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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY HANSARD - 1 DECEMBER 2011 VOL. 38 NO. 18

Thursday, 1st December, 2011.

 

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

 

 

PRAYERS

(THE DEPUTY SPEAKER in the Chair)

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE DEPUTY SPEAKER

LAUNCHING OF THE MID-TERM PLAN

 

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: I have to inform the House that the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development Promotion has embarked on a programme to launch the mid-term plan in all provinces of Zimbabwe. To date, only Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South as well as Mashonaland East remain due to the budgetary constraints. The Ministry has therefore come up with dates for the launch in these provinces which are as follows :- Matabeleland North, 15th December, 2011 at the Community Hall in Lupane; Matabeleland South, 16th December, 2011 at the Gwanda Hotel; Mashonaland East, 19th December, 2011 in Marondera. Hon. members are kindly invited to these events.

CHANGES TO PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: I also have to inform the House that Hon. Matienga will serve on the Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal, Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs in addition to the Committee on Local Government, Rural and Urban Development.

MOTION

FINANCE BILL: BUDGET DEBATE

First Order read: Adjourned debate on motion that leave be granted to bring in a Finance Bill.

Question again proposed.

MR. ZHANDA: Madam Speaker, I want to bring to the attention of the House that the Public Finance Management Act allows the presentation of the budget 30 days before a year ends and 30 days after year end and we feel that in doing so, we should be accorded enough time as this august House to do justice to the budget; to be given opportunity to unpack and scrutinize the budget fairly and I think, this has not been done. Even last year it was not done. If this habit persists, there might be need to move a motion to amend the Public Finance Management Act so that it is not silent on the time spec so that it is vivid on the time spec that allows us to debate the budget in this Parliament.

On behalf of the various Committees that have not finished their work, I contend that we should not be hurried to debate this budget today, and I want to ask that this issue be postponed to Tuesday, 13th December, 2011. This is in keeping with the norm that you must give us enough time to look at this budget. I thank you.

 

MOTION

 

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER (PROF. MUTAMBARA): Madam Speaker, I move that Orders of the Day, Numbers 1 to 5 be stood over until the rest of the Orders of the Day have been disposed of.

Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

CONDOLENCES ON THE DEATH OF PROFESSOR ELIPHAS MUKONOWESHURO

Seventh Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the death of the Minister of Public Service, Hon. Prof. Mukonoweshuro.

Question again proposed.

THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER (PROF. MUTAMBARA): I move that the debate do now adjourn.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Tuesday, 6th December, 2011.

MOTION

REPORT ON THE PAN AFRICAN PARLIAMENT PERMANENT COMMITTEE ON TRADE, CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION MATTERS.

Eighth Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the workshop report of the Pan African Parliament Permanent Committee on Trade, Customs and Immigration Matters.

Question again proposed.

THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER (PROF. MUTAMBARA): I move that the debate do now adjourn.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Tuesday, 13th December, 2011.

MOTION

INDIGENISATION AND EMPOWERMENT REGULATIONS

Ninth Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the Indigenisation and Empowerment Regulations, Statutory Instrument No.21 of 2010.

Question again proposed.

MR. CROSS: I think the House will be irresponsible, if it allows this motion to be abandoned this afternoon. I think it is time we debated in-depth the issue of indigenisation. When the Minister presented the indigenisation regulations this year to the country, he did that without approval of Cabinet and we said at the time these indigenisation regulations had no forcing effect because they had not been properly prepared in terms of regulations involving the administration of Cabinet. The Minister went on to perpetuate a problem when he promulgated the regulations related to the Mining Industry recently.

In my view, there is no company in the world which will accept 51% of its liquidity to be acceded to a third party which they did not have an opportunity to choose. These regulations are damaging our international reputation. They are haunting all investments in Zimbabwe and it is time they were suspended and withdrawn. I completely endorse this proposed motion to the House.

THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER (PROF. MUTAMBARA): I move that the debate do now adjourn.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Tuesday, 6th December, 2011.

MOTION

UNCONSTITUTIONAL STATEMENTS MADE BY SOME SERVICE CHIEFS

Tenth Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the unconstitutional statements made by some Service Chiefs.

Question again proposed.

THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER (PROF. MUTAMBARA): I move that the debate do now adjourn.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Tuesday, 6th December, 2011.

MOTION

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER (PROF. MUTAMBARA): I move that we revert back to Order of the Day No. 2.

Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

RESTORATION OF THE NATIONAL INCOMES AND PRICING COMMISSION BILL 9H.B. 10, 2010) ON THE ORDER PAPER

THE MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE: I move that the National Incomes and Pricing Commission Bill (H.B. 10, 2010) which was superseded by the prorogation of the Third Session of the Seventh Parliament be restored on the Order Paper at the stage at which the Bill had reached in terms of Standing Order No. 131(1).

Thank you very much Madam Speaker - [HON. MEMBERS: Haana kanaMP uyu, haana vanhu.]-

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order hon. members, order in the House. - [HON. MEMBERS: Gara pasi, hauna vanhu.]- - Order, honestly, I am going to send some of you out of this august House. - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections]-Hon. members, can we have order in this House, can you give the minister … - [HON. MEMBERS: Ngaagare pasi, haana vanhu]-

Some MPs walked out of the House.

MOTION

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

THE MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE: Madam Speaker, with your indulgence and with the Leader of the House's indulgence, can I request that this particular matter relating to Order No.2 be stood down until Orders of the Day, Nos. 3 and 4 have been disposed of.

Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

RATIFICATION OF THE 2ND REVISED COTONOU AGREEMENT

THE MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE: I move the motion standing in my name:

THAT WHEREAS, subsection IIIB of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that any convention, treaty or agreement acceded to, concluded or executed by or under the authority of the President with one or more foreign States or Governments or international organisations shall be subject to approval by Parliament.

WHEREAS the 2nd Revised Cotonou Agreement was concluded in Brussels, Belgium, on 19th March 2010 at the Extraordinary Joint ACP-EU Ministerial Meeting and signed in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 22nd June 2010 during the joint ACP-EU Council of Ministers;

AND WHEREAS the Government of Zimbabwe is a signatory to the Cotonou Agreement, and is desirous of becoming party to the 2nd Revised Cotonou Agreement;

AND WHEREAS the entry into force of the said Agreement is conditional upon its acceptance by the parties in accordance with their respective constitutional procedures;

NOW THEREFORE, in terms of subsection (1) of section IIIB of the Constitution, this House resolves that the aforesaid Agreement be and is hereby approved for ratification.

The Cotonou Agreement was signed in Cotonou, in Berlin, on 30th June

2002 and is to operate for a period of 20 years. Article 95 of that Cotonou Agreement provides for a revision every 5 years of that Agreement. The first revision took place on the 25th of June 2005 in Luxembourg. The financial protocols of the Agreement are defined for each five year period.

The Partnership Agreement is aimed at reducing and eventually eradicating the poverty and to achieve sustainable development as well as facilitate gradual integration of the ACP countries into the global economy. The negotiations for the second revision of the Cotonou Agreement were launched in Brussels in May 2009 and were eventually approved in Ouagadougou early last year. The negotiations were conducted in three levels, namely - [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections]-

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order hon. members, this is for the good of the whole country, not for the minister - [AN HON. MEMBER: Haana basa Welshman, ngaagare pasi, Viva Mutambara!]-

THE MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE: The second revision of the Cotonou Agreement resulted in the strengthening of existing provisions, that is, fight against proliferation of light weapons, agriculture and food security, sustainability of fisheries, fight against HIV/AIDS, increased participation of the ACP regional bodies in the Agreement, including the African Union. The second revision has also provided for new elements including the setting up of the ACP-EU summit, mechanism to address trade preference erosion and impact on climate change, coherence between institutions established in the ACP-EU Economic Partnership Agreement and the Cotonou Agreement and participation of the ACP Parliament in the Agreement. Furthermore, the second revision provided for a mandate for the continuation of the negotiations on migration, covering migration and development, legal migration and re-admission and return of illegal immigrants to their countries of origin.

Madam Speaker, Zimbabwe signed the initial Second Revised Cotonou Agreement in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso during the joint ACP-EU Council of Ministers which was held from 21 June to 22 June 2010. This followed the approval of the signing of the Agreement by Cabinet at its meeting on the 11th of May 2010. I now place the Send Revised Cotonou Partnership Agreement before the House for ratification.

Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

RATIFICATION OF TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF KUWAIT

THE MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE: I move the motion standing in my name that;

WHEREAS, subsection 111b of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that any convention, treaty or agreement acceded to, concluded or executed by or under the authority of the President with one or more foreign states or governments or international organisation shall be subject to approval by Parliament;

WHEREAS the Trade Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Government of the State of Kuwait was concluded in Kuwait on 25 th October, 1997;

AND WHEREAS the Government of Zimbabwe is a signatory to the Trade Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Government of the State of Kuwait, and is desirous to becoming Party to the Trade Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Government of the State of Kuwait;

AND WHEREAS the entry into force of the said agreement is conditional upon its acceptance by the parties in accordance with their respective Constitutional procedures;

NOW THEREFORE, in terms of subsection (1) of section 111B of the Constitution, this House resolves that the said Agreement be and is hereby approved for ratification.

Thank you very much Madam Speaker. This is a trade Bilateral Agreement between Zimbabwe and the State of Kuwait which was signed on the 25th October, 1997, and has remained unratified up to date, the Government and the State of Kuwait in 1998, however this agreement has not yet come into effect because Zimbabwe has not as yet ratified it.

The Bilateral Trade Agreement seeks to develop and diversify trade relations between the two countries through the following measures; facilitation and promotion of participation at each other's International Trades, Exhibitions, emission of the import and export of products which include such things as pamphlet photos and agricultural commodities as well as manufactured goods. There is also set up under the Agreement a joint Committee on Trade with representatives of the two countries.

The State of Kuwait imported products which include meat, dairy products, edible vegetables, edible fruits, nuts, melon, cereals, animal vegetables fats, oil, etc. All of these matters are to be regulated by the agreement in an effort to promote greater and deeper trade between the two countries.

I now lay the Agreement before the House for approval Madam Speaker, I thank you.

Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

RESTORATION OF THE NATIONAL INCOMES AND PRICING COMMISSION BILL (H.B 10, 2010) ON THE ORDER PAPER

THE MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE (PROF W. NCUBE): I move that the National Incomes and Pricing Commission Bill (H.B. 10, 2010) which was superseded by the prorogation of the Third Session of the Seventh Parliament be restored on the Order Paper at the stage at which the Bill had reached in terms of Standing Order No. 131(1).

Motion put and agreed to.

On the motion of THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER (PROF. MUTAMBARA) , the House adjourned at Two Minutes to Three o'clock p.m. until Tuesday, 6th December, 2011.

 

 

 

 

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