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SENATE VOTES TUESDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2023 NO 15

 

  

ADVANCE COPY‑UNCORRECTED

 

 

No. 15

 

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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TUESDAY, 14TH FEBRUARY, 2023

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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 R.

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

Femai M.

Gumpo S

Gweshe K

Hungwe J.D.

Hungwe S O

Kambizi E

Khumalo M

Khumalo M. N

Komichi M

Mabika D

Malinga J.T

Maluleke O M

Manyau N

Mapungwana A.

Mathuthu T

Matiirira A

Mavetera T

Mavhunga M

Mbasera A

Mbohwa M.

Mkhwebu A

Mkwananzi Z N

Moeketsi V

Mohadi T

Moyo G

Moyo T

Mpofu S

Munzverengwi A.

Mupfumira P

Muronzi M

Muzenda V.T.

Mtshane L K

Ndiweni M.

Ndiweni V.

Ndlovu C

Ndlovu D.M.

Ndlovu M.

Nembire C

Nkomo N.

Ntabeni M.

Nyambuya M. R

Nyathi R

Parirenyatwa D. P.

Pasipamire P.

Phugeni K

Rwambiwa E

Sekeramayi S T

Shumba C

Siatabwa N

Tongogara A.

Tsomondo B.

Zhou I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Hon. Z. Ziyambi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                       Printed by Order of the Senate

 

Absent with leave

 

  1. The Deputy President of the Senate: I have to inform the House that on the 6th of February, 2023, the President of the Senate was notified by the Movement for Democratic Change that with effect from the 1st of February, 2023 Hon. Senator Engineer Elias Mudzuri ceased to be a Member of the MDC Party. Accordingly, section 129(1) K of the Constitution of Zimbabwe applies, it provides that:

 

            “The seat of a Member of Parliament becomes vacant if the Member has ceased to belong to the political party of which he or she was a Member when elected to Parliament and the political party concerned, by written notice to the Speaker or the President of the Senate, as the case may be, has declared that the Member has ceased to belong to it”

 

The necessary administrative measures will be taken to inform His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of the existence of the vacancy in line with the Electoral Act, [Chapter 2:13].

 

  1. Bills received from the National Assembly-

[Date received]

 

National Security Council Bill (H.B. 2A, 2022)

 

Institute of Loss Control and Private Security Management Bill (H.B. 5A, 2022)

 

Police Amendment Bill (H.B. 1A, 2022)…………………….......14th February, 2023.

 

 

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

 

THAT WHEREAS subsections (5) and (6) of section 280 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act [Chapter 9:23] provide that if the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs wishes to give effect to a Statutory Instrument to replace the First Schedule (“Standard Scale of Fines”) to that Act (by reason of a change in the purchasing-power of money or for any other reason), he must lay the draft statutory instrument before Parliament, and that the statutory instrument shall not come into force unless approved by resolution of Parliament;

AND WHEREAS the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs has, in terms of subsection (5) of the said section 280, made the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) (Standard Scale of Fines) Notice, 2023, on the 18th of January, 2023;

AND WHEREAS the said statutory instrument was, in accordance with subsection (5) of the said section 280, laid before Parliament on the 18th of January, 2023:

NOW, THEREFORE, this House resolves that the said statutory instrument be and is hereby approved.

Motion put and agreed to.

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

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for the 7 May 2022 by- elections, presented to this House of Parliament in terms of section 241 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe as read with section 13(1) of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13].

 

On the motion of the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs:  Debate adjourned until tomorrow.                                           

 

  1. Sen. S. Mpofu, seconded by Hon. Sen. A. Dube, moved:

[Day elapsed: 1]

 

That this House,

 

MINDFUL that every person has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being;

FURTHER MINDFUL that every person has a Constitutional right to have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent ecological degradation and pollution;

DISTURBED by the filthy garbage that has become an eye sore in all our towns and cities countrywide as a result of rampant and unabated littering which seems to have become a way of life;

CONCERNED that the littering of our urban centres has been further exacerbated by industrial waste pollution which is surely a time bomb that will explode anytime if this is not expeditiously brought under firm control;

Now, therefore, calls upon the Government to:

  1. Come up with secure ecologically sustainable developmental progammes;
  2. Rigorously promote conservation;
  3. Introduce stiff penalties for all those willy-nilly littering and polluting our environment; and
  4. Secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while at the same time promoting economic and social development.

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

 

  1. Sen. A. Dube, seconded by Hon. Sen. S. Mpofu, moved:

 

[Day elapsed: 1]

That this House,

APPRECIATING; the noble efforts by Government to combat Human Trafficking through the following measures, among others: -

 

  1. Being a State Party to the UN Convention against Transitional Organized Crime –Convention for the Suppression of Trafficking in persons and of the Exploitation of the prostitution of others;
  2. Signing the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and punish Trafficking in Persons; and
  3. Enactment of Trafficking in Persons Act.

 

NOTING WITH CONCERN HOWEVER; the increasing incidents and cases of trafficking in persons, particularly women and children, who are easily lured for prostitution and forced labour under false promises of lucrative economic opportunities and study opportunities.

 

 

NOW THEREFORE, Calls upon Government to

 

  1. Step up efforts to identify and protect Victims of trafficking and to provide them with requisite psycho-social and economic support services;
  2. Rigorously raise awareness on the evil and dangerous scourge of human trafficking;
  3. ensure the availability of State Shelters for Victims of Human Trafficking in all the ten Provinces of the Country; and
  4. Step up efforts to investigate, prosecute and severely punish perpetrators of this heinous crime.

 

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

 

  1. Sen. Mohadi, seconded by Hon. Sen. Muzenda, moved: That Notice of Motion No. 5, for today, stand over until Order of the Day No. 8. has been disposed of.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 31st January 2023- Sen. S. Mpofu)

 

                                                                                                            [Days elapsed: 12]

 

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. S.  Mpofu                        

 

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

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 145TH Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Related Meetings held in Kigali, Rwanda (Adjourned 2nd February 2023- Sen. Muzenda)

 

    [Day elapsed: 1]                                                                                                       

 

Question again proposed: That this House;

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the 145TH Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Related Meetings held from 11 to 15 October 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda – Hon. Sen. Muzenda.

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Muzenda, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mathuthu:  Debate adjourned until tomorrow

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the challenges affecting early child learning (Adjourned 31st January 2023- Sen. Mabika)

 

    [Days elapsed: 8]                                                                                                        

 

Question again proposed: That this House;

 

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); and
  2. the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to provide adequate

financial resources for Early Child Development programs - Hon. Sen.             Mabika

 

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

 

 

 

 

  1. On the motion of Hon. Sen. Muzenda, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mathuthu: The Senate adjourned at twenty-three minutes past five o’clock pm.

 

                                                                       

 

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

                                                Deputy President of the Senate.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 15TH FEBUARY, 2023

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

  1. Second Reading: National Security Council Bill (H.B. 2A, 2022)-The Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs.

 

  1. Second Reading: Police Amendment Bill (H.B. 1A, 2022)- The Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage.

 

  1. Second Reading: Institute of Loss Control and Private Security Management Bill (H.B. 5A, 2022)- Dr. Col. (Rtd. Murire)

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for the 7 May 2022 by- elections (Adjourned 14th February 2023- The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs)                                                                                         

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for the 7 May 2022 by- elections, presented to this House of Parliament in terms of section 241 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe as read with section 13(1) of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13]-The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the sustainable management of waste (Adjourned 14th February 2023- Sen. S. Mpofu)

                                                             

Question proposed: That this House,

 

MINDFUL that every person has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being;

FURTHER MINDFUL that every person has a Constitutional right to have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent ecological degradation and pollution;

DISTURBED by the filthy garbage that has become an eye sore in all our towns and cities countrywide as a result of rampant and unabated littering which seems to have become a way of life;

CONCERNED that the littering of our urban centres has been further exacerbated by industrial waste pollution which is surely a time bomb that will explode anytime if this is not expeditiously brought under firm control;

Now, therefore, calls upon the Government to

  1. come up with secure ecologically sustainable developmental progammes;
  2. b) rigorously promote conservation;
  3. c) introduce stiff penalties for all those willy-nilly littering and polluting our environment; and
  4. d) secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while at the same time promoting economic and social development- Hon S. Mpofu.
    1. Adjourned debate on motion on measures to combat human trafficking (Adjourned 14th February 2023- Sen. A. Dube)

                                                             

            Question proposed: That this House,

 

APPRECIATING; the noble efforts by Government to combat human trafficking through the following measures, among others: -

 

  1. Being a State Party to the UN Convention against Transitional Organized Crime –Convention for the Suppression of Trafficking in persons and of the Exploitation of the prostitution of others.
  2. Signing the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and punish Trafficking in Persons
  3. Enactment of Trafficking in Persons Act

 

NOTING WITH CONCERN HOWEVER; the increasing incidents and cases of trafficking in persons, particularly women and children, who are easily lured for prostitution and forced labour under false promises of lucrative economic opportunities and study opportunities.

 

 NOW THEREFORE, Calls upon Government to

 

  1. Step up efforts to identify and protect Victims of trafficking and to provide them with requisite psycho-social and economic support services;

 

  1. b) rigorously raise awareness on the evil and dangerous scourge of human trafficking;

 

  1. c) ensure the availability of State Shelters for Victims of Human Trafficking in all the ten Provinces of the Country; and   

 

  1. Step up efforts to investigate, prosecute and severely punish perpetrators of this heinous crime- Hon Sen. A. Dube.

 

  1. Sen. Mohadi

Hon. Sen. Chief Siansali

 

[Day elapsed: 2]

 

That this House takes note of the Report of Delegation to the 52nd Plenary Assembly Session of the SADC- Parliamentary Forum held in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 3 to 11 December 2022.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 14th

February 2023- Hon. Sen. S. Mpofu)

 

                                                                                                            [Days elapsed: 13]

 

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.  Mpofu                        

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 145TH Assembly of the Inter

Parliamentary Union and Related Meetings held in Kigali, Rwanda (Adjourned 14th February 2023- Hon. Sen. Muzenda)

 

    [Day elapsed: 2]                                                                                                        

 

Question proposed: That this House;

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the 145TH Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Related Meetings held from 11 to 15 October 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda – Hon. Sen. Muzenda.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the challenges affecting early child learning (Adjourned 14th February 2023- Sen. Mabika)

 

    [Days elapsed: 9]                                                                                                        

 

Question proposed: That this House;

 

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); and
  2. the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to provide adequate

financial resources for Early Child Development programs - Hon. Sen. Mabika.

 

___________________________________________________________________________

 

THURSDAY, 16TH FEBUARY, 2023

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

*QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

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