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SENATE VOTES 22 SEPTEMBER 2020 NO 50

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No. 50

 

PARLIAMENT 

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE

 

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SECOND SESSION – NINTH PARLIAMENT

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TUESDAY, 22ND SEPTEMBER, 2020

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Half past two o’clock pm.

 

The President of the Senate in the Chair.  
 

PRAYERS.

 

Members Present

 

 
Charumbira Chief Chidawu O.

Chifamba J.

Chimbudzi A. Chimutengwende C Chinake V.

Chirongoma J. M.

Chitanga Chief

Dube M. R.

Gumpo S.

Gwaradzimba E.

Gweshe K.

Khupe W.

Komichi M.

Makumbe Chief

Maluleke O. M

Mapungwana Chief Mavetera T. Mathupula Chief Mathuthu T.

Matiirira A.

Mavhunga M.

Mavima L. D Mbohwa M.

Chundu Chief

Mkwebu A.

Moeketsi V. Mohadi T. B Mpofu S.

Munzverengwi A.

Mupfumira P.

Muronzi M. Mtshane L. K Chief Ndlovu M.

Ndlovu P.

Nechombo Chief

Nembire Chief

Ngungumbane Chief

Nhema Chief

Ntabeni Chief

Nyambuya M. R Nyangazonke Chief Nyathi R.

Parirenyatwa D. P.

Rambanepasi C.

Rwambiwa E. Shumba C. Siansali Chief Timire R.

Tongogara A. K.

Tsomondo B.

 

 

 

In attendance in terms of section 138(2) and (3) and section 104(3) of the Constitution

 

 

 

Absent with leave

 

Hon. Muzenda T. V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printed by Order of the Senate

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. The President of the Senate informed the Hon. Senators that Senate sittings for the week would be held in the Senate Chamber. Hon. Senators were advised to come to the Senate Chamber in order to register their attendance and sit in the gallery, in their hotel rooms or from wherever they will be, following proceedings on their devices. Senators were reminded to connect to their devices whenever taking part in the debate.

 

  1. The Minister of State for Midlands Province, moved: That Orders of the day, Nos. 1 – 3, for today stand over, until Order of the Day No. 4 has been disposed of.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

  1. Hon Sen. Mohadi, seconded by Hon Sen. Rambanepasi moved: That this House takes note of the Report of the 46th Plenary Assembly Session of the SADC Parliamentary Forum held from 10th to 17th December 2019 at Swakopmund, Namibia.

 

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

 

  1. Hon Sen. Tongogara seconded by Hon Sen. Mathuthu, moved: That this House:

 

MINDFUL that children under Child Care Facilities are discharged from such Institutions upon attainment of 18 years of age,

 

ALSO MINDFUL that the United Nations Guidelines and Zimbabwe’s National Residential Child Care Standards 6, recommends for a Discharge Plan for each child before leaving the Child Care Facility,

 

CONCERNED at the inadequacy of follow up programmes by the Department of Social Welfare in monitoring the discharged youths as a way of preventing them from aimlessly roaming the streets.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon Government to partner with other stakeholders and private sector to alleviate the challenges associated with such decisions.

 

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

 

  1. The Minister of State for Midlands Province, moved: That Notices of Motions, Nos. 6 and 7, for today stand over, until Order of the Day No. 12 has been disposed of.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on the motion on the repeal of the death sentence and the provisions in the Criminal Law and Codification Act [Chapter 9:23] and other statutes. (Adjourned    21st   July, 2020 – Hon Sen Dr Mavetera)

        

                                                                                                                      [Days elapsed: 16]

 

 

            Question again proposed: That this House –

 

 

RECOGNISING that the current international trends are moving towards the abolition        of the death penalty;

 

RECALLING the intense debate on the death penalty which characterized the 2013          historic Constitution making process;

 

NOTING that Section 48 of the Constitution dealing with the death penalty was a result           of the intense negotiations and create a clear discriminatory absurdity.

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that His Excellency, the President and other government officials           have openly and publicly spoken against the death penalty;

 

CONCERNED that despite these developments, the death penalty still remains in           Zimbabwe’s penal statutes;

 

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary

Affairs to submit a constitutional bill to Parliament repealing the death sentence and the           provisions in the Criminal Law and Codification Act [Chapter 9:23] and other statutes.-           Hon. Sen. Makone

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Dr Mavetera, seconded by Hon. Sen. Chifamba: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Women Political Leaders Global

Forum (Adjourned 21st July, 2020- Hon. Sen. Tongogara)

                                                                                                           

                                                                                                     [Days elapsed: 19]

Question again proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Women Political Leaders Global Forum held in Reykjavik, Iceland from 18th to 20th November,

2019 – Hon. Sen. Tongogara

 

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

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 3rd World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development Goals (Adjourned 21st July, 2020 - Sen. Chief       Mtshane)

 

[Days elapsed: 19]

 

Question again proposed:  That this House takes note of the Report of the 3rd World

Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development Goals held in Bali, Indonesia from 4th to 5th September 2019 - Hon. Sen. Chief Mtshane

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Chief Mtshane seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 74th Session of the Executive

Committee of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) (Adjourned 22nd September, 2020

–    Hon. Sen. Mavetera)

 

[Days elapsed: 19]

 

Question again proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the 74th Session of the Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) held from 13th to 14th June 2019 in Bangui, Central African Republic- Hon. Sen. Makone.

 

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

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 2019. St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEFG) (Adjourned 21st July, 2020) – Hon Sen Mavetera)

 

[Days elapsed: 19]

 

Question again proposed:  That this House takes note of the Report of the 2019. St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEFG) held from 6th to 8th June 2019 in St. Petersburg, Russia – Hon Sen. Mavetera.

 

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

 

  1. On the motion of the Minister of State for Midlands Province: The Senate adjourned at four o’clock pm.

 

 

 

HON. M. M. CHINOMONA,

President of the Senate.

         

 

 

 

WEDNEDAY, 22ND SEPTEMBER, 2020 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS         

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the SECOND READING of the Marriages Bill (H. B.7A, 2019) (Adjourned 21st July, 2020 –The Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and    Social Welfare).

        

[Days elapsed: 9]

 

      Question proposed: That the the Marriages Bill (H.B.7A, 2019) be read a second time –           The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

 

  1. THIRD READING: Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 1) Bill (H.B1A, 2017 –       The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 22nd July, 2020 – Hon Sen. Muzenda)

    

                                                                                     [Time elapsed: 3 hour 19 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. Muzenda.

 

  1. HON SEN. MUZENDA

HON SEN. MWONZORA

 

That this House takes note of the Third Report of the Thematic Committee on Human

Rights on Domestication of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, [S.C. 11, 2019]

 

 

  1. HON SEN. MUZENDA

HON SEN. DR. MAVETERA

 

That this House takes note of the Annual Report of the First Session of the Ninth Parliament for the Liaison and Coordination Committee.

 

  1. HON SEN. KHUPE

HON SEN. MPOFU

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the Thematic Committees on Human Rights, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Gender Development on the enquiry into people’s access to clean, safe and portable water.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of Report of the 46th Plenary Assembly Session of the SADC Parliamentary Forum. (Adjourned 22nd September, 2020 – Sen. Mohadi)

                                                                                                           

                                                                                                     [Day elapsed: 1]

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the 46th Plenary

Assembly Session of the SADC Parliamentary Forum held from 10th to 17th December 2019 at Swakopmund, Namibia.– Hon. Sen. Mohadi

 

  1. Adjourned debate on the need to alleviate challenges associated with the early discharge of youths from child care facilities. (Adjourned 22nd September, 2020 – Sen. Tongogara )

        

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

 

MINDFUL that children under Child Care Facilities are discharged from such Institutions upon attainment of 18 years of age,

 

ALSO MINDFUL that the United Nations Guidelines and Zimbabwe’s National Residential Child Care Standards 6, recommends for a Discharge Plan for each child before leaving the Child Care Facility,

 

CONCERNED at the inadequacy of follow up programmes by the Department of Social Welfare in monitoring the discharged youths as a way of preventing them from aimlessly roaming the streets.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon Government to partner with other stakeholders and private sector to alleviate the challenges associated with such decisions. – Hon. Sen. Tongogara.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on the motion on the repeal of the death sentence and the provisions in the Criminal Law and Codification Act [Chapter 9:23] and other statutes. (Adjourned 22nd September, 2020 – Hon Sen Dr Mavetera)

        

                                                                                                                      [Days elapsed: 17]

 

 

            Question proposed: That this House –

 

RECOGNISING that the current international trends are moving towards the abolition        of the death penalty;

 

RECALLING the intense debate on the death penalty which characterized the 2013          historic Constitution making process;

 

NOTING that Section 48 of the Constitution dealing with the death penalty was a result           of the intense negotiations and create a clear discriminatory absurdity.

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that His Excellency, the President and other government officials           have openly and publicly spoken against the death penalty;

 

CONCERNED that despite these developments, the death penalty still remains in           Zimbabwe’s penal statutes;

 

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary

Affairs to submit a constitutional bill to Parliament repealing the death sentence and the           provisions in the Criminal Law and Codification Act [Chapter 9:23] and other statutes.-           Hon. Sen. Makone

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Women Political Leaders Global

Forum (Adjourned 22nd September, 2020- Hon. Sen. Tongogara)

                                                                                                           

                                                                                                     [Days elapsed: 20]    Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Women Political

Leaders Global Forum held in Reykjavik, Iceland from 18th to 20th November, 2019 –    Hon. Sen. Tongogara

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 3rd World Parliamentary Forum on

         Sustainable Development Goals (Adjourned 22nd September, 2020 - Hon. Sen. Chief          Mtshane)

 

[Days elapsed: 20]

 

Question proposed:  That this House takes note of the Report of the 3rd World

Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development Goals held in Bali, Indonesia from 4th to 5th September 2019 - Hon. Sen. Chief Mtshane

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 74th Session of the Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) (Adjourned 22nd September,

2020 – Hon. Sen. Dr. Mavetera)

 

[Days elapsed: 20]

 

  Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the 74th Session of the      Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) held from 13th to 14th    June 2019 in Bangui, Central African Republic- Hon. Sen. Makone.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 2019. St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEFG) (Adjourned 22nd September, 2020) – Sen. Dr. Mavetera)

 

[Days elapsed: 20]

Question proposed:  That this House takes note of the Report of the 2019. St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEFG) held from 6th to 8th June 2019 in St. Petersburg, Russia – Hon. Sen. Dr. Mavetera.

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY, 24TH SEPTEMBER, 2020

 

              QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS.

 

* QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

        

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

 

*1.     HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Environment, Tourism, Climate and              Hospitality to inform the House the measures being taken by the Government to control      environmental degradation and to explain the role of traditional leaders in this regard.

 

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*2.     HON. SEN. GUMPO: To ask the Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry       to explain to the House:

  1. measures being taken by the Government to control the outbreak of veld fires countrywide;
  2. measures being taken by the Ministry to publicise information on the adverse effects of veld fires on the environment.

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*3.    HON. SEN. GUMPO : To ask the Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry      to explain to the House the functions of Catchment Councils and whether they play any       role in the control of veld fires.

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*4.   HON. SEN. GUMPO : To ask the Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry        to:

  1. state the number of rivers and dams affected by siltation in Zimbabwe; and
  2. explain to the House whether the Ministry is implementing any de-siltation programmes, and if so, to state the methods being used.

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*5.   HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality  Industry to inform the House Government policy regarding reforestation of areas affected    by the mining activities of large corporates.

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*6.  HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI : To ask the Minister of Environment, Tourism, Climate and                   Hospitality to explain to the House measures being taken  by the Ministry to minimise         wildlife-human conflicts in conservancy areas and whether traditional leaders play any role         in solving such conflicts.

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*7.   HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to      explain to the House how foreign owned businesses are contributing to the economic      development of this country and to state the measures being taken by the Ministry to ensure        that these operators deposit their monies into local banks.

 

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*8.  HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI : To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to     apprise the House on initiatives being made by the Ministry to promote gender equality in        the country.

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*9.   HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to        explain to the House the measures being taken by the Ministry to sensitize the public             on the benefits of using a mono- currency system in the country and to further state     endeavours put in place to curb the use of multiple pricing regimes by some business    operators.

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*10. HON. SEN. MPOFU S: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain           government position on re-dollarization which appears to be market led, considering the

fast depreciation value of the Zimbabwe dollar against other currencies.

 

[Deferred from 21st May, 2020]

 

*11. HON. SEN. TONGOGARA: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain the government policy on enhancing domestic resource mobilization through beneficiation of the country’s natural resources.

 

[Deferred from 17th September, 2020]

 

*12.  HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to:

inform the House how Government is benefiting from large scale mining companies in       Zimbabwe and to provide disaggregated data on the contributions of these companies to             the fiscus, including names such companies and amounts remitted.

 

  [Deferred from 20th February, 2020]
*13.

 

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to explain to the House whether traditional leaders play any role in the resolution of mining        disputes in areas under their jurisdictions.

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

*14.

 

 

 

HON. SEN. MATIIRIRA: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to inform       the House measures being taken by government to ensure that local people benefit from mining activities and to explain the benefits accruing to people in Mashonaland East Province from quarry stone mining in their area.

[Deferred from 27th February, 2020]

*15. HON. SEN. MPOFU B: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to clarify government policy on job advertisements and deadlines, in view of the observation that on the 3rd of January 2020, NSSA advertised two senior positions namely that of Chief Property Investment Officer and Chief Investment officer stating the 10th of January 2020, as the deadline.

[Deferred from 21st May, 2020]

 

*16.

 

 

HON. SEN. TONGOGARA: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to inform the House when the National Disability Policy to alleviate the plight of people living with disability will be enacted into law.

[Deferred from 17th September, 2020]

*17.

 

 

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Defence and War Veterans to explain to the  House what the government policy is regarding the awarding of tenders of national development   projects and whether military engineers are considered so that they can benefit like private players.

[Deferred from 20th February, 2020]

 

 

*18. HON. SEN. MATIIRIRA: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to explain to the House government policy regarding the involvement of persons with disabilities in the decision making processes and measures being taken by the Ministry to enhance their participation, particularly on issues affecting them.

 

[Deferred from 27th February, 2020]

 

*19.

 

HON. SEN. TONGOGARA: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to inform the House measures being put in place to protect teachers and students in rural areas in light of the COVID - 19 pandemic.

[Deferred from 17th September, 2020]

 

*20.

 

HON. SEN. TONGOGARA: To ask the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Service to explain to the House the government policy regarding the spreading of false information by social media.

[Deferred from 17th September, 2020]

 

      

 

 

 

 

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