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SENATE VOTES 21 November 2018 20

 

ADVANCE COPY- UNCORRECTED

No. 20

 

 

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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WEDNESDAY, 21ST NOVEMBER, 2018

 

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Half past two o’clock pm.

 

The Deputy President of the Senate in the Chair.

 

PRAYERS.

 

Chidawu O.,

Chifamba J.,

Chimbudzi A.,

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.,

Makone T. M.

Maluleke O. M.,

Mapungwana Chief,

Mavetera T.,

Mathupula Chief,

Mathuthu T., Matiirira, A.,

Mkwebu, A.,

Moeketsi V.,

Mohadi T. B.,

Moyo S. K.,

Mudzuri E.,

Mpofu S., Muronzi M.,

Mwonzora T. D.

Muzenda V. T.,

Ndlovu M.,

Ndlovu P.,

Nechombo Chief,

Ngezi Chief,

Nhema Chief,

Nyankazonke Chief,

Phuthi M.,

Rambanepasi C.,

Rwambiwa E.,

Sekeramayi S. T.

Shumba C.,

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

Hon. Sen. Chief Nechombo, Hon. Sen. Nyathi.

 

  1. The Deputy President of the Senate informed the Senate that all Honourable Members were invited to a lighting ceremony in commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence on Monday 26th November 2018, at 1830 hours, at Parliament Building along Nelson Mandela Avenue.

 

  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 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. Muzenda, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

  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 again 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.

 

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

 

[Day elapsed:  1]

 

Question again proposed: 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- Hon. Sen. Muzenda.

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Muzenda, seconded by Hon. Sen. Khupe: 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. Sinampande).

 

[Days elapsed:  4] 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. Timveos, seconded by Hon. Sen. Gweshe: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

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

 

[Days elapsed:  9] 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. Rambanepasi: 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. Sinampande).

 

[Days elapsed:  9] 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. Chinake: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

 

  1. On the motion of Hon. Sen. Muzenda seconded by Hon. Sen. Sinampande: The Senate adjourned at twenty-two minutes past three o’clock pm.

 

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

Deputy President of the Senate.

 

 

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. TONGOGARA: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House on Government policy and measures being taken to curb the foreign currency “black market” which is currently destabilising the economy.

 

*4. HON. SEN. TONGOGARA: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain how persons with disability will access funding from the Women’s Bank.

 

 

*5. 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]

 

*6. 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]

 

*7. 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]

 

*8. 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]

 

*9. 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]

 

*10. 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]

 

 

*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. 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]

 

*13. 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]

 

*14. HON. SEN. TIMVEOS: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining 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]

 

*15. HON. SEN. CHIEF CHUNDU: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water,
  Climate and Rural Resettlement to explain to the House measures being taken to
  control the spread of cattle diseases in rural communities in  Chegutu and
  Mhondoro areas.

 

*16. HON. SEN. CHIEF CHUNDU: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water,
  Climate and Rural Resettlement to inform the House the current wheat buying prices
  and payment modalities.

 

*17. HON. SEN. CHIEF CHUNDU: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water,
  Climate and Rural Settlement to apprise the House when the reconstruction of dam
 

 

walls which were destroyed during the previous rain season will commence.
*18.

 

HON. SEN. SINAMPANDE: To ask the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation to state when the Ministry will establish vocational training centres in Matebeleland North and Mashonaland West Provinces.
*19. HON. SEN. ZIVIRA:  To ask the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education,
  Science and Technology Development when the lighting system around the National
  University of Science Technology (NUST) Campus in Bulawayo will be improved
 

 

 

to curb incidents of robbery of students.
*20. HON. SEN. GUMPO: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to inform the House when people living in shanty houses in Mahombekombe Township, Kariba will be relocated considering that their exposposure to the risk of high voltage electricity transmission power lines.
 

*21.     HON. SEN. CHIEF CHUNDU: To ask the Minister of Information Communication              Technology and Courier Services to state measures being taken to  improve mobile              network connectivity in rural areas and whether there are any plans to  licence more              mobile network operators.

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the call to control tick borne diseases affecting livestock in Zimbabwe (Adjourned 21st November, 2018- Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi).

 

[Days elapsed:  2] 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 21st November, 2018-               Sen. Muzenda).

 

[Days elapsed:  2]

 

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 21st November,                2018- Sen. Timveos).

 

[Days elapsed:  5] 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 21st November, 2018- Hon. Sen. Mwonzora).

 

[Days elapsed:  10] 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 21st November, 2018- Sen. Sinampande).

 

[Days elapsed:  10] 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- Sen.

      Sinampande).

 

[Days elapsed: 11] 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 (Adjourned 20th November, 2018- Hon. Sen. Chabuka).

 

[Days elapsed: 11] 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. To engage in dialogue with vendors and their associations in an effort to find a lasting solution to the problems of vending; and

 

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

 

 

  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.

 

 

 

 

      

 

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