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SENATE VOTES 7 AUGUST 2019

 

ADVANCE COPY- UNCORRECTED

No. 66

 

 

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, 7TH AUGUST 2019

 

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Half past two o’clock pm.

 

The Deputy President of the Senate in the Chair.

 

PRAYERS.

Members Present

Chabuka K

Chifamba F

Chimbudzi A

Chinake V

Chirongoma J  M.

Chitanga Chief

Chundu Chief

Dube A

Dube M R Femai M.

Gumpo S

Gwaradzimba E

Gweshe K

Hungwe J D

Hungwe S O

Khupe W

Komichi M

Makone T M

Makumbe Chief

Mapungwana Chief

Masendu Chief

Mavetera T

Mathupulu Chief

Mathuthu T Matiirira A.

Mkwebu A

Moeketsi V

Mohadi T B

Mpofu B

Mudzuri E

Muronzi M

Muzenda V T

Mtshane L K Chief

Mwonzora T D

Ncube S

Ndlovu P

Nechombo Chief

Ngezi Chief

Ngungumbane Chief

Nhema Chief

Ntabeni Chief

Nyambuya M R

Nyathi R

Parirenyatwa D P

Phuthi M

Rambanepasi C Rwambiwa E Shoko G.

Shumba C

Siansali Chief

Sinampande H

Timire R

Timveos L

Tongogara A K

Tsomondo B

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. Dr Sekeramayi S P

 

  1. The Minister of State for Manicaland Province, moved: That Notice of Motion No. 1, for today, stands over until Order of the Day No. 8 has been disposed of.

 

Motion put and agreed to

 

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the protection of the environment and the sustainable use of natural resources (Adjourned 6th August, 2019 – Sen. Chifamba)

 

[Days elapsed:  3]

      Question again proposed: That this House;

 

 COGNISANT that Section 73 of the Constitution obligates the State to protect the  environment for the benefit of present and future generations through reasonable legislative  and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation, promote conservation  and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources;

ALSO COGNISANT that wild animals depend on the environment as a habitat and source  of food;

CONCERNED that human beings are endangering the survival of wild animals through the  unsustainable harvesting of wild fruits which results in human and wildlife conflict;  FURTHER CONCERNED that environmental management agencies are failing to  adequately protect the environment as indigenous fruit trees continue to be cut  indiscriminately, thereby depriving wild animals of their source of food and shelter;

NOW THEREFORE, resolves to:

  1. enact a law that prohibits the bulk harvesting and selling of wild fruits and policies that boost agricultural production in order to revive local industry thereby improving citizens’      source of livelihoods;

 

  1. call upon Government to adequately empower the Environmental Management Authority (EMA), including recruitment of a sufficient number of Environmental Officers to enable         the agency to effectively execute its mandate;

 

  1. recommend to the Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry and Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to strengthen        collaborative efforts towards protection of the environment, particularly, to stop the        cutting of trees Sen. Chifamba.

 

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

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the need for a legislative framework on pensions and insurance benefits (Adjourned 6th August, 2019 – Hon. Sen. Timveos)

 

[Days elapsed:  7]

      Question again proposed: That this House;

 

CONCERNED with the glaring gap in the regulatory framework on matters to deal  with administration and compensation of policy holders and pensioners whenever a  plethora of irregularities arise, a situation that has resulted in pensioners and policy  holders, being prejudiced of their benefits;

 

 

FURTHER CONCERNED that some administrators of pensions and insurance services have taken advantage of the economic challenges to cause further prejudice by coming up with inaccurate benefit calculations, engaging in governance malpractices within pension schemes and insurance policies, poor accounting and record keeping and manipulating regulations and legislation to their benefit;

 

DISTURBED by the complete disregard of the welfare of pensioners by the concerned authorities;

 

NOW THEREFORE, resolves that:

 

  1. the Executive establishes an adequately empowered entity to address challenges affecting pensioners and policy holders with a view to comprehensively      compensate all those who have been prejudiced;

 

  1. pensions and insurance legislation be urgently reviewed in order to eliminate loopholes that have been exploited to prejudice policy holders and pensioners;

 

  1. new regulatory approaches be introduced in order to cater for the interests of all stakeholders, pensioners and policy holders before the end of this year; and

 

  1. the Executive urgently implements recommendations of the Justice Smith Commission of Enquiry on Pensions and Insurance Benefits Sen. Timveos

 

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

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the need for the enforcement of the law on child marriages (Adjourned 6th August,2019 – Hon. Sen. Tongogara.)

 

[Days elapsed:  9]

     

Question again proposed: That this House;

 

RECALLING that child marriages were a rare occurrence before Zimbabwe’s independence;

 

NOTING that the extended family, community leadership and members used to play a critical role of inculcating good morals and values in children, a culture which minimised child marriages;

 

CONCERNED by the disintegration of the extended family unit and the community social moral fabric resulting in increased number of juveniles entering into marriage partnerships with adults;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon the Government in collaboration with other stakeholders including traditional and religious leaders to vigorously enforce the law against offenders engaging in child marriages and inculcate cultural values that ultimately discourage and bring to an end all forms of child marriages- Hon. Sen. Tongogara

 

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

 

 

  1. On the motion of the Minister of State for Manicaland Province: The Senate adjourned at five minutes to four o’clock until Tuesday 27 th August 2019 at half past two o`clock pm.

 

 

 

 

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

Deputy President of the Senate.

 

___________________________________________________________________ TUESDAY, 27TH AUGUST, 2019

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICE OF MOTION

 

          

 

  1. HON. SEN. SEKERAMAYI HON. SEN. CHINAKE

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the Thematic Committee on Human  Rights on Familiarisation Visits to Feartherstone, Ngundu, Beitbridge, Gwanda  and Plumtree Police Stations and Boarder Posts. (S.C. 9, 2019).

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the protection of the environment and the sustainable use of natural resources (Adjourned 7th August, 2019 – Sen. Chifamba)

 

[Days elapsed:  4]

         Question proposed: That this House;

 

 COGNISANT that Section 73 of the Constitution obligates the State to protect the  environment for the benefit of present and future generations through reasonable legislative  and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation, promote conservation  and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources;

ALSO COGNISANT that wild animals depend on the environment as a habitat and source  of food;

CONCERNED that human beings are endangering the survival of wild animals through the  unsustainable harvesting of wild fruits which results in human and wildlife conflict;

FURTHER CONCERNED that environmental management agencies are failing to  adequately protect the environment as indigenous fruit trees continue to be cut  indiscriminately, thereby depriving wild animals of their source of food and shelter;

NOW THEREFORE, resolves to:

  1. enact a law that prohibits the bulk harvesting and selling of wild fruits and policies that boost agricultural production in order to revive local industry thereby improving citizens’      source of livelihoods;

 

  1. call upon Government to adequately empower the Environmental Management Authority (EMA), including recruitment of a sufficient number of Environmental Officers to enable         the agency to effectively execute its mandate;

 

  1. recommend to the Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry and Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to strengthen        collaborative efforts towards protection of the environment, particularly, to stop the        cutting of trees Sen. Chifamba.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the need for a legislative framework on pensions and insurance benefits (Adjourned 7th August, 2019 – Hon. Sen. Timveos)

 

[Days elapsed:  8]

         Question proposed: That this House;

 

CONCERNED with the glaring gap in the regulatory framework on matters to deal  with administration and compensation of policy holders and pensioners whenever a  plethora of irregularities arise, a situation that has resulted in pensioners and policy  holders, being prejudiced of their benefits;

 

 

FURTHER CONCERNED that some administrators of pensions and insurance services have taken advantage of the economic challenges to cause further prejudice by coming up with inaccurate benefit calculations, engaging in governance malpractices within pension schemes and insurance policies, poor accounting and record keeping and manipulating regulations and legislation to their benefit;

 

DISTURBED by the complete disregard of the welfare of pensioners by the concerned authorities;

 

NOW THEREFORE, resolves that:

 

  1. the Executive establishes an adequately empowered entity to address challenges affecting pensioners and policy holders with a view to comprehensively      compensate all those who have been prejudiced;

 

  1. pensions and insurance legislation be urgently reviewed in order to eliminate loopholes that have been exploited to prejudice policy holders and pensioners;

 

  1. new regulatory approaches be introduced in order to cater for the interests of all stakeholders, pensioners and policy holders before the end of this year; and

 

  1. the Executive urgently implements recommendations of the Justice Smith Commission of Enquiry on Pensions and Insurance Benefits Sen. Timveos

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the need for the enforcement of the law on child marriages (Adjourned 7th August,2019 – Hon. Sen. Tongogara.)

 

[Days elapsed:  10]

     

Question proposed: That this House;

 

RECALLING that child marriages were a rare occurrence before Zimbabwe’s independence;

 

NOTING that the extended family, community leadership and members used to play a critical role of inculcating good morals and values in children, a culture which minimised child marriages;

 

CONCERNED by the disintegration of the extended family unit and the community social moral fabric resulting in increased number of juveniles entering into marriage partnerships with adults;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon the Government in collaboration with other stakeholders including traditional and religious leaders to vigorously enforce the law against offenders engaging in child marriages and inculcate cultural values that ultimately discourage and bring to an end all forms of child marriages- Hon. Sen. Tongogara

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the perennial shortages of clean and potable water in          most towns and growth points (Adjourned 6th August, 2019 – Hon. Sen. Wunganayi)

 

[Days elapsed:  11]

 

     

Question proposed: That this House;

COGNISANT that Section 77 (a) recognises the right of every person to safe, clean and potable water;

 

DEEPLY CONCERNED by the perennial shortage of clean and potable water in most towns and growth points, which has over the years greatly contributed to an outbreak of waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid;

 

NOTING that according to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, more than US$50 million was utilised in containing the cholera outbreak during the year 2018 alone;

 

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon Government to urgently allocate foreign currency to local authorities for the development of water infrastructure in towns and growth points and purchasing water treatment chemicals. Hon. Sen. Wunganayi.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Thematic Committee on Gender and Development on Cancer Treatment and Control in Zimbabwe (Adjourned 6th        August, 2019 – Sen. S. Ncube)

 

[Days elapsed: 10]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Thematic   Committee on Gender and Development on Cancer Treatment and Control in Zimbabwe (S. C.  8, 2019)Hon. Sen. S. Ncube.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Speaker of National Assembly, Hon.

Advocate J. F. Mudenda’s Bilateral Visit to the Shura Advisory              Council,             Doha, Qatar, 30th March to 4th April, (Adjourned 17th July, 2019 – Hon. Sen. Muzenda)

 

[Days elapsed: 19]

 

 Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Speaker of

 National Assembly, Hon. Advocate J. F. Mudenda’s Bilateral Visit to the Shura

Advisory Council, Doha, Qatar, 30th March to 4th April,Hon. Sen. Chief    Mtshane

 

  1. COMMITTEE: To resume on the Adverse Report by the Parliamentary Legal Committee on Statutory Instrument No. 247 of 2018, Agricultural Marketing Authority (Command Agriculture Scheme for Domestic Crop, Livestock and Fisheries Production) Regulations, 2018 published in the Gazette during the month of November, 2018. (progress reported 5th March) – Samukange.

 

 

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                          THURSDAY, 29 TH AUGUST, 2019 QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS.

 

* QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

 

*1. 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]

*2. HON. SEN. MOHADI: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House how funds collected from the Health Post at Beitbridge Border Post are disbursed and utilised.

[Deferred from 18th July 2019]

 

*3. HON. SEN. TONGOGARA: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic
Development to inform the House the measures being taken by the Government to
monitor and enforce  compliance to Statutory Instrument 142 Reserve Bank of
Zimbabwe (Legal Tender) Regulations 2019, as business operators in down town
 

 

Harare continue to charge their products in foreign currency.
*4. HON. SEN. MOHADI: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural
Development to update the House on progress made by the Ministry on fencing the
Bulawayo- Beitbridge as a remedial measure to keep away stray animals along the
 

 

road.

 

[Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

*5. HON. SEN. TONGOGARA: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural

Development to inform the House the measures being put in place by the Ministry to           normalise the issuing of vehicle number plates.

*6. 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]

 

*7.

 

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprise Development to state the current number of women with disabilities in the country by age and per province.

                                                                         [Deferred from 20th June, 2019]

*8. HON. SEN. DUBE A: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state when the construction of student nurses’ accommodation at Tsholotsho District Hospital will be completed.

[Deferred from 20th June, 2019] 

*9. HON. SEN. S. NCUBE: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain to the House the policy regarding goods donated to hospitals and clinics.
                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

 

*10. HON. SEN. S. NCUBE: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House the circumstances relating to the dumping of goods donated to Chiredzi District Hospital at a time when there is acute shortage of such goods at the Hospital.
 

 

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]
*11. HON. SEN. MAVETERA: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House on the progress made towards the construction of a central drug store at Harare Central Hospital.
 

 

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]
*12.

 

HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to explain measures being taken to ensure gender equality in appointment of Commissioners to independent Commissions.

[Deferred from 20th June, 2019]

*13. HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to explain measures being taken to end child marriages which are on the rise in Zimbabwe.

[Deferred from 20th June, 2019] 

*14. HON. SEN. MAVETERA: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to explain to the House the recruitment procedures for officers at management level at health institutions and to state whether any procedures were followed in the recruitment of the current Chief Executive Officer for Harare Central Hospital.
 

 

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]
*15. HON. SEN. MAVETERA: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social

Welfare to:

  1. inform the House on the progress made in fulfilment of the promises made by Government to health workers following their last industrial action; and

 

  1. state the number of health workers who have benefitted from the customs duty free vehicle scheme to date.

                                                                                              [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

*16.     HON. SEN. SHOKO: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to:

  1. inform the House why Government refused the supervision of implementation of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Commission of Inquiry Report and Observation of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Recommendations of Standards.

 

  1. state when the implementation of recommendations of the ILO Committee on Application of Standards will commence, including; labour reforms, reregistration                  of labour unions that had their certificates  revoked and also when the harassment                of leaders of trade unions will come to an end.

 

[Deferred from 25th July 2019]

 

*17. HON. SEN. SHOKO: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to explain to the House when the International Labour Organisation Convention No.

190 on Violence and Harassment and Recommendation No. 206 concerning the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work will be ratified and domesticated by Zimbabwe.

 

 

[Deferred from 25th July 2019]
*18. HON. SEN. MOHADI: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and

Rural Resettlement to state when the Tshikwalakwala Irrigation Scheme in

Beitbridge East Constituency will be rehabilitated in order to mitigate the challenge of food shortages.

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]
*19. HON. SEN. MOHADI: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and

Rural Resettlement to inform the House why there is no maize grain at the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) Depot in Beitbridge, a situation that has resulted in people incurring high costs of transporting grain from the Bulawayo GMB Depot.

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]
*20. HON. SEN. MAVETERA: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement to state:  the amount of financial resources released by the Treasury towards financing the Command Agriculture Programme this farming season and to confirm whether such allocation will be adequate for the expected outputs.
 

 

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]
*21. HON. SEN. MAVETERA: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement to inform the House the national cereal crop output produced this farming season and to also state the proportion contributed by the Command Agriculture Programme.
 

 

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]
*22. HON. SEN. MAVETERA: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement to inform the House the total number of wheat farmers in the country and to explain the measures being taken by Government as an incentive to farmers to venture into wheat production.
 

 

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]
23.

 

HON. SEN. MAVETERA: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement to:
 

 

a) inform the House  the amount of maize delivered to the Grain Marketing Board by A2 farmers during the 2018-2019 farming season; and
b) explain whether the Ministry has set any production targets for those allocated A2

farms and if there are any repercussions for those who underutilize the land.

 

                                                                                              [Deferred from 18th July 2019]

 

*24. HON. SEN. M. NDLOVU: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement to inform the House when Government will install a pipeline to transmit water from the Mtshabezi Dam to the City of Bulawayo and other surrounding areas in Matebeleland South Province.

 

 

*25.

 

HON. SEN. MAVETERA: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to inform the House the strategies in place to address the current electricity challenges faced by the country and state when the power outages are expected to end and the situation returns to normalcy, thereby facilitating industrial production.
 

 

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]
*26. HON. SEN. MOHADI: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to inform the House when the electricity fault at Chief Matibe’s Homestead will be rectified.
                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]
*27. HON. SEN. MAVETERA: To ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs to:
  1. inform the House the number of foreign embassies that Zimbabwe has worldwide and to give a detailed breakdown of the investments that each one of them has brought to the country during the past 2 years; and
  2. justify the continued existence of embassies that are not bringing any meaningful investments to the country.
 

 

                                                                                    [Deferred from 18th July 2019]
*28.

 

HON. SEN. CHIMUTENGWENDE: To ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs to inform the House when the Government will sign the Malabo Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union on the Pan-African Parliament and to elaborate measures being taken in this regard.
*29.

 

HON. SEN. CHIMUTENGWENDE: To ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs to explain to the House measures being taken by the Government towards the achievement of the African Union Agenda 2063 including encouraging the participation of PanAfricanist and private   organisations, amongst other stakeholders.
*30.

 

HON. SEN. TIMVEOS: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to explain to the House measures being taken by the Ministry to:

a)                assist former workers of Mbada Diamonds to receive their outstanding wages since the latter still cannot access their operating license despite a ruling to this effect by the Constitutional Court.

 

b)               facilitate the rehiring of former workers of Mbada Diamonds by the Zimbabwe Consolidated Development Company or provision of termination of employment benefits in line with the Labour Court Ruling.

 

[Deferred from 18th July 2019]

 

*31. HON. SEN. M. NDLOVU: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to explain to the House
the Government policy regarding the recruitment of police officers, including;
 

 

academic qualifications, age and gender, amongst other attributes.
*32. HON. SEN. M. NDLOVU: To ask the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education to
explain to the House Government policy regarding university students’ loans,
including; disbursement agency, selection criteria and repayment modalities.

 

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