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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY HANSARD 07 FEBRUARY 2019 VOL 45 NO 33

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PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE

Thursday, 7th February, 2019

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

PRAYERS

(THE HON. SPEAKER in the Chair)

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE HON. SPEAKER

CHANGES TO MEMBERSHIP OF PORTFOLIO COMMITTEES

         THE HON. SPEAKER: I have to inform the House of the following changes to membership of Portfolio Committees:

·       Hon. Nduna has replaced Hon. Garwe as Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] – Order, order!

·       Hon. Chombo to serve on the Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education;

·       Hon. Gwanongodza has moved from the Portfolio Committee on Mines and Mining Development  to the Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Public Works and National Housing;

·       Hon. Maboyi to serve on the Public Accounts Committee;

·       Hon. Mhona to serve on the Public Accounts Committee; 

·       Hon. Nyabani to serve on the Portfolio Committee on Information, Media and Broadcasting Services; and

·       Hon. Nyabote to serve on the Portfolio Committees of Primary and Secondary Education, and Energy and Power Development.

MATTER OF PRIVILEGE

BRIBE ALLEGATIONS

          HON. MATARANYIKA: Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir. I rise on a matter of privilege in terms of Standing Order Number 68 (d). 

Mr. Speaker Sir, on Monday the 4th of February, 2019, The Herald Newspaper carried a story under the headline ‘MPS Demand $400 000 Bribe’.

          It is alleged that Hon. T. Mliswa, the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Mines and Mining Development and three other members of the Portfolio Committee namely; Hon. L. Chikomba, Hon. A. Ndebele and Hon. P. D. Sibanda demanded $400 000 from a Mr. James Rose Goddard as facilitation fee to secure a mining contract at Hwange Colliery. 

In the period during which the four Members are alleged to have met Mr. James R. Goddard, the Committee was conducting an enquiry into the operations of Hwange Colliery.  Mr. Speaker Sir, the allegations are very serious and injurious to the reputation of the Members, the Committee and indeed that of Parliament.  In that regard, the allegations may therefore constitute a breach of privilege leading to contempt of Parliament.  However, I need to stress this point Hon. Speaker, I want to make it clear that in raising this matter I am not saying the Members are guilty of any offence, but simply to provide the Hon. Members an opportunity to clear their names and to protect the integrity of Parliament.  I thank you.

          THE HON. SPEAKER:  Order, Hon. Members take your seats please.  My ruling – Section 194 (1) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe states that “a high standard of professional ethics must be promoted and maintained as one of the basic values and principles guiding public administration.  To that extent, Parliament must be seen to be abiding by this provision among others.  Having listened to the report by the Hon. Member, indeed the allegations are serious and have the potential to damage the integrity of Parliament, the Committees and the Members mentioned”.  I therefore rule that the allegations should be investigated in order to clear and protect the image of Parliament, its Committees and Members.

          HON. MATARANYIKA: Following your ruling, I therefore move that a Privileges Committee be set up to investigate the allegations of corruption raised against the Hon. Members.

          Motion put and agreed to.

          THE HON. SPEAKER:  The matter will be referred to the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders to appoint a Privileges Committee.

          HON. T. MLISWA:  Mr. Speaker Sir, I want to support your ruling.  I am a person of integrity and honour and therefore I will temporarily step down as the Chairperson of the Committee on Mines and Minerals Development until the investigations are done.  I think it is unfair of me to continue chairing when there is controversy surrounding this.  I am innocent until proven guilty.  I uphold this institution, I uphold my integrity and as such, I will step down as chairman until this issue is resolved.

          THE HON. SPEAKER:  I rule that in terms of procedural practice, what Hon. T. Mliswa has asked for is agreed to and he will remain out of the chairmanship of the Mines and Minerals Development Committee until such time that the investigations are concluded.  The Committee in terms of our Standing Orders, at its next meeting will therefore decide as to who should be the chairperson temporarily.

SECOND READING

  COMPANIES AND OTHER ENTITIES BILL [H. B. 8, 2018]

          First Order read:  Adjourned debate on the Second Reading of the Companies and other Entities Bill [H. B. 8, 2018].

          Question again proposed.

          HON. MATARANYIKA: Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir.  My Committee, that is the Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs this morning and deliberated on the matter.  Dates were proposed and we have sent the proposals to the Clerk for approval, but we are looking at carrying out the Public Hearings during the week beginning 17th to 22nd February, 2019.  I thank you.

          THE HON. SPEAKER:  So will you move that we stand down that item?

          HON. MATARANYIKA:  Mr. Speaker, I therefore move that we stand down that motion until after the Public Hearings.

          HON. NDUNA:  I second.

          Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

PRESIDENTIAL SPEECH: DEBATE ADDRESS

Second Order read:  Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the

Presidential Speech.

          Question again proposed.

          HON. MARONGE:  Mr. Speaker Sir, I want to express my profound gratitude as I support the motion by Hon. Kwaramba and seconded by Hon. Musabayana, following the address to the nation by His Excellency the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.

          Mr. Speaker Sir, let me also take this precious chance to congratulate His Excellency President, E. D. Mnangagwa for a resounding victory over the other 22 contenders – all the way from the ballot box to the court. - [HON. MEMBERS:  Hear, hear.] -

          Mr. Speaker Sir, I also which to congratulate you for being elected as Speaker of this august House as well as the election of your Deputy Speaker, Madam Tsitsi Gezi.

          Mr. Speaker Sir, I want to coin my speech in relation to my constituency, Masvingo South.  When the President in his speech referred to road construction, I was quick to realize the burden that people in my constituency encounter.

          Madam Speaker Ma’am, the victory by President Dambudzo Mnangagwa has ushered in new hopes for a tarred road from Renco turn-off, Renco Mine to Mashate, a distance that is less than 58 km.  This road passes through 10 business centres, Renco Mine, five rural health centres, 15 schools and Rupike irrigation scheme.

          At the Pre-budget seminar in Bulawayo, it was noted that a road is the economy.  Thus for us the people of Masvingo South, this road if tarred will enable us to participate in realising the high middle income economy by 2030.

          Masvingo South Constituency shares the waters of major inland dam in Zimbabwe, Tokwe-Murkosi with Chivi South Constituency.  We pin our hopes on the President for us to benefit from this huge expanse of water.  We are expecting projects like irrigation schemes, fisheries as well as sugarcane plantations.

          Madam Speaker Ma’am, the President in his speech, pointed out the availability of mining opportunities.  We have Renco Mine which is a gold mine and we therefore call for immediate action to enable us to benefit this precious mineral by way of employment creation, participation in mining ventures as well as playing its social responsibilities fully.

          In terms of the communication, efforts have been made but we still need more as we are still having network challenges.

          Madam Speaker Ma’am, the President also mentioned infrastructure development in his speech.  We have one of our oldest clinics, Muchibwa Clinic that needs to be ungraded to a referral hospital.  In Masvingo South Constituency, there is no referral hospital. So the upgrading of this clinic will solve the problem of mortuary services as well as medical facilities to my constituents.

          Madam Speaker Ma’am, I would like to conclude by thanking my constituents who voted for our President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, myself and the councillors. – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] – Congratulations Masvingo South Constituency and thank you for voting our President E. D. Mnangagwa to lead the second republic.  The voice of the people is the voice of God.  I thank you.

          *HON. NHARI:  Thank you Madam Speaker for the opportunity given.  I am Violet Nhari from Midlands.  I first congratulate His Excellency the President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa for his resounding victory.  I thank the people of Midlands for affording me the opportunity to represent them in this august House.  I also want to thank Hon. Kwaramba and Hon. Musabayana for supporting the words by His Excellency.

          HON. SIKHALA:  On a point of order Madam Speaker. When a person is giving a contribution in Parliament, whether it is a Maiden Speech or not, but if you are making it in vernacular – either in Shona or Ndebele, you do not read as if you are reading a composition. – [HON. MEMBERS:  Inaudible interjections.] –

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order, order, there is no point of order.  Hon. Member, you may continue with your debate.

          Hon. Nduna having passed between the Chair and the Hon. Member on the floor.

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, order, Hon. Nduna

          *HON. NHARI:  Thank you Madam Speaker. The President spoke about small to medium enterprises concerning the youth and women.  I want to believe that the women are going to be assisted through the opening of the Women’s Bank which was recently opened.

          Madam Speaker, I would like to thank the leader of the country that this august House would have under its consideration the Child Justice Bill.   I also want to thank the President who spoke of the Mandatory Sentencing of Rape and Sexual Abuse Bill.  I am glad that women will be very well protected in this country. 

          He also spoke about the construction of schools and clinics.  In Midlands, there are a lot of people that were resettled.  We have few schools, clinics or hospitals.  Chirumanzu-Zibagwe is another place where people were resettled in their thousands.  If it were possible, each ward should have a clinic so that people will not walk long distances to receive medical attention, especially women who are pregnant because we run the risk of losing lives of both the mother and unborn child.

          In terms of Command Agriculture, there are a lot of cotton farmers in the Midlands Province and the majority of them are women.  We urge the Government to construct a ginnery in Gokwe which is a cotton growing area so that women can develop fully and that they will be able to fully utilise the women’s bank through banking and borrowing.  That will minimise violence within families because we have lost a lot of women who committed suicide after taking pesticides after their money they got from cotton growing proceeds was misused by their husbands.

I would like to thank all of you for listening to me.  I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all those who won resoundingly – [HON. MEMBERS:  Hear, hear.] -

          HON. SANYATWE: Good afternoon Madam Speaker Maam and thank you for giving me the chance to debate. I rise to support the motion which was moved by Hon. Kwaramba and seconded by Hon. Musabayana.

My name is Chido Sanyatwe and I am the Member of Parliament for Nyanga North Constituency. Allow me to begin by congratulating the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, His Excellency Hon. E. D. Mnangagwa, on his hard fought victory in the July 2018 Presidential Elections.  I am confident under his leadership.  We will continue to see positive steps taken to improving the lives of ordinary Zimbabweans.

I would also like to humbly express my gratitude to the people of Nyanga North for their confidence and trust for allowing me the privilege of representing their interests in this august House.  Nyanga North is in the Manicaland Province and forms part of the Eastern Highlands.  It has vast and abandoned mineral reserves and in particular, gold reserves.  As the Member of Parliament for Nyanga North, my goal is to encourage human and infrastructural development as well as to ensure food security within our community.

It is my belief that these twin goals are in line with the current policy direction as announced by His Excellency Cde E.D. Mnangagwa when he opened the First Session of the Ninth Parliament.  Amongst other issues, His Excellency Cde E.D. Mnangagwa highlighted the need for rapid modernisation, improving health services and other social services.  I believe these vital areas mentioned match perfectly well with our key drives as Nyanga North Constituency and with the goals we have set for ourselves over the next 5 years.

Infrastructural development will form the foundation for the rejuvenation in Nyanga North Constituency.  For example, the Rwenya Bridge which connects Nyanga and Mutoko was swept away years ago by El Nino and the Binya road are in need of serious rehabilitation.  The constituency has few clinics and the people are forced to travel long distances in search of health services. This situation cannot be allowed to persist.

We have slowly begun the hard work of development and I am happy to report that there are already some achievements.  There is however, the need to reconstruct the strategically located Gotekote bridge, the Sanhani and Mbiriyadi clinics as well as completion of Munemo Clinic.  With the support of Government as well as public and private stakeholders, we hope to see further meaningful improvements especially in the form of telecommunication base stations.  These are essential to ensuring reliable internet access which is needed to implement the new education curriculum and foster human development.

As mentioned before, another key driver is food security.   Nyanga North is in the natural region 5 and is drought prone.  There is an urgent need to secure more reliable water sources for irrigation and drinking water –[HON. MEMBERS:  Inaudible interjections.] - 

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order Hon. Members.  You may continue Hon. Sanyatwe.

HON. SANYATWE: Members of the community are fetching water from open water bodies exposing themselves to water borne diseases.  There is need to drill more boreholes in the constituency.  Special programmes have also been instituted to assist widows, the elderly and child headed families.

In conclusion, I would like to emphasise my gratitude to the great people of Nyanga North for affording me this opportunity to serve them.  I look forward to work closely and well with traditional leaders towards development as well as assuring food security.  It is my belief that Zimbabwe has all the potential to become a middle class economy.  I look forward to working with the various arms of Government and the private sector in realising this ambition and above all, lifting the standards of life for every citizen of our beautiful nation.  I thank you.

HON. GWANONGODZA: Thank you Madam Speaker Maam.  I wish to thank Hon. Kwaramba, the mover of the motion –[HON. MEMBERS:  Inaudible interjections.] - 

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order Hon. Members.

HON. GWANONGODZA:  Thank you Madam Speaker Maam.  I wish to thank Hon. Kwaramba and Hon. Musabayana who seconded the motion.  I also wish to congratulate His Excellency, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa for his resounding victory in the 30 July 2018 general elections and also not forgetting the people of Chivi Central Constituency who gave me a second chance to represent them in this august House.  In response to the State of the Nation Address by His Excellency the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and the First Secretary of ZANU PF Hon. E. D. Mnangagwa – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] – I wish to acknowledge his visionary address in which he indicated that the new dispensation has no space for corrupt activities regardless of political affiliation or social standing.

          Madam Speaker, His Excellency indicated that his Government has reorganised the mining sector especially the Chiadzwa Diamond Mining Consortium so that the generality of Zimbabweans can benefit from the resources which Zimbabwe is endowed with.  His Excellency indicated that the economy of this country is anchored on agriculture and he has shown his serious concern in this sector by strengthening the Command Agriculture.  We have seen him coming up with new programmes such as Command Livestock which has benefited almost all the ten provinces.

          Madam Speaker, His Excellency indicated that Government shall increase the hacterage under which irrigation is taking place, especially at Tokwe Mukorsi so that we have enough food security in this country – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] – The Zimbabwe is open for business mantra is being supported by the efforts made by Government.  We now see some serious work at the Beitbridge - Harare Road, which shows how serious our President is to achieve – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] – the middle income status by 2030.

          Madam Speaker, as guided by His Excellency, we Hon. Members have been directed that we should be servant leaders, we should be working for our constituencies so that our people will realise the vision that the President has directed this august House. 

          Lastly, Madam Speaker, I wish to call for the removal of illegal sanctions – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] – imposed on this country by the West – [AN HON. MEMBER: Anopera nekurima kwete wakagara.] - I thank you Madam Speaker. 

          HON. CHIDAMBA: Thank you Madam Speaker.

          An Hon. Member having passed between the Chair and the Member speaking.

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order Hon. Member.

           HON. CHIDAMBA: I thank you Madam Speaker for permitting me to make this presentation in this august House.  I would want to firstly start by congratulating His Excellency Hon. Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa for the resounding victory in the just ended harmonised elections.  I would like to thank him for ensuring free, fair and peaceful elections.  – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] – I would also like to extend my congratulations to the Speaker of Parliament Hon. Adv. Mudenda and his Deputy Hon. T. Gezi who were elected to be leaders of this august House.  My congratulations also go to the Members of Parliament who won in the recent elections.

          I would like to extend a special thank you to the people of Mazowe Central who trusted me with their vote.  I feel very humbled and honoured to represent the people of Mazowe Central in this august House – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] – Madam Speaker, allow me to say that the elections are over and we have all been elected to serve the people of Zimbabwe.  We are fortunate enough to have a President who is determined to deliver on his vision.  As Members of Parliament, we ought to join hands with the President and work together with him to ensure that Zimbabwe becomes a world class economy by 2030.

          Madam Speaker, as stated by the President during the State of Nation Address, on the 19th of September, 2018, the economy is an integral part of the nation and measures have to be put in place which encourage the easy of doing business as well as attracting foreign direct investments. It then becomes the duty of every Member of Parliament to ensure that strategic planning is made in their respective constituencies to achieve the rapid modernisation and industrialisation of the economy.  As Members of Parliament, we should strive to initiate empowerment programmes in our constituencies to enable acceleration of economic order and growth.  Given the current situation that was occasioned by the events of the past month, we need to facilitate for a united fund to address measures that can be taken to address the inflation rate that is causing the skyrocketing of prices, the acute food shortages and the shortages of other basic commodities.

          Madam Speaker, as clearly said by the President, agriculture remains the key sector in resuscitation and growth of the economy.  In the quest to achieve maximum utilisation of the land, success of command agriculture is commendable and the President ought to be applauded for this initiative. It is our duty as Members of Parliament to ensure that our constituencies are actively involved in this command agriculture programme.  The people in my constituency as well as the rest of Mazowe heeded to the call of joining command agriculture and I am proud to state the we experienced a bumper harvest in 2018 and this is evidenced by the full silos at all Grain Marketing Board depots in Mazowe; – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] – for instance Nzvimbo growth point, Concession, Mvurwi and Glendale. 

          In Mazowe, we are blessed with fertile soils which enable productivity and as such, all the people in this constituency are consistently encouraged to maximize the use of land. Apart from maize, Mazowe also contributes to the best citrus in Zimbabwe – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] – hence this citrus farm should enjoy maximum protection from any forms of disturbances.  We thus call upon the Ministry of Land to safeguard the farms.  I am also happy to state that through the leadership of His Excellency, as a constituency we have been able to set up Negomo and Howard irrigation schemes.  As the people of Mazowe, we are of the view that if agriculture is taken seriously by the rest of the country in areas which have arable and fertile soil, Zimbabwe will be capacitated to become the bread basket of Southern Africa again – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] - mentioned by the President, mining in Zimbabwe has historically been focused on gold and diamonds.  However, Zimbabwe has other vast deposits of copper, platinum, nickel, iron ore and so on.  Given that, the mining sector is yet another component of economic recovery programme, small scale as well as large scale miners in all constituencies should be encouraged to invest their interests in these minerals. 

          The recently elected administration intends to come up with measures and programmes that will assist the miners at large.  It is important to acknowledge the Government that has already taken positive steps towards promoting small-scale miners, for instance, the Women’s Bank has started issuing loans and miners are beneficiaries of this programme.  In Mazowe Central, mining activities are already underway in Kakora.  The women and youth are spearheading such activities.  Of paramount importance is to encourage the investor to engage the residents of respective constituencies in their business ventures.

          Madam Speaker, the President also addressed the need for modernised roads and ICT infrastructure.  I am happy to say that in Mazowe Central, under the leadership of His Excellency President E.D Mnangagwa, we have been able to establish two information centres.  These information centres are at Howard and Nzvimbo Growth Point.  These were established as a way of engaging the young generation as well as ensuring easy access of internet connectivity to the rural population.  As the President always mentions, modern technology such as the internet should be used to facilitate the ease of doing business.  Thus, as Members of Parliament, we have a duty to urge our people to desist from inciting violence through the use of internet – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] – Rather, they should focus on measures that can advance the economic situation. 

          I am also proud to state that my Constituency has already started taking strides towards the modernisation of the roads, evidenced by the 26km tarred road that is being put in place from Gweshe to Howard Hospital.  Howard Hospital is a central hospital with some of the best medical personnel in Zimbabwe, hence, the tarred road will make it easier for people to access the hospital.  We also wish to extend the tarred road to Negomo Irrigation Scheme.

          His Excellency also addressed the issue of devolution.  This concept is enshrined in Chapter 14 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment No. 20 of 2013.  The Constitution already provides for such devolution and it is therefore commended that this august House intends to give life to the provisions of the Constitution – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] – Bearing this in mind, every Member of Parliament should be determined to work hand in glove with the Government to ensure that this is a success.  It should be noted that devolution of power is to develop a democratic system of governance and adequate provisions of basic services.  Devolution will assist the nation in making the Government more responsible through facilitating decision making.  It also has the potential to bring the Government closer to the governed as it will accommodate and manage the social diversity.  If implemented correctly, devolution is a powerful tool that can be used to balance economic development in the whole country. 

          In conclusion Madam Speaker Ma’am, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to His Excellency Hon. E.D Mnangagwa and the relevant authorities for according our son from Mashonaland Central, Dr. Oliver Mtukudzi, a National Hero status.  He was an international icon, who contributed to the arts sector.  As Mashonaland Central Province, we felt greatly honoured and we appreciate this gesture.  As a Province and the nation at large, we will forever mourn his passing.  I thank you.

          *HON. TSUURA: Thank you Madam Speaker.  I thank the mover of the motion, Hon. Kwaramba and the seconder, Hon. Musabayana.  First and foremost, I congratulate His Excellency President Emmerson, Dambudzo Mnangagwa for resoundingly winning the harmonised elections in July.  I also congratulate the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Adv. Jacob Francis Mudenda and his Deputy, Hon. Tsitsi Gezi.  I also want to congratulate the people of Mutoko who elected me to be a representative in this House. 

          Madam Speaker Ma’am, the economy of this country can be strengthened by Agriculture and mining.  The President said that we should be strongly involved in farming; hence, we came up with the programme, Command Agriculture, which has led to our silos being full of grain.  I urge women and youth who are going to get involved in Command Agriculture and Fisheries to be afforded the same opportunities. 

          The President also spoke about infrastructure development such as hospitals in various districts.  We urge the Government to construct more hospitals because other people are travelling long distances, others are dying on the way and others being swept by rivers on their way.  Some people cross Nyamuzizi River on their way to Kapondoro.  We are happy that blood transfusion is now cheaper and children aged five years are now being treated for free.  It is our plea that sanitation facilities be adequately provided where people have been resettled or in communal homes.  We thank our President Hon. Mnangagwa for construction of weirs and we need more of that infrastructure.  A lot of areas do not have adequate water supplies or boreholes, the weirs will assist people to access water for drinking as well as gardening, especially during drought periods like this.  We thank the President for bridge constructions that are taking place all over the country.  We urge that a bridge be constructed between Nyamuzizi and Chisambiro because a lot of our people are being swept away as they cross the river and a lot of children are no longer going to school.

          We have people who are mining black granite in Mutoko. We want to urge them to be involved in land reclamation.  They should also be able to undertake corporate social responsibility by constructing clinics and schools.  We need peace in this country; we must be united so that we can develop.  We have a problem as women. Like the President mentioned, children should be maintained. There is a marriage Act which is saying girls should be married at 16 and the Constitution says marriageable age is 18.  We want an alignment between these laws that states the marriageable age.  I thank you.

HON. TUNGAMIRAI:  Thank you Madam Speaker for this opportunity.  As a son of one of Zimbabwe’s most decorated war liberation hero and five star general, the late Air Chief Marshal Josiah Tungamirai who also served in the Fifth and Sixth Parliament, my mother Pamela Tungamirai who also served in the Fifth Parliament, now I am in the Ninth Parliament.  It is a blessing to be here.  I thank God.  It is rare for a father, a mother and a son to all be parliamentarians of this great nation of Zimbabwe.

I would like to thank Hon. Kwaramba with the motion she brought before the House, seconded by Hon. Musabayana on the present State of the Nation Address.  Allow me now, Hon. Members of Parliament, to congratulate His Excellency Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa for the five year mandate he has been given by the people of Zimbabwe to lead this great nation.

An Hon. Member having passed between the Chair and the Hon. Member speaking.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order, order Hon. Member.

HON. TUNGAMIRAI:  President Mnangagwa won the election resoundingly.  The voice of the people is the voice of God.  I would also want to congratulate all Hon. Members of Parliament in this august House, both new and old.  The State of the Nation Address by the President has set the tone for economic development.  The onus is now on everyone to follow the path led by His Excellency in stimulating economic growth and pushing policies of making Zimbabwe a middle income economy by 2030.

Madam Speaker, I would like to thank the people of Zvimba East for entrusting me to represent them in this august House.  As a legislator for Zvimba East, I call upon every Zimbabwean to shun corruption.

Hon. Nyabani having passed between the Chair and the Hon. Member speaking.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order Hon. Nyabani.

HON. TUMGAMIRAI:  I call upon every Zimbabwean collectively to shun corruption of any sort. Proper town planning practices and building bi-laws must be adhered to.  Certificates of compliance should be issued where there is a real compliance because without this, it leads to residents living with no water, sewage system and roads.

Madam Speaker, the corrupt parceling of land to land barons must stop forthwith.  They must all be brought to book without fear or favour.  I thank our President for addressing this issue and being an advocate of curbing corruption by putting a land commission.

An Hon. Member having passed between the Chair and the Hon. Member speaking.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order.

HON. TUNGAMIRAI: I know this commission will help regularise ownership of land at for example places like Pfugari settlement in Garikai, Zvimba East whereby this land was allocated by council but later on Pfugari said it belonged to him.  I ask the President and the Ministers to help us on this issue so that the residents obtain title deeds.

President, we thank you for Command Agriculture which has given us food security as a nation, employment and given our farmers better livelihoods by them being able to produce higher yields due to having adequate inputs.  In Zvimba East Command Agriculture has had a great impact and changed lives.  We thank the President that the inputs for both Command Agriculture and Presidential Input Scheme have been distributed timeously.  With Command Livestock farmers in Zimbabwe, in a few years from now, are going to be unstoppable.  The Command Programme is great, but those who implement it at roots level need to work a little harder, for example the AREX officers.

In the agricultural sector there is need to regularise A1 farmers in Zvimba East and all over Zimbabwe who were resettled in the year 2000 without offer letters.  This way they are secure thus they can expand and push the agricultural sector which remains the key enabler to economic growth.  Our youth need land.  At the time of land reform they were young.  I believe the downsizing initiative the Government has come up with the youth will be settled and those who came in 2000 will receive offer letters.

Madam Speaker, investment is key in reviving our economy, especially through foreign direct investment initiatives.  The President has signed several deals which will help us revive our economy and achieve our goals as a nation.  Investment is just pouring into our nation.  President, there are those of a certain party who wear red who try to push investors out and from coming into the nation, but President, investors are not stopping to invest due to your reengagement programmes and Zimbabwe is open for business policy.  Investment in our nation will help all of us as Zimbabweans.

E-learning programmes must cascade to rural settlements in all constituencies to keep in step with the ICT revolution which we have to embrace.  We cannot run away from technology and at this time it brings us so many advantages.  All schools should have a computer programme so there is a need for Government and stakeholders to acquire more computers.  The President has already initiated this by donating e-learning kits to 10 schools in our 10 provinces with each kit containing 40 tablets and an overhead projector.  So, we are heading in the right direction.  We thank you Mr. President.

Last but not least, unity, unity, unity.  For the greater good of the people of Zimbabwe our constituencies entrusted us to represent them and give them a better Zimbabwe.  So let us try our level best to do so no matter our political affiliation and differences.  Let us support our President E. D. Mnangagwa and his new cabinet.  We did not come to Parliament to make noise but to work and those who do not respect the President should not be respected.  President E. D. Mnangagwa is the only President of Zimbabwe and that will not change.  ZANU-PF has two thirds majority and that will not change come rain or thunder.  We are the Government of the day.  I thank you Madam Speaker. 

          HON. CHIKUKWA: Mr Speaker Sir, I rise to support the motion raised by Hon. Kwaramba and seconded by Hon. Musabayana on the State of the Nation Address by His Excellency the President Hon. E.D Mnangagwa.  At the onset, I would like to congratulate the President for his resounding victory in the 2018 Harmonised elections.  Secondly, I want to congratulate the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and all MPs for making it to the Ninth Parliament.  I also wish to thank the ZANU-PF electorate for Harare Metropolitan Province for nominating me to represent them in Parliament.

          My main focus is on the issues that affect the Harare Metropolitan Province.  Vision 2030 seeks to make Zimbabwe a Middle Income Economy by the year 2030 and hopefully make Harare a smart city.  The building blocks of smart cities are continuous and sustainable developments in terms of infrastructure, accommodation, capacity utilisation and improvement in communication technology.

 

          Devolution

          I would like to bring to your attention that the constitutionally enshrined provisions of devolution of Government powers which will be introduced in all provinces will make the much talked about Vision 2030 attainable without any doubt, especially in the Harare Metropolitan Province.  As we try to relate to other countries that have also gone through this devolution process, China, Kenya and Rwanda have recorded reasonable progress in economic development aided by this devolution process.  John Wanamaker famously remarked that, “one may walk over the whole mountain by taking one step at a time”.  That is the essence of devolution, where small contributions from each province, each city will improve the Gross Domestic Product of Zimbabwe as a nation. 

In China devolution was introduced in the 1990s and economic activity was delegated to 22 provinces, Taiwan being the 23rd province and today China has the second largest economy.  It is also said that more than 50% of the economic activities are prompted by Small to Medium Enterprises.  Apart from devolution in China, many other African countries which are said to be moving in the right direction economically like Kenya, which devolved in March 2013 and Rwanda, which devolved also in 1999 followed suit.  This is enough evidence to prove that devolution is the way to go, for with it comes accountability on the use of resources, provinces will eat what they kill in terms of budget allocation.  With it comes healthy provincial productive competition needed to stimulate economic activities.  Devolution also gives the Government a flexible environment to test developmental models.

          In addition to that, devolution creates a favourable democratic space which gives all citizens an opportunity to participate in the economy since provincial governors are closer and reachable to citizens and the community.  This is aligned to the President’s call against any form of exclusion and discrimination.

 

 

          Special Economic Zones

          In the Harare metropolitan Province, Zimbabwe’s Special Economic Zones are being established so as to restore the economy’s capacity to produce goods and services competitively as well as attracting more investment from the international world.  This is supported by Statutory Instrument 154 of 2018 gazetted on 17 August 2018.  In Harare Metropolitan we have the Sun Way City for granite polishing, Trade Kings for detergent manufacturing, Bernard Diamond and Jewellery Couture for diamond processing.  Special Economic Zones, for example, in India 1965 in Kandla, increased investment, employment, trade balance and the development of infrastructure.  It is my view that the same strategy could also help in the development of our very own province, Harare.

          Infrastructure Development

          Mr. Speaker Sir, I would like to take this opportunity to applaud his Excellency for the new developments that we are seeing especially on the rehabilitation of road infrastructure as well as the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare Metropolitan Province.  We have also seen developments in the city as it is now much smarter than before.  Vendors have been moved to other designated vending sites at Coca Cola and Coventry Road and the introduction of affordable buses has decongested the city.  In other developed countries such as the United States, the market place of vendors is 9.4km away from Central Business District and this is in line with what the Harare City Council is doing when they relocate vendors from undesignated places in the Central Business District.

          High Rise Flats

          Mr. Speaker Sir, as I give reference to the long awaited Mbare flats refurbishment, it is high time that the project is executed on the over populated high density flats.  Currently, an urgent solution is needed so as to be proactive in curbing the effects of typhoid and cholera outbreaks. Mr Speaker Sir, as I support His Excellency on the need to build high rise flats, I also believe that it is a long term solution to the shortage of land in Harare Metropolitan Province in areas such as Harare South, Epworth and Hatcliffe.  This will help in curbing the problems currently emanating from land barons.

          One Stop Shop

          Our President is preaching the “Zimbabwe is open for business mantra’ and already in Harare Metropolitan Province there is a new department that is preparing itself for the much awaited investments to flock in.  One stop shop is meant to offer opportunities and ease of doing business for our investors and also to save time for customers or citizens and decongest the city.  I would like to applaud His Excellency for setting up a body that will promote and facilitate both direct investment and local investment.

          Capacity Utilisation

          Mr. Speaker Sir, I would like to suggest that as we have gone into a crisis in finding it hard to relocate vendors, it is my view that the engagement of the City of Harare would see us being efficient in capacity utilisation especially through the use of any unused buildings as green grocery shops.  I believe this will effectively deal with the issue of under-utilization of resources.

          Finally, for sustainable development to be achieved, the nation needs everybody’s contribution towards national building, regardless of political affiliation, religion and race.  We need to uphold the values of respect, honour, hard work and ubuntuism as is also depicted in Acts 2:2 which says, ‘when the apostles were in one accord, the Holy Spirit came down’.  I thank you.

          HON. MUPONORA: Thank you Madam Speaker for affording me the opportunity to add my voice to the motion under debate right now.  Let me hasten to congratulate the President His Excellency Cde. E. D. Mnangagwa for winning the Harmonised Elections held on 30th July, 2018.  I would also like to commend him for the articulate and progressive speech that he delivered to the First Session of the Ninth Parliament. I would also want to congratulate all Hon. Members who constitute the Ninth Parliament today.  Let us give praise to the Lord because we are all winners and let us work together for the betterment of the lives of the people who elected us to this august House – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] –

          Madam Speaker Ma’am, it would be a travesty of justice if I were not to congratulate you on your election to the position of Deputy Speaker as well as the election of Mr. Speaker, Hon. Mudenda for the second time in a row.

          The President’s speech resonates well with what is obtaining in Mt. Darwin North Constituency, a constituency that is crying out loud for urgent attention in terms of development.  The President spoke of the new administration’s commitment to prioritising economic development as a strategic response to be made to better the economic welfare of our people.

          As a point of departure Madam Speaker Ma’am, I propose that Government must focus on infrastructure development.  In most rural constituencies and Mt. Darwin North Constituency being no exception, there is urgent need to give priority to requisite infrastructure development.  Road networks are in poor state, schools, clinics, water and sanitation had been neglected for ages by the old dispensation, hence the need to put more effort and resources in this sector.  It is my strong conviction that the new dispensation will be equal to the task.

          Madam Speaker Ma’am, my constituency which is on the border with Mozambique has no tarred roads and this has hampered development.  It is therefore my clarion call to the Government to expedite construction of the Mt. Darwin to Mukumbura Road.  May I at this juncture commend Government for including the road in the Transitional Stabilisation Programme and setting aside funds for tarring 36 km by end of 2019.

          There are feeder roads such as Nyakatondo and Binya Roads that also need urgent attention.  Attendant to these are Tsenga, Nyautande and Mvundumvundu bridges that were washed away years back by Cyclone Elnino.  These bridges need to be attended to because during the rainy season, it is difficult and dangerous to cross the rivers.

          Madam Speaker Ma’am, most of the roads in rural constituencies fall under the mandate of DDF.  It is therefore important to ensure that DDF is capacitated and well resourced.

          In Mt. Darwin North, roads that fall under the ambit of DDF include Mutasa-Kapanda, Mauswa, Chigango-Gungwa, Bandimba-Kamutsenzere, Chimbuwe-Kaitano and Mukoma-Chionde roads and the attendant bridges that include Musingwa, Kapanda, Mukoma, Chimhetera and those along Chigango-Gungwa roads.  There is also Bandimba-Kamutsenzere road, Kaitano-Chimbuwe road and Mukoma bridge that need urgent attention.

Madam Speaker Ma’am, the President in his speech, highlighted

that agriculture must be the backbone of economic development in the country.  My constituency falls under Region 5 which experiences below normal rainfall and experiences high temperatures.  I, therefore, urge Government to expedite the Zambezi Water Project which has remained a pipe dream for decades.  Once this project is complete, it has the potential to turn Dande Valley into a green belt and sugarcane plantations to rival Chiredzi.  In order to realise the 2030 vision of a middle income economy, the second sugarcane mill must be established in Dande Valley after completion of the Zambezi Water Project.

          However, Madam Speaker Ma’am, in the short term, I urge Government to capacitate ZINWA under the Command Water Harvesting Programme to continue with the construction of weir dams that can also help alleviate the water shortages in the constituency.  There is also need to drill more boreholes to cater for the ever growing population in the constituency.  At the moment, people are spending hours on end queuing to fetch water from shallow river bed wells which is unsafe, unhygienic to drink and use because when people are not there, animals such as dogs, pigs, goats and cattle also drink from the same wells.

          To illustrate how dire the situation is, I have a few statistics here. The table that is included in this presentation shows the ratio between population in the constituency and the number of boreholes in the constituency.

Wards

Households

People per Ward

Boreholes Working

Boreholes Not Working

Number of Boreholes

Ward 1

1 990

 5 920

 2

3

 5

Ward 2

4 385

29 065

16

6

22

Ward 3

1 483

 8 582

 6

 6

12

Ward 4

2 085

10 425

 4

 6

10

Ward 5

1 059

 6 834

 9

0

 9

Ward 6

1 298

 5 018

 5

5

10

Ward 31

2 596

17 600

 4

6

10

Ward 32

1 787

   3 500

 3

2

 5

Ward 33

2 235

   9 067

10

2

12

Ward 34

1 650

   4 656

15

3

18

Total

20 568

100 667

74

39

113

                 

For instance, we have 20 568 households that make 100 667 people all getting water from 74 boreholes.  In addition, we have 40 608 cattle; 51 512 goats; 7 485 sheep; 3 342 pigs, 63 318 poultry; 343 donkeys and 3 801 dogs – all these compete for water with people from 74 boreholes.  So this is how gloomy the water situation within the constituency is.

Also at Mukumbura business centre, the centre abstraction water system has since dried up living the business community as well as civil servants fetching water from riverbed wells.

Madam Speaker Ma’am, information is a human right and as such, the people are deprived of their right to information due to lack of ZBC radio and ZTV transmission signals, thus leaving them with no localised options.  Instead, they are now tuning to Mozambique radio stations and at times tuning to pirate radio stations that are toxic, thus depriving them of local news and other important programmes.  There is also poor mobile network signal in some parts of the constituency.  I, therefore, appeal for installation of boosters at Njerama hills, Kambanje, Chionde, Chigango and Zambezi areas.

          Madam Speaker Ma’am, people in my constituency travel long distances of up to 40 km to access medical care from the six available clinics that service 100 667 people.  As a community, we have embarked on a programme of constructing clinics and the community provides labour and local materials.  However, the programme is being affected by lack of building materials.  It is therefore, my call to the Government to review upwards the Constituency Development Funds (CDF) because this is the only source of available funding to carry out such projects.

          In all the 34 schools in the constituency, hot sitting is the order of the day as enrolment of learners has since outstripped the available learning space.  It is important that the issue of joint ventures with the private sector be taken as a serious option to construct more learning space because the situation obtaining on the ground threatens our status as number one in Africa in terms of literacy.  Government must also recruit more teachers because in Mt. Darwin North Constituency, the teacher to pupil ratio is 1:100.  This means that one teacher teaches a hundred pupils and at the end of the day, education standards are compromised.

          Madam Speaker Ma’am, let me take this opportunity to applaud Government for erecting electricity infrastructure in most schools in my constituency, save for such schools as Kapfudza, Chionde, Mukoma and Chouman Primary Schools and the attendant business centres.

          However, the problem is that after investing so much in putting up infrastructure, the power lines end up being white elephants as electricity is hardly connected. For instance, the power line to Mutasa and Kaitano clinics, Kaitano Secondary and Primary schools were erected in 2004 but up to now, they have not yet been connected due to non-availability of transformers and meters.  On the other hand, there are other schools and clinics which are not being electrified because the schools cannot afford the exorbitant connection fees and money to buy meters which cost almost $1 000.00.

          It is therefore my proposal that Government, through ZETDC must provide meters and connect electricity to public institutions such as schools and clinics as well as rural business centres and recover the money through purchase of electricity.

          It will be a great travesty of justice if I were not to commend Rural Electrification Authority (REA) for putting up infrastructure but the major let down is ZETDC which is failing to maintain the infrastructure.  It is therefore my well informed and considered proposal that Government must assign REA the mandate to maintain the infrastructure because ZETDC is lacking capacity and being overwhelmed resulting in poor service delivery and loss of business by clients.

          Madam Speaker Maam, the President in his speech was eloquent on the importance of skilled human resources in economic development and our nation prides itself of having educated people but most of these lack proper skills.  I therefore urge Government to come up with vocational training centres in rural constituencies to train school leavers in different skills.   In Mt Darwin North Constituency, there are DDF buildings lying idle which can be turned into a vocational training centre.

          Rural communities have been excluded in most Government programmes.  Therefore, the launch of the Government Command Agriculture Programme came at the right time.  My constituency as I said earlier on falls under Region 5.  As such, crop farming save for small grains is not viable but livestock farming.  It is therefore my appeal to Government that such programmes as Command Livestock, fishery, piggery and poultry are introduced in my constituency as a matter of urgency to alleviate and eradicate poverty.  Let me commend Government for supporting cotton farmers with inputs under the Presidential Input Scheme; this has increased the yield more than three fold.  Therefore, there is need to ensure that farmers benefit from value addition of the crop by putting up a ginnery at Mukumbura business centre.

          Last but not least, the issue of cash crisis and liquidity challenges is still a thorn in the flesh of rural communities as they are hard hit because the only available method of transacting is eco-cash.  The unscrupulous business people are making life miserable by charging exorbitant premiums if one wants to transact using eco-cash.  It is therefore my appeal to Government to give this issue the attention it deserves so that we realise our vision of a ‘Middle Income Economy by the Year 2030’ as enunciated by the President His Excellency Hon. E.D. Mnangagwa.  I thank you.

          HON. MGUNI:  I move that the debate do now adjourn.

HON. CHOMBO:  I second.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Tuesday, 12th February, 2019.

On the motion of HON. O. MGUNI seconded by HON. N. NDLOVU, the House adjourned at Nine Minutes to Four o’clock p.m. until Tuesday, 12th February, 2019.

 

 

 

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