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SENATE VOTES 6 JULY 2022 NO 52

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No. 52

 

PARLIAMENT

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE

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FOURTH SESSION – NINTH PARLIAMENT

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WEDNESDAY, 6TH JULY, 2022

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Half past two o’clock p.m.

The Deputy President of the Senate in the Chair.

Prayers.

 

Members Present

 

Baipai E

Bungu W

Bwawanda R

Chauke F

Chengeta S

Chezha C

Chifamba J

Chigwajara C

Chikukwa L

Chimbudzi A

Chinake V

Chirongoma J M

Chisorochengwe T

Denga P

Dube A

Dube S

Gumpo S

Gweshe K

Hungwe J D

Hungwe S O

Kambidzi E

Khumalo M N

Khupe W

Mabika D

Makone T M

Maluleke O M

Manyau N

Mapungwana A

Mathuthu T

Matiitira A

Mavetera T

Mavhunga M

Mbasera A

Mbohwa M

Mkwebu A

Mkwananzi Z N

Moeketsi V

Mohadi T

Moyo G

Moyo T

Mpofu S

Mudzuri E

Munzverengwi A

Mupfumira P

Muronzi M

Muzenda V T

Mtshane L K

Ndiweni V

Ndlovu C

Ndlovu D M

Ndlovu M

Nembire C

Nkomo N

Ntabeni M

Nyambuya M R

Nyati R

Parirenyatwa D P

Pasipamire P

Phugeni K

Rwambiwa E

Sekeremayi S T

Shumba C

Siatabwa N

Tongogara A K

Tsomondo B

 

 

 

 

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

 

Hon. Gumbo J. M., Hon. Kazembe K., Hon. Mhlanga J., Hon. Ziyambi Z.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printed by Order of the Senate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Absent with leave

 

 

  1. The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs (for the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade), moved:

 

WHEREAS section 327(2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that an international treaty which has been concluded or executed by or under the authority of the President does not bind Zimbabwe until it has been approved by Parliament;

AND WHEREAS the General Convention on Privileges and Immunities of the Organisation of African Unity entered into force on the 25th of October 1965;

AND WHEREAS the Republic of Zimbabwe has not signed nor ratify the General Convention on Privileges and Immunities of the Organisation of African Unity;

AND WHEREAS the Republic of Zimbabwe is desirous to accede to the said General Convention;

NOW, THEREFORE, in terms of section 327(2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, this House resolves that the aforesaid Agreement be and is hereby approved.

 

             Motion put and agreed to.

  1. The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs (for the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade), moved:

 

WHEREAS section 327(2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that an international treaty which has been concluded or executed by or under the authority of the President does not bind Zimbabwe until it has been approved by Parliament;

AND WHEREAS the Additional Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the Organisation was approved by the OAU Heads of State and Government at its Seventeenth Ordinary Session at Freetown, Sierra Leone on 3 July 1980;

AND WHEREAS the Republic of Zimbabwe has not signed nor ratify the Additional Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the Organisation.

AND WHEREAS the Republic of Zimbabwe is desirous to accede to the said Agreement;

NOW, THEREFORE, in terms of section 327(2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, this House resolves that the aforesaid Agreement be and is hereby approved.

 

               Motion put and agreed to.

 

  1. The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs (for the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade), moved:

WHEREAS section 327(2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that an international treaty which has been concluded or executed by or under the authority of the President does not bind Zimbabwe until it has been approved by Parliament;

AND WHEREAS the Agreement on the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments between Zimbabwe and Indonesia was signed on the 8th of February, 1999 on behalf of the Republic of Zimbabwe;

AND WHEREAS the entry into force of this Agreement shall be effective three (3) months from the date of notification of the fulfillment of the internal legal procedures by the later Contracting Party;

AND WHEREAS the Republic of Zimbabwe is desirous to ratify the said Agreement;

NOW, THEREFORE, in terms of section 327(2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, this House resolves that the aforesaid Agreement be and is hereby approved.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

  1. The Minister of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs (for the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade), moved:

 

WHEREAS section 327(2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that an international treaty which has been concluded or executed by or under the authority of the President does not bind Zimbabwe until it has been approved by Parliament;

AND WHEREAS the Agreement on the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments between Zimbabwe and Botswana was signed on the 21st of March, 2011 on behalf of the Republic of Zimbabwe;

AND WHEREAS the entry into force of this Agreement shall be effective on the thirtieth (30th) day from the date of notification of the fulfillment of the internal legal procedures by the later Contracting Party;

AND WHEREAS the Republic of Zimbabwe is desirous to ratify the said Agreement;

NOW, THEREFORE, in terms of section 327(2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, this House resolves that the aforesaid Agreement be and is hereby approved.

Motion put and agreed to.

  1. The Minister of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs (for the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade), moved:

WHEREAS section 327(2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that an international treaty which has been concluded or executed by or under the authority of the President does not bind Zimbabwe until it has been approved by Parliament;

AND WHEREAS the Agreement on the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments between Zimbabwe and Singapore was signed on the 1st of September, 2000 on behalf of the Republic of Zimbabwe;

AND WHEREAS the entry into force of this Agreement shall be effective on the date of receipt of notification by either Contracting Party to the other that its constitutional and legal requirements have been fulfilled

AND WHEREAS the Republic of Zimbabwe is desirous to ratify the said Agreement;

NOW, THEREFORE, in terms of section 327(2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, this House resolves that the aforesaid Agreement be and is hereby approved.

             

              Motion put and agreed to.

  1. The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, moved: That Notice of Motion No. 6 for today, stands over until Order of the Day No. 7 has been disposed of.

Motion put and agreed to

 

  1. Second Reading: Copper Control Amendment Bill (H.B. 3, 2021)— The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs (for The Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage)

Bill read a second time.

Committee, with leave, forthwith.

                             (Senate in Committee)

 Clauses 1 to 8, put and agreed to.

 Bill to be reported without amendment.

                                (Senate resumed)

 Bill reported without amendment.

 Third reading, with leave, forthwith.

 Bill read a third time.

  1. On the motion of the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs: The Senate adjourned at four minutes past four o`clock pm.

HON. SEN. GEN. (RTD) M. R. NYAMBUYA,

                                                                                                      Deputy President of the Senate.

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THURSDAY, 7TH JULY, 2022

 

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

 

  • QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

 *         QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

 

*1. Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs in charge of

Implementation and Monitoring to give an update on plans that have been put in place by

Government to resuscitate the District Development Fund Tillage Unit Programme in the

country.

[Deferred 11th November 2021]

*2. Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Minister of State for Presidential Affairs in

      charge of Implementation and Monitoring to inform the House the measures put in place

      to provide spare parts for boreholes that require servicing.

                                                                                                                           [Deferred 11th November 2021]

*3. Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries and

      Rural Resettlement to explain to the House the plans that have been put in place to

      address siltation challenges in most of the dams in the country.

[Deferred 11th November 2021]

*4.   Hon. Sen. Tongogara: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries and 

        Rural Resettlement to inform the House whether there are any mechanisms in place to

        monitor the inputs that are given to small scale farmers under the Presidential Input

        Scheme and whether these inputs are utilized for intended purposes at household level

        amid allegations that some individuals sell such inputs.

 [Deferred 11th November 2021]

*5.  Hon Sen Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural

        Resettlement to appraise the House on the achievements brought about by the concept of

        Zunde raMambo in the country.

[Deferred 17th March 2022]

 

*6.  Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural

Resettlement to appraise the House on the achievements brought about by the concept of

Zunde raMambo in the country.

[Deferred 17th March 2022]

*7. Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Women Affairs, Gender, Small Medium

      Enterprises and Community Development to explain to the House whether or not women

      are awarded tenders on programmes relating to the national development agenda.

[Deferred 11th November 2021]

*8. Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce to inform the

      House whether or not foreigners in business contribute to the National fiscus.

[Deferred 11th November 2021]

 

*9. Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce to inform the

        House, the plans being put in place to address the high pricing of commodities by

        business communities.

[Deferred 17th March 2022]

*10. Hon. Sen. Manyau: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development to inform the House;

  1. the efforts that have been made to ensure availability of buses that are user friendly and accessible to people with disabilities in the country,
  2. the measures being put in place to ensure that private players import buses that are user friendly to people with disabilities.

*11. Hon. Sen. Manyau: To ask the Minister of Local Government and Public Works to explain to the House the plans put in place by councils to ensure that road pavements are accessible to people with disabilities given the current poor road terrain.

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTION        

 

  1. Sen. C. Ndlovu

           Hon. Sen. B. Mpofu

          

That this House takes note of the Report of the Thematic Committee on Gender and Development on the benchmark visit to Rwanda on women participation in leadership, politics, decision-making positions and women empowerment in the socio-economic sector from 26 March to 31 March, 2022.

[Day elapsed: 1]

 

  1. Adjourned debate on the motion on vulnerable children living in the streets (Adjourned 5th July, 2022- Hon. Sen. S. Mpofu)

[Days elapsed: 2]

            Question proposed: That:

    

 RECOGNISING Government’s mantra of leaving no one behind as envisaged in   vision 2030.

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that institutional care and social protection programmes instituted by Government and Development Partners to promote livelihoods of vulnerable children who are living on the street.

CONCERNED at the ever-increasing numbers of such children in the Harare Central Business District (CBD) and other cities around the country, a situation which violates Children’s rights to essential services such as education, health, safety, shelter and protection in general, as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of Children and the Constitution.

FURTHER CONCERNED that life in the streets exposes children to sexual exploitations, drug abuse, physical, emotional, and psychological abuses, which are detrimental to their general welfare and productive livelihood.

CALLS UPON this House to implore Government to

  1. ensure that, the Ministry of Public Service Labor and Social Welfare, assesses the root causes and addresses specific needs of such children so that they do not continue to live in the streets.
  2. sensitize communities on responsible parenting that embraces a receptive culture

towards children living in the streets and ensure that they do not reconsider living in the street being provided better places to live – Hon. S. Mpofu.

    

  1. Adjourned debate on the motion on the effects of drought on the national herd in the dry regions of the country (Adjourned 5th July, 2022- Hon. Sen. A. Dube)

[Days elapsed: 13]

            Question proposed: That:

 

            COGNISANT of the destructive impact of drought on our national herd in the dry regions of the country;

            CONSCIOUS of the large numbers of cattle that have perished in the past and those likely to face the same fate under similar conditions this year as already evinced by the massive wilting of crops in the dry regions of the country;

            This House strongly urges Government to

  1. Urgently design and implement practical schemes to redeem the national herd from the devastating and destructive effects of drought; and
  2. Urgently comes up with mitigatory measures such as winter cropping and drought relief programmes which will alleviate the impact of drought in all affected areas of the country – Hon. Sen. A. Dube.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on the motion on policies that address and plug loopholes on tax evasions, illicit financial flows and corruption (Adjourned 5th July, 2022- Hon. Sen Chinake)

[Days elapsed: 14]

Question proposed: That this House:

 

NOTING that Zimbabwe is endowed with various mineral wealth such as gold, diamond, granite, lithium, which are critical for attainment of an upper middle class economy in line with the 2030 vision;

FURTHER NOTING that the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development has a target to achieve a US12 billion mining sector by 2023.

CONCERNED that the mining sector is experiencing serious challenges on issues like tax evasion, illicit financial flows and corruption, which are detrimental to economic development;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, this House calls upon Government to craft policies that address and plug loopholes related to tax evasion, illicit financial flows and corruption in the sector thereby promoting transparency and accountability of revenue generated-  Hon Sen. Chinake

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the need to come up with measures to resuscitate the

economy (Adjourned 5th June, 2022- Hon. Sen Muzenda)

                                                                                                         [ Days elapsed: 21]

Question proposed: That this House,

NOTING with dismay the prevailing drought and restrictive economic conditions which are exacerbated by the deadly Covid 19 pandemic;

CONCERNED at the plight of emerging small and medium scale businesses in the country which are failing to break even;

FURTHER CONCERNED at the rapid disappearance of Zimbabwe’s natural resources countrywide;

ACKNOWLEDGING that our natural resources can transform our country and bring about improved economic production, if well utilized, particularly in rural areas where there is still some wildlife and mineral wealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, urges and recommends the following;

  1. That Government, through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development comes up with measures to resuscitate our economy and rescues small and medium businesses from collapse;
  2. That government gives maximum support and assists in coordinating and implementing the measures taken by the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Tourism and Hospitality Industry to preserve our natural resources; and
  3. That Government initiates a nationwide conservation awareness program- Sen. A. Dube

  1. The Minister of Justice, Legal And Parliamentary Affairs:

 

That this takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for the year 2021, presented to this House of Parliament in terms of section 323 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

 

 

 

           TUESDAY, 12TH JULY, 2022

 

NOTICE OF MOTION

 

Hon. Sen. Mabika

Hon. Sen. Kambizi

 

NOTING with admiration that dams are an essential component/driver for economic development;

 

APPLAUDING the Government for the momentum gained towards changing people’s economic status, through the provision of opportunities in farming and increased access to potable water by encouraging construction of water bodies

 

CONCERNED at the low pace in completion of national dams which have the potential to transform people’s livelihoods countrywide;

 

FURTHER CONCERNED that some uncompleted dams may end up as white elephants thereby disadvantaging some communities in terms of economic empowerment;

 

NOW THEREFORE calls upon the government to provide adequate funds for the completion of all outstanding dam construction projects countrywide, among them Mirror Dam in Chipinge.

 

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