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SENATE VOTES 18 JULY 2019 58

ADVANCE COPY- UNCORRECTED

No. 58

 

 

PARLIAMENT

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE

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FIRST SESSION - NINTH PARLIAMENT

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THURSDAY, 18TH JULY 2019

 

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Half past two o’clock pm.

    

The Deputy President of the Senate in the Chair.

PRAYERS.

Members Present

Chabuka K.,

Charumbira Chief,

Chifamba J.,

Chikwaka Chief,

Chimbudzi A.,

Chinake V.,

Chirongoma J. M.,

Chitanga Chief,

Chundu Chief,

Dube A.,

Dube M. R.,

Femai M.

Gumpo S.,

Gweshe K.,

Hungwe S. O.,

Khupe W.,

Komichi M.,

Makone T. M.,

Makumbe Chief,

Maluleke O. M.,

Mapungwana Chief,

Masendu Chief,

Mavetera T.,

Mathema C.,

Mathupula Chief,

Mathuthu T.,

Matiirira A.,

Matsiwo Chief,

Matuke L.,

Mbohwa M.,

Mkhwebu A.,

Moeketsi V.,

Mpofu B.,

Mudzuri E.,

Muronzi M.,

Muzenda V. T.,

Mwonzora T. D.,

Ndlovu M.,

Nechombo Chief,

Nembire Chief,

Ngezi Chief,

Nhema Chief,

Ntabeni Chief,

Nyangazonke Chief,

Nyathi R.,

Phuthi M.,

Rambanepasi C., Rwambiwa E.,

Sekeramayi S. T.,

Shoko G.,

Shumba C.,

Siansali Chief,

Timire R.,

Timveos L.,

Tongogara A. K.,

Tsomondo B., Wunganayi T., Zivira H.

In attendance in terms of section 138(2) and (3) and section 104(3) of the Constitution Hon. Chasi F, Hon. Prof. Murwira A, Hon. Mutodi E, Hon. Ziyambi Z.

Printed by Order of the Senate   

Absent with leave

Hon. Haritatos V. P, Hon. Kambamura P, Hon. Karoro D, Hon. Mhlanga J. N, Hon. Moyo

E,  Hon. Moyo J. G, Hon. Moyo S. B, , Hon. Sen. Chief Mtshane, Hon. Mupfumira P

  1. The President of the Senate informed the Senate that on 25 June 2019, Parliament received a petition from the Zimbabwe AIDS Network on the failure by Government to contribute US$ 6 million to the Global Fund in order to access US$400 million from the International Health Fund to purchase antiretroviral drugs. The President of the Senate advised the Senate that the petition had since been referred to the Thematic and Portfolio Committees on HIV and AIDS and Health and Child Care.

  1. Questions without notice.

  1. At 1530 hours, Hon. Timveos, seconded by Hon. Shoko, moved: That time for questions without notice be extended by fifteen minutes.

              Motion put and agreed to.

  1. Questions with notice.

  1. On the motion of the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and

Technology Development: The Senate adjourned at six minutes past four o’clock pm until Tuesday, 23rd July, 2019 at half past two o’clock in the afternoon.

                                                                                       LT GEN. (RTD) M. R. NYAMBUYA,

Deputy President of the Senate.

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, 23RD JULY, 2019

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICE OF MOTION

  1. HON. SEN. TIMVEOS HON. SEN. SHOKO

 

              That this House;

 

           CONCERNED with the glaring gap in the regulatory framework on matters to deal            with administration and compensation of policy holders and pensioners whenever a            plethora of irregularities arise, a situation that has resulted in pensioners and policy            holders, being prejudiced of their benefits;

 

 

FURTHER CONCERNED that some administrators of pensions and insurance services have taken advantage of the economic challenges to cause further prejudice by coming up with inaccurate benefit calculations, engaging in governance malpractices within pension schemes and insurance policies, poor accounting and record keeping and manipulating regulations and legislation to their benefit;

 

DISTURBED by the complete disregard of the welfare of pensioners by the concerned authorities;

 

NOW THEREFORE, resolves that:

 

  1. the Executive establishes an adequately empowered entity to address challenges affecting pensioners and policy holders with a view to comprehensively      compensate all those who have been prejudiced;

 

  1. pension and insurance legislation be urgently reviewed in order to eliminate loopholes that have been exploited to prejudice policy holders and pensioners; 

 

  1. new regulatory approaches be introduced in order to cater for the interests of all stakeholders, pensioners and policy holders before the end of this year; and

      

  1. the Executive urgently implements recommendations of the Justice Smith Commission of Enquiry on Pensions and Insurance Benefits.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the need of the enforcement of the law on child marriages (Adjourned 17th July,2019 – Hon. Sen. Tongogara)

 

[Day elapsed:  2]

     

Question proposed: That this House;

 

RECALLING that child marriages were a rare occurrence before Zimbabwe’s independence; 

            

NOTING that the extended family, community leadership and members used to play a critical role of inculcating good morals and values in children, a culture which minimised child marriages;

 

CONCERNED by the disintegration of the extended family unit and the community social moral fabric resulting in increased number of juveniles entering into marriage partnerships with adults;

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon the Government in collaboration with other stakeholders including traditional and religious leaders to vigorously enforce the law against offenders engaging in child marriages and inculcate cultural values that ultimately discourage and bring to an end all forms of child marriages- Hon. Sen. Tongogara

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the perennial shortages of clean and potable water in          most towns and growth points (Adjourned 17th July,2019 – Hon. Sen. Wunganayi)

 

[Days elapsed:  3]

  

     

Question proposed: That this House;

COGNISANT that Section 77 (a) recognises the right of every person to safe, clean and potable water;

DEEPLY CONCERNED by the perennial shortage of clean and potable water in most towns and growth points, which has over the years greatly contributed to an outbreak of waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid;

NOTING that according to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, more than US$50 million was utilised in containing the cholera outbreak during the year 2018 alone;

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon Government to urgently allocate foreign currency to local authorities for the development of water infrastructure in towns and growth points and purchasing water treatment chemicals. Hon. Sen. Wunganayi.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Thematic Committee on Gender and Development on Cancer Treatment and Control in Zimbabwe (Adjourned 17th   July, 2019 – Sen. S. Ncube)

[Day elapsed: 2]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Thematic   Committee on Gender and Development on Cancer Treatment and Control in Zimbabwe (S. C.  8, 2019)Hon. Sen. Ncube.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Speaker of National Assembly,

Hon. Advocate J. F. Mudenda’s Bilateral Visit to the Shura Advisory  Council, Doha, Qatar, 30th March to 4th April, (Adjourned 17th July, 2019 – Hon. Sen. Muzenda)

[Days elapsed: 11]

 

 Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Speaker of

 National Assembly, Hon. Advocate J. F. Mudenda’s Bilateral Visit to the Shura

 Advisory Council, Doha, Qatar, 30th March to 4th April,Hon. Sen. Chief    Mtshane

  1. Adjourned debate on the Report of the delegation to the 44th Plenary Assembly of the SADC Parliamentary Forum (Adjourned 17th July, 2019- Sen. Mohadi).

 

[Days elapsed:  16]

  

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the delegation to the

44th Plenary Assembly of the SADC Parliamentary Forum held at Joachim Chissano

International Conference Centre, Maputo, Mozambique from 6th November to 8th

December 2018.- Hon. Sen. Mohadi

 

  1. COMMITTEE: To resume on the Adverse Report by the Parliamentary Legal Committee on Statutory Instrument No. 247 of 2018, Agricultural Marketing Authority (Command Agriculture Scheme for Domestic Crop, Livestock and Fisheries Production) Regulations, 2018 published in the Gazette during the month of November, 2018. (progress reported 5th March) – Samukange.

 

 

 

THURSDAY, 25TH JULY, 2019

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS.

* QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

 

*1.  HON. SEN. TIMVEOS: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to state whether Chinese businesses operating in the mining sector are paying any royalties to Government and if so, to advise on the total amount paid in 2017.

  [Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

 

*2.       HON. SEN. MOHADI: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House how funds collected from the Health Post at Beitbridge Border Post are disbursed and utilized.

                                                                                                         [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

*3.          HON. SEN. MOHADI: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural

           Development to update the House on progress made by the Ministry on fencing the             Bulawayo- Beitbridge as a remedial measure to keep away stray animals along the             road.

 [Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

*4.         HON. SEN. CHIEF CHIKWAKA: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary

Education to advise on government’s policy regarding students who dropped out of school due to the fact that their parents could not afford to pay incentives that were required by teachers before the year 2013, resulting in such students being a menace to the communities.

 

[Deferred from 11th October, 2018]

*5.       HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprise Development to state the current number of women with disabilities in the country by age and per province.

                                                                                                           [Deferred from 20th June, 2019]

 

*6.       HON. SEN. DUBE A: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state when the construction of student nurses’ accommodation at Tsholotsho District Hospital will be completed.

                                                                                                       [Deferred from 20th June, 2019]

 *7. HON. SEN. S. NCUBE: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain to the House the policy regarding goods donated to hospitals and clinics.

                                                                                                  [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

*8.  HON. SEN. S. NCUBE: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House the circumstances relating to the dumping of goods donated to Chiredzi District Hospital at a time when there is acute shortage of such goods at the Hospital.

                                                                                                  [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

*9. HON. SEN. MAVETERA: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House on the progress made towards the construction of a central drug store at Harare Central Hospital.

                                                                                                  [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

*10.     HON. SEN. DUBE A: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to advise the House on whether the Government has plans to assist people who were affected by Cyclone Eline in Tsholotsho to rebuild their houses considering that they have been living in make-shift shelter since 2016.

                                                                                                       [Deferred from 20th June, 2019]

 

*11.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to explain measures being taken to reduce conflicts in relation to boundaries between traditional leaders.

                                                                                      [Deferred from 20th June, 2019]

*12.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Information Communication Technology and Courier Services to state when information centres will be established in Mount Darwin to improve access to information by youths and school children.

                                                                                   [Deferred from 20th June, 2019] 

*13.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to explain measures being taken to ensure gender equality in appointment of Commissioners to independent Commissions.

                                                                                      [Deferred from 20th June, 2019]

*14.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to explain measures being taken to end child marriages which are on the rise in Zimbabwe.

                                                                                   [Deferred from 20th June, 2019] 

*15.

HON. SEN. MAVETERA: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to explain to the House the recruitment procedures for officers at management level at health institutions and to state whether any procedures were followed in the recruitment of the current Chief Executive Officer for Harare Central Hospital.

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

*16.

HON. SEN. MAVETERA: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social

Welfare to:

  1. inform the House on the progress made in fulfilment of the promises made by Government to health workers following their last industrial action; and

  1. state the number of health workers who have benefitted from the customs duty        free vehicle scheme to date.

                                                                                       [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

*17.

HON. SEN. MOHADI: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and

Rural Resettlement to state when the Tshikwalakwala Irrigation Scheme in

Beitbridge East Constituency will be rehabilitated in order to mitigate the challenge of food shortages.

                                                                                       [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

*18.

HON. SEN. MOHADI: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement to inform the House why there is no maize grain at the Grain

Marketing Board (GMB) Depot in Beitbridge, a situation that has resulted in people incurring high costs of transporting grain from the Bulawayo GMB Depot.

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

*19.

HON. SEN. MAVETERA: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement to state:  the amount of financial resources released by the Treasury towards financing the Command Agriculture Programme this farming season and to confirm whether such allocation will be adequate for the expected outputs.

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

*20.

HON. SEN. MAVETERA: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement to inform the House the national cereal crop output produced this farming season and to also state the proportion contributed by the Command Agriculture Programme.

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

*21.

HON. SEN. MAVETERA: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement to inform the House the total number of wheat farmers in the country and to explain the measures being taken by Government as an incentive to farmers to venture into wheat production.

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

22.

HON. SEN. MAVETERA: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement to:

a) inform the House  the amount of maize delivered to the Grain Marketing Board by A2 farmers during the 2018-2019 farming season; and

b) explain whether the Ministry has set any production targets for those allocated A2

                 farms and if there are any repercussions for those who underutilize the land.

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

*23.

HON. SEN. MAVETERA: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to inform the House the strategies in place to address the current electricity challenges faced by the country and state when the power outages are expected to end and the situation returns to normalcy, thereby facilitating industrial production.

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

*24.

HON. SEN. MOHADI: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to inform the House when the electricity fault at Chief Matibe’s Homestead will be rectified.

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

*25.

HON. SEN. MAVETERA: To ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs to:

  1. inform the House the number of foreign embassies that Zimbabwe has worldwide and to give a  detailed breakdown of the investments that each one of them  has brought to the country during the past 2 years; and
  2. justify the continued existence of embassies that are not bringing any meaningful investments to the country.

                                                                                                  [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

*26.

HON. SEN. TIMVEOS: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to explain to the House measures being taken by the Ministry to:

a)                  assist former workers of Mbada Diamonds to receive their outstanding wages since the latter still cannot access their operating license despite a ruling to this effect by the Constitutional Court.

b)                  facilitate the rehiring of former workers of Mbada Diamonds by the Zimbabwe Consolidated Development Company or provision of termination of employment benefits in line with the Labour Court Ruling.

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

*27.

HON. SEN. MOHADI: To ask the Minister of Information, Publicity and

Broadcasting Services to inform the House when local television, radio and mobile phone signals will become reachable in border areas of the countryas people in these regions continue to use facilities of neighbouring countries such as South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique.

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

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MEETINGS OF COMMITTEES

 

Monday, 22nd July, 2019

 

At 1400 hours in Committee Room No. 3

 

Gender Development and Empowerment: Hon Sen. Ncube S. (Chairperson);

                Hon. Sen. Chifamba J; Hon. Sen. Chief Chikwaka; Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi A; Hon.

 Sen. Hungwe O; Hon. Sen. Khupe W; Hon. Sen.  Mavetera T; Hon.Sen. Moeketsi  V; Hon. Sen. Mpofu  S; Hon. Sen. Muronzi M; Hon. Sen. Ndlovu P; Hon. Sen.  Chief Nembire; Hon. Sen.  Nyathi R; Hon. Sen. Timire R; Hon. Sen. Chief  Nhema; Hon. Sen. Nyathi R;  Hon. Sen. Timire R;  Hon. Sen. Wunganai T; Hon.  Sen. Zivira H. (Committee Clerk - Mr. L. Majoni)

 

At 1400 hours in the National Assembly

 

              HIV and AIDS: Hon. Sen. Femai M. (Chairperson); Hon. Sen. Chief Chitanga;

                     Hon. Sen. Dube A; Hon. Sen. Chabuka K; Hon. Sen. Chifamba J; Hon. Sen.

 Chirongoma J. M; Hon. Sen. Dube A; Hon. Sen. Dube M. R; Hon. Sen. Komichi M;  Hon. Sen. Maluleke O. M; Hon. Sen. Chief Mapungwana; Hon. Sen. Mathuthu T;    Hon. Sen. Matiirira A; Hon. Sen. Chief Matsiwo; Hon. Sen. Dr. Mavetera T; Hon.

 Sen. Mbowa M; Hon. Sen.  Mkhwebu A; Hon. Sen. Ndlovu M; Hon. Sen. Ndlovu  P; Hon. Sen. Dr. Parirenyatwa P. D; Hon. Sen. Phuthi M; Hon. Sen. Rambanepasi C;

 Hon. Sen. Chief Siansali;  Hon.  Sen. Shoko G; Hon. Sen. Sinampande H. M;  Hon. Sen. Timveos L; Hon. Sen. Tongogara A; Hon. Sen. Tsomondo B. (Committee  Clerk - Mrs. E. Mafuruse)

At 1400 hours in Committee Room No. 4

 

              Human Rights: Hon Sen. Dr. Sekeramayi S. T. (Chairperson); Hon. Sen. Chief

            Charumbira Hon. Sen. Chinake V; Hon. Sen. Gumpo S; Hon. Sen. Gweshe K; Hon.

 Sen. Chief  Makumbe; Hon. Sen.  Chief Mapungwana; Hon. Sen. Chief Masendu;  Hon. Chief  Mathupula; Hon. Sen. Mavetera T; Hon. Sen. Mohadi T. B; Hon. Sen.  Mwonzora D;  Hon. Sen. Muzenda T. V; Hon. Sen. Chief Ngezi; Hon. Sen.  Chief Ntabeni; Hon.  Sen. Chief Nyangazonke; Hon. Sen. Shumba C; Hon. Sen.  Rwambiwa E. (Committee Clerk - Mr. K. Usai)

 

Tuesday, 23rd July, 2019

At 1000 hours in Committee Room No. 413

 Sustainable Development Goals: Hon Sen. Chief Mtshane K. (Chairperson);  Hon. Sen. Chidawu O; Hon. Sen. Chinake V; Hon. Sen. Chief Chundu; Hon.  Sen. Gweshe K; Hon. Sen.  Hungwe O. S; Hon. Sen. Khupe W; Hon. Sen.  Maluleke

  1. M; Hon. Sen. Chief Masendu; Hon. Sen.Chief Mathupula; Hon. Sen. Moeketsi V; Hon. Sen. Mpofu B; Hon. Sen. Mpofu S; Hon. Sen. Mudzuri E; Hon. Sen. Muzenda  T. V; Hon. Sen. Chief Nechombo; Hon. Sen. Rwambiwa E; Hon. Sen. Shoko G;

 Hon.  Sen.Shumba C; Hon. Sen.Timire R;  Hon. Sen. Tongogara A. K; Hon. Sen.  Wunganayi T. (Committee Clerk - Mr. B. Vangiranai)

 

Thursday, 25th July, 2019

 

At 1000 hours in Committee Room 3

 

                Indigenisation and Empowerment: Hon. Sen. Mbohwa M. (Chairperson); Hon.

               Sen. Chirongoma J. M; Hon. Chief Chitanga, Hon. Sen. Chief Chikwaka; Hon. Sen.

                   Chief Chundu; Hon. Sen. Dube A; Hon. Sen. Femai M; Hon. Sen. Komichi M;

 Hon. Sen. Makone T; Hon. Malinga J. T; Hon. Sen Mpofu B; Hon. Sen. Ndlovu P;  Hon. Sen. Chief Nechombo; Hon. Chief Nembire; Hon. Sen. Chief Nhema; Hon.  Sen. Chief Nyangazonke; Hon. Sen. Phuti M; Hon. Sen. Rambanepasi C; Hon. Sen.  Tsomondo B; Hon. Sen. Zivira H. (Committee Clerk - Mr. B. M. Nyathi)

At 1000 hours in Committee Room 4

 

 Peace and Security: Hon. Sen. Dr. Parirenyatwa P. D. (Chairperson); Hon. Sen.  Chabuka K; Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira; Hon. Sen. Chifamba J; Hon. Sen.  Chimbudzi A; Hon. Sen. Dube M. R; Hon. Sen. Komichi M; Hon. Sen. Makone T;  Hon. Sen. Chief Makumbe; Hon. Sen. Chief Mapungwana; Hon. Sen. Mathuthu T;  Hon. Sen. Matiirira A; Hon. Sen. Chief Matsiwo; Hon. Sen. Mkhwebu A; Hon.  Sen. Mohadi T. B; Hon. Sen. Moyo S. K; Hon. Sen. Mudzuri E; Hon. Sen.  Mwonzora D; Hon. Sen. Ncube S; Hon. Sen. Ndlovu M; Hon. Sen. Chief Ngezi;  Hon.  Sen. Chief Ngungumbane; Hon. Sen. Chief Ntabeni; Hon. Sen. Nyathi R;

 Hon. Sen. Chief Siansali; Hon. Sen. Dr. Sekeramayi S. T; Hon. Sen. Sinampande H.  M; Hon. Sen. Timveos L. (Committee Clerk—Mr. W. Marume)

 

 

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