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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY HANSARD - 05 DECEMBER 2013 VOL. 40 NO. 21

Thursday, 5th December, 2013

The National Assembly met at a Quarter-past Two O'clock p.m.

 

PRAYERS

(THE DEPUTY SPEAKER in the Chair)

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE DEPUTY SPEAKER

SUSPENSION OF COMMITTEE BUSINESS

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: I wish to inform the House that the business of all committees has been adjourned to a date to be advised in due course.

SPEECH CORRECTIONS

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: I also wish to remind hon. members to return corrected copies of their speeches promptly to Housekeeping Officers. This is meant to facilitate editing of manuscripts and timely delivery for overnight printingof the Hansard.

MOTION

PRESIDENTIAL SPEECH: DEBATE ON ADDRESS

First Order read: Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech.

Question again proposed.

MS. ZINDI : I rise to add my contribution to His Excellency's Speech which was delivered at the Official Opening of the House. In adding my contribution to this important motion, I have one particular area which I would like to dwell on and this particular area is on the issue of sanctions. Why I have chosen that is because we seem not to be taking sanctions seriously in this House. Sanctions are a reality. I also want to focus on the reasons that brought about -[AN HON MEMBER: Zvakataurwa kudhara] - the sanctions.

In His Excellency's Speech at the Official Opening of Parliament House, he mentioned and demanded that the illegal sanctions should be immediately removed unconditionally -[HON MEMBERS: Hear, Hear.]- For that reason, this is why my speech is going to dwell on that. It is disappointing, particularly on the part of my fellow hon. members from the opposition, MDC-T, when they deny that we do not have sanctions when sanctions are a reality.

They tend to trivialise sanctions to restrictive measures. On the other hand, in comparison, if a white man -[AN HON MEMBER: Haritatos]- has admitted that Zimbabwe, as a small country as it is, is under siege because of sanctions, what more my fellow black persons, Zimbabweans who have been elected to represent Zimbabweans, who have been entrusted to say, please go and represent us but they are denying it. I will tell you why I am saying so.

In support of my argument, there is an article in the Sunday Mail dated 27 October 2013. In this article it is written by Jerome Mohammed, and I do not think that Jerome is Zimbabwean either but is acknowledging - in his title he says "Why they dread Mugabeism". "During a recent speech at the University of South Africa, former President, Thabo Mbeki took western nations to task for mounting an offensive attack against Zimbabwe that he called an indirect attack on the aspirations of all Africans" -[HON MEMBERS: Hear, Hear.] - I am not going to go through the whole article. I have just highlighted those sections which are to do with my motion in terms of bringing out the point, why Zimbabwe was put on sanctions by the western countries, in particular the British and the Americans.

He further says in the same article, I want my fellow hon. members to listen and understand and this is why I am taking my time so that they laugh their lungs out and then I will continue with my speech. He states, "In the October 9, 2013 Edition of the Guardian, film maker Roy Agyemang writes, "89 year old Mugabe was moulded in the crucible of politics of nationalism. He emerges as the surviving face of African nationalism radicalised through the armed resistance to settler colonialism. It is in this dimension of his generational politics, this trait of this character which Britain and the western world have been able to comprehend" - [HON MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] - Like I said, I am not going to read the whole article. It will be in the Hansard but only areas to do with my speech and being emphatic on why sanctions were brought about in Zimbabwe.

"The sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe are mostly about Mugabe's redistribution of land, forcibly taken by the country's former colonial masters. In fact, much of this illegal land distribution was a way of rewarding British citizens for service to the UK during the World War II". The writer who is the director/producer of the documentary of "Mugabe: Villain or Hero" said, "from Margaret Thatcher's grudging acknowledgement to Tony Blair's open hostility, the British establishment has had to contend with the assertive Mugabe". This is Mohammed, possibly of Asian origin and not a black Zimbabwean who understands why Zimbabwe is under sanctions, the reason being the land distribution which brought about all these events.

Further to Jerome Mohammed, the Herald of 27 November, 2013, Thabo Mbeki is quoted in this article turning down overtures by Tony Blair when he was the premier of Britain wanting to plot against Zimbabwe through a military invasion, simply because land had been redistributed to the rightful owners; the black Zimbabweans I quote, "Cde. Mbeki made the revelations in an interview with Al Jazeera on Saturday, saying the British wanted to replace President Mugabe with the so called MDC-T leader Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai, who is on record pledging to violently unseat President Mugabe. The three main British political parties, Labour, the Conservative and the Liberal Democrats mooted the MDC under the ambit of the Westminster Foundation and have been sponsoring the party since its launch on September 11th, 1999, in a bid to effect regime change in Zimbabwe but the move has failed with ZANU PF resounding victory in the harmonised elections".

Further, this article, of course was written by Takunda Mawodza. I just want to express and make my fellow colleagues to be on the same wave length with all Zimbabweans, in terms of what brought about the sanctions into Zimbabwe. That was my own area of research; hence I have all these articles to support my argument. Further to these other articles Madam Speaker, the Sunday Mail again of Novembr 24, in an article written by Professor Mohamed Hamdan…

MR. D. P. SIBANDA: On a point of order Madam Speaker. I am not so sure what point the hon. member wants to emphasise. Newspaper reports and newspaper articles are not factual matters. There are matters of opinion, even if the hon. member gathers a hundred Herald papers, the opinion remains an opinion, it is not a factual issue.

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, order, hon. member, there is no point of order because an hon. member is allowed to refer. The hon. member can continue but minimise the reading of newspapers.

MS. ZINDI: I am referring to these articles in support of my arguement, what brought about the sanctions to Zimbabwe simply because of land redistribution. The white person felt the land had been taken away from them and therefore, their kith and kin in the western world had to cometogether in order to suffocate Zimbabwe economically, to force us to return the land to them which will never happen.

At the time of point of order, I was saying that Mahamood Mamdaniof the Asian origin understands the reason why Zimbabwe is under siege economically from the powerful nations and I quote, "it is hard to think of a figure more reviled in the western world than President Mugabe." That is how he praises our President and we need to be grateful for that. Our President was demonised left, right and centre. If at all he was of a weak character, he would have given up in the midst during the land distribution.

Madam Speaker, if Zimbabweans fail to recognise the strength in him, the leadership, the principles that he has as a leader, then what are we? It is being recognised by foreigners. Just to end that quotation Madam Speaker through you, "Liberal and Conservative commentators are portraying him as a brutal dictator and blaming him for Zimbabwe's descend into hyper inflation and poverty.

The seizure of white owned farms by his black supporters has been depicted as a form of thuggery and as a cause of the country's declining production as if these laws were doomed by black ownership. Sanctions have been imposed and opposition funded with explicit aim to unseat the President."

Through you Madam Speaker, it would be unfair if I do not end my speech showing hon. members in here the DVD, explicitly explaining how sanctions were brought about in Zimbabwe. At this point in time, may I ask the officers to switch on the DVD - [Laughter] - This DVD is entitled 'Why they hate Mugabe'.

DVD shown to hon. Members of Parliament .

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, hon. member please.

DVD playing.

MS ZINDI: … (spkg) Madam Speaker, can I have order please, through you.

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, order.

MS. ZINDI: Madam Speaker, I just want hon. members of the opposition to listen to the video because it is important. They should not make noise, they should listen to it - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] -

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, order hon. members on my left. Even if you do not want to listen, there are other hon. members who want to hear what is being said. If you do not like it, you can as well walk out - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] - Order Hon. Munengami, I will not hesitate to send you out - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] -

MS. ZINDI: Through you Madam Speaker, my fellow hon. members from the MDC are not doing justice to my motion, when they are debating, we do listen. We even contribute, supporting their motions and this is, if I may call it, childish behaviour because if they - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] -

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Hon. members, can we hear what the hon. member is saying. If you do not want to listen, can you please move out of the House?

MS. ZINDI: Like I was saying through you, Madam Speaker, that this is childish behaviour - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections]-

MR. MADZIMURE: Madam Speaker, the hon. member cannot refer to other hon. members as children with childish behaviour - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] - Secondly, the hon. member expects us to respect her whilst she is debating but if she does not respect us - furthermore, Madam Speaker, this is not her debate, she is asking us to listen to someone's opinion in this House - [AN HON MEMBER: Ari kuLondon] - We are here to debate as members, not to bring videos and make us listen to someone else's opinion - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] -

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, hon. members. Hon. member, what I heard is that the hon. member said, hon. members are being childish, meaning, from the opinion of other people. Hon. member, please continue - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] -

MS. ZINDI: MDC hon. members are - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] -

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER : Hon. member, I think the sound of the video is very poor. Can you continue with your debate because you are left with 5 minutes?

MS. ZINDI: Thank you Madam Speaker, apart from it being poor, I do not think it is of poor quality, but is because of the noise by MDC-T hon. members. They are deafening that video simply because they do not want the truth to be told - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] - Through you, Madam Speaker, can I just have it played once again because I want them to hear it for themselves - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] - [AN HON MEMBER: Hatidi kuinzwa- Hakuna, muri kutoinzwa chete. Imbo istopai.

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Let us have order. Let the hon. member continue with her debate.

MS. ZINDI: Through you Madam Speaker, is it possible, when there is this inaudible sound, for you to stop the debate and then we continue when everybody is silent - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] - They are deliberately making noise so that they do not follow what is being said in the video. They are deliberately making noise because they do not want the truth to be told - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] -

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Just continue with your debate.

MS. ZINDI: Thank you Madam Speaker. It only demonstrate - why should MDC Members of Parliament be afraid to hear this - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] - Madam Speaker -

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Hon. members, order please.

MS. ZINDI: Madam Speaker, it only demonstrates that, the guilty are afraid - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] -

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, order. The hon. member's time is now finished.

MR. HLONGWANE: Madam Speaker, I request that the hon. member gets a mandatory extension - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] -

MR. MARIDADI: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, order. Hon. member, what is your point of order.

MR. MARIDADI: On a point of order Madam Speaker. I object to the extension of time to the hon. member.

MS. CHIMENE: Madam Speaker, I second that the hon. member's time be extended - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] -

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, order. I already posed the question that, it has been moved that the hon. member's time be extended.

Hon. Maridadi having stood up.

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Hon. member, I do not think there is anything you can say because the alters are there - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] - Order. Hon. members, can you resume your seats.

Motion put and negatived.

MS. S. MPOFU: Thank you Madam Speaker, for according me this time. First of all, I would like to congratulate His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde. R. G. Mugabe, for his re-election and for bringing unity and peace in the country. I also want to applaud the President for a caring Speech at the opening of the Eighth Session of the Parliament of Zimbabwe. I also wish to congratulate the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker on their election.

On the agricultural sector, Madam Speaker, I would like to reiterate the call made by His Excellency, the President at the official opening of the Eighth Parliament of Zimbabwe, for increased support to both A1 and A2 farmers through the provision of agricultural inputs and draught power to enable them to increase productivity and boost the country's food security.

In rural Matabeleland North Province and as much as in other drought prone parts of the country, most people remain exposed to food shortages due to inadequate support and crop failure due to drought. I would like this National Assembly, to also call for greater support for this important sector by urging timeous distribution of agricultural inputs to A1 and communal farmers for food self sufficiency. I also wish to call for more funding of ARDA BALU irrigation scheme in Umguza and other similar agricultural projects, as these not only do they present communities and the nation with food security but equally important with employment opportunities for our citizens.

On rural road infrastructure, Madam Speaker, most rural areas remain inaccessible due to the bad state of our rural roads and lack of suitable bridges. Some of these roads have become death traps like the Bulawayo-Tsholotsho and Bulawayo-Nkayi roads, to name just a few. I, therefore, urge this august Assembly to expend its energy advocating for more funding towards the revamping of these roads and the creation of new ones, particularly in the new resettlement areas.

On education, my heart bleeds over the state of some schools, particularly in the remote and resettled areas of the country. Some rural schools are conducting classes under unpleasant conditions. I, therefore, appeal to this hon. Assembly to consider policies geared towards improving learning conditions of the rural child. As indicated by his Excellency, the President, that although Zimbabwe continues to outpace other countries in literacy, there is however, need to reduce literacy asymmetry between urban and rural schools especially on the teaching and learning of science subjects.

It is therefore, my wish that the National Assembly gives priority to this area of concern through a programme that will allow children to pass subjects which will enable them to qualify to pursue careers of their choice; even the police-force, et cetera, should they choose to do so. In that regard, I wish to pay tribute to the Government for building training depots for police and prisons in Umguza Constituency. I would also like to thank the Ministry of Defence for helping communities in Umguza with some developmental projects.

Allow me, Madam Speaker, to acknowledge the importance of community share ownership schemes that have helped some local authorities to acquire equipment to help with the development of the district. Umguza Share Ownership Scheme has acquired a borehole drilling rig to service the community in drilling more bore holes in the district. We are grateful to the Indigenous and Empowerment Programme.

I also wish to bring to light the critical role of traditional leaders (chiefs) in the development of rural areas and the need for them to be accorded a status befitting their community and developmental responsibilities by affording them reasonable remuneration. As custodians of our most revered and rich culture, chiefs should never live like destitutes or beggars in their own land.

My last point, Madam Speaker refers to the small and medium scale business persons. As part of our thrust to empower communities and create employment for the majority of our people, I would like the hon. House to consider fighting poverty through supporting the efforts of emerging businesses by availing financial and expert support to them. Some major countries like India became what they are today as a result of active participation by small and medium entrepreneurs in their mainstream economies. I, therefore, call upon this House to hasten this matter in order to capacitate the sector, with a view to absorbing the young graduates who remain unemployed. In that light, I would like to applaud the President for upholding the developmental role of women both at community and national level. I thank you.

MS. DZIVA: I rise to contribute to the debate by His Excellency, the Head of State and Government, Chancellor of all Universities and the Commander of the Defence Forces, President Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

Please allow me, Madam Speaker, to congratulate His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe for winning the July harmonised elections. God has trusted Gushungo with this country once again. I want to thank His Excellency for the faith he has in us, he is a revolutionary, pace-setter known in the entire world. May the Lord keep him in his grace till every Zimbabwean understands that all he has taught us is that this is our land, our heritage and we will not fall short of it.

I congratulate all hon. Members of Parliament on your election to the National Assembly. My congratulations go also to the Speaker of Parliament and you, Madam Speaker. I want to especially congratulate the record number of women in both Houses, an indication of Zimbabweans' commitment to achieving gender quality and equity.

Madam Speaker, His Excellency laid out the legislative agenda of harmonising various pieces of legislation to be in line with the new Constitution. We, today recognise that we sit under the banner of a new Constitution that the people of Zimbabwe approved as the Supreme Law of the land of Zimbabwe. As law makers, our first duty is to be law- keepers subject to the Constitution. The President is right when he says that the starting point is to translate our hold on Constitution to practical reality.

I urge all of us to remember that each of us is obliged by virtue of citizenship and the trust placed on us to respect, uphold and defend our Constitution. On behalf of Zimbabwean women, I would like to thank the President of Zimbabwe and the First Secretary of ZANU PF, Cde. Mugabe; women's groups from all political parties in Zimbabwe, civic society; not forgetting our co-Chairpersons; - Advocate Mangwana and Mwonzora for leading an advocacy role in securing women's rights in the new Constitution. The provision of 60 additional Members of Parliament in the Constitution provided for in Section 124 subsection 1(b) of the new Constitution in the life of the first two Parliaments is a clear demonstration of their work. I call upon members of this august House to respect and treat such members with respect.

Let me express my disappointment to fellow constituency members who refer to such members as BACOSSI MPs - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections]-

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Hon. members, please let the hon. member be heard in silence. Hon. member, continue with your debate

MS. DZIVA: I do not think I can continue. I think I am not well.

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Hon. member, you can continue later. Resume your seat.

MR. MGUNI: Thank you Mr. Speaker I would like to congratulate you for being elected in this august House. I would like to congratulate His Excellency President R.G. Mugabe for winning peaceful, fair and credible elections. I fully agree with the President's opening Speech.

Mr. Speaker Sir, on Agriculture in my constituency, dams and most of the boreholes have dried up. There should be a dam in each ward, and at least 3 boreholes in each village. At present we are far below the basic requirement. We have Ingwizi Irrigation that is 880 hectares. It has

68 000 000 mega litresof water from its dam, but nothing is happening. It is under ARDA. It used to produce cotton, wheat and maize. We have four other smaller irrigations that were vandalised by wild animals and people. Two of them are about 80 hectares. They need to be revived and mechanised to start production.

The other biggest challenge is ZESA and ZINWA, as the latter closes water as they want without consulting the farmers. ZESA have lines but they are not energised. We are having stock feeds, but prices are too high for the people and sometimes, the feeds are brought to the people already expired. We have very good structured farms that were owned by colonialists, but the indigenised occupants need to be supported with equipment so as to start producing. In other places, audits should be carried out as some are having too much land, such that they are failing to utilise it due to lack of resources and proper planning knowhow.

On mining, Mr. Speaker Sir, we have various minerals in our constituency. They form the backbone of our district's economy. However, the Ministry of Mines in Gwanda has a backlog in allocating miners their rightful claims causing clashes on the ground. This must come to an end as it is life threatening, and it hinders production as more time is spent on disputes and legal battles.

Skills and equipment in proper shafting and use of dynamite have to be invested on these small scale miners as we lose some with great potential through injuries. Recently, we had an incident whereby a child died from cyanide poisoned meat, 40km away, and much bigger mining activities are happening across the border. Our minerals are next to the borders. The nearest town in my constituency is Francistown. We stand a risk of smugglers. We need a strong border control unit to monitor activities and profile all foreigners who visits our remote mining areas. The Reserve Bank and the local authority must fulfill their obligation by encouraging miners to sell all to Reserve Bank, and have benefits from their royalties. Banks are to be easily accessible and soft loans for miners, to buy their basic equipment must be made available.

Mr. Speaker Sir, roads and bridges were neglected by the Inclusive Government, and about (5) key bridges were washed away during the hailstorm that attacked my constituency. The major road linking Plumtree and Kezi was last attended to when Hon. Senator, Senior Minister S.K. Moyo and Minister of State in Bulawayo Province Hon. Sandi Moyo were Members of Parliament. It is in shambles, unbearable and it is also leading to a strategic border post called Mphoengs, which is 40 km from Francistown - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] -

THE DEUPY SPEAKER: Order, order,Hon. Munengami, go out -- hon. members what is happening there? Hon. Mayor Wadyajena, go back to your seat - [ The Sergeant at Arms escorted Mr. Munengami out of the Chamber].

MR. MGUNI: The major road is also linking key hospitals namely Plumtree District, Brunaperg and Maphisa. It is about 245km from Plumtree to Maphisa. It was only tarred for 65km from Plumtree to Tshitshi. An urgent revival of this major trunk road is needed. It is the same road that will boost the transportation of our irrigation products from Ingwizi ARDA, and will influence our miners to quickly move to Bulawayo with their products to the Reserve Bank.

Mr. Speaker Sir, ZINWA, EMA and ZESA are stumbling blocks. Their procedures are totally opposing indigenisation, empowerment, job creation and development. They have to be engaged so that they can re-brand themselves and start being helpful to the economy, building rather than sabotaging. They have to start being client service oriented, than enforcement only.

Mr. Speaker Sir, over reliance on food handouts from NGOs and donors is alarming in my constituency. These handouts are from countries that imposed illegal sanctions in our beloved country. They are the wheels to move their regime change agenda, including the workers recruited to carry out these colonising scandalous moves.

Five of World Vision staff turned out to become councillors of MDC-T in my constituency. Jessy Ngwenya who worked for World Vision for 13 years was vying for the MP seat in my constituency, Mangwe. All these NGOs and donors are helping or pushing the regime change by grooming puppets. There are civil servants that are also in the programme of regime change through the influence of these donors and NGOs.

This is a tactic to starve and control them by these donors and NGOs. They also do not do what the people of Zimbabwe want. They want to bring their own programmes that are not relevant to the people of Mangwe, and are fuelling hatreds and fights within the communities during the handouts.

Mr. Speaker Sir, corruption is at its highest point. I welcome the formation of the NPA. We need to open centres in each district and have disciplined investigators with vast knowledge in different spheres to curb this corruption. These centres should have Toll Free numbers and allow callers without identification to report suspicious activities. Members of Parliament must set good examples on their respective constituencies. All heads of departments must have clear vision, mission statements aligned to indigenisation, empowerment, job creation and development with key performance indicators showing their responsibilities and activities aligned to the Zim Asset.

Mr. Speaker Sir, in Mangwe we need at least a clinic and a secondary school in a ward. We have seven wards without clinics, and 6 without secondary schools. The communities from these wards are very remote. We need interventions from the Government urgently. We have to revive some bridges that have collapsed because when rivers are flooding, children do not go to school and sick people become stranded, as they cannot cross rivers to other wards for free treatment. It is in a messy state. The former Members of Parliament, for the last 13 years did nothing on the education system. A lot of young boys and girls leave school at grade 7, and seek employment in Botswana and South Africa. In most cases they listen to the radios of those countries. They watch TV channels of those countries. That is why we need to bolster our boosters within the district. They know very little about their mother land. In 'A' level schools, no teachers are capable of teaching Maths and Science. Most schools are very poor in Mangwe and most school Heads are pushing the regime change agenda. They are still on go slow.

Schools and clinics must be electrified. In Mangwe more than half of them are not. The Avoka Vocational Centre and St. Francis Technical High School, must be revived and used as technical colleges to train school leavers, on skills relevant to the district e.g. agriculture and mining. At present, no one is responsible for the Avoka Vocational Centre. The Government must take charge and St Francis needs support from the Government.

Mr. Speaker Sir, social services need to be overhauled, as it was done corruptly based on political affiliations. It has to be done according to the Zim Asset procedures to enable fairness and justice. Young energetic people are receiving grants, while old, unable people are not. We have two wards, Mahobodo and Bango, who were devastated by the storm early this year (April). Total of plus or minus 450 homes and 3 schools were destroyed. No tangible help has been received so far. I urge the minister to look into it, and show that the new Government of ZANU-PF is for the people. There are some liberation war veterans, who were in various camps during the struggle, and have not been taken care of. The new Government should act swiftly and align the act with the Constitution in this regard.

Mr. Speaker Sir, we have to promote and protect our local industries namely Plumtree and Mphoens. I have two key border posts that are contributing a lot to the economy of Zimbabwe, especially Bulawayo. Our customs tariffs should be high on goods that are imported to Zimbabwe, whilst we have locals that are producing the same. We must not allow counterfeit goods that do not meet the Zimbabwe Quality Standard to be dumped into our precious country. Anti-dumping duties should be imposed heavily on such culprits. Anti-smuggling mobile teams should be introduced using the available staff on rotational basis.

Sound export incentives for indigenised SMEs should be put into place to encourage our local industries to be competitive within the global market. They should be made easy and understandable to all. However, finished products must be encouraged. We have to revive and promote co-operatives, to enable the state to monitor and mentor the indigenisation and empowerment drives. In South Africa, they have SEDA (Small Enterprise Development Agency) that is monitoring and mentoring the co-operatives. ZIMRA has to re-brand to become a world class revenue collector, with modernised equipment and systems like (ECOCASH). It must be client service driven, not enforcement. If more people pay taxes willfully, then more revenue will be collected. ZIMRA must start doing exhibitions in shopping centres, road shows and make systems of payment easy and understandable to the public.

Lastly Mr. Speaker Sir, I would like to congratulate the police and ZIMRA at Plumtree who discovered a big scam on counterfeit cigarettes transported by rail. May their salaries be increased as they are turning tables during night and day? I thank you.

*MS. KAUNDIKIZA: Thank you Madam Speaker. I want to thank you for giving me this opportunity and I also want to thank the President of the nation, Cde. Robert Mugabe, for his resounding victory in the harmonised 31st July elections. I would like to again thank our party ZANU PF which also triumphed during the elections. Madam Speaker, I want to thank at this moment in time, your election as the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly.

Madam Speaker, in my area Maramba-Pfungwe Constituency, it is an area that is not advantaged in terms of the quantity of rainfall. Most families are suffering because the rainfall is not sufficient and also people are requesting for food. Most families are getting into illegal livelihoods and what we request is for the Government to assist on food.

*MR. MAYA: Some hon. members are putting on pyjamas in this House. Are they now allowed in this House? [Referring to Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga] - [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear]-

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: What is it?

MS. MISIHAIRABWI-MUSHONGA: Order, because he is being abusive, I do not take it lightly.Madam Speaker, we have had enough of sexual harassment in this House and I think we will get to a point where we are going to clap each other and I mean it. I really mean it.

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, order, what is sexual harassment which has been done here in this House? - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] - Let us have order in the House. Hon. member, you may continue.

*MS. KAUNDIKIZA: Madam Speaker, our constituency of Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe does not have farming areas especially that currently we do not have enough water to engage in irrigation activities. We have a dam that was being built in the area known as Mutawatawa since 2000 but that dam is still not complete. We are requesting that this project be completed so that we can engage in irrigation.

Madam Speaker, we also have a road as well called Madicheche which was being tarred but it is not yet completed. It only went up to a place called Chinhanga. It has 65km left up to where it joins with the road which comes from Mt. Darwin. It can help people who travel from those areas to the hospital to seek medical attention. It also joins the districts such as Mudzi and Rushinga.

Madam Speaker, this road was in the Blue Book of the country and we are hoping that it will soon be completed in terms of tarring. I am happy that His Excellency, our father, gave us computers in various areas in Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe and these areas do not have electricity and they end up at a school called Chitsungo. Most areas do have computers. Most parents cannot afford to buy fuel to power the generators in order to use the computers. What we request is that the Government should continue with this project so that all children can be computer literate.

At this moment, I want to dwell on the issue of agriculture. In our area of Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe since there is no irrigation, the Mutawatawa Dam should be supplying water to these areas but what we request from Government is to look into the issue. In 1999 when the dam was constructed, it managed to get 75 000 litres but we did not really see what development took place because of the growth point.

I also want to explain that our area does not have any bank which is a challenge because even if our children want to have projects, they have to travel long distances to Murehwa for them to fill in forms to access finance. For that reason they end up not going because the distance is very far.

My constituency of Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe only has one hospital and that hospital is so far away such that most families actually die in transit because the clinics that we build these days do not have qualified nurses. What we ask for is that qualified nurses be deployed in these areas so that health facilities can be accessed by everyone.

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE DEPUTY SPEAKER

CHECKING IN AND OUT OF HEALTH PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE MEMBERS IN HOTELS

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER : Could all members of the Health Committee check out of their respective hotels on Friday morning and check into the Rainbow Towers Hotel. This applies also to those who are at present resident in the Rainbow Towers Hotel. This is for the workshop on Friday.

MR. NLEYA : I am Lungisani Nleya, Member of Parliament for Bulilima West Constituency. First and foremost, I would like to congratulate the Head of State and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, for winning resoundingly the 31st July 2013 harmonised elections. I would also like to thank him for the comprehensive Speech that he delivered to the Eighth Parliament of Zimbabwe by His Excellency, the President R. G. Mugabe.

I also want to congratulate all ZANU PF National Assembly members for wining majority seats. Madam Speaker, I would like to congratulate you on your appointment to the high position of Deputy Speaker of Parliament. The priority projects which need urgent attention in Bulilima West are ZBC radio station and ZTV. Communities in the constituency listen to Botswana radio and watch Botswana and South Africa television and radio programmes.

The electorate is deprived of our local news, local programmes and any other information they should be getting. When Parliament sends information through radio or television that the National House of Assembly members are sitting in Harare, my family members in Bulawayo get the message and phone me wherever I will be in the constituency. They might fail to get me because of the poor network. I, therefore, request the ministry responsible to take action.

My constituency has no tarred road. I request the ministry responsible to construct one tarred road from Plumtree via Dombodema to Maitengwe Border Post and the second one from Plum via Tengwani to Makhulela. Currently, we have a new grader allocated to the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development. This grader has started working on the roads but work is affected by poor supply of diesel from ZINARA. Right now, the grader has not been operating for three weeks waiting for diesel.

Maitengwe Border Post buildings encompassing offices and residential houses have been left incomplete for almost ten years now. ZIMRA and Immigration staff are working from make-shift plank sheds which are not comfortable.

Additional network boosters for NetOne and Econet are needed for easy communication since our communities have resorted to use Botswana networks like B-Mobile, Mascom and Orange lines which are expensive to run.

In my constituency, I have no single irrigation scheme. There is one proposed Tematema Dam along Tekwane River, which when constructed can supply water to five adjacent wards namely Makhulela, Ndolwane, Masendu, Madlambudzi and Bambadzi. This part of the constituency could be turned to a greenbelt when Tematema Dam is constructed. The other dam which needs urgent attention is Mabhongwane Dam which should be rehabilitated for irrigation purposes and wildlife like elephant drinking points. The constituency has been affected by a large head of elephants. The elephants have destroyed vegetation, fields and drank water from dams and most of them left dry.

This has affected our cattle in most of the wards causing our cattle to travel long distances looking for water and cattle have started dying.

The elephants are from Hwange Game Reserve. Presently, we have engaged the National Parks to drive them away and are failing to cope because of the large herd. I regret the notorious misbehaviour by misguided locals in Ndolwane ward who decided to poison three elephants which died later. I believe these elephants will be driven back easily to Hwange Game Reserve as we are receiving rains which will improve vegetation.

Madam Speaker, three clinics are under construction namely Malalume, Mbimba and Tokwana clinic. The communities in the three wards made their initiative to build the clinics using their own resources. Most business centres, schools, and clinics have been electrified and I request Rural Electrification Agency to continue electrifying the remaining business centres, schools, clinics and Maitengwe Border Post Mr. Speaker Sir, also under construction are three secondary schools and one primary school. These are Nlongwe Secondary School in Vulindlela ward, Hingwe Secondary School in Hingwe Ward, Mazwaligwe Secondary in Masendu Ward and Gwamagwana Primary School in Makhulela Ward. A constituency vocational training centre is needed to train school leavers on different skills. Most of our youths leave for South Africa or Botswana untrained, to look for employment. We are therefore, greatly asking from well wishers and the Government to support the projects.

Mr. Speaker Sir, the imposition of sanctions to our country has brought a lot of poverty and suffering to our communities and the country at large. The notorious and dirty sanctions must be removed forthwith. Thank you.

MS. SIMBANEGAVI: Thank you Mr. Speaker. Firstly, I would like to congratulate the President of Zimbabwe, Cde. R. G. Mugabe for resoundingly winning the July, 31 st harmonised election. I also want to congratulate the Speaker. Hon. Mudenda, the Deputy Speaker Hon. Chinomona and all the honourable members in this august House.

I want to thank the people of Masvingo, especially those in Gutu for the faith they bestowed upon me when they chose me, as one of the people to be in this respectable House. Zimbabwe, as a nation and Government has always endeavoured to improve the participation of women in decision making. However, this has been happening at a very slow pace. For that Mr. Speaker Sir, I want to welcome all the women legislators who managed to make it to this Parliament. I see many faces that I have worked with along the way within the women's movement and I sincerely say, congratulations ladies. May we continue to be focused and be able to deliver the people's mandate? I hope we will be able in our diversity, our capacities and strengths as women to give voice to all the women out there who are looking up to us.

I also hope we will speak with one voice against economic sanctions imposed on our country that are destroying our families. Mr. Speaker Sir, the President in his Speech, indicated that agriculture is a critical issue especially as it is the backbone of our economy. Erratic rainfall patterns and recurrent droughts have placed a heavy burden on the people as they critically need food assistance. Most rural areas in Masvingo have been hit by drought even as the people struggle to cultivate and plant crops in the new season. I want to thank the Government and the President, for the Zim Asset blueprint which, has plans to effectively mitigate and improve agriculture production.

However, immediate and short term measures are needed to ensure that children do not drop out of school from hunger and that the sickly continue to access food rich in nutrition. In the meantime Mr. Speaker Sir, in the Gutu district, we share the Matezva Dam with Bikita District and if adequately resourced financially and finished, can provide irrigation for the two districts. This will, in the long run reduce our over-reliance on food imports and handouts from donors.

Mr. Speaker Sir, our economy is besieged by declining production levels, company closures and unemployment. In this regard, I would again want to appreciate the President and the Zim Asset plan for its focus on employment creation, indigenisation and empowerment. I sincerely hope that when the Zim Asset plan is being implemented, it will improve access to productive resources for women and youths. Women and youths should be involved in economic activity. As the President indicated, there should be visible and sustainable participation of women and youths in key economic growth sectors. The Ministry of SMEs should be equipped to help women and youths who want to engage in income generating activities. Banks also need to have more flexible loan facilities to help curb the high unemployment rates among the youths.

Madam Speaker, I am glad that the President highlighted the importance of promoting both domestic and foreign investment within the contest of the country's indigenisation and empowerment laws especially in the mining sector. This will ensure an increase in mineral production, natural resource management while maximising benefits for the people and the country.

Mr. Speaker Sir, the President also alluded to the need for sound infrastructure in all development activities. In this regard, I want to indicate the plight of accommodation for civil servants especially in my constituency. The police and teachers are most affected. Teachers in Gutu district live in very old houses, sharing as families these very old houses that have the high risk of falling down each rainy and windy season.

The Government should, through the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, ensure the provision of decent housing for teachers in rural schools especially old primary schools. The police in my constituency also have serious accommodation problems especially at Basera and Chartsworth, police officers rent houses in the communities. I believe Mr. Speaker Sir, that this compromises their capacity to deliver services impartially when they stay in backrooms of townships. They also lose respect from members of the community.

Transport infrastructure is another major concern in Gutu district where the Government started work on some of the main roads from Basera to Mupandawana, another one from Zvavahera to Mupandawana and the Chartsworth to Mupandawana road but never finished them. I hope the Ministry of Transport will include in its budget this year, a plan to finish one of these roads as part of infrastructural development in the district.

There is also need for water related infrastructure for Matezva Dam as I indicted before and for Ruti Dam which can provide good fishing business and more irrigation. More resources should also be made available to local authorities, so that they can also help to service some of the local road networks and water resources. Infrastructure development also reduces the burden experienced by women in accessing water, health and hygiene. On this aspect, I am very grateful to the Government because there are at least 10 clinics in the district. However, dire need to renovate some of the clinics, improve community disease prevention services and make drugs such as ARVs and antibiotics available, so that people do not have to travel all the way to Gutu Mission or Gutu Rural, which is the only Government hospital we have in the district. Our clinics are also understaffed and hopefully, the ministry will do something about recruitment of nurses.

Finally, Madam Speaker, it is very heartwarming that the President continues to emphasise the importance of putting up technology in our schools, hospitals and other Government departments. The Government should continue to implement the e-enabled programme in all these sectors as part of improving education and other service delivery systems. As the President himself indicated, technology, especially information technology presents boundless opportunity for citizens to be more connected to their Government and vice versa.

MR. M. NDLOVU: My name is Mathias Siqhoza Ndlovu, representing Bulilima East Constituency. I am glad I have had to speak on the same day when my triplets have spoken. You heard Mangwe and Hon. Nleya has just spoken. They are Mangwe and Bulilima West, so it makes it easier for me not to bombard members with some of the details that they have put forward.

I would like to congratulate the Speaker and his Deputy, and all of us members of this august House for being accorded the honour that we were accorded by our various constituencies regardless of our political differences. I will congratulate my own leader, Cde. R.G. Mugabe for the resounding dribbling of the quislingMDC.

I come from the land of Bulilima, the land of heroes, or should I say, of the Kalanga heroes like Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, John Landa Nkomo, T.G. Silundika, Swazini Ndlovu, including John Dube whose remains still lie buried in neighbouring Zambia. Bulilima is home to living heroes, Taffi Moyo, Sharpshoot David Mongwa and Jane Ngwenya. These are just a few of our Kalanga heroes.

The people of Bulilima, just like any other border region, bore the brunt of the liberation war, as they were decimated by the racist regime for supporting the national war of liberation. They still suffer the scars of the unfortunate disturbances during the first decade of our independence. In spite of this, the people of Bukalanga offer their unconditional loyalty to the unitary State of Zimbabwe. This is amply demonstrated by the just ended harmonised elections. In my constituency, Bulilima East, Cde. R. G. Mugabe got more votes than this hon. member. Bulilima is home to national Chairman, Ambassador. Cde. Simon Khaya Moyo, Senior Minister of the Government of Zimbabwe.

The people of Bulilima East salute the revolutionary and visionary leadership of President R.G. Mugabe and wish him many more years of life. The people of Bulilima East appreciate the loneliness Cde. R.G. Mugabe had to contend with during the days of the Inclusive Government. He had to work with the two quisling parties of MDCs, so as to protect the unitary nation state and national sovereignty.

Mr. Speaker Sir, opportunists proffered all sorts of advice to the President, even some renegade liberation war veterans urged the President to take up arms to crash the MDC traitors. The Unity Accord was in mortal danger. The great revolutionary stood firm in this whirlwind which threatened to reverse the revolutionary gains of the people. Those who, yesterday, fed from Cde Mugabe's palm, (university boys and uncooked trade unionists) jeered at him and ZANU PF (ZANU yaora) they said. They bayed for the revolutionary's blood, wishing he be dragged to the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

Come July 31st, the people knew better. They sent the MDC quisling leader, Sir Morgan to the political dustbin. Sir Morgan leaves a sad legacy for his clan, that of having been a former trade unionist, former prime minister, losing presidential contender and soon to be, former MDC-T President. He should stop talking about stolen elections. Likewise, his MDC enthusiasts must stand, dust themselves as the future belongs to all patriotic Zimbabweans, losers and victors. We have national institutions to rebuild together, a nation to heal, clothe, shelter and feed. The victors must continue the politics of inclusivity. It is a shame that the losers do not want to cooperate with the victors, ZANU PF.

In the national spirit demonstrated by Cde. R. G. Mugabe, they must heed author, George Orwell. In his book, Animal Farm, he said "he who controls the past controls the future, he who controls the future controls the present". ZANU PF is the present and the future. ZANU PF is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. The people of Zimbabwe know the road they travelled during the colonial bondage. The MDC tantrums about human rights and democracy will not wash. ZANU PF brought democracy in 1980. As the Speaker will say, in democracy "The minority will have their say, while the majority will have their way".

Sanctions

In February 2009, after the formation of the Inclusive Government, MDC's King Arthur, talking to a Ghananian - British film maker on camera said and I quote, "We, in our wisdom or lack of it have decided to bury the hatchet and put Zimbabwe first. We are saying to everyone in Europe, in America, those who put sanctions on our people, on our country, please, Zimbabweans have decided to work together. The sanctions don't make sense anymore. The sanctions were put to support me. I don't want them anymore. So, who are you to impose them on me? The sanctions were put to support Tsvangirai. He does not want them anymore. So why do you patronise me? How can you know better than me what is good for any country". Tsvangirai did not oppose Arthur Mutambara's utterances. So what is he talking about today? What is MDC's agenda for Zimbabwe? Does MDC support Zim Asset? We need answers from them. Sanctions must go.

Development

Now let me address my constituency matters in brief. Bulilima East includes Plumtree town and the communities to the rural north and Bulilima East Constituency borders with Bulilima West and Tsholotsho South Constituency. It has a population of over 104 000. The mainstay of the economy is live animal husbandry. Most of its active population works in neighbouring South Africa and Botswana, estimated over 2 million. There is no industry to talk about except a few retail shops. Plumtree town has a nodal road network connecting Mangwe, Bulilima, Bulawayo, Tsolotsho and Botswana. It is the nerve centre of all business activity as well as the gateway to Zimbabwe, boasting one of the biggest border post in Sub-Saharian Africa.

Road Network

Most of the feeder roads were last graded in 1958 when the pioneers needed access to our natural resources. The new computerised vehicles flash no road signals as soon as you drive along these pathways. We could be the only constituency without even a centimetre of tarred road. Our only town, Plumtree, does not have a single traffic light, shame! shame on us. We propose that the Government construct a network of rail link to have commuter trains move around the constituency linking Plumtree border post, Solusi University, Fairview and Figtree resettlement farms to Bulawayo. Remember, our ancestors were the first to witness the arrival of the first train into Zimbabwe (1897). No harm that we be the first to see the first rural rail road network.

State Roads

The entire road network is gravel. We have these roads:

Plumtree-Thekwani Mission-Chief Mpini-Tsholotsho which is 45km.

Plumtree-Headman Skhathini-Solusi Mission which is 46km.

Matjinge-Chief Gampo-Khami-Chief Masendu-Ndolwane which is 86km.

District Development Fund Roads.

Diba-Gwambe Mission-Chief Kandana-Maneha-Tsholotsho South which is 35km.

Ntoli-Headman Manguba-Huwana which is 15km.

As can be seen by tarring these roads, you have access to the whole constituency, just 250km. All these roads pass through the chief's homesteads.

Water Harvesting

Most water weirs were built by Mr. Jordan (Majorodani) between 1933 and 1939. After World War II, three dams were built, Moza, Tjankwa and Quested. Most water weirs were built through food for work programmes but they dry up by October. The situation is very depressing on newly resettled farms. New farmers are failing to access water from dams in the former commercial farms. The few boreholes are far apart and are constantly breaking down. The few windmills in former commercial farms are broken down. Resettled farmers travel more than 5km for water, which is also unsafe for human drinking.

A number of dams were pegged, but due to sanctions, nothing happened. All that remains are plans that are gathering dust in the RDC offices. Nanda Dam, Mabungwe Dam and Maneha Dam, to name a few, are yet to be constructed. Hallis and Nunu dams burst 10 years ago and have not been rehabilitated. Hallis Dam serves wards 2 and 21. There is urgent need to build a sand abstraction facility on the Manzamnyama (Nata) river for Huwana ward 8 as the ward has neither rivers nor dams. Rain water just seeps through the porous Kalahari sands. The new Water Act discourages farmers from drilling boreholes and building dams. ZINWA levies do not match service provision.

Schools

While a number of schools have been built by Government, a lot more schools are needed. The number of primary schools is 15, while that of secondary schools is 6. The few day secondary schools are very distant, ranging from 13km - 25km from the feeder primary schools. This has seriously affected the girl child, leading to high drop-outs at grade 7. There is need to build some boarding school. The constituency needs at least one skills training centre. Most schools are understaffed, especially in the fields of science and mathematics. The majority of the schools received computers from President R. G. Mugabe but the challenge they face is that of non-availability of electricity.

Teacher Vacancies

Secondary teachers are 570, while the establishment needs 585.

Primary teachers are 210, while the establishment needs 256.

There are vacancies for 20 headmasters and 17 deputies. In ward 3, 8 and 18, children cross the Manzamnyama River to go to secondary schools of Dikili, Shaba and Tshabanda in Matabeleland North.

Health and Child Care

The constituency has no district hospital. The only referral hospital is in Plumtree town and serves two districts. Plumtree town is on the edge of the constituency and people have to travel between 40 to 80km to reach the district hospital. Pregnant women have to walk between 7km to 13km to reach the nearest health centre. There is one doctor to 104 543 patients, one nurse to 1 800 patients and one environmental technician to 10 000 people. The district has 15 health centres and no waiting mothers homes in 12 health facilities. Ten facilities have no electricity and running water. The Plumtree mortuary is too small and it takes 9 bodies. St Anne's School of Nursing's roads and bridges make it difficult for transport operators to avail transport services for both commuters and the sick even during the dry season. Sometimes, you have to drive 20km round in order to reach a place that is 2km across the river. Upgrading Lady Stanley Hospital (64km from Plumtree town) into a district hospital and the building of clinics at ward level may be the answer.

Livestock

Animal husbandry is the main activity in my constituency. We salute the Government for the redistribution of the land. We now have some grazing land for local communities and newly resettled farmers. What is worrying is grazing control. People move their stock without due regard for overstocking or holding capacity, leading to land degradation due to overgrazing on some farms. Some farmers have land which has never been trodden by a domesticated animal, through no fault of theirs.

Mitigatory Measures

Establishment of pasture committees to include EMA, DDF, AGRITEX, VIDCOS and Farmers, to eradicate wild life poaching and cattle thefts.

Rehabilitate/establish dip tanks, boreholes, dams and windmills.

Establish feedlots in each ward, this should also cater for small livestock like goats and sheep.

Source tractors to till the land.

Cold Storage Commission should guarantee a ready market for the farmers including restocking.

Rehabilitate the numerous irrigation schemes including establishing new ones.

Newly resettled farmers must re-establish farm paddocks that they have vandalised to control overgrazing.

Establish crime committees/conservations in newly resettled farms to curb crime and control veld fires and over.

Look at issues regarding unit tax and EMA levies.

Ward Boundaries

Wards 3, 5 and 19 are too large to be administered by one councillor. In view of this, the people of Bulilima East request the Government to consider creating a new province to be called Western or Bukulanga to cover Bulilima and Mangwe districts and parts of Matopo. We are at the same time very cognisant that Zimbabwe is diverse but one. The present situation, where one has to travel two hundred and twenty six kilometres from Plumtree through Bulawayo to Gwanda, is frustrating. Matabeleland South province stretches from Beitbridge to Plumtree , a distance of 421km. Bulawayo to Harare is 435km. It is a further request by the people of Bulilima East that the two constituencies of Bulilima East and Bulilima West be turned into two stand alone administrative districts.

In conclusion, as I travel to this august Assembly, I cross the Shangani River, where British imperial forces were vanquished by the Ndebele warriors. Near Shangani River, there is a small plaque in memory of the so called Allan Wilson patrol is buried in the Matopo Hills. Why are these pioneers still buried with arch-imperialist Cecil John Rhodes on top of the Matopo Hills, our most sacred national shrine? King Mzilikazi, the founder of Ndebele nation is buried in the same hills below their graves. Surely, if Cecil John Rhodes wanted to be buried at the world's view as he named the Matopos, he should have chosen Table Mountain, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Instead he chose to dominate us spiritually even in death.

I think, of the countless heroes, living and departed, as I embark on a journey to this august Assembly. I dream of a day we shall reclaim our heritage by removing Cecil John Rhodes's bones from Njelele, where our rain God resides. I dream of a day when the nation shall celebrate the Lobengula's brave worriers who fought gallantly at the Shangani River. I dream of a day when the Khalanga people will have their own traditional structures restored by installing their deposed. I dream of a day Zimbabwe sets up a Heritage Fund or Foundation to research into the achievements of our ancestors in the fields of medicine, agriculture, mining and archaeology et cetera. I dream of a day that Zimbabwe history should be a compulsory subject for all our children from day one at school. I dream of a day the Government shall commission patriotic historians to re-write and teach Zimbabwean history. Our history must teach our children about the cruelty of 500 years of black slavery including the role played by Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo and Robert Gabriel Mugabe in liberating Zimbabwe.

MS. CHITURA: Thank you Madam Speaker, for giving me this opportunity to make my maiden speech in this august House. Firstly, I would like to congratulate you for being elected Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of the 8th Parliament. I wish also to mention how happy I am to be here as a Member of Parliament for Manicaland Province.

May you allow me to convey my profound gratitude to the 'Moses' of this country, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency, Cde. R.G. Mugabe, for his wise speech he gave on the Official Opening of the 8th Parliament of Zimbabwe. I am one of those women elected through proportional representation and I hope to see the establishment of the Gender Commission during the life of the 8th Parliament as provided for in the Constitution. I am sure this Commission will go a long way in uplifting the standards of living of all Zimbabweans, irrespective of their gender.

I come from a province which is rich in natural resources such as timber and diamonds. The province is also popular with tourists because of the pleasant climate. It is my sincere hope that the people of Manicaland will be able to benefit from its natural resources through programmes such as value addition of diamonds, which would lead to the creation of more wealth and employment.

Madam Speaker, allow me to comment on a few challenges that the people of Makoni in Manicaland where I come from are experiencing:-

Health

Rusape General Hospital is in a sorry state. For instance, the beds I used in the maternity ward when I gave birth to my last born in 1995 are still the same, but much older and not suitable for use in 2013. The President, R.G. Mugabe in his speech to Parliament, talked about the need to improve the health sector. Therefore, I would like to encourage the Ministry of Health, to seriously look at the equipment and facilities at Rusape General Hospital. This hospital services a large population in Rusape town and other rural districts in the province. We need a clinic at Dzvairo which is a few kilometers from Tsanzaguru Clinic.

Education

Rusape is surrounded by many schools, most of which were built after independence. Regrettably, the town has no Polytechnic College, although it is among some of the big towns in Manicaland Province. Zimbabwe is considered to have the highest literacy rate in Africa. Therefore, it is important that we continue to equip our youth, with the various skills and knowledge, which they can use to create employment or to be employable. Such technical colleges should be built in all major towns of the country to prevent the high rate of migration to provincial capitals. We must not rest. A lot still needs to be done to improve on adult literacy.

Financial Resources

Madam Speaker, women and youth in the rural area feel neglected as only those in town seem to be benefiting from the youth and women empowerment funds. I am appealing to the Hon. Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Co-operative Development to actively consider empowering the women and youth living in rural communities. After all, 70% of Zimbabwe's population lives in rural areas, so the Minister of SMEs should cast her net wider so that the majority of Zimbabweans can have access to these funds.

Road Infrastructure

Madam Speaker, there is no bridge in Ward 16 in Makoni on the Rusape River which links Chiware to Chinembiri. There are school children from Muvhimwa to Chinembiri under Chief Mupambawashe who are still disadvantaged to this day. Still on roads, on behalf of all Members of Parliament in Manicaland, I am asking for attention to be given to the road from Headlands to Mayo and the road in Buhera which links Murambinda to Birchenough Bridge. Please, let us have these busy roads tarred to promote trade and to encourage more transport operators into the area.

Lastly, I would like to express my greatest gratitude to His Excellency, President Cde. R.G. Mugabe for the agricultural inputs. These were well received and now we are waiting for the Almighty God to give us rains. Thank you Madam Speaker.

MRS. GEZI: Madam Speaker, allow me to congratulate the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde. R.G. Mugabe for winning the July 2013 harmonised elections resoundingly. Secondly, may I extend my congratulations to Hon. Mudenda and Hon. Chinomona for being elected into the Chair. May I also take this opportunity to congratulate my fellow hon. members for making it into Parliament.

Mr. Speaker Sir, the President touched on agriculture as the mainstay of our economy but the availability of inputs remains a challenge to most of the farmers. However, I would like to thank the Government of Zimbabwe for giving some of the small scale farmers inputs. I wish the Government could subsidise the inputs, such that the cost of a bag of fertilizer could be around $10.00 so that a lot of farmers can afford to buy - [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear]- Where I come from, Mashonaland Central Province, there is around 1.6 million hectares of arable land and we are in ecological regions 2, 3 and 4. If farmers in Mashonaland Central Province could get access to subsidised inputs in time, they can be able to feed the whole of Zimbabwe and this importation of maize will be a thing of the past.

The President also spoke about transport and infrastructure. A lot of people from different places of the country travel to Howard Hospital in Chiweshe, Mazowe District for medical attention. It will be a noble development to have the 14 km gravel road from Gweshe business centre to Howard Hospital tarred.

Mr. Speaker Sir, the President also spoke about corruption. Corruption causes challenges in values and ethics and it is detrimental to the soul of the nation. It denies development and good quality of life to most vulnerable members of our society. I think the perpetrators must be punished accordingly.

Lastly, I would like to congratulate the people's party, ZANU-PF for winning with more than two thirds majority in Parliament. I thank you.

MRS. CHIMENE: I move that the debate do now adjourn.

MR. CHINOTIMBA: I second.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Tuesday, 28th January, 2014.

MOTION

ADJOURNMENT OF THE HOUSE

MR. GONESE: Madam Speaker, the reason why I have stood up, is because I had informed my colleague that after the debate on the Presidential speech, we had hon. members who want to move their motions. I informed the Chair about that position and I am appealing to my colleagues that, in the spirit of cooperation, we have in this august House, let us have - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections]-

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, order.

MR. GONESE: I am appealing to the hon. minister, either to withdraw his motion because there are hon. members who still want to move a motion which is already on the Order Paper. For that reason, Madam Speaker, I believe that it is appropriate for that motion not to be carried by this august House.

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Which motion are you talking about?

MR. GONESE: It is Order No. 4, Madam Speaker. - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections]-

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, order.

MR. GONESE: I informed the Deputy Chief Whip about this. I do not think it is necessary for us to have arguments. We still have sufficient time to have that motion to be moved. Any hon. members, who want to leave, can still leave and those who want to participate in the debate can remain and participate in the debate. For that reason Madam Speaker, I am not agreeable to the motion that the House adjourns at this point in time or we can divide the House?

MS. CHIMENE: Madam Speaker, having heard what the hon. member has said, and considering also that there is no quorum in the House, we object to the request and we move that the House do now adjourn.

Motion put and agreed to.

The House accordingly adjourned at Twenty Minutes to Five o'clock p.m. until Tuesday, 28th January, 2014.

 

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