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SENATE VOTES 8 DECEMBER 2022 NO 4

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No.4

 

PARLIAMENT

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE

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FIFTH SESSION – NINTH PARLIAMENT

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THURSDAY, 8TH DECEMBER, 2022

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Half past two o’clock p.m.

The Acting President of the Senate in the Chair.

 

Members Present

 

Baipai E

Bungu W

Bwawanda R

Chauke R.

Chengeta S

Chezha C

Chifamba J.

Chigwajara C.

Chikukwa L

Chimbudzi A.

Chimutengwende C C C

Chinake V

Chirongoma J M

Chisorochengwe T

Denga P

Dube A

Dube S

Gumpo S

Gweshe K

Hungwe J.D.

Hungwe S O

Khumalo M N

Komichi M

Mabika D

Maluleke O M

Manyau N

Mapungwana A.

Mathuthu T

Matiirira A

Mavetera T

Mavhunga M

Mbasera A

Mkhwebu A

Mkwananzi Z N

Moeketsi V

Moyo G

Moyo T

Mpofu S

Mudzuri E

Munzverengwi A.

Mupfumira P

Muronzi M

Muzenda V.T.

Mtshane L K

Mwonzora T.D.

Ndiweni M N

Ndlovu C

Ndlovu D.M.

Ndlovu M.

Nembire C

Nkomo N.

Nyathi R

Phugeni K

Rwambiwa E

Tongogara A

Tsomondo B

 

 

 

 

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

 

Hon. R Machingura, Hon. F. Mhona, Hon. M. Mudyiwa, Hon. Z Ziyambi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                       Printed by Order of the Senate

 

 

 

Absent with leave

Hon. Sen. P. Pasipamire.

 

  1. Papers Laid upon the Table—

           The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

      Revised George Town Agreement establishing Partnership Agreement between (the European Union/ the European Union and its Member States), of the One Party, and Members of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, of the Other Party [By Section 327 of the Constitution].

            The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs

      The Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union  Relating to the Pan African Parliament [By Section 327 of the Constitution].

  1. The Deputy Clerk advised the Senate of the absence of the President and Deputy

      President of the Senate and Members of the Chairperson’s panel and, in accordance with provisions of Standing Order No. 47 (5) (b), called for nominations for an Acting President of the Senate.

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Muzenda, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mathuthu, Hon. Sen. Chief Ngungumbane was nominated as Acting President of Senate for today’s sitting.

  1. Questions without notice.

 

  1. Sen. Komichi, seconded by Hon. Sen. Chinake, moved: That Questions without

Notice be extended by a ten minutes.

Motion put and agreed to.

  1. The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, moved: That Order of the

       Day No. 1, for today stand over, until Order of the Day No. 2 has been disposed of.

Motion put and agreed to.

  1. The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs (for the Minister of Foreign

       Affairs and International Trade) moved:

 

That;

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;

WHEREAS The Georgetown Agreement, created in 1975, is the Framework Act of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States which aims to ensure sustainable development and poverty reduction within the ACP’s Member States. Zimbabwe, together with other Member States are progressively adopting policies and implementing measures in accordance with their obligations in terms of the Agreement and exercising political will by calling for the transformation of the ACP Group of States into an international organization which will act as a multilateral body, taking into account the changing global geopolitical context.

WHEREAS The Revised Georgetown Agreement was opened for signature in 2019, and came into force in April 2020. The Revised Agreement endorses the Organisations change of name from the ACP Group of States to the Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (OACPS). Other significant changes include among others, a revision of addressing the challenges to development in all its dimensions with respect to environmental matters, climate change, peace and security, gender and private sector development.

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 for ratification.

Motion put and agreed to.

  1. On the motion of the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs: The

Senate adjourned at seven minutes past four o’clock pm until Tuesday, 13th     December 2022 at a half past two o’clock in the afternoon.

                                                                        HON. SEN. CHIEF N. NGUNGUMBANE,

                                                                                     Acting President of the Senate.

 

 

                                       TUESDAY, 13TH DECEMBER, 2022

 

 

ORDER OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

 

 

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

That the provisions of Standing Order Nos. 32 (6), 52, 65, 67 (5) and 137 regarding    the reporting period of the Parliamentary Legal Committee, automatic adjournment of the House at five minutes to seven o’clock p.m. and at twenty-five minutes past one o’clock pm on a Friday, Government precedence and Private Members’ precedence, questions and stages of Bills respectively be suspended until business relating to the Budget has been disposed of.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 7th December 2022- Sen. S. S. Mpofu)

 

                                                                                                                [Day elapsed:3]

 

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. S. Mpofu

 

  1. Sen. Mabika

Hon. Sen. Kambizi

 

                                                                                                            [Day elapsed: 1]

 

ACKNOWLEDGING, that education is a right for every citizen and permanent resident in Zimbabwe

 

COGNISANT that the state, through reasonable legislative and other measures, must ensure     that education is progressively available and accessible even to Adults as constitutionally obligated.

 

FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGING, the importance of Early Child Development (ECD) in laying the foundation for Children through education.

 

CONCERNED, that Early Child Development (ECD) is confronted with a myriad of challenges such as inadequate funding, shortage of classrooms, Information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment teachers and reading materials, among other things;

 

This House calls upon:

  1. the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to prioritize the construction of school infrastructure and recruitment of teachers for Early Child Development (ECD)
  2. the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to provide adequate financial resources for Early Child Development programs.

 

 

 

 

                                       THURSDAY, 15TH DECEMBER, 2022

 

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

*         QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

 

 

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