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SENATE VOTES 19 JULY 2022 NO 54

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No. 54

 

PARLIAMENT

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE

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FOURTH SESSION – NINTH PARLIAMENT

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TUESDAY, 19TH JULY, 2022

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Half past two o’clock p.m.

The Deputy President of the Senate in the Chair.

Prayers.

 

Members Present

 

Bungu W

Bwawanda R

Chengeta S

Chezha C

Chifamba J

Chigwajara C

Chikukwa L

Chimbudzi A

Chinake V

Chisorochengwe T

Denga P

Dube A

Dube S

Gumpo S

Gweshe K

Hungwe J D

Hungwe S O

Kambidzi E

Khumalo M

Khumalo M N

Komichi M

Mabika D

Makone T M

Manyau N

Mapungwana A

Mavetera T

Mbasera A

Mbohwa M

Mkwebu A

Mkwananzi Z N

Moeketsi V

Mohadi T

Moyo G

Moyo T

Mpofu B

Mpofu S

Mudzuri E

Munzverengwi A

Mupfumira P

Muronzi M

Muzenda V T

Mtshane L K

Mwonzora T D

Ndiweni V

Ndlovu D M

Nembire C

Nkomo N

Ntabeni M

Nyambuya M R

Nyathi R

Parirenyatwa D P

Pasipamire P

Phugeni K

Rwambiwa E

Shumba C

Siatabwa N

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

 

  1. The Deputy President of Senate informed the Senate of the death of Hon. Sen. Watson Khupe, Senator representing Persons Living with Disability on Saturday, 16th July, 2022, and invited Hon. Senators to rise and observe a minute of silence in respect of the late Hon. Senator.

  1. Sen. Muzenda, seconded by Hon. Sen. S. Mpofu, moved: That Notices of Motions Nos. 1 and 2, for today, stand over until Order of the Day No. 6 has been disposed of.

Motion put and agreed to.

  1. Hon. Sen. Mabika, seconded by Hon. Sen. Kambizi, moved:

 

NOTING with admiration that dams are an essential component/driver for economic development;

 

APPLAUDING the Government for the momentum gained towards changing people’s economic status, through the provision of opportunities in farming and increased access to potable water by encouraging construction of water bodies

 

CONCERNED at the low pace in completion of national dams which have the potential to transform people’s livelihoods countrywide;

 

FURTHER CONCERNED that some uncompleted dams may end up as white elephants thereby disadvantaging some communities in terms of economic empowerment;

 

NOW THEREFORE calls upon the government to provide adequate funds for the completion of all outstanding dam construction projects countrywide, among them Mirror Dam in Chipinge.

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Mabika, seconded by Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on the motion on vulnerable children living in the streets (Adjourned 5th July, 2022- Hon. Sen. S. Mpofu)

[Days elapsed: 3]

            Question again proposed: That:

    

 RECOGNISING Government’s mantra of leaving no one behind as envisaged in   vision 2030.

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that institutional care and social protection programmes instituted by Government and Development Partners to promote livelihoods of vulnerable children who are living on the street.

CONCERNED at the ever-increasing numbers of such children in the Harare Central Business District (CBD) and other cities around the country, a situation which violates Children’s rights to essential services such as education, health, safety, shelter and protection in general, as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of Children and the Constitution.

FURTHER CONCERNED that life in the streets exposes children to sexual exploitations, drug abuse, physical, emotional, and psychological abuses, which are detrimental to their general welfare and productive livelihood.

CALLS UPON this House to implore Government to

  1. ensure that, the Ministry of Public Service Labor and Social Welfare, assesses the root causes and addresses specific needs of such children so that they do not continue to live in the streets.
  2. sensitize communities on responsible parenting that embraces a receptive culture

towards children living in the streets and ensure that they do not reconsider living in the street being provided better places to live – Hon. Sen. S. Mpofu.

                                    

On the motion of Hon. Sen. S. Mpofu, seconded by Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on the motion on the effects of drought on the national herd in the dry regions of the country (Adjourned 5th July, 2022- Hon. Sen. A. Dube)

[Days elapsed: 14]

            Question again proposed: That:

 

            COGNISANT of the destructive impact of drought on our national herd in the dry regions of the country;

            CONSCIOUS of the large numbers of cattle that have perished in the past and those likely to face the same fate under similar conditions this year as already evinced by the massive wilting of crops in the dry regions of the country;

            This House strongly urges Government to

  1. Urgently design and implement practical schemes to redeem the national herd from the devastating and destructive effects of drought; and
  2. Urgently comes up with mitigatory measures such as winter cropping and drought relief programmes which will alleviate the impact of drought in all affected areas of the country – Hon. Sen. A. Dube.

Motion put and agreed to.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on the motion on policies that address and plug loopholes on tax evasions, illicit financial flows and corruption (Adjourned 5th July, 2022- Hon. Sen Chinake)

[Days elapsed: 15]

Question again proposed: That this House:

 

NOTING that Zimbabwe is endowed with various mineral wealth such as gold, diamond, granite, lithium, which are critical for attainment of an upper middle class economy in line with the 2030 vision;

FURTHER NOTING that the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development has a target to achieve a US12 billion mining sector by 2023.

CONCERNED that the mining sector is experiencing serious challenges on issues like tax evasion, illicit financial flows and corruption, which are detrimental to economic development;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, this House calls upon Government to craft policies that address and plug loopholes related to tax evasion, illicit financial flows and corruption in the sector thereby promoting transparency and accountability of revenue generated-  Hon Sen. Chinake

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Chinake., seconded by Hon. Sen. S. Mpofu.: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

  1. On the motion of Hon. Sen. Muzenda, seconded by Hon. Sen. A. Dube: The Senate adjourned at twenty-seven minutes past four `clock pm.

HON. SEN. GEN. (RTD) M. R. NYAMBUYA,

                                                                                                      Deputy President of the Senate.

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WEDNESDAY, 20TH JULY, 2022

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTION        

 

  1. The Minister of Justice, Legal And Parliamentary Affairs:

 

                                [Days elapsed: 2]

That this takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for the year 2021, presented to this House of Parliament in terms of section 323 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

 

 

  1. Sen. C. Ndlovu

           Hon. Sen. B. Mpofu

                                                                                                                      [Days elapsed: 3]

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the Thematic Committee on Gender and Development on the benchmark visit to Rwanda on women participation in leadership, politics, decision-making positions and women empowerment in the socio-economic sector from 26 March to 31 March, 2022.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the need for government to provide adequate funds for the completion of dam projects (Adjourned 19th July, 2022- Hon. Sen. Mabika)

                                                                                                                        [Day elapsed: 1]

 

            Question proposed:  NOTING with admiration that dams are an essential

             component/driver for economic development;

 

APPLAUDING the Government for the momentum gained towards changing people’s economic status, through the provision of opportunities in farming and increased access to potable water by encouraging construction of water bodies

 

CONCERNED at the low pace in completion of national dams which have the potential to transform people’s livelihoods countrywide;

 

FURTHER CONCERNED that some uncompleted dams may end up as white elephants thereby disadvantaging some communities in terms of economic empowerment;

 

NOW THEREFORE calls upon the government to provide adequate funds for the completion of all outstanding dam construction projects countrywide, among them Mirror Dam in Chipinge.- Hon. Sen. Mabika

 

  1. Adjourned debate on the motion on vulnerable children living in the streets (Adjourned 19th July, 2022- Hon. Sen. S. Mpofu)

[Days elapsed: 4]

            Question proposed: That:

    

 RECOGNISING Government’s mantra of leaving no one behind as envisaged in   vision 2030.

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that institutional care and social protection programmes instituted by Government and Development Partners to promote livelihoods of vulnerable children who are living on the street.

CONCERNED at the ever-increasing numbers of such children in the Harare Central Business District (CBD) and other cities around the country, a situation which violates Children’s rights to essential services such as education, health, safety, shelter and protection in general, as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of Children and the Constitution.

FURTHER CONCERNED that life in the streets exposes children to sexual exploitations, drug abuse, physical, emotional, and psychological abuses, which are detrimental to their general welfare and productive livelihood.

CALLS UPON this House to implore Government to

  1. ensure that, the Ministry of Public Service Labor and Social Welfare, assesses the root causes and addresses specific needs of such children so that they do not continue to live in the streets.
  2. sensitize communities on responsible parenting that embraces a receptive culture

towards children living in the streets and ensure that they do not reconsider living in the street being provided better places to live – Hon. S. Mpofu.

    

  1. Adjourned debate on the motion on policies that address and plug loopholes on tax evasions, illicit financial flows and corruption (Adjourned 19th July, 2022- Hon. Sen Chinake)

[Days elapsed: 16]

Question proposed: That this House:

 

NOTING that Zimbabwe is endowed with various mineral wealth such as gold, diamond, granite, lithium, which are critical for attainment of an upper middle class economy in line with the 2030 vision;

FURTHER NOTING that the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development has a target to achieve a US12 billion mining sector by 2023.

CONCERNED that the mining sector is experiencing serious challenges on issues like tax evasion, illicit financial flows and corruption, which are detrimental to economic development;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, this House calls upon Government to craft policies that address and plug loopholes related to tax evasion, illicit financial flows and corruption in the sector thereby promoting transparency and accountability of revenue generated-  Hon Sen. Chinake

                                                                          

                                                               THURSDAY, 21ST JULY, 2022

 

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

 

  • QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

 *         QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

 

*1. Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs in charge of

Implementation and Monitoring to give an update on plans that have been put in place by

Government to resuscitate the District Development Fund Tillage Unit Programme in the

country.

[Deferred 11th November 2021]

*2. Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Minister of State for Presidential Affairs in

      charge of Implementation and Monitoring to inform the House the measures put in place

      to provide spare parts for boreholes that require servicing.

                                                                                                                           [Deferred 11th November 2021]

*3. Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce to inform the

      House whether or not foreigners in business contribute to the National fiscus.

[Deferred 11th November 2021]

 

*4. Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce to inform the

        House, the plans being put in place to address the high pricing of commodities by

        business communities.

[Deferred 17th March 2022]

*5.  Hon. Sen. Manyau: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development to inform the House;

  1. the efforts that have been made to ensure availability of buses that are user friendly and accessible to people with disabilities in the country,
  2. the measures being put in place to ensure that private players import buses that are user friendly to people with disabilities.

[Deferred 7th July 2022]

*6. Hon. Sen. Manyau: To ask the Minister of Local Government and Public Works to explain to the House the plans put in place by councils to ensure that road pavements are accessible to people with disabilities given the current poor road terrain.

[Deferred 7th July 2022]

 

 

          

 

 

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