forthwith.

 

Bill read a third time.

 

6.      The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs moved: That Order of the Day No. 4, for today, stands over until Order of the Day No.5, has been disposed of.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

7.      SECOND READING: National Prosecuting Authority Bill (H. B. 20, 2019) – The

Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

       Bill read a second time.  Committee - forthwith.

 

(House in Committee)

      Clauses 1 to 9, put and agreed to.

 

Bill to be reported without amendment

 

(House resumed)

      Bill reported without amendment.

 

Third reading - forthwith.

 

Bill read a third time.

 

8.      Second Reading: Finance 2020 Bill (H. B. 4A, 2020) – The Minister of Finance and Economic Development.

 

     Bill read a second time.  Committee - forthwith.

 

(House in Committee)

      Clauses 1 to 18, put and agreed to.

 

Bill to be reported without amendment

 

(House resumed)

      Bill reported without amendment.

 

Third reading - forthwith.

 

Bill read a third time.

 

 

9        On the motion of the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education: The House adjourned at fourteen minutes past four o’clock pm.

HON. M. M. CHINOMONA,

                                                                 President of the Senate.

 

 

THURSDAY, 17TH SEPTEMBER, 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.

 

 

*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.

 

 

*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. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Youth, Sports, Art and Culture

               to explain to the House

 

a)      the measures being taken by the Ministry to advance sports in the country; and

 

b) how the Ministry identifies talented youths in various sporting disciplines thereby promoting sport as a source of employment for the youths.

 

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*19.        Hon. Sen. Tongogara: To ask Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation to explain to the House the implications of failing to meet the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) deadline of refurbishing the country’s football stadiums.

 

 

*20.      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]

 

*21.     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.

 

*22.    Hon. Sen. Tongogara: To ask the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Service to explain to the House the government policy regarding the spreading of false information by social media.

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

 

1.    Hon Sen. Mohadi

Hon Sen. Mbohwa

 

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 2019 at Swakopmund,

Namibia.

 

2.       Hon Sen. Tongogara

Hon Sen. T.V. Muzenda

 

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.

 

 

3.   Hon Sen. Muzenda

Hon Sen. Mwonzora

 

That this House takes note of the Third Report of the Thematic Committee on Human Rights on Domestication of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, [S.C. 11, 2019]

 

 

4.       Hon Sen. Muzenda

Hon Sen. Dr. Mavetera

 

That this House takes note of the Annual Report of the First Session of the Ninth Parliament for the Liaison and Coordination Committee

 

5.      Adjourned debate on the motion on the repeal of the death sentence and the provisions in

the Criminal Law and Codification Act [Chapter 9:23] and other statutes. (Adjourned    21st   July, 2020 – Hon Sen Dr Mavetera)

 

[Days elapsed: 15]

 

 

Question proposed: That this House –

 

RECOGNISING that the current international trends are moving towards the abolition

of the death penalty;

 

RECALLING the intense debate on the death penalty which characterized the 2013

historic Constitution making process;

 

NOTING that Section 48 of the Constitution dealing with the death penalty was a result

of the intense negotiations and create a clear discriminatory absurdity.

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that His Excellency, the President and other government officials

have openly and publicly spoken against the death penalty;

 

CONCERNED that despite these developments, the death penalty still remains in

Zimbabwe’s penal statutes;

 

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary

Affairs to submit a constitutional bill to Parliament repealing the death sentence and the

provisions in the Criminal Law and Codification Act [Chapter 9:23] and other statutes.-

Hon. Sen. Makone

 

6.        Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Women Political Leaders Global Forum (Adjourned 21st July, 2020- Hon. Sen. Tongogara)

 

                                                                                                     [Days elapsed: 18]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Women Political Leaders Global Forum held in Reykjavik, Iceland from 18th to 20th November, 2019 – Hon. Sen. Tongogara

 

7.      Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 3rd World Parliamentary Forum on

Sustainable Development Goals (Adjourned 21st July, 2020 - Hon. Sen. Chief

Mtshane)

 

[Days elapsed: 18]

Question proposed:  That this House takes note of the Report of the 3rd World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development Goals held in Bali, Indonesia from 4th to 5th September 2019 - Hon. Sen. Chief Mtshane

 

 

8.    Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 74th Session of the Executive

Committee of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) (Adjourned 21st July, 2020 –    Hon. Sen. Mavetera)

 

[Days elapsed: 18]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the 74th Session of the Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) held from 13th to 14th June 2019 in Bangui, Central African Republic- Hon. Sen. Makone.

 

9.   Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 2019. St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEFG) (Adjourned 21st July, 2020) – Hon Sen Mavetera)

 

[Days elapsed: 18]

Question proposed:  That this House takes note of the Report of the 2019. St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEFG) held from 6th to 8th June 2019 in St. Petersburg, Russia – Hon Sen. Mavetera.

 

10.   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: 8]

 

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

The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

      

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

The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

12. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 22nd

July, 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.

 

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