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SENATE VOTES 20 JUNE 2007 NO 46

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No. 46

PARLIAMENT 

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE

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SECOND SESSION – SIXTH PARLIAMENT

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Notice given by the Speaker in terms of Standing Order No. 187 (Earlier Meeting of the House in Certain Circumstances)

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Half-past two o’clock p.m

 

 

Whereas the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs on behalf of the President has presented to me, Edna Madzongwe, President of the Senate, that the public interest requires the House to meet at an earlier time than the thirty first day of July, 2007 the date to which it stands adjourned, and I am satisfied that the public interest does so require:

 

Now, therefore, I hereby give notice pursuant to Standing Order No. 187 (Earlier Meeting of the Senate in certain Circumstances) that the Senate shall meet on Wednesday, the twentieth day of June 2007, at half past two o’clock in the afternoon.

 

  1. Madzongwe

President of the Senate

 

By Order of the President of the Senate,

 

 

A.M. ZVOMA,

Clerk of Parliament

 

20th June, 2007

 

 

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                                                   Printed by the Order of the Senate 

WEDNESDAY 20TH JUNE 2007

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICE OF MOTIONS

 

1.            THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

 

To move:

 

THAT WHEREAS subsection (1) of section III B 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 organizations shall be subject to approval by Parliament;

 

AND WHEREAS the Protocol on the Amendments to the Constitutive Act of the

African Union, was adopted by the 1st and 2nd Extraordinary Sessions of the Assembly of the African Union held on 3 February, 2003 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and on 11th July 2003 in Maputo, Mozambique respectively;

 

AND WHEREAS the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe signed the Protocol on 18 November 2003;

 

AND WHEREAS Article 13 of the Protocol provides that the Protocol shall enter into force thirty days after the deposit of the Instruments of Ratification by two thirds majority of the Member States;

 

AND WHEREAS the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe, having considered the aforesaid Protocol and signed it, hereby ratifies the same and undertakes faithfully to carry out the stipulations therein;

 

NOW THEREFORE in terms of subsection (1) of section III B of the Constitution, this House resolves that the aforesaid Protocol be and is hereby approved for ratification.

 

2.      HON. SENATOR RUNGANI HON. SENATOR E. N. MOYO

 

That this House takes note of the Third Report of the Portfolio Committee on

Defence and Home Affairs on the Citizenship of Zimbabwe Act. (S.C. 12, 2007) – Hon. Senator Rungani

 

  1. HON. SENATOR RUNGANI

                HON. SENATOR E. N.MOYO

 

That this House takes note of the First Quarter Budget Performance Report on the Ministry of Defence (S.C. 13, 2007) – Hon. Senator Rungani

 

4.       HON. SENATOR MKUSHA         HON. SENATOR. CHIMBUDZI

 

That this House takes note of the Fourth Report of the Portfolio Committee on

Education, Sport and Culture on the challenges faced by the State Universities

(S.C.10, 2007) – Hon. Senator Mkusha

 

5.      HON. SENATOR DETE  HON. SENATOR CHIEF MALABA

 

That this House

 

IN VIEW of the important role played by the Transport Industry in the economic development of Zimbabwe;

 

NOTING WITH CONCERN the unscrupulous practice by the transport operators to unilaterally hike transport fares anytime they feel like, thereby ripping off the public of their hard-earned incomes;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, CALLS UPON government to impose stiff penalties on

perpetrators of such lawlessness and to fully support the law enforcement agents so that they restore sanity to the transport sector for the convenience of the public.

 

6.      HON. SENATOR MUCHICHO           HON. SENATOR CHIEF GAMBIZA

 

That this House-

 

NOTING with pride the vast mineral resources that Zimbabwe is endowed with;

 

COGNISANT that most of these resources still lie untapped all over the country;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, urges the relevant ministry to put in place effective measures that will bring about sustainable development and distribution of our mineral resources for the growth of the Zimbabwean.

 

7.        HON. SENATOR TAWENGWA HON. SENATOR MAPFUMO

 

NOTING with pride that the Agricultural Sector which ranks among the commanding heights of the economy has been given a timely boost through the initiatives and endeavours of the Government, the Ministry of Agriculture and Mechanisation in collaboration with the thoughtfulness of the Governor of the Reserve Bank, Dr. Gideon Gono;

 

NOW THEREFORE RESOLVES that this House applauds the commendable and progressive development in the history of the country which witnessed the distribution of farming implements and equipment to farmers to sustain the land reform program, which in itself is a glaring example of the President and the Government of Zimbabwe’s unwavering and unflinching commitment to the cause of our economic independence and development, through the Agricultural sector, which is the mainstay of the economy;

 

And that its deepest gratitude be conveyed to His Excellency, the President;

 

And to rekindle and pledge our unquenchable loyalty to Zimbabwe;

 

And to humbly acknowledge the invaluable services that His Excellency the President has rendered to the Nation through the distribution of such farming equipment and implements.

 

8.      HON. SENATOR MOMBESHORA         HON. SENATOR MAPFUMO

 

That this House takes notes of the report of the Committee on Health and Child Welfare on inquiries on the industrial action by health personnel (S.C. 14, 2007).

 

  1. COMMITTEE: Consideration of an Adverse Report by the Parliamentary Legal Committee on Statutory Instrument 13A, 2007 – Senator Mapfumo.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Nineteenth State of the Nation Address (Adjourned 12th June 2007 – Senator Patel).

 

[Time elapsed: 4 hours 15 minutes]

 

Question proposed: That this House Conveys its profound gratitude to His Excellency, the President for his Nineteenth State of the Nation Address to  Parliament:

 

Expresses its commitment to and support for the views contained in his                  address: and that a respectful address be presented to His Excellency the               President informing him of the sentiments of the House – Hon. Senator.              Majuru.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the First report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Communications (S.C. 8, 2007) (Adjourned 12th June 2007             –  Senator Patel)

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First report of the      Portfolio Committee on Transport and Communication on the challenges in      the roads sector (S.C. 8, 2007) - Hon. Senator Magadu).

 

[Day elapsed: 1]

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Social Development Fund (S.C. 6, 2007). (Adjourned 12th June 2007 – Senator Patel).

 

[Day elapsed: 2]

Question proposed: That this House-

 

Takes note of the Public Accounts Committee Report on the Social Development Fund (S.C. 6, 2007) – Hon. Senator Nyoni.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Fourth Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mines, Energy, Environment and Tourism on Gold and Diamond Mining in

Zimbabwe  (S.C. 7, 2007). (Adjourned 12th June 2007 – Hon. Senator Patel).

 

[Day elapsed: 2]

     

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Fourth Report of the Portfolio Committee on Mines, Energy, Environment and Tourism on the Challenges bedevilling Gold and Diamond Mining in Zimbabwe (S.C. 7, 2007) – Hon. Senator Muzenda.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Youth, Gender and Women’s Affairs. (S.C. 5, 2007) (Adjourned 22nd May 2007 - Senator Mapfumo)

 

[Days elapsed: 2]

 

Question proposed:  That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio

Committee on Youth, Gender and Women’s Affairs on National Youth Services

Centres and Vocational Training Centres (S.C. 5, 2007) – Hon. Senator Matanga

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on First Report of the Joint Committee on Lands, Land

Reform, Resettlement and Agriculture and Public Service, Labour and Social

Welfare, S.C. 1, 2007. (Adjourned 15th May 2007 – Hon. Senator Mapfumo) 

 

[Day elapsed: 1]

          

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Joint

Committee on Lands, Land Reform Resettlement and Agriculture and Public Service Labour and Social Welfare on the plight of farm workers and its impact on agricultural productivity. (S.C. 1, 2007) –Hon.Senator Nyathi.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on

Health and Child Welfare on the challenges in the health sector (S.C. 4, 2007)

(Adjourned 15th May 2007- Hon. Senator Mapfumo)

 

[Day Elapsed: 1]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes not of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Welfare on the challenges in the health sector (S.C. 4, 2007) - Hon. Senator Sakupwanya.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Poor Service Delivery by the

Telecommunications Industry in Remote Areas (Adjourned 9th May, 2007- The Minister of Finance)

 

[Days elapsed 2]

 

               Question proposed: That this House

 

IN VIEW of the poor service delivered by the Telecommunications Industry in remote areas of the country;

 

CONCERNED that the majority of the people are in dire need of efficient telecommunications services so that they can easily communicate with relatives in urban centres and;

 

NOTING that such services are virtually non-existent in some rural areas because of the absence of appropriate infrastructure to enable efficient telecommunication;

 

NOW THEREFORE calls upon the relevant Ministry to ensure that the key players in the Industry put in place programmes that will enhance the provision of such services - Hon. Senator Chief Malaba.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Poor Service Delivery by the District Development Fund (Adjourned 9th May, 2007- The Minister of Finance)

 

[Day elapsed 1]

 

               Question proposed: That this House

 

APPRECIATIVE of the noble endeavours by government to render affordable quality social services to the general populace through the District Development Fund (DDF) programmes such as borehole drilling, tillage, road network construction and the construction of small to medium scale dams;

 

DISTURBED by the failure by the DDF to fulfil its mandate as evidenced by the deterioration of its service delivery on these developmental programmes and its lack of complementary effort on the Land Reform Programme;

 

NOW THEREORE RESOLVES urges the relevant parent Ministry to immediately take corrective measures and ensure that the District Development Fund improves its service delivery in the areas under its mandate –Hon. Senator Mumvuri.

    

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Lack of Capacity at Chivhu Hospital (Adjourned 9th May, 2007- The Minister of Finance).

 

[Day Elapsed: 1]

 

               Question proposed: That this House

 

APPRECIATIVE of the government of Zimbabwe’s efforts since Independence to

provide adequate health care facilities for its entire people;

 

CONCERNED by the lack of capacity of the Chivhu hospital, to cater for the needs of the people in its catchment area;

 

NOW THEREFORE calls upon government to extend the hospital and upgrade its equipment and increase medical supplies –Hon. Chief Musarurwa.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on

Foreign Affairs, Industry and International Trade  (S.C. 31, 2006) (Adjourned 9th

May 2007The Minister of Finance)

[Days elapsed: 3]

 

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

Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs, Industry and International Trade on the Management Contract between Ziscosteel and Global Steel Holdings Limited (S.C. 31, 2006) – Hon. Senator T. Ndlovu.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Local Government on ZINWA (Adjourned 9th May 2007The Minister of Finance).

 

[Days elapsed: 3]

          

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

Portfolio Committee on Local Government on ZINWA’s take over of water and sewerage services in the city of Harare and the proposed take over of these services in cities and towns in the rest of the country (S.C. 3, 2007) – Hon. Senator Tawengwa.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Local Government on the Operations of the Local Government Board (Adjourned

9th May 2007 – The Minister of Finance)

[Days elapsed: 3]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Local Government on the Operations of the Local Government Board (S.C. 2, 2007) - Hon. Senator Chief Musarurwa.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Recent Incidents of Political Violence in Different Parts of the Country (Adjourned 9th May 2007 – The Minister of Finance).

 

[Days elapsed: 2]      Question proposed: That this House –

 

CONCERNED with the recent incidents of political violence in different parts of the country;

 

APPALLED at the wanton destruction of property and the use of children as shields, a tactic that has resulted in injuries to our Police Officers by the Opposition Parties;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon this House to condemn in the strongest of terms such barbaric acts and urges government to bring to book all the culprits involved - Hon. Senator Chimbudzi.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Twelfth Session of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries – European Union (EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly. (Adjourned 9th May 2007 – The Minister of Finance).

 

[Days elapsed: 2]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Twelfth Session of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries – European Union (EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) held in Bridgetown, Barbados from 18 – 23 November, 2006 – Hon. Senator Muchengeti.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Land Reform, Resettlement, Rural Resources and Water Development (S.C. 23, 2006) (Adjourned 9th May 2007 – Minister of Finance).

 

[Days elapsed: 4]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio

Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Land Reform, Resettlement, Rural Resources and Water Development on the state of preparedness by the agricultural sector for the 2006/7 summer crop (S.C 23, 2006)- Hon. Senator Zvinavashe.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the serious decline of the Zimbabwean Economy (Adjourned 9th May 2007 – The Minister of Finance).

 

[Days elapsed: 4]

Question proposed: That this House-

 

NOTING that the Zimbabwean Economy is in serious decline,

 

CONCERNED with the unprecedented runaway inflation, high unemployment levels and dehumanizing poverty levels among the majority of Zimbabweans;

 

NOW THEREFORE, urges the government to proceed with speed to implement short-term, medium term and long-term solutions to resolve the current economic challenges Hon. Senator T. Ndlovu.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the removal of illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by Britain and her Western allies (Adjourned 15th May, 2007 – Hon. Senator Mapfumo)

 

[Day elapsed 2]           Question proposed:  That this House-

 

NOTING that the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has justly and rightly called for the removal of the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by Britain and her Western allies, as well as for Britain to honour its Lancaster House obligation to provide compensation for land distributed to the majority of the people in Zimbabwe;

 

FURTHER NOTING that former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, acknowledged that these sanctions are illegal and must be removed;

 

OBSERVING that the illegal sanctions are the proximate cause of the hardship ravaging the ordinary people in Zimbabwe and were intended to achieve that purpose;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, INVITES the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to;

 

CONVEY its profound gratitude and a deep sense of appreciation to, and support for the SADC countries’ call for Britain and her Western allies to comply with international law by lifting the illegal sanctions and for Britain to comply with her Lancaster House obligation to provide compensation for land distributed to the majority of the people in Zimbabwe;

 

APPEAL to the African Union, through the SADC Secretariat, as the only hiatus in the international chain calling for the removal of the illegal sanctions, to do so at the earliest opportunity and be recorded on the side of international justice in this matter.

URGE the African Union, through the SADC Secretariat, to rally economic support for Zimbabwe to reverse the damage done by the illegal sanctions- Hon Senator Mapfumo.

 

Amendment proposed: 

 

To delete all text after “NOTING” in line one and replace it with the following:

 

“That there is deliberate attempt by the government of Zimbabwe to conceal the truth about the so-called sanctions against the people of Zimbabwe imposed by specified countries;

 

FURTHER NOTING that the ordinary people of Zimbabwe are receiving substantial humanitarian assistance from the accused countries.

FURTHER NOTING that he accused countries are among our major trade partner;

 

OBSERVING that the hardships ravaging the country are self inflicted;

 

COGNISANT that the Pan African Parliament as well as the SADC and AU are making efforts to resolve the current political issues affecting Zimbabwe;

 

NOW THERFORE THIS HOUSE:

 

  • RESOLVES to call upon the Pan African Parliament, SADC, AU and the United Nations to acquaint themselves fully with the truth about the ongoing and deepening crisis in Zimbabwe;

 

  • FURTHER CALLS upon SADC, the AU and the UN to use their I

nternational mandate to intervene in the crisis on behalf of the suffering people of Zimbabwe – Hon. Senator Nyoni

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