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SENATE VOTES 2 MARCH 2022 NO 23

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No. 23

 

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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WEDNESDAY, 2ND MARCH, 2022

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Half past Two o’clock p.m.

The Acting President of the Senate in the Chair.

Prayers.

 

Members Present

 

Baipai E

Charumbira Chief F

Chifamba J

Chikwaka Chief

Chimbudzi A

Chinake V

Chisorochengwe T

Chitanga Chief

Chundu -Mbasera Chief

Denga P

Dube A

Dube M R

Gweshe K

Hungwe S O

Kambizi E

Khumalo M N

Khupe W

Komichi M

Makone T M

Makumbe Chief

Malinga J T

Maluleke O M

Mapungwana Chief

Mathupula Chief

Mathuthu T

Matsiwo Chief

Mavetera T

Mavhunga M

Mbohwa M

Mkhwebu A

Moeketsi V

Mohadi T B

Moyo G

Moyo T

Mpofu B

Mpofu S

Mudzuri E

Munzverengwi A

Mupfumira P

Muzenda V T

Mtshane L K Chief

Ndlovu C

Ndlovu D M

Nechombo Chief

Nembire Chief

Ngezi Chief

Ngungumbane Chief

Nhema Chief

Nkomo N

Nyangazonke Chief

Nyathi R

Parirenyatwa D P

Phugeni K

Rwambiwa E

Sekeramayi S T

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. Z. Ziyambi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printed by Order of the Senate

 

 

 

 

Absent with leave

 

  1. The Acting President of the Senate informed the House that the Parliament Library

was automated using the Koha database and all book transactions would be done online. Therefore, all Senators were requested to complete Koha registration forms availed by staff stationed at the Members’ Dinning.

 

  1. Sen Mathuthu, seconded by Hon. Sen Tongogara, moved: That Orders of the Day No. 1 and 2, for today, stand over until Notice of the Motion No. 9 and Orders of the Day Nos. 3 to 8 have been disposed of in that order.

 

           Motion put and agreed to.

 

  1. Sen. Mathuthu, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi, moved;

That this House expresses its profound sorrow on the untimely passing on of the late Senator for Matebeleland South, Hon. Sen. Simon Khaya Moyo, on Sunday 14 November, 2021.

 

Places on record its appreciation for the services which the late Hon. Senator rendered to Parliament and the nation at large;

 

Resolves that its profound sympathies be conveyed to the Moyo family, relatives and the entire Nation for the untimely loss of the Hon. Senator.

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Mathuthu, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi: Debate

adjourned until tomorrow.

  1. Sen Mathuthu, seconded by Hon. Sen Mohadi, moved: That the Senate reverts to Order of the Day No. 1.

 

           Motion put and agreed to.

  1. 5. Consideration: Marriages Bill (H.B. 7B, 2019), as amended—The Minister of

       Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

Amendments in Clauses 9, 16, 41, 43 and 45 put and agreed to.

 

Bill, as amended, adopted.

 

Third reading, with leave, forthwith.

 

Bill read a third time.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 1st March, 2022- Sen. Kambizi)

                                                                                                            [Days elapsed: 23]

     

Question again 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 Kambizi

 

     On the motion of Hon. Sen. Mathuthu, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi: Debate

    adjourned until tomorrow.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the increase of gender-based violence since the outbreak of Covid 19 – (Adjourned 1st March 2022- Hon. Sen. Mathuthu)

                                                                                                            [Days elapsed: 8]

Question again proposed: That this House-

NOTING with concern that since the outbreak of COVID 19 there has been a sharp increase of gender-based violence (GBV) especially domestic violence in the country;

AWARE that Zimbabwe is a signatory of UN international and regional treaties and protocols against GBV, amongst them CEADW, SADC Protocol on Gender and Development;

ACKNOWLEDGING the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign (UNiTE campaign) that calls for global actions to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy efforts, to end GBV;

Aware that this year’s theme for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which will run from 25 November to 10 December 2021, is “Orange the world: End violence against women now!”

RECOGNIZING the efforts that the government has been taking to curb the scourge of GBV through policies and activities in provinces and districts;

WORRIED that if urgent measures are not taken to reduce the prevalence of GBV, there is real risk that GBV will be a real pandemic within the COVID 19 crisis;

NOW, THEREFORE, CALLS upon the Executive to do more to curb GBV among communities by, among others deploying more GBV mobile services in districts and provinces; and building more safe houses – Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi

     On the motion of Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi: Debate

    adjourned until tomorrow.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 49th Plenary Assembly Session of the SADC - Parliamentary Forum held virtually from 25 to 27 June 2021 –         (Adjourned 1st March 2022- Hon. Sen. Mathuthu)

[Days elapsed: 15]

Question again proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the 49th Plenary Assembly Session of the SADC - Parliamentary Forum held virtually from 25 to 27 June 2021 – Hon. Sen. Mohadi

     Motion put and agreed to.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the importance of a sound road network - (Adjourned

           1st March 2022 - Hon. Sen. Mathuthu)

[Days elapsed: 16]

Question again proposed: That this House-

COGNIZANT that a sound road network is the nerve centre of economic development;

NOTING with concern that the Chipinge Mt Selinda road right up to Espungabeira Border Post has not been attended to, resulting in its current state of disrepair;

ANTICIPATING the huge benefits that can be accrued to the country if this road and other similar roads country wide could be given a facelift;

ALSO NOTING that the Border post at Mt Selinda has the potential of being developed as an investment centre and the shortest route to the port of Beira from Zimbabwe thereby enhancing the ease of doing business in the country;

Now, therefore this HOUSE,

Calls upon the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to avail through the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development adequate funding for the construction, upgrading and rehabilitation of the road network in the country

Applauds the Second Republic for the commendable efforts taken to fulfil the

 aspirations of the people by embarking on tangible developmental programmes that

have become the order of the day country wide – Hon Sen. Mabika.

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Mathuthu, seconded by Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: Debate

adjourned until tomorrow.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on grave and rapid environmental damage - (Adjourned 1st March 2022- Hon. Sen. Mathuthu)

[Days elapsed: 17]

Question again proposed: That this House-

CONCERNED with the grave and rapid environmental damage arising from high levels of pollution, wanton destruction of forests due to uncontrolled veld fires, desertification, siltation of water bodies including the mighty Zambezi River, its tributaries and Lake Kariba;

ALSO CONCERNED that the unabated damage to the environment has far reaching consequences and ramifications to the economic development of the country, particularly as it affects livestock, game, flora and fauna and crops in general;

MINDFUL that the country`s waterbodies are the backbone of our economic development and need to be jealously guarded and preserved at all times in order to create a legacy for generations to come;

NOW, THEREFORE, in view of the foregoing, resolves that Parliament;

  • Enacts laws that culminate in deterrent sentences being meted out to all culprits found committing crimes that damage the environment;
  • Calls upon the Executive to liaise with neighbouring countries on issues that relate to the preservation of water bodies such as the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers so that practical measures are put in place to avert environmental disasters arising from pollution and siltation which in most cases are caused by human beings;
  • Urges the parent Ministry to embark on a massive educational campaign countrywide, on the need to preserve the country`s gift of nature, the environment and its natural resources – Sen. Chirongoma.

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Mathuthu, seconded by Hon. Sen. Tongogara: Debate

adjourned until tomorrow.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on Challenges faced by Children with incarcerated mothers – (Adjourned 1st March 2022- Hon. Sen. Mathuthu)

[Days elapsed: 17]

Question again proposed: That this House;

COGNIZANT that Chapter 4 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20) provides for inalienable fundamental human rights and freedom;

EMPHATICALLY NOTING that the state and every person, including juristic persons and every institution and agency of its government at every level have an obligation to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the rights and freedom as provided in the constitution;

DISTURBED by the challenges faced by the forgotten Victims in prisons, namely children accompanying their incarcerated mothers who unavoidably find themselves serving time alongside their parents in violation of their rights and freedom;

NOTING with disdain that the criminal conviction of a mother should not in any way diminish the rights and undermine the freedom of children;

FURTHER NOTING that the children accompanying their incarcerated mothers in Zimbabwe, end up suffering more than the offenders as they are exposed to poor, unhealthy and overcrowded prison conditions which are detrimental to the development of the children.

Now, therefore;

  • Calls upon the State to enact legislation that upholds the rights and welfare of children accompanying their incarcerated mothers in various prisons throughout the country
  • Implores the Government to adopt child focused programming in budgeting and policy planning and to come up with alternative sentences to female offenders who may be having infants at the time of their incarceration
  • Urges the Executive to come up with policies that are in the best interest of the children that accompany their incarcerated mothers and these should not infringe upon their fundamental rights and freedom as provided in the constitution
  • Calls upon the Ministry of Justice to align the Prisons Act with the Constitution and international best practices on incarceration of female prisons – Sen. Chirongoma

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Mathuthu, seconded by Hon. Sen. Tongogara: Debate

adjourned until tomorrow.

  1. Bill returned to the National Assembly

Date Returned

           

            Marriages Bill (H.B. 7B, 2019)…………………………………..2nd March, 2022

  1. On the motion of Hon. Sen. Mathuthu, seconded by Hon. Sen. Chinake: The Senate adjourned at five minutes to four o`clock p.m.

 

HON. SEN. CHIEF F. CHARUMBIRA

 Acting President of the Senate.

 

THURSDAY, 3RD MARCH, 2022

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

  • 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 Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries and

      Rural Development to explain to the House the plans that have been put in place to

      address siltation challenges in most of the dams in the country.

[Deferred 11th November 2021]

*4.  Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to explain

       to the House whether or not the Government is benefiting from foreign-based mining

       companies.

[Deferred 11th November 2021]

*5. Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to

      update the House on government policy regarding contributions by diasporians to the

      fiscus.

[Deferred 11th November 2021]

*6. Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Women Affairs, Gender, Small Medium

      Enterprises and Community Development to explain to the House whether or not women

      are awarded tenders on programmes relating to the national development agenda.

[Deferred 11th November 2021]

*7. Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation to

      appraise the House on the role the Ministry is playing to market and promote popular

      sports in the country.

[Deferred 11th November 2021]

*8. 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]

*9. Hon. Sen. Tongogara: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries and  

        Rural Resettlement to inform the House whether there are any mechanisms in place to

        monitor the inputs that are given to small scale farmers under the Presidential Input

        Scheme and whether these inputs are utilized for intended purposes at household level

        amid allegations that some individuals sell such inputs.

 

[Deferred 11th November 2021]

 

*10. Hon. Sen. Tongogara: To ask the Minister of Local Government and Public Works to

        inform the House the procedure that the local authorities use to formulate their budget. 

  

                      [Deferred 11th November 2021]

 

 ORDERS OF THE DAY

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the untimely passing on of the late Senator for Matebeleland South, Hon. Sen. Simon Khaya Moyo – (Adjourned 2nd March 2022- Sen. Mathuthu)

                                                                                                            [Day elapsed: 1]

Question proposed: That this House-

Expresses its profound sorrow on the untimely passing on of the late Senator for   Matebeleland South, Hon. Sen. Simon Khaya Moyo, on Sunday 14 November, 2021.

        Places on record its appreciation for the services which the late Hon. Senator rendered to

        Parliament and the nation at large;

   Resolves that its profound sympathies be conveyed to the Moyo family, relatives and

   the entire Nation for the untimely loss of the Hon. Senator- Hon. Sen. Mathuthu.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the increase of gender-based violence since the

 outbreak of Covid 19 – (Adjourned 2nd March 2022- Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi)

                                                                                                            [Days elapsed: 9]

Question proposed: That this House-

NOTING with concern that since the outbreak of COVID 19 there has been a sharp increase of gender-based violence (GBV) especially domestic violence in the country;

AWARE that Zimbabwe is a signatory of UN international and regional treaties and protocols against GBV, amongst them CEADW, SADC Protocol on Gender and Development;

ACKNOWLEDGING the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign (UNiTE campaign) that calls for global actions to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy efforts, to end GBV;

Aware that this year’s theme for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which will run from 25 November to 10 December 2021, is “Orange the world: End violence against women now!”

RECOGNIZING the efforts that the government has been taking to curb the scourge of GBV through policies and activities in provinces and districts;

WORRIED that if urgent measures are not taken to reduce the prevalence of GBV, there is real risk that GBV will be a real pandemic within the COVID 19 crisis;

NOW, THEREFORE, CALLS upon the Executive to do more to curb GBV among communities by, among others deploying more GBV mobile services in districts and provinces; and building more safe houses – Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the importance of a sound road network - (Adjourned

            2nd March 2022 - Hon. Sen. Mathuthu)

[Days elapsed: 17]

Question proposed: That this House-

COGNIZANT that a sound road network is the nerve centre of economic development;

NOTING with concern that the Chipinge Mt Selinda road right up to Espungabeira Border Post has not been attended to, resulting in its current state of disrepair;

ANTICIPATING the huge benefits that can be accrued to the country if this road and other similar roads country wide could be given a facelift;

ALSO NOTING that the Border post at Mt Selinda has the potential of being developed as an investment centre and the shortest route to the port of Beira from Zimbabwe thereby enhancing the ease of doing business in the country;

Now, therefore this HOUSE,

Calls upon the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to avail through the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development adequate funding for the construction, upgrading and rehabilitation of the road network in the country

Applauds the Second Republic for the commendable efforts taken to fulfil the aspirations of the people by embarking on tangible developmental programmes that have become the order of the day country wide – Hon Sen. Mabika.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on grave and rapid environmental damage - (Adjourned 2nd March 2022- Hon. Sen. Mathuthu).

[Days elapsed: 18]

Question proposed: That this House-

CONCERNED with the grave and rapid environmental damage arising from high levels of pollution, wanton destruction of forests due to uncontrolled veld fires, desertification, siltation of water bodies including the mighty Zambezi River, its tributaries and Lake Kariba;

ALSO CONCERNED that the unabated damage to the environment has far reaching consequences and ramifications to the economic development of the country, particularly as it affects livestock, game, flora and fauna and crops in general;

MINDFUL that the country`s waterbodies are the backbone of our economic development and need to be jealously guarded and preserved at all times in order to create a legacy for generations to come;

NOW, THEREFORE, in view of the foregoing, resolves that Parliament;

  • Enacts laws that culminate in deterrent sentences being meted out to all culprits found committing crimes that damage the environment;
  • Calls upon the Executive to liaise with neighbouring countries on issues that relate to the preservation of water bodies such as the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers so that practical measures are put in place to avert environmental disasters arising from pollution and siltation which in most cases are caused by human beings;
  • Urges the parent Ministry to embark on a massive educational campaign countrywide, on the need to preserve the country`s gift of nature, the environment and its natural resources – Sen. Chirongoma.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on Challenges faced by Children with incarcerated mothers – (Adjourned 2nd March 2022- Hon. Sen. Mathuthu)

[Days elapsed: 18]

Question proposed: That this House;

COGNIZANT that Chapter 4 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20) provides for inalienable fundamental human rights and freedom;

EMPHATICALLY NOTING that the state and every person, including juristic persons and every institution and agency of its government at every level have an obligation to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the rights and freedom as provided in the constitution;

DISTURBED by the challenges faced by the forgotten Victims in prisons, namely children accompanying their incarcerated mothers who unavoidably find themselves serving time alongside their parents in violation of their rights and freedom;

NOTING with disdain that the criminal conviction of a mother should not in any way diminish the rights and undermine the freedom of children;

FURTHER NOTING that the children accompanying their incarcerated mothers in Zimbabwe, end up suffering more than the offenders as they are exposed to poor, unhealthy and overcrowded prison conditions which are detrimental to the development of the children.

Now, therefore;

  1. Calls upon the State to enact legislation that upholds the rights and welfare of children accompanying their incarcerated mothers in various prisons throughout the country
  2. Implores the Government to adopt child focused programming in budgeting and policy planning and to come up with alternative sentences to female offenders who may be having infants at the time of their incarceration
  3. Urges the Executive to come up with policies that are in the best interest of the children that accompany their incarcerated mothers and these should not infringe upon their fundamental rights and freedom as provided in the constitution
  4. Calls upon the Ministry of Justice to align the Prisons Act with the Constitution and international best practices on incarceration of female prisons – Sen. Chirongoma

  1. Second Reading: Pension and Provident Funds Bill (H. B. 17A, 2019) - The Minister of Finance and Economic Development.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 2nd March, 2022- Hon. Sen. Kambizi)

                                                                                                            [Days elapsed: 24]

     

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 Kambizi

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