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SENATE VOTES 20 NOVEMBER 2018 19 1

 

ADVANCE COPY- UNCORRECTED

No. 19

 

 

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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TUESDAY, 20TH NOVEMBER, 2018

 

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Half past two o’clock pm.

 

The Deputy President of the Senate in the Chair.

 

PRAYERS.

 

Chabuka K.,

Charumbira Chief.,

Chidawu O.,

Chifamba J.,

Chikwaka Chief,

Chimbudzi A.,

Chimutengwende C.,

Chinake V.,

Chirongoma  J. M.,

Chitanga Chief,

Chundu Chief,

Dube M. R.,

Femai M.,

Gumpo, S.,

Gweshe K.,

Hungwe S. O.,

Khupe W.,

Komichi M.,

Makumbe Chief, Malinga J. T.

Maluleke O. M.,

Mapungwana Chief,

Masendu Chief,

Mathema N. C. G.,

Mavetera T.,

Mathupula Chief,

Mathuthu T., Matiirira, A.,

Matsiwo Chief,

Mbohwa M., Mkwebu, A.,

Moeketsi V.,

Mohadi T. B.,

Moyo S. K., Mudzuri E.,

Mpofu S.,

Mtshane Chief,

Muronzi M.,

Mwonzora T. D.

Muzenda V. T.,

Ncube S.,

Ndlovu M.,

Ndlovu P.,

Nechombo Chief,

Nembire Chief,

Ngezi Chief,

Ngungumbane Chief,

Nhema Chief, Nyankazonke Chief,

Nyathi R.,

Phuthi M.,

Rambanepasi C.,

Rwambiwa E.,

Sekeramayi S. T.

Shoko G.,

Shumba C.,

Siansali Chief,

Sinampande H.,

Timire R.,

Timveos L.,

Tongogara A. K.,

Wunganayi T., Zivira H.

 

 

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. Member sworn-

 

Ndabazekhaya Cain G. Mathema.

 

  1. The Deputy President of the Senate advised all Hon. Senators who submitted their bio data forms to the Public Relations Department to verify the information with Public Relations officers who would be stationed at the Members’ Dinning from 1400 hours to 1630 hours during sitting days before they could be uploaded on the Parliament Website.

 

  1. The Deputy President of the Senate informed the Senate that there would be a Ground breaking and laying foundation stone ceremony at the New Parliament Building site in Mt Hampden on the 30th of November, 2018 at 1000 hours.

 

  1. Sen. Chimbudzi seconded by Hon. Sen. Chief Ngungumbane, moved: That this                 House-

 

AWARE that 70% of the diseases affecting cattle in Zimbabwe such as babesiosis,            anaplasmosis and theileriosis are caused by ticks;

 

ALSO AWARE that tick-borne diseases cause weight loss and consequently impact  negatively on livestock production;

 

FURTHER AWARE that the Animal Health Act [Chapter 19:01] and Statutory  Instrument No. 250 of 1993 provide for dipping of livestock, especially cattle, to  protect them against tick borne diseases;

 

NOW, THEREFORE; calls upon the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate  and Rural Settlements to:

  • ensure proper maintenance of dip tanks and increase the number of dip tanks in areas mostly affected by tick-borne diseases;
  • enforce registration of calves within the stipulated period of two weeks;
  • monitor and control movement of livestock; and
  • encourage farmers to regularly dip their livestock in order to prevent tick-borne              diseases

 

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

 

  1. Sen. Muzenda, seconded by Hon. Sen. Chief Mtshane, moved: That this House   takes note of the Report of the 139th Assembly of the Inter-  Parliamentary Union       (IPU), Geneva, Switzerland held from 14th to 18th November 2018.

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Muzenda, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 14th                         November, 2018- Sen. S. K. Moyo).

 

[Time elapsed: 3 hour 38 minutes]

 

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. S. K. Moyo.

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. S. K. Moyo, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the need to formulate a comprehensive National Disability Policy and review the Disabled Persons Act (Adjourned 20th November,  2018- Sen. Timveos).

 

[Days elapsed:  3] Question again proposed: That this House:

COGNISANT that Zimbabwe enacted the Disabled Persons Act [Chapter 17:01] in

1992;

ALSO COGNISANT that Zimbabwe ratified the United Nations Convention on the  Rights  of Persons with Disabilities and enacted Constitution of Zimbabwe  Amendment (No. 20)  Act in 2013;

CONCERNED that no efforts have been made to domesticate the United Nations  Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and also to align the Disabled  Persons Act [Chapter 17:01] to the Constitution of Zimbabwe leading to a piece meal approach to disability issues;

ALSO CONCERNED by the absence of a comprehensive National Disability Policy  in Zimbabwe, resulting in the continuous marginalisation of people with disability in  national development issues;

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon Government to urgently formulate a  comprehensive National Disability Policy and review the Disabled Persons  Act [Chapter 17:01] in line with  provisions of the United Nations Convention  on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and  the Constitution of Zimbabwe  Amendment (No. 20) Act. -Hon. Sen.Timveos

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Sinampande, seconded by Hon. Sen. Zivira: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the call for devolution (Adjourned 20th November, 2018- Hon. Sen. Mwonzora).

 

[Days elapsed:  8] Question again proposed: That this House:

 

RECALLING that during the historic constitution making process and the subsequent constitutional referendum in 2013, the people of Zimbabwe unequivocally endorsed the principle of devolution of power and the transformation of the Zimbabwean State from a two tier to a three tier state.

 

NOTING that our Constitution makes provision for the election of Provincial Councils as well as the specific manner of the election of the Provincial Council leadership.

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that the current government has stated at least on paper that it is committed to implementing devolution in the current dispensation.

 

RECOGNISING the fundamental constitutional principle of the sovereignty of the people and the important fact that devolution is widely regarded by Zimbabweans as the answer to uneven regional development in the country.

 

ALSO RECOGNISING that the people of Zimbabwe elected their Members of the Provincial Councils on the 30th of July, 2018, which Members are yet to be sworn into office.

NOW, THEREFORE, Calls upon the Government to:

 

  1. Urgently bring a bill to provide for the Devolution, inter alia to provide for the key administrative and other processes in the Provincial Councils including the      election for the heads of those Councils within 2 months.

 

  1. Abolish the post of Minister of State for Provincial Affairs as they compromise the full implementation of devolution of power.

 

  1. Swear into office all the members of the provincial councils immediately and define their conditions of service and other mechanisms to make them more            functionally efficient.

 

  1. Provide budgetary support to the Provincial Councils –Hon. Sen. Mwonzora.

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Mwonzora, seconded by Hon. Sen. Ncube: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the call to solve the cash crisis in the country (Adjourned 20th November, 2018- Hon. Sen. Shoko).

 

[Days elapsed:  8] Question again proposed: That this House:

 

NOTING the debilitating liquidity crisis facing the country;

 

CONCERNED that the introduction of Bond Notes has failed to improve the cash crisis;

 

AWARE that the cash crisis has affected procurement of essential goods and commodities that drive our economy;

 

NOW, THEREFORE calls upon the Executive to urgently find ways of improving the cash situation in the country – Hon. Sen. Shoko.

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Sinampande, seconded by Hon. Sen. Phuthi: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on National Drug Policy and legislative framework        to effectively regulate drug use. (Adjourned 20th November, 2018- Hon. Sen.             Timveos).

 

[Days elapsed: 9] Question again proposed: That this House:

 

NOTING that a National Drug Policy is critical in ensuring that all drugs in the national drug distribution system are safe, efficacious, effective and of good quality whilst it also strengthens administrative, and regulatory controls of the same; CONCERNED that the existing legal framework, such as the Criminal Law (Codification & Reform), the Dangerous Drugs Act and the Medicines and Allied Substances Act are either outdated and do not sufficiently provide for procurement and use of drugs;

 

 

NOTING that these current laws criminalize drug and substance use resulting in drug users fearing to seek treatment for TB and HIV infections;

 

 

AWARE that, decriminalization of drug use and drug policy reform as adopted globally by other countries are vital strategies to addressing the drug problem;

 

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon Government to come up with a national drug policy and legislative framework that is grounded in science, public health and human rights to effectively minimize the effects of drug use within communities-Hon. Sen.  Timveos.

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Sinampande, seconded by Hon. Sen. Rwambiwa: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on finding solutions to challenges associated with vending. (Adjourned 14th November, 2018- Hon. Sen. Chabuka).

 

[Days elapsed: 9] Question again proposed: That this House:

 

NOTING that vending has since become the main source of livelihood due to high levels of unemployment in the country;

 

SADDENED by the heavy handedness on vendors by armed police which has not spared the general public going about their businesses especially in the central business district in urban areas;

 

Now, therefore, calls upon Government;

 

  1. a) To engage in dialogue with vendors and their associations in an effort to find a lasting solution to the problems of vending; and

 

                      b) To construct proper vending stalls at easily accessible sites - Hon. Sen. Chabuka

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Chabuka, seconded by Hon. Sen. Rambanepasi: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

 

  1. On the motion of Hon. Sen. Muzenda seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi: The Senate adjourned at six minutes to four o’clock pm.

 

 

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

Deputy President of the Senate.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 21ST NOVEMBER 2018

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

 

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 20th               November, 2018- Sen. S. K. Moyo).

 

[Time elapsed: 3 hour 58 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. S. K. Moyo.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the call to control tick borne diseases affecting livestock in Zimbabwe (Adjourned 20th November, 2018- Sen. Chimbudzi).

 

[Day elapsed:  1] Question proposed: That this House:

AWARE that 70% of the diseases affecting cattle in Zimbabwe such as babesiosis,            anaplasmosis and theileriosis are caused by ticks;

 

ALSO AWARE that tick borne diseases cause weight loss and consequently impact  negatively on livestock production;

 

FURTHER AWARE that the Animal Health Act [Chapter 19:01] and Statutory  Instrument No. 250 of 1993 provide for dipping of livestock, especially cattle, to  protect them against tick borne diseases;

 

NOW, THEREFORE; calls upon the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate  and Rural Settlements to:

  • ensure proper maintenance of dip tanks and increase the number of dip tanks in areas mostly affected by tick-borne diseases;
  • enforce registration of calves within the stipulated period of two weeks;
  • monitor and control movement of livestock; and
  • encourage farmers to regularly dip their livestock in order to prevent tick-borne diseases- Sen. Chimbudzi.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 139th Assembly of the Inter-    Parliamentary Union (IPU), Geneva, Switzerland (Adjourned 20th November, 2018-            Sen. Muzenda).

 

[Day elapsed:  1]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the 139tht Assembly    of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Geneva, Switzerland held from 14th to 18th    November, 2018- Hon. Sen. Muzenda.

 

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the need to formulate a comprehensive National Disability Policy and review the Disabled Persons Act (Adjourned 20th November,                2018- Sen. Sinampande).

 

[Days elapsed:  4] Question proposed: That this House:

COGNISANT that Zimbabwe enacted the Disabled Persons Act [Chapter 17:01] in

1992;

ALSO COGNISANT that Zimbabwe ratified the United Nations Convention on the  Rights  of Persons with Disabilities and enacted Constitution of Zimbabwe  Amendment (No. 20)  Act in 2013;

CONCERNED that no efforts have been made to domesticate the United Nations

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and also to align the Disabled  Persons Act [Chapter 17:01] to the Constitution of Zimbabwe leading to a piece meal approach to disability issues;

ALSO CONCERNED by the absence of a comprehensive National Disability Policy  in Zimbabwe, resulting in the continuous marginalisation of people with disability in  national development issues;

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon Government to urgently formulate a  comprehensive National Disability Policy and review the Disabled Persons  Act [Chapter 17:01] in line with  provisions of the United Nations Convention  on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and  the Constitution of Zimbabwe  Amendment (No. 20) Act. -Hon. Sen.Timveos

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the call for devolution (Adjourned 20th November, 2018- Hon. Sen. Mwonzora).

 

[Days elapsed:  9] Question proposed: That this House:

RECALLING that during the historic constitution making process and the subsequent constitutional referendum in 2013, the people of Zimbabwe unequivocally endorsed the principle of devolution of power and the transformation of the Zimbabwean State from a two tier to a three tier state.

 

NOTING that our Constitution makes provision for the election of Provincial Councils as well as the specific manner of the election of the Provincial Council leadership.

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that the current government has stated at least on paper that it is committed to implementing devolution in the current dispensation.

 

RECOGNISING the fundamental constitutional principle of the sovereignty of the people and the important fact that devolution is widely regarded by Zimbabweans as the answer to uneven regional development in the country.

 

ALSO RECOGNISING that the people of Zimbabwe elected their Members of the Provincial Councils on the 30th of July, 2018, which Members are yet to be sworn into office.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, Calls upon the Government to:

 

  1. Urgently bring a bill to provide for the Devolution, inter alia to provide for the key administrative and other processes in the Provincial Councils including the      election for the heads of those Councils within 2 months.

 

  1. Abolish the post of Minister of State for Provincial Affairs as they compromise the full implementation of devolution of power.

 

  1. Swear into office all the members of the provincial councils immediately and define their conditions of service and other mechanisms to make them more            functionally efficient.

 

  1. Provide budgetary support to the Provincial Councils –Hon. Sen. Mwonzora.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the call to solve the cash crisis in the country (Adjourned 20th November, 2018- Sen. Sinampande).

 

[Days elapsed:  9] Question proposed: That this House:

 

NOTING the debilitating liquidity crisis facing the country;

 

CONCERNED that the introduction of Bond Notes has failed to improve the cash crisis;

 

AWARE that the cash crisis has affected procurement of essential goods and commodities that drive our economy;

 

NOW, THEREFORE calls upon the Executive to urgently find ways of improving the cash situation in the country – Hon. Sen. Shoko.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on National Drug Policy and legislative framework

to effectively regulate drug use. (Adjourned 20th November, 2018- Hon. Sen.

      Sinampande).

 

[Days elapsed: 10] Question proposed: That this House:

 

NOTING that a National Drug Policy is critical in ensuring that all drugs in the national drug distribution system are safe, efficacious, effective and of good quality whilst it also strengthens administrative, and regulatory controls of the same;

 

 

CONCERNED that the existing legal framework, such as the Criminal Law (Codification & Reform), the Dangerous Drugs Act and the Medicines and Allied Substances Act are either outdated and do not sufficiently provide for procurement and use of drugs;

 

 

NOTING that these current laws criminalize drug and substance use resulting in drug users fearing to seek treatment for TB and HIV infections;

 

 

AWARE that, decriminalization of drug use and drug policy reform as adopted globally by other countries are vital strategies to addressing the drug problem;

 

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon Government to come up with a national drug policy and legislative framework that is grounded in science, public health and human rights to effectively minimize the effects of drug use within communities-Hon. Sen.  Timveos.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on finding solutions to challenges associated with vending. (Adjourned 20th November, 2018- Hon. Sen. Chabuka).

 

[Days elapsed: 10] Question proposed: That this House:

 

NOTING that vending has since become the main source of livelihood due to high levels of unemployment in the country;

 

SADDENED by the heavy handedness on vendors by armed police which has not spared the general public going about their businesses especially in the central business district in urban areas;

 

Now, therefore, calls upon Government;

 

  1. a) To engage in dialogue with vendors and their associations in an effort to find a lasting solution to the problems of vending; and

 

                      b) To construct proper vending stalls at easily accessible sites - Hon. Sen. Chabuka

 

THURSDAY, 22ND NOVEMBER, 2018

 

 QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS * QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE ◆ QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

 

*1.  HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and  Parliamentary Affairs to provide statistics of court cases relating to violation of provisions of the Marriage Act [Chapter 5:11].

 

  [Deferred from 11th October, 2018]

 

*2    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]

 

*3.   HON. SEN. TIMVEOS: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural         Development to state  measures being taken to clear outstanding salary arrears for         National Railways of  Zimbabwe employees dating back to 2008.

 

[Deferred from 11th October, 2018]

 

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

Development to advise on progress made on fencing the Bulawayo- Beitbridge road.

 

 [Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

 

 

*5. 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]

 

*6.   HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state        measures being taken to provide health care centres at institutions of higher learning        to ensure access to Anti-Retroviral Drugs by students without disruption of classes.

  [Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

 

*7.   HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state        measures being taken to educate people in the rural areas on water borne diseases.

  [Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

 

*8.   HON. SEN. MALULEKE: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state            measures the Ministry is taking to ensure that rural clinics and pharmacies are             stocked with drugs so that patients do not walk long distances to access drugs.

[Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

 

*9. HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI : To ask the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage  to state measures being taken to protect the Zimbabwe Republic Police officers  against armed  criminals.

[Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

 

*10.       HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Environment, Tourism and

Hospitality Industry to state measures being taken to safeguard wild animals from          veld fires.

[Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

 

*11. HON. SEN. O. HUNGWE: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state        mechanisms currently in place to educate citizens on the proposed  National Health             Insurance Scheme.

[Transferred on 1st November, 2018]

 

*12.             HON. SEN. TIMVEOS: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mineral Development to    explain whether the Ministry is aware that 90% of goods and services procured by    Mimosa Mining Company are being supplied by companies owned by its

Management and if so, to state measures being taken to curb such malpractices.

[Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

 

 

 

 

MEETINGS OF COMMITTEES

 

Thursday, 22 November, 2018

 

At 1000 hours in Committee Room 3

 

 Indigenisation and Empowerment: Hon. Sen. Mbowa M. (Chairperson); Hon.  Sen. Chirongoma J. M; 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. Sen Mpofu B; Hon. Sen. Nechombo; Hon. Sen. Chief  Nyangazonke; Hon.  Sen. Phuti M; Hon. Sen. Rambanepasi C; Hon. Sen. Tsomondo B; Hon. Sen. Zivira

  1.            (Committee Clerk—Mr. C. Ratsakatika)

 

                                                                         At 1000 hours in Committee Room 4

 

 Peace and Security: Hon. Sen. Dr. Parirenyatwa P. D. (Chairperson); Hon. Sen.  Chabuka K; Hon. Sen. Dube M. R; Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira; Hon. Sen. Chidawu  O; Hon. Sen. Chifamba J; Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi A; 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. Sinampande H; Hon. Sen. Timveos L.

                  (Committee Clerk—Ms. E. Masara)

 

 

      

 

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