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SENATE VOTES 28 October 2015 13

 

ADVANCE COPY-UNCORRECTED

No. 13

 

PARLIAMENT 

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE

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THIRD SESSION – EIGHTH PARLIAMENT

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WEDNESDAY, 28TH OCTOBER, 2015

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Half past two o’clock pm. The Acting President of the Senate in the Chair.

PRAYERS.

Bhebhe M, 

Carter M.N,

Chabuka K,

Charumbira Chief,

Chiduku Chief,

Chifamba J,

Chimanikire A,

Chimbudzi A,

Chimhini D.A,

Chipanga T.S,

Chisunga Chief,

Chitanga Chief,

Goto R,

Gwenzi Chief,

Hlalo M.M,

Jadagu G.T,

Juba A,

Khumalo D.T,

Machingaifa T,

Mabhugu F.E,

Makore J,

Maluleke O,

Manyeruke J,

Marava M,

Marozva Chief,

Mashavakure N,

Masuku A,

Matiirira A,

Mavhunga M,

Mawire J,

Mkwebu A,

Moeketsi V,

Mohadi T.B,

Muronzi M,

Musaka M.B,

Musarurwa Chief,

Mutsvangwa M,

Muzenda T.V,

Ncube S,

Ngungumbane Chief,

Ntabeni Chief,

Rtd General Nyambuya M.R,

Nyathi R,

Sekeramayi T.S,

Shiri A,

Siansali Chief,

Sibanda A,

Sibanda B,

Sinampande H,

Tawengwa C.Z,

 

Printed by Order of the Senate

Absent with Leave

Hon. Sen. Bhobho H, Hon. Sen. Chimutengwende C.C.C, Hon. Sen. Chizema C, Hon.

Chief  Dandawa, Hon. Sen. Chief Mtshane, Hon. Sen. Made J, Hon. Sen. Mumvuri D.D.E, Hon. Chief Nebiri, Hon. Sen. Chief Nyamukoho, Hon. Sen. Parirenyatwa D.P.

  1. The Acting President of the Senate informed the House that the business of Committees would be suspended from Thursday, 29th October, 2015 until Monday, 16th November, 2015.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on great strides made by Government in raising literacy rates in the country (Adjourned 27th October, 2015- Sen. Tawengwa).

[Day elapsed: 1]

Question again proposed: That this House;

MINDFUL of the great strides that Government has made in raising the literacy rate of the people in the country, through the provision of affordable educational programmes.

COGNISANT that providing education to the people empower them as “knowledge is power”.

NOW THEREFORE, commends the Government and the people of Zimbabwe for the success they have achieved in making Zimbabwe one of the countries with high literacy rates in Africa- Hon. Sen. Goto.

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Goto, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mawire: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the need to promote sports development in Zimbabwe    (Adjourned 27th October, 2015- Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi).

[Days elapsed: 4]

 Question again proposed: That this House –

 

NOTING the need to promote sports development in the country;

COGNISANT that sports play a major role in uniting society;

CONSIDERING that men and women are involved in sport;

CONCERNED that many talented school leavers are loitering hence some have experience in sports;

DESIROUS to see a policy that promotes sports in Zimbabwe;

ACKNOWLEDGING that sports can create employment;

NOW THEREFORE calls upon government to;

  • Enact appropriate laws to capacitate the Sports Council of Zimbabwe;
  • Identify qualified coaches that will support talented players in both rural and urban areas;
  • Establish Sports Centre in all provinces; and
  • Eradicate corruption in sports– Sen. Chimbudzi

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

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 27th           October, 2015- Sen Tawengwa).

[Time elapsed: 2 hours 19 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. Tawengwa.

On the motion of the Minister of Defence: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

  1. On the motion of the Minister of Defence: The Senate adjourned at eight minutes past three o’clock pm until Tuesday, 17th November, 2015 at half past two o’clock in the afternoon.

C.Z. TAWENGWA,

                                                                                                                   Acting President of the Senate.

 

 

TUESDAY, 17TH NOVEMBER, 2015

 

 

 ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICE OF MOTION

 

 

  1. HON. SEN. SIBANDA B. HON. SEN. HLALO

            That this House;

 

 CONCERNED about the socio – economic conditions in the nation which are direct result of:

  • A heavily underperforming agricultural sector;
  • A collapsed and continually collapsing industrial sector;
  • Unchecked corruption perpetrated at the higher echelons of society;

 

 NOTING that there have been no concerted and consistent efforts over the past 20 years to stem economic decline, except during the brief period of the inclusive government, in spite the numerous economic blueprints produced by government including ZIMASSET;

 

 WORRIED about the looming food shortages especially in the southern and eastern regions as a result of inter alia, continued poor performance in the agricultural sector;

 

 ALARMED by the number of organisations, including the private sector, parastatal and government itself, that are either downsizing or downright closing down;

 

 FURTHER CONCERNED about the collapse of the formal sector and close to total substitution of this sector by the informal sector;

 

            NOW THEREFORE calls upon government to;

 

  • Convene a national stake holders Indaba to address these critical national economic challenges;
  • Stop high level corruption which will emasculate recovery programs;
  • Make concerted efforts to resuscitate international FDI and domestic investment to jump start the economy; and
  • Improve domestic productivity through export incentive and productivity based remuneration.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on great strides made by Government in raising literacy rates in the country (Adjourned 28th October, 2015- Hon. Sen. Goto).

[Days elapsed: 2]

Question proposed: That this House;

MINDFUL of the great strides that Government has made in raising the literacy rate of the people in the country, through the provision of affordable educational programmes.

COGNISANT that providing education to the people empower them as “knowledge is power”.

NOW THEREFORE, commends the Government and the people of Zimbabwe for the success they have achieved in making Zimbabwe one of the countries with high literacy rates in Africa- Hon. Sen. Goto.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the need to promote sports development in Zimbabwe    (Adjourned 28th October, 2015- Sen. Chimbudzi).

[Days elapsed: 5]

 Question proposed: That this House –

 

NOTING the need to promote sports development in the country;

COGNISANT that sports play a major role in uniting society;

CONSIDERING that men and women are involved in sport;

CONCERNED that many talented school leavers are loitering hence some have experience in sports;

DESIROUS to see a policy that promotes sports in Zimbabwe;

ACKNOWLEDGING that sports can create employment;

NOW THEREFORE calls upon government to;

  • Enact appropriate laws to capacitate the Sports Council of Zimbabwe;
  • Identify qualified coaches that will support talented players in both rural and urban areas;
  • Establish Sports Centre in all provinces; and
  • Eradicate corruption in sports– Sen. Chimbudzi

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 28th October, 2015- The Minister of Defence)

[Time elapsed: 2 hours 28 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. Tawengwa.

  

THURSDAY, 19TH NOVEMBER, 2015

 

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

t QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

* QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

*1.

 

HON. SEN. GOTO:  To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development to state the measures the Ministry has put in place to control fertilizer prices in order to protect consumers from being prejudiced by unscrupulous dealers.

*2.

HON. SEN. MASHAVAKURE:  To ask the Minister of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education policy steps that the government is taking to mainstream visually handicapped students into practical and tech–voc subject, especially at primary and secondary levels.

[Deferred from 8th October, 2015]

*3.

HON. SEN. CHIMHINI:  To ask the Minister of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education to state the Ministry’s practical and measurable successes and achievements in schools ever since the Ministry was established.

[Deferred from 8th October, 2015]

 

*4.

HON. SEN. MASHAVAKURE:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care as to when a church hospital is made a district hospital, more specifically, does it become a government institution or is it run as a government institution for the purpose of being a district health institutions.  Does it adopt the title of “District Hospital” in titular terms only.

[Deferred from 8th October, 2015]

 

*5.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain to the House the role played by traditional leaders in supporting HIV / AIDS programmes in their communities.

[Deferred from 22nd October, 2015]

*6.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House the strategies that the Ministry has put in place to support people living with

HIV / AIDS in the event that Global Fund and other donors withdraw their support.

[Deferred from 22nd October, 2015]

*7.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain to the House whether the Ministry has any plans to establish a disease control centre to mitigate the challenges of HIV / AIDS.

[Deferred from 22nd October, 2015]

*8.

HON. SEN. SIBANDA B:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain why some Medical Aid Societies do not accept clients who are in the age group 60 to 65 years and to further state whether this practice is not discriminatory in view of the retirement age currently pegged at 65.

[Deferred from 22nd October, 2015]

*9.       HON. SEN. MASHAVAKURE:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development

  • whether the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority recognize, for the purposes of working out customs duty and other import taxes and charges, discounts of more than 35% on goods bought from abroad by locally – based Zimbabweans;

  • to further explain why Zimbabweans should not get more than 35% price discounts if the foreign source of the goods is willing to give this to a buyer; and

  • to state whether it is not possible that this somehow facilitates corruption by encouraging attempted bribery by entry ports officials.

 

[Deferred from 8th October, 2015]

 

*10. HON. SEN. CHIMHINI:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House;

  • What measures the Ministry is putting in place to effectively curb the abuse of scarce public funds, particularly in government ministries and parastatals as qualified in the Auditor General’s reports;

  • Which Ministries and parastatals if any, have been sanctioned for such improprieties and to state the nature of penalties applied if any, as a way of showing government seriousness to stop the rot.

[Deferred from 8th October 2015]

 

*11.

HON. SEN. CHIMHINI: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to state the annual revenue derived from imported Chinese goods that have flooded shops in cities for the past three years.

[Transferred on 22nd October, 2015]

*12.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain why Zimbabwe on boarders do not have road patrols as is the case with South Africa and Botswana.

*13.

HON. SEN. SIBANDA B:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development whether banks have realigned the interest rates pronounced by the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe when he issued his latest monetary policy.

 

*14.

HON. SEN. MASHAVAKURE:  To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to state whether it is legal for police officers at road blocks to refuse to display or disclose their Force numbers by, for example, covering them with jerseys.

 

[Deferred from 8th October, 2015]

 

*15.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to state the Ministry’s plans regarding the normalization of relations with neighboring countries that are deporting Zimbabweans for no apparent reason.

*16.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to state when the Ministry will electrify Beitbridge Boarder Post to enable the scanning machines work as expected.

*17.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to state the measures that the Ministry has put in place to curb corruption at Beitbridge and Plumtree border posts.

*18.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to state the steps that the Ministry is taking to deal with human trafficking at our borders.

 

*19.

 

HON. SEN. SIBANDA B:  To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to explain how the Ministry intends to protect registered commuter omnibus operators who pay various taxes to government, from competition coming from hundreds of unregistered private taxi operators who are operating on their routes illegally.

*20.     HON. SEN. SHIRI:  To ask the Minister of Information Communication Technology,

Postal and Courier Services to explain the position regarding the setting up of information centres nationwide and to state measures in place to improve the accessibility of information by persons with disabilities especially the hearing and visually impaired.

*21.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Information, Communication and Technology to inform the House what plans the Ministry has put in place to promote the advancement of women in the Information Communication Technology ICT sector in Zimbabwe.

*22.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Information, Communication and Technology to explain

(a)   The advantages of the market research;

(b)   And to further explain why market research is indispensable; and

(c)   How market research assists in the monitoring of growth of companies as well as that of  competitors.

*23.

HON. SEN. CHIMHINI: To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs what the Ministry is doing as a way of ensuring the following:

  • That the Anti-Corruption Commission effectively conducts its constitutional mandate and produces tangible  results to instill  public confidence in its work; and

  • That the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission maintains its independence thereby avoiding situations such as the one experienced in the 10 June 2013 By – Election in Hurungwe where the Commission investigated and confirmed incidences of political violence by some politicians but could not act on the findings.

 

[Deferred from 8th October, 2015]

*24.

 .

HON. SEN. CHIMHINI: To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to clarify the position regarding the voting by chiefs where there are divisions in the Senate on purely political lines and to state whether the whipping system is correct, in view of the fact that Section 28 (2a – c) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe stipulates that traditional leaders must not act in any partisan manner.

[Deferred from 8th October, 2015]

 

*25.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate the progress that the Ministry has made to educate the nation on the effects of climate change.

*26.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Sports and Recreation to explain the measures that the Minstry has put in place to ensure that children living with disabilities are not discriminated against in sporting activities.

*27.

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI:  To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Services to state the measures in place to ensure that all churches are registered inorder to legalize their operations in the country.

*28.

 

HON. SEN. SINAMPANDE: To ask the Minister of  Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to explain  Government’s  policy on the  deployment of teachers with specialized skills in subjects such as  mathematics  to certain areas  they do not speak the local languages

*29.

 

HON. SEN. GOTO:  To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to explain the Ministry’s Policy regarding fuel pricing in Zimbabwe.

*30.

HON. SEN. SINAMPANDE: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to explain the Government’s policy on the removal of transformers from Chief’s homesteads by the Rural Electrification Agency.

*31.

HON. SEN. SINAMPANDE: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to

inform the House on the Ministry’s plans to resuscitate Kamativi and Mashava mines.

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