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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY HANSARD 18 JUNE 2019 VOL 45 NO 62

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PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE

Tuesday, 18th June, 2019

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

PRAYERS

(THE HON. SPEAKER in the Chair)

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE HON. SPEAKER

PETITION RECEIVED

          THE HON. SPEAKER:  I wish to advise the House that on 14th   June, 2019, Parliament of Zimbabwe received a petition from the Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA) and Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) beseeching Parliament to ensure that the Government reviews teachers’ salaries according to the prevailing inflation and interbank market rates and that the teachers be paid US$200 in addition to their current RTGs dollar salaries.  The petition has since been referred to the Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare.

ICT LITERACY TRAINING SESSIONS

          THE HON. SPEAKER:  I wish to remind the House that there will be half day ICT literacy training sessions for male Members of Parliament. The sessions will be held at the TelOne learning centre near the Harare Show grounds in Belvedere from 17th June to 12th July, 2019.  The training will be conducted in groups of 40 members over a period of three days.  Officers from the Information Technology Department will be stationed at the Members Dining Hall every sitting day from Tuesday 18th to Thursday, 20th June, 2019 for registration purposes ….

          Housekeeping staff having been attending to Hon. Members.

           Staff, can you wait until I finish my announcements.

          Those who registered for group 2 will be starting on Thursday 20th June to Monday 24th June, 2019. 

          HON. KWARAMBA:  On a point of privilege Mr. Speaker Sir.  On behalf of the Zimbabwe Women Parliamentary Caucus and on my own behalf as the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Women Parliamentary Caucus, I rise to express my gratitude to those Hon. Members who contributed towards the buying of flowers for our dear departed Vimbai Tsvangirai Java and those who also attended the funeral, those who represented us for their kind gesture.  It is greatly appreciated by the Women’s Caucus at large.   May this spirit of unity continue to prevail in this august House.  I thank you. 

HON. CHOMBO:  Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir.  I rise on a point of privilege on Standing Order 68 (d) and 69.  My point of privilege is on the state of health delivery.  I am aware that the Minister of Health and Child Welfare has presented a Ministerial Statement in this august House updating us on the state of the health delivery in the country. 

There are reports in the media that the nursing fraternity is on a go-slow - working two to three days a week and they are planning a full scale strike a few weeks from now.  Is the Ministry aware of this and if they are aware, are they putting any mitigating measures in place?  I therefore request that the Minister of Health and Child Welfare gives us a Ministerial Statement on this.  I thank you.

HON. RAIDZA:  Thank you very much Hon. Speaker Sir.  I have noticed that us as Hon. Members of Parliament, before we took our seats in this august House, we took an oath of office and in this oath, one of the conditions was that we are there to uphold the Constitution of Zimbabwe.  And in terms of Section 119,  the Constitution bestows on us as Parliament, that we must protect the Constitution.  In terms of the code of ethics that we were given as Hon. Members of this House, on Part 2, there is an aspect of ethics, whereby we are expected to behave as Hon. Members and to conduct ourselves as Hon. Members wherever we will be, by protecting the good name of this august House.  Also, in the good of the public interest.

If we look again in terms of our Constitution, Section 3, according to the founding values of our Constitution, and of this country, we realise that there is an item that refers to the recognition of our liberation struggle.  Our liberation struggle is one of our founding values as a nation.

THE HON. SPEAKER:  Order, order.  Let us not get into some debate, just mention your point of privilege. 

HON. RAIDZA: Thank you very much Hon. Speaker Sir.  We had an issue when we went out with Parliamentary Committees to Mutare this past weekend.  What happened in Mutare was not good for the name of this august House.  One of our Hon. Members, as she was debating on some of the issues came to an extent of calling the Chimbwidos or war veterans that they were sex workers during the liberation struggle, which issue we felt that it was not good to call our Chimbwidos sex workers during the liberation struggle.  We do not think that our independence could have been won if our women during that time were conducting themselves as sex workers.

 So Mr. Speaker Sir, we requested the Hon. Member Linda Maphosa during that session to withdraw her statement as it was infringing on other women’s rights and the Hon. Member refused to withdraw her unparliamentarily language during the discussion.  We continued with the workshop discussions just for the sake of the good name of Parliament. We realised that other Hon. Members who were there were part of the Chimbwido’s of the liberation struggle, so this aspect touched them.  That issue touched our Hon. Members who were there to an extent that they ended up crying – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.]- and we were even contemplating leaving the workshop but because of the importance of the work that was at hand, we said no, let us carry on with the work that we had in Mutare.  Our prayer Hon. Speaker Sir – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.]-

          THE HON. SPEAKER: Order, order! Hon. Chikwinya, can you control your emotions.  I want to hear the Hon. Member in silence.

          HON. RAIDZA: Thank you Hon. Speaker Sir. As Parliament, we know that we have development partners who are helping us as Parliament to do our work and we have to protect the institution of Parliament wherever we go and the way we conduct ourselves.  So, our prayer is that, may this Parliament invoke Order Number 107 since we have given this Hon. Member to withdraw the statement that she made –[HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] - and she refused.  I think this Parliament has got all the instruments that it can deploy to make sure that the name of Parliament is not brought into disrepute by other Hon. Members who will be behaving otherwise when we go out with Committee business of Parliament.  I thank you.

          THE HON. SPEAKER: I have heard Hon. Raidza and I am demanding a full report from the Chairperson of that Committee – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] - There is someone hiding behind the television crew, otherwise I am going to send you out. Our Standing Orders are very clear; our behaviour here in Parliament and outside Parliament, particularly in Committee, must respect the sense of decorum including the way you dress. The dress code that applies to the House also applies in Committees.  The behaviour expected – [ AN HON. MEMBER: Inaudible interjection.]- Hon. Saruwaka, can you leave the House.

          When I am giving my ruling, I must be heard in silence.  I was going to conclude by saying, the expected behaviour here in the House that is the good behavior is expected out there when we are in Committee.  I demand a full report from the Chairperson of what actually transpired.  While the Hon. Member was speaking, Hon. P. D. Sibanda, Member of Parliament for Binga North shouted to Hon. Minister Ndlovu that she is hure and I want you to withdraw that statement.

          HON. P. D. SIBANDA: Hon. Speaker, with all due respect, I wish I had said something of that sort then it would have been possible for me to withdraw it.  I think Hon. Ndlovu could be having some emotions associated with something else different from that.  Hon. Speaker, I was seated there and I was talking to my brother here.  After he stood up putting his point of priviledged.  I was asking him whether this is a grievance procedure. My understanding is that if he was aggrieved, I never uttered a single word to Hon. Ndlovu.  I just want to say that I am so humble enough that I would have withdrawn if I had said that word.  I cannot say such a word to such an Hon. Member not only because she is an Hon. Member, she is almost the age of my mother. I respect her.   There is no way that I could have said that, so she might have misheard.  I can never say that kind of a word.  I am sure the Hansard is there Hon. Speaker.  I believe that imputing me of having said those words is actually maligning my integrity.  Hon. Speaker, I am being honest, I never said that word.

          THE HON. SPEAKER: I will check with the Hansard – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] - Order, order! Hon. Chinotimba, when I have ruled, I said I will check the record and the matter stops there.  I thank you.

          HON. MISIHAIRABWI-MUSHONGA: I stand on a matter of privilege.  I recognise that the Minister of Energy and Power Development came to this House at some stage to give a Ministerial Statement but I think he needs to come back.  We are in a crisis as far as electricity is concerned.  Firstly, we were given a schedule by ZESA on when each suburb would be load shedded.  That particular schedule is not being followed.

          The second issue is that ZESA then announced that they had escalated the load shedding to phase two but there is absolutely no communication.  If you phone ZESA, no one speaks to you.  I for one can only speak to one person who is in ZESA who answers calls and that is Mr. Katsande; any other person in ZESA is not speaking to us.  Somebody needs to come to this House and tell us if we are now a country that has no electricity because if electricity comes back at 12 midnight and it is gone by 5 am. If we do not have electricity, somebody should come and tell us but we cannot continuously be told stories about what is going to happen with tariffs. We cannot live and business cannot operate. So, can the Minister come back and indicate to us.

          THE HON. SPEAKER: The point is taken and the Clerk of Parliament, if you could remind me on that one.

          HON. MUTSEYAMI: My point of order Mr. Speaker Sir, with all due respect, our Chairperson the Speaker of Parliament’s decision at all times is final. I need to put it on record ...

          THE HON. SPEAKER: If you are disputing my decision please sit down.

          HON. MUTSEYAMI: I am not disputing your decision but the level we have seen our members being chucked is not working fairly ...

          THE HON. SPEAKER: Can you please sit down.

          HON. MUTSEYAMI: We had a challenge with Hon. Trevor Saruwaka ...

          THE HON. SPEAKER: Can you sit down?

HON. MUTSEYAMI: No, we have to take note of this. ...

THE HON. SPEAKER: Can you sit down?

HON. MUTSEYAMI: But I am the Chief Whip and I have to speak on behalf of my members. Last time we had a challenge with Hon. Chidakwa and now we have a challenge with Hon. Saruwaka, and we must not just keep quiet when our members are being subjected to this ...

THE HON. SPEAKER: Can you please sit down. If you have a problem with my judgement, please approach the Chair.

HON. MUTSEYAMI: You have to take note of that and the impasse has to be recorded.

THE HON. SPEAKER: Can you sit down?

HON. MUTSEYAMI: But you do not need to treat us this way.

THE HON. SPEAKER: Can you sit down please?

HON. MUTSEYAMI: I will respect you Mr. Speaker, but at the same time, you have to respect the Hon. Members.

THE HON. SPEAKER: Yes, if you have a problem approach the Chair.

HON. CHIKWINYA: Hon. Speaker, I rese to present my point of privilege in terms of the Standing Orders with regards to Section 214 of our Constitution which reads; “when the Defence Forces are deployed: -

a)    in Zimbabwe to assist with the maintenance of Public Order, the President must cause Parliament to be informed promptly and giving appropriate detail of the reasons for deployment to that effect.

Hon. Speaker, we have seen of late, members of the Defence

Forces being deployed ...

          THE HON. SPEAKER: Order, order Hon. Member. With all due respect, can you raise that question tomorrow during question time? I notice that some of the issues should be raised under Question Time otherwise we derail our Order Paper. Accordingly, I am not entertaining any further points of privilege. You ask questions tomorrow.

MOTION

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

          THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND WAR VETERANS (HON. MATEMADANDA): I move that Order of the Day Number 1 be stood over until the rest of the Orders have been disposed of.

          Motion put and agreed to.

SECOND READING

EDUCATION AMENDMENT BILL [H.B.1, 2019]

          Second Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Reading of the Education Amendment Bill.

          Question again proposed.

          HON. NYATHI:  Mr. Speaker Sir, I stand to add my voice on the Education Amendment Bill, particularly looking at Section 15 where it reads, “new section inserted after section 68 of Chapter 25:04.  I am interested at Section 68 (a) (5) where it is written, “under no circumstances is a teacher allowed to beat a child”.  I want to put my argument to say, whilst the law cannot be written at long length, I think the clause ‘under no circumstance’ is a teacher allowed to beat a child because I am visualising a teacher who has students in a classroom.  The students misbehave and the teacher is left without any option of disciplining a child.  I am not saying disciplining is only by beating but I am saying, that Clause alone must be relooked into.  Why I argue this fact, I am told that Zimbabwe is 80% Christians, therefore, I want to quote from the Bible.  I am quoting because I am told that one of the wisest men that ever lived on earth is Solomon.  I am told that Solomon used 10 to 12% of brain he was the wisest.  I just want to quote some few verses concerning disciplining with a rod that Solomon gave.  If you read from the book of Proverbs Chapter 23 verse 13, it says, “do not withhold correction from a child for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die”. 

Verse 14 says, “you shall beat him with a rod, you deliver his soul from hell’.  If the Bible says, when a child misbehaves, he must be beaten, who are we to argue with the Bible I stand to be corrected Mr. Speaker Sir.  I think the Ministry of Education takes a long time to train a teacher and giving no opportunity for a teacher to discipline a child may also mean that we do not have confidence and trust in our Zimbabwean education system.  I think a teacher is a reasonable person who knows where a child must be beaten or where the child must not be beaten.  I think that clause ‘under no circumstances’ must be revised.  I also want to further discuss – [HON. MEMBERS:  Inaudible interjections.] –

THE HON. SPEAKER:  Order.  May you please lower your voices as you whisper to each other?  Please carry on.

HON. NYATHI:  Mr. Speaker Sir, I would also like to contribute on the same section but now looking at Section 68 (d) which says no pupil shall be excluded from school for non-payment of school fees.  I also feel that this Section needs to be re-looked into because not all schools are Government Schools.  Some schools are private schools, and some are boarding schools.  You will agree with me that if one child is send to a boarding school, the parents of that child must pay school fees because at a boarding school, the child pays for his electricity, she pays for her food and her upkeep.  So, without paying of school fees, it means, we are rendering that school’s education non-viable.  I think that section must also be relooked into. 

Finally, on that same Section 68 (d), the last part of it says, ‘no pupil shall be excluded from school on the basis of pregnancy’.  I recommend that, this part also needs to be rephrased into and should read, when a child becomes pregnant at school, that child should be send home to go and give birth and nurture the child, after which she can be readmitted to our education system.   If we pass such kind of a Bill, I am visualising a school where we have maybe 150 girls at a school and 50 are pregnant.  I visited some maternity homes where there are doctors and nurses who are specialised in looking after pregnant women; they are failing to cope up.  Now we want to transfer this duty to a school head and the teachers to look after the pregnant children at school.  I am also visualising a situation whereby you have a girl child quite specialised in sports, come time for sports the child cannot train or participate or have a chance to represent, her school or her country because she is pregnant and she is in the yard of a school.  I think that also needs to be looked into.  That in itself shows that whilst we are trying to protect the education imbalance between the boy child and the girl child, it also then shows us that we are not serious when we are talking about early child marriages.  On the other hand, it is like we are encouraging early child marriages and on the other hand we are saying let us let our children get pregnant at school. 

I think those three areas that I have talked about need re-considering. I certainly give credit to the Portfolio Committee on Education for doing a great job, coming up with such a Bill, I however give recommendation that they must go back and amend these three sections.  It is our duty as Honourable Members to make sure that any Bill that passes through this Parliament must pass with utmost scrutiny and make sure that it is good for our generation and generations to come. 

Finally, Mr. Speaker Sir, I understand that our education system in Zimbabwe is working very well.  It is well looked up by many other countries.  Zimbabwe in matters of education and in matters of literacy is number one in Africa followed by Tunisia.  Why should we change things that are already working, replacing them with things that do not work?  I thank you.

*HON. CHINOTIMBA:  Mr. Speaker Sir, I did not stand up to debate.  There are many Members of Parliament in the House and I wanted to suggest that the Leader of the Opposition or rather the Chief Whip of the Opposition should apologise to the House.  Mr. Speaker, when we go to funerals as Members of Parliament, we do not think and expect to be harassed.  I would like to implore that the Chief Whip of the Opposition should apologise to the House and accept that they made a mistake in harassing us because next time you will go representing Parliament and you will be equally harassed as you were harassed. They must ask for forgiveness.  The newly appointed Vice President of the MDC is here and the Speaker is also here.  I suggest that you ask for forgiveness – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

          *HON. GONESE:  I have a point of order Mr. Speaker.

THE HON. SPEAKER:  Can you approach the Chair.

Hon. Gonese approached the Chair – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

THE HON. SPEAKER:  Order, order, order, order.  I hope this was a point of privilege which should have come much earlier, Hon. Chinotimba.  I think the Chief Whip has taken what you have said into account.  We will hear from him very soon – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] –

HON. CHIKWINYA:  On a point of order.

THE HON. SPEAKER:  You want a point of order with regards to the Bill?

HON. CHIKWINYA:  Yes.

THE HON. SPEAKER:  Do you not want to debate?

HON. CHIKWINYA:  I have debated but I have a point of order.

THE HON. SPEAKER:  How can you have a point of order on a debate?  May you approach the Chair?

Hon. Chikwinya approached the Chair.

THE HON. SPEAKER:  Hon. Chikwinya wanted to raise some constitutional issue with reference to the Education Bill, and I have advised that he cannot comment on that now.  He can do it during Committee Stage.  That is the appropriate stage where he can make corrections. 

Hon. Khumalo having stood up to debate.

+THE HON. SPEAKER: Hon. Khumalo can you look at me.

Hon. Khumalo approached the Chair.

THE HON. SPEAKER:  Order, order!

HON. MUSAKWA:  Thank you Mr. Speaker.  I would like to add my voice on the Education Amendment Bill.  Zimbabwe is known the world over as one of the few countries in Africa with a literacy rate above 90%.  It shows the sound value system we have as a country and moral intactness of our social fabric.  Condoning child pregnancies in schools is tantamount to destroying the gains we have made over the years.  As a Parliament, we will be judged harshly by history if we are to accept this – [HON. MEMBERS:  Hear, hear.] – We have our own value system as a people and as a country and this Parliament must be seen to protect this. 

We are all sitting here in Parliament because we are products of corporal punishment in schools – [HON. MEMBERS:  Hear, hear.] – Abandoning a system which has got known results in favour of a system which has got unknown results, I do not think it is wise. It is only my request and energy Mr. Speaker Sir that the voice of reason will prevail when relooking at this amendment Bill. I thank you Mr. Speaker.

          HON. TOGAREPI: Mr. Speaker Sir, I move that the debate do now adjourn.

          HON. KWARAMBA: I second.

          Motion put and agreed to.

          Debate to resume: Wednesday 19th June, 2019.

MOTION

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

          HON. TOGAREPI: Mr. Speaker Sir, I move that Orders of the Day, Nos. 3 to 35 be stood over until Order of the Day, No. 36 has been disposed of.

          HON. MISIHAIRABWI-MUSHONGA: I second.

          Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

REPORT OF THE SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY’S BILATERAL VISIT TO SHURA ADVISORY COUNCIL IN DOHA

          Thirty-Sixth Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Advocate J. F. Mudenda’s Bilateral Visit to the Shura Advisory Council, Doha, Qatar from 30th March to 4th April, 2019.

          Question again proposed.

          HON. NDUNA: Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir. I want to applaud Hon. Mutomba for bringing up your report Mr. Speaker Sir on the delegation that you led to the Qata Africa Parliamentary Friendship Association. I will touch in particular on the recommendations and the conclusion of that report and it just has five points. The first one touches on a unique platform that was given to the two parliamentarians on mutual benefit of the two institutions, the citizens of Qata and the citizens of Zimbabwe, in particular on the girl child, the opportunity that the Zimbabwean girl child can get interaction with the Qatari that is being given a pedestal or a platform by your delegation in the interaction of that Parliament and our Parliament.

          It is known that since independence, the girl child in Zimbabwe has been disadvantaged times without number if the entire girl child or the women, even before independence were treated as minors. It started because the girl child was disadvantaged for a very long time. Here is an opportunity therefore Madam Speaker, that has presented itself through this friendship association between the two Parliaments.

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, may the Hon. Member be heard in silence.

          HON. NDUNA: Madam Speaker Ma’am, I ask therefore that Zimbabwe through this platform embraces this friendship association to enhance the visibility of the girl child and to make sure that they remove the girl child from the disadvantage that they are in and we make sure that we grow from the good education system that has been advanced to them by the independence that we now enjoy, from being called a minor as an adult woman to being an educated person who has got all the rights and enjoying all the rights including education. This is because when you educate a woman, you educate a nation. When you empower a woman, you empower a nation.

          By the way, I will tell you what woman means. Woman means plural of man. Man means man and women mean we men, a lot of men. So, when you empower a woman, you empower a nation, you empower a lot of men Madam Speaker Ma’am. Everyone is born of a woman and the more we empower a woman, the more we are adhering to the ethos, the values of our Constitution. Our Constitution - I want you to know that a nation is looked at and it is respected by the way it upholds its own Constitution. If we uphold the rights of our girl child, we are upholding the rights as enshrined in our Constitution.

          This is the first point that I want to eloquently and ventilate on as is in relationship to the Speaker’s Delegation where it was advised that here is an opportunity to enhance the visibility, accountability and also advancing the rights of the girl child through offering of scholarships by the Qatar Government to the people of Zimbabwe through the Parliament of Zimbabwe and through the International Parliamentary Union delegation and the activities through that association of membership with the Qatari.

          The second point is, the Zimbabwean Ambassador to Kuwait who also covers Qatar, Ambassador C. Marongwe is obliged to be part of the economic diplomacy in Qatar.  This came out so effectively and efficiently in that delegation in order that he engages the Qatari authorities without delay to market Zimbabwe as a safe and secure destination to lure investment, in particular liquefied gas.  The only notable mineral to talk about in Qatar is the liquefied gas.  Qatar comes from a situation where its neighbours have put it under sanctions for one reason or another.  Qatar used to import everything but just 1% of its total needs.  What happened after it was put under sanctions is that it itself introspected and this is what His Excellency, the Ambassador Mr. Marongwe needs to adhere to;  the ethos and the values and what it is that Qatar did to get itself from the economic doldrums in the face of sanctions.  Qatar currently is a net exporter, from being a net importer of all products that it used to be.  Currently, it is exporting everything including milk to all the neighbouring countries.  It is now the breadbasket of that region including to those countries that meted Qatar with sanctions.  We can learn a lot from Qatar.

          Qatar currently has Qatari Airline that has more than 200 aircrafts and it is one of the largest grouping of airlines, that is in the third largest alliance in the whole world that boasts of more than 3 500 airlines, boasts of more than 1 500 airports and has more than 600 business lounges all around the world.  It is because Qatar introspected on itself to see what it could do with what it has to get what it wants. We have a lot to learn from such countries that have come from being net importers to net exporters.  This is quite an achievable fit which we can only learn from such countries as Qatar. 

Madam Speaker ma’am, I applaud the Speaker and his delegation for embarking on such a mission.  This is a mission which should be encouraged for all delegations.  Madam Speaker, and otherwise in the future, it is a delegation worth writing home about.  We have a lot to learn and we can do what we want through the adversity that we have learnt by the imposition of these draconian sanctions by the West and her allies which is currently an albatross round our neck in our economic emancipation but we can use what we have to get what we want.  Here is a good example. 

          On the third recommendation and part of the observation by the Speaker’s delegation, the issue of our embassy also comes to light where our embassy is being implored in conjunction with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education as well as the Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Ministry to follow up on the Qatari authorities on how Zimbabwe can access scholarships that Qatar has availed to the girl child in Africa.  The potential of expanding scholarships is now expanded to five million from one million and this is where we need to stand on the shoulders of giants in order to see far.  In the whole of Africa, we have a 95% literacy rate and we are the highest in the whole of Africa.  We can enhance that literacy rate through the involvement of our girl child by our Ministry of Education Higher and Tertiary, Science and Technology Development and otherwise. 

Madam Speaker Ma’am, we need to use this as a pedestal for our girl child advancement.  Here is an open door policy that has been presented to us by our friends.  What do we need from our enemies?  We do not need anything from our enemies.  No one but us can emancipate ourselves with our friends.  Here are our friends saying an opportunity of five million scholarships has availed itself.  Madam Speaker Ma’am, let us embrace our friends and educate our nation, in particular the girl child.  Let us tap into the Qatari community to enhance and beneficiate the education of our girl child. 

The fourth issue is the recommendation that came out of that Qatari delegation.  This one is the second last and I encourage Hon. Members to listen attentively as I go through this one because it is very important.  The Parliament of Zimbabwe, through the office of the Hon. Speaker, is being implored to expeditiously follow up and undertake His Excellency’s Speaker Ahmad bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al- Mahmud to engage the Government of Qatar to provide relief to the victims of Cyclone Idai through the Red Cross and Red Crescent Society.  This report is coming after the horse has already bolted.  They have already come in with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Society.  I have never seen friends such as these.  They put their money where their mouth is.  These are the people worth their salt and worth talking about.  I applaud the Qatari community for embracing us at our time of need.  If you want to see your friends in deed, your friends will only see your friends and judged by the way they behave when you are in your darkest hour and your point of need and here are our friends – the Qatari community.

Madam Speaker Ma’am, words fail me to describe how good these people are to Zimbabwe and not those that will quickly call for sanctions and do not want to see our advancement but these are the friends in deed.  Let us learn from what we have seen through the Qatari community in order that as Zimbabweans we can learn to love one another.  We can learn to love one another as we are being shown how and why we can love one another by somebody far off in a far-away land.  Therefore, it is based on this point number 4, of the recommendations and conclusions of this bilateral Qatar report that we need to embrace one another.  Let us learn from this one.

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: You are left with five minutes, Hon. Nduna.

          HON. NDUNA: The fifth and final point; here is the Qatar delegation led by Hon. Speaker, Advocate Jacob Mudenda which is imploring the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development, to engage the Qatar counterparts through the office of the Hon. Speaker, to explore the possibility of establishing direct flights to Zimbabwe and Qatar with which will enhance trade, tourism and investment. 

          Aviation – the Qatari have more than 200 planes, a good number of those are the Boeing Aircrafts. We are quite alive to the fact that the Ethiopian Airlines is the only airline in the whole of Africa that has made a profit.  Aviation does not need to make a profit, it grows economies.  I have said before that when you want to see far, you need to stand on the shoulders of giants.  

          Qatar Airlines is an alliance which is the third largest in the whole of this whole world.    I am alive also to the fact that we have Emirates Airlines that comes into Zimbabwe.  Emirates Airlines comes into Zimbabwe and enjoys what is called Fifth Freedom Rights.   These freedom rights are given to an airline for it to criss-cross the airspace of any nation by the host nation.   The Fifth Freedom Rights gives you an opportunity as an airline to track from the host nation a cargo or passengers to another country which is not your country of destination.  Zimbabwe has given Emirates Fifth Freedom Rights from Harare to Zambia, Lusaka.  It makes sure that Air Zimbabwe no longer enjoys the rights on that route.  These rights should only be given to such airlines like Qatar who have said, we can give you what you want to get what you want from what you have.   We also have what we call Cargotag rights; these are like transporting passengers from Harare to Bulawayo.  Here is an opportunity to embrace our friendship with Qatar Airlines. Let us give them rights to transport passengers from Harare during our time of need which is now to Bulawayo – that is Cargotag.  They have more than 200 airplanes and we have just one.  So it is this time whilst we are building Air Zimbabwe, let us give Cargotag rights to our friends so that we can show them for sure that they are our friends.

  I talk of Boeing and the interaction with Ethiopian Airlines; we can do the same to have partnerships with Qatar which is using Boeing aircraft on a percentage or a triple ‘P’ partnership in terms of sharing.  In that same vein, we can use whatever alliance they have got to grow our aviation industry in Zimbabwe. 

IATA is embraced by Qatar. Code sharing in terms of buying ticket on a Qatari Airline to come to Zimbabwe via British Airways or USA Airlines is given; they have got code sharing already.  There is no need to reinvent the wheel.  Here is an opportunity to grow our tourism and economy using Qatar Airlines.

Madam Speaker, I want to thank you for giving me this opportunity to completely ventilate and debate vociferously  on the relationship that has been established with the Qatari community through the Speaker’s delegation that went to Qatar.  Now, we are going to grow Zimbabwe’s economy through Zimbabwe Parliament National Assembly, through our renowned Hon. Speaker, J.F. Mudenda to advance the Agenda 2030 of His Excellency Hon. E. D. Mnangagwa.  I thank you.

HON. CHOMBO: I would like to congratulate the Speaker for a worthwhile bilateral visit to Doha, Qatar.  This resonates very well with the re-engagement thrust by our President, E.D Mnangagwa.  I however, have a comment on the composition of the Speakers’ delegation.  The Speaker is an ambassador of the ‘HeforShe campaign’ whereby he is supposed to be standing to make sure he addresses the gender imbalances.  His trip was composed of six members and out of the six, there were only two women. I would have at least expected the Speaker to have 50/50 on the composition of his team.

What fascinated me most was the technological advancement of the microchip that was mentioned by the Speaker when he was just sharing jokes with the Advisory Council.  If you look at the history of Qatar, there are a lot of similarities with Zimbabwe.  What is lacking in Zimbabwe; we have a lot of universities such as NUST, CUT, etcetera.  If we really support our universities, we can have inventions that are even better than what we have seen in Qatar. 

The way the SHURA Advisory Council address the problems of sanctions - they were given sanctions by the Arab States, but they went from being a net importer to a net exporter.  If you look at the way they went around it and Zimbabwe, the stage we are at, we resonate very well with the Qatar experience.  I think we have a lot to learn from the Qatar experience. We hope that the trip that the Hon. Speaker undertook is going to be expounded through the bilateral relations we have with the country for us to be able to benefit more and also to have a lot of studies done on how they did it from being a net importer to a net exporter. 

They extended a hand of friendship and want to nurture that further by inviting our girl child to be afforded scholarships in Qatar.  I hope that the Zimbabwean Government is going to take up on this trip and make sure that the country benefits as a whole.  I thank you.

HON. SHAMU: Madam Speaker, the thought provoking report which was presented to this august House by Hon. Mutomba brought to the fore the need for all countries of the world to uphold the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These countries must respect human rights and the fundamental freedoms for all.

An analysis of the illegal sanctions imposed on Qatar by by her Arab and Gulf neighbours, particularly, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, the Meldives, Comoros, Senegal, Djibouti and Jordan in June, 2017 conclude that the illegal sanctions are indeed a violation of human rights.

While Qatar hosts the largest United States air base in the Middle East, Qatar has spoken out against Washington’s decision to block all exports of Iranian oil saying, and rightly so that the unilateral sanctions were unwise because they hurt the countries that survive and rely on the supply of oil from Iran. Qatar, the world’s leading exporter of liquefied natural gas is at odds with other Gulf Arab States which are strong supporters of more stringent United States sanctions on Iran.

Madam Speaker, Qatar disagrees with Saudi Arabia over its continued aggression against Yemen. Qatar disagrees with the Emirates policy of supporting the military coup in Libya. Qatar disagrees with the Emirates’ policy of supporting destabilisation of Somalia and separation and division of Yemen. All these policies which Qatar opposes are supported by the United States of America. Qatar’s stance of not supporting interference in the internal affairs of other sovereign states sees her being punished through illegal sanctions.

The delegation which was led by our esteemed Speaker, Advocate J. F. Mudenda to Qatar where he attended a very important meeting does show that Qatar lies between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Now, Saudi Arabia does not see eye to eye with Iran. As the saying goes Madam Speaker, “where two elephants fight, t is the grass that suffers”. The grass in this case is innocent Qatar and other countries that seek to secure liquefied gas from Qatar and oil from Iran.

Madam Speaker, Qatar is caught in-between. Iran is part of the region. Qatar does not see anything wrong with what Iran has done. The illegal sanctions imposed on Qatar and Iran are being employed by the United States as a tool to achieve international political objectives. The United States is doing this in connivance with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

There are some similarities, indeed similarities in what is happening in Qatar and what is happening in Zimbabwe today. Qatar is the world’s leading exporter of liquefied natural gas. Zimbabwe has the gigantic trough, the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, rich in minerals including one of the world’s largest deposits of high grade chrome as well as enormous amounts of asbestos. The diamond riches of Zimbabwe are mind boggling. Zimbabwe is the second world’s largest producer of platinum group of metals after South Africa.

Madam Speaker, just like Qatar which has refused to have its sovereignty compromised, Zimbabwe was slapped with illegal economic sanctions for taking back her birthright, the land; our land in which our rich mineral resources are embedded.

Madam Speaker, I do hope that the recommendations made by our esteemed Speaker of Parliament, Advocate J. Mudenda and his delegation will be taken seriously especially by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development where they are being asked to engage their counterparts in Qatar and explore the possibility of establishing flights between Zimbabwe and Qatar which will enhance trade, tourism and investment.

Let me conclude Madam Speaker, by calling upon the United Nations to indeed raise its voice in reminding countries such as the United States of America, that they must indeed be upholding human rights. I call upon Members of the United Nations such as the United States of America that they should be guided by the UN Charter which promotes and encourages respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, that includes the people of Qatar and Zimbabwe.

HON. BANDA: First and foremost, we applaud the delegation that went to Qatar. What we applaud is the lessons that they learnt or systems that they saw. There are systems which are good for Zimbabwe and some that may not be so good for Zimbabwe. For instance, the report says in Qatar, there is need to do away with elections and just do only appointments. I think if we follow that and stop having elections, I think we will be trampling on democracy. We still need to have elections.

I want to point to the next aspect whereby only 30 elected Members of Parliament are there in Parliament as compared to 15 appointed and so, almost half of the Members of Parliament are appointed. Members like Hon. Zhou, Hon. Banda like me and Hon. Nyathi may not have been in Parliament if most of them were going to be appointed. We really need a situation whereby just a few are appointed like it is at the present moment.

Madam Speaker, Qatar has had sanctions and has many enemies around it yet it has been very successful. Zimbabwe has had targeted sanctions but I remember during the time of Prime Minister Tsvangirayi and when Hon. T. Biti was Minister of Finance, sanctions were there but Zimbabwe was at a developmental stage and life then was better than what it is now. It is not really an issue of sanctions, rather it is an issue of mismanagement and governance that is lacking which has to be improved.  Madam Speaker, when the Speaker went there, I think Qatar is blessed with oil. When the compatriot came back to Zimbabwe, he said we should explore oil issues because Qatar is blessed with oil.  We should discuss oil instead of Queen B getting oil for us from wherever they get it from.  It would be cheaper for us to get a working relationship with Qatar where we can import oil with very good prices. 

Madam Speaker, Qatar is known for its huge industrial strides. Why can we not discuss further with Qatar so that they can teach us the lessons so that we can also be as industrialised as they are.  Madam Speaker, in Qatar, they speak with one voice.  Right now, I am speaking and what I am speaking here is very apolitical but you hear my friends from the other side saying, ha ha ha. We need to speak with one voice Madam Speaker.  We are all Zimbabweans.  If we are going to speak with one voice and listen to each other, regardless of political affiliation, Zimbabwe would be a better nation.  We would not be having trouble of not having bread and we will not be having a problem with not having fuel because we will be speaking with one voice. 

Madam Speaker, the recommendations from the report show that about five million girl students are benefiting from scholarships.  We want that in Zimbabwe.  By chance of asking, do we have statistics of people from Zimbabwe who have benefited from these scholarships?  We are imploring the Speaker and Government to say, let us develop this relationship further so that our girl child can benefit from the scholarships that are on offer. 

Madam Speaker, with regard to internet connectivity, in Qatar internet connectivity is very cheap.  Why can we not get the technology that they are using because the connectivity charges that we are getting in Zimbabwe have high data prices such that people in rural areas cannot benefit from the usage of data.  We need Qatar and their knowledge to come and help us even in schools where internet is limited. 

Madam Speaker, the report was saying that in Zimbabwe, there is conducive economic environment.  Do we really have a conducive economic environment?  I do not think so.  We are very far from having a conducive environment.  We can do better.  I hear that FDI is coming from Qatar, how much?  When?  As far as I know, there is nothing.  There is no FDI relationship between Zimbabwe and Qatar.  We have to put our mouths where our pockets are.  The report also says, Qatar promised to give us assistance in terms of cyclone Idai.  What has come so far?  What kind of assistance has come?  Has anybody gone back to Qatar to say, you promised to help us on Cyclone Idai?  So far, what kinds of help have we received?  We really need that assistance.

Last but not least, Madam Speaker, we await the visit from the Speaker of Parliament of Qatar to come into Zimbabwe.  I pray that some of the things that we have discussed here will bring us real oil deals not Queen B deals because Zimbabwe right now needs all the investment that it can have.  For us to be able to get that investment, we need to have real dialogue.  We really know who has to be dialogued with.  We have gone to funerals and said no we need to speak with one voice, we need to be all Zimbabweans but when it comes to real issues, we are not sitting down.  We know that the only person who has to be spoken to at the moment is Nelson Chamisa, the President of the MDC.  He is the only person.  You can speak to all other people, all the other losers who lost in the elections but the only real deal is to speak with Chamisa.  I am begging this House to be honest, engage Chamisa.  He is ready for you.  He has direction for this country.  He has vision for this country.  I thank you very much Madam Speaker.   Thank you.

THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE, LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (HON. ZIYAMBI):  Madam Speaker, I move that the debate do now adjourn.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume:  Wednesday, 19th June, 2019.

MOTION

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE, LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (HON. ZIYAMBI):  Madam Speaker, I move that we revert to the first Order of the Day.

Motion put and agreed to.

SECOND READING

ZIMBABWE INVESTMENT DEVELOPMENT AGENCY BILL [H. B. 2, 2019]

HON. MPARIWA:  On a point of order Madam Speaker.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  What is your point of order?

HON. MPARIWA:  Madam Speaker, can I take this privilege of putting this across.  I hope I will not be emotional.  May God guide me.  We lost a Member of Parliament in this House and a motion has been put on the Order Paper.   The Member responsible for sponsoring that motion has asked if he could table this motion and I am told that there has been some kind of resistance.  Can we get clarification so that we prioritise on that motion.  Thank you Madam Speaker.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: Hon, Leader of the House, can you approach the Chair?

THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE, LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (HON. ZIYAMBI) on behalf of THE MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE (HON. M. NDLOVU):  Thank you Madam Speaker.  I move that the Zimbabwe Investment Development Bill [H. B. 2, 2019] be read a second time and allow me to present my second reading speech.  

This Bill seeks to establish a single interface for investors.  In more detail, the individual provisions of the Bill are as follows:

Clause 1 and 2 will set out the Short title of the Bill and define the terms. 

Clause 3 and 4 establishe the Agency, gives it a corporate status and sets out the functions and powers of the Agency respectively.  The primary function of the Agency is to facilitate entry and implementation of investment projects as well as to coordinate investment programmes and strategies.

Clause 5 establishes a one stop shop investment centre which shall have representatives of entities that play a role in the licensing, establishment and operationalisation of investments.  These entities include ZIMRA, EMA, RBZ, Companies Office, NSSA, ZERA, ZTA, SERA and specialised investment units and other relevant line ministries.  It also provides for the secondment of officials from line ministries and statutory agencies to the Authority.

Clauses 6 to 8 establish the Board that shall control the Agency, outline composition and functions of the Board

Clause 9 provides for the appointment, functions and duties of a Chief Executive Officer and other staff of Agency.

Clause 10 enjoins investors to conform with local legislation.

Clause 11 specifies that investors are free to invest in any sector save for those that are reserved for locals.  The reserved or threshold sectors are listed in the schedule referred to in this Clause. 

Clauses 12 and 13 provide that foreign investors should be treated the same way as local investors.  Foreign investors from all countries must all be treated in the same way.  They also set out exceptions to the above rules.

Clause 14 permits investors to employ key personnel of their choice.  The personnel can be foreigners.

Clause 15 enjoins the state to treat foreigners fairly and equitably. 

Clause 16 guarantees that the property of investors should not be expropriated.  Where it is expropriated for a public purpose, the expropriation should be done in accordance with the law in a non-discriminatory manner and a payment of effective compensation in a freely cover title currency.

Clause 17 provides all laws, regulations and policies that affect investors should be made public promptly.

Clause 18 provides for the free inward and outward transfer of funds and lays out circumstances where such transfers may be prevented or delayed; for example in a bid to protect the creditors of an investor and in order to assist financial regulatory regulators or law enforcement.

Clause 19 instructs investors to respect the country’s laws. 

Clause 20 also directs the investor to desist from environmentally unfriendly practices, maintain independent accounts and ensure that services and products comply with national and international standards and to respect cultural heritage and custom.

Clause 21 provides that applications for investment licences shall be made to the Authority in the prescribed forms and provides for the time-frame of the processing of such application.

Clauses 22 and 23 provide that investment licences must have a fixed lifespan determined by the Board at the date of issue and renewal of the licence respectively.

Clause 24 enjoins the Authority to keep a register of al investment licences.

Clause 25 calls investors to inform the authority of any challenges in implementing a proposed project within 30 days of being aware of the challenges and to inform the Authority of change of any material information furnished to the Authority.

Clause 26 prohibits unauthorised transfer of licence from one person to the other.

Clause 27 empowers the authority to do on site inspections of investor’s premises as well as to access and copy documents when doing inspections.  It also criminalises obstruction or frustration of inspectors.

Clause 28 empowers authority to cancel or suspend licences where an investor obtained the same fraudulently; transfers the licence to another without the approval by the authority; fails to implement approved activity within agreed timeframes; breached any condition imposed on the issue of a licence or provides for the observance of the principles of natural justice when cancelling the licence.

Clause 29 empowers the Agency in consultation with the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to offer incentives to investors.

Clauses 30 and 31 provide for the declaration of areas as Special Economic Zones and considerations taken into account when considering whether or not to give licences to investors who wish to operate in such zones respectively.

Clause 32 provides for a permit for a person who wants to develop an area as a Special Economic Zone.

Clause 33 provides for the continuation of the Joint Venture Unit established in terms of the Joint Venture Act [Chapter 22:22] but under a new name Public Private Partnership Unit and lists its functions.

Clauses 34 and 35 outline procedures preliminary to conclusion of Public Private Partnerships and powers of the Agency respectively.

Clause 36 indicated the Public Private Partnership projects that may be undertaken by contracting authorities.

Clause 37 provides for resolution of disputes.

Clauses 38-42 deal with financing, financial reporting and auditing of books of the Agency and tabling of annual reports in Parliament respectively.

Clause 43 deals with preservation of official confidential information. Clause 44 Exempts the Agency and its officers from liability for any loss or damage incurred by a person as a result of a bonafide exercise or performance of any function.

          Clause 45 empowers the Minister to make regulations. Clause 46 empowers the Agency to employ former employees of the former statutory corporations as well as civil servants.

          Clause 47 makes consequential amendments to the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Act [Chapter 22:23], and repeals the following statutes –

(a)                  Zimbabwe Investment Authority Act [chapter 14:30];

(b)            Special Economic Zones Act [Chapter 14:34];

(c)                  Joint Venture Act [Chapter 22:22].

          Mr. Speaker Sir, Clause 48 saves in force some things done under the repealed law and it will also provided for the transition from the current investment system to the system under the Bill. In particular –

(a)                  proceedings which have already commenced when the Bill becomes law will be continued as if the repealed Acts had not been repealed, though the Agency will be able to apply specific provisions of the Bill to those proceedings;

(b)            directions or orders given under the repealed Act will continue in force as if they had been made by the Agency under the Bill.

          First Schedule lists ancillary powers of Agency. Second Schedule lists reserved/threshold sectors. Third Schedule has rights and obligations of persons allowed to do business in Special Economic Zones. Fourth Schedule outlines rules and procedures governing public private partnerships. I so submit Mr. Speaker Sir and move that the Bill be now read a second time. I thank you.

          Mr. Speaker Sir, I also move that the debate do now adjourn to allow the Portfolio Committee to table its report.

          Motion put and agreed to.

          Debate to resume: Wednesday, 19th June, 2019.

MOTION

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

          THE MINISTR OF JUSTICE, LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (HON. ZIYAMBI): Mr. Speaker, I agreed with Hon. Mpariwa that we have to stand over Orders of the Day, Nos 3 to 5, until we dispose of Order of the Day, Number 6.

          Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

CONDOLENCES ON THE DEATH OF HON. VIMBAI TSVANGIRAI-JAVA

          HON. MUSHORIWA: I move the motion standing in my name that this House expresses its profound sorrow on the sudden and untimely death on Monday, 10th June, 2019, of Hon. Members of Parliament for Glen View South, Mrs. Vimbai Tsvangirai-Java;

          PLACES on record its appreciation of the services which the late Member of Parliament rendered to Parliament and the nation; and

          RESOLVES that its deepest sympathy be conveyed to Mr. Java, the Java family, the Tsvangirai family and the Glen View South Constituency.

          HON. MPARIWA: I second.

          HON. MUSHORIWA: Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir in allowing us to debate this motion. On the 10th June, 2019, we lost one of our Member of Parliament for Glen View South, Mrs. Vimbai Tsvangirai-Java. Hon. Vimbai Java was involved in an accident on the 14th May, 2019 just after Kwekwe. In that accident two people perished and these are Mr. Rukanda and Mr. Mhundwa. From the 14th May, 2019, Hon. Vimbai Tsvangirai-Java was admitted in a hospital and we had hoped that she was going to survive but unfortunately, we learnt on the 10th of June, 2019 that she had actually passed on.

          Mr. Speaker Sir, I want to pay tribute and also thank Hon. Members of Parliament from across the political divide that even during the time that Hon. Vimbai Tsvangirai-Java was admitted, I went to the hospital, saw her and talked to her. I know quite a number of Hon. Members across the divide that were also attending. Hon. Tsvangirai-Java was one of our young parliamentarians. She passed on at a tender age of 36. She was one of those MPs who in this House did not speak loud but spoke deeply.

          She was an MP who in spite of her young age had the word honour bestowed on her and she had that humble heart. Apart from being an Hon. MP, she was also a Pastor in a church which was led by her husband, Apostle Java. Hon. Vimbai Tsvangirai-Java was a daughter of the late Dr. R. M. Tsvangirai, a democratic icon of this country. In spite of the fact that Hon. Vimbai Tsvangirai was the daughter of the late Morgan Tsvangirai, she did not use it as a way to bulldoze or to do anything or to take advantage. Instead, she humbly carried herself, performed her duties in a manner befitting a Christian.

          Those that served with her in the Committees of Local Government and Media will bear testimony. As I alluded to you Mr. Speaker Sir that indeed a number of Hon. Members attended to her during the time that she was admitted. The sad part of it is that she passed on in an accident and only few years in 2009, we also lost her mother through similar circumstances.  It is so painful to lose one at that tender age. 

Mr. Speaker Sir, I also want to pay tribute and also thank the Hon. Members of Parliament who graced the funeral of Hon. Vimbai Tsvangirai Java.  I extend my appreciation to the Hon. Speaker, Advocate Mudenda and other Hon. Members of this august House who came to the funeral.  The funeral of Hon. Vimbai Tsvangirai-Java did speak to us the ubuntu, hunhu part of us as Zimbabweans. 

The Hon. Speaker of the House, in his speech ,said that we are all born in this country and at a certain time we will all die and we will be buried mostly in this country.  We do not know who will be the next but surely, it is God who knows that we will pass on at some other stage.  What lingers after all is said is the manner in which we do and carry ourselves between the time that we were born and the time will die and that is called life.

          It is that life that we celebrate the life of Hon. Vimbai Tsvangirai-Java.  Mr. Speaker Sir, you will agree with me that whilst you are in your chair, she was one of the few Hon. Members who would not heckle any other Members – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] – She was down to earth, wanted to learn and wanted to serve the people that had elected her to office. When God makes a ruling none of us can overturn it.

To that extend Mr. Speaker Sir, I want this House to express its profound sorrow on this untimely death and also place on record its appreciation of the services the late Member of Parliament rendered to Parliament and the nation.  Also, that we send our deepest sympathy to Apostle Java, the Java family, the Tsvangirai family and the Glen View South Constituency, the constituency which sent her to Parliament. Mr. Speaker Sir, it is my humble submission to you and to this House that we send this message to the family.  I thank you.

          *HON. MPARIWA: Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir.  I would like to thank the mover of the motion to allow us to mourn the late Hon. Vimbai Tsvangirai-Java.  I also want to thank you Hon. Speaker and the Members of this august House that saw it fit that this motion be debated as a matter of urgency as people are still mourning the death of the late Member of Parliament. I would like to say, may the soul of Hon. Vimbai Tsvangirai-Java and all those who were involved in this accident rest in peace.

 I will try to be at ease but what I witnessed on the 12th of May, it is something I have never witnessed all my life.  When we got to the accident scene, some of the people who were there were not able to inform me that this man called Rukanda had passed on.  They suggested that I should take care of the other ladies because they did not want me to know that the late Rukanda had already passed on. 

Mr. Speaker Sir, let me take this opportunity to say when we view our everyday life we should know that life is nothing but a passing shadow.  I remember the time when Hon. Tsvangirai’s vehicle overtook us; we were coming from Bulawayo and we were happy.  We wanted to have progress at our meeting and we were looking forward to Hon. Tsvangirai to be the Secretary General for the women’s wing and myself to be the Chairperson of  that wing.  We were so happy; we did not know that this was going to end in her untimely death.  When we arrived at the scene I could not even recognise that it was that same car until I was informed and I was really touched. 

I just want to thank God that the late Hon. Tsvangirai was a soft-kind hearted lady.  When she was in hospital, she complained of backache.  As far as we were concerned, we could not even think that one day she will leave us but we are surprised that she is now dead.  She was so caring that despite her condition she had time to think of her colleagues who were in the car.  She managed to ask about Rukanda.  She was so loving and caring for, she remembered that she was not the only one in that car. This was a reflection of her upbringing; she was very loving like her mother and father because charity begins at home.

 I remember when I was saying to Hon. Mamombe that where you and Hon. Tsvangirai used to sit, it is going to be very painful to us when we look at that corner.   As old people, we are now here to mentor young politicians.  I started knowing Hon. TsvangiraI when she was very young and watched her grow up to the time of her death. Whenever I talked to her outside Parliament she would say I am copying from you mummy and all what you taught me.  I was saying that when us the old in this House mentor these youngsters and they die untimely, it is so painful.

We know there are some people who when they join politics forget that there is God above but she was somebody who took up religion and was very serious about it.  Above all this, she was a married woman, married to a Pastor, Apostole Java.  Her love was witnessed by the people who attended the funeral, a reflection of her good relationship with other people.  She was the wife of an Apostle but she did not show off because of that status; she was a humble person.  She knew bitter life before because her mother passed on when two twins, her siblings were still very young to such an extent that she remained in loco parentis of her siblings.  She was the only one in this country because some of her siblings are overseas.  

When I visited the hospital, I was touched by the other sibling; he was wiping Hon. Tsvangirai as though he was wiping a baby because he knew Hon. Tsvangirai was all he has.  She had replaced her mother. What we should know is that when we are so sick, there are some problems which happen especially when a partner passes on, some spouses neglect that.  However, Pastor Java was a classic example. He was caring, and really doing his best to comfort his partner.  At times, when you show that you were in pain, he would console, comfort and mentor you. This shows that Vimbai had given her husband strength to know the good and the best of life.

However, death has no fixed date, it just comes at no notice, it just comes at a time when we least expect it.  I remember seeing people from Java family coming to visit Vimbai in hospital because she was a humble wife and warm-hearted who never bragged about her background and status.  Her mother-in-law is with us in Parliament and she was really touched and collapsed over the passing on of her daughter-in-law, because Vimbai lived with others well.  Her mother-in-law grieved saying, “I have lost my friend, whom will I talk to.”  This means that Vimbai had embraced her in-laws well.  Good people do not survive long; this is because Vimbai was only 35 years of age, which was just a prime time to begin shaping their life as a family.

If you visit Glen View Hon. Speaker, the constituents were in a state of shock, they were traumatised by the death of their Member of Parliament.  They did not get the chance to visit her in hospital as they were not aware of the extent of their representative’s sickness.  They really thought they were going to see her again after hospitalisation.  I am saying this to show the level of commitment by Hon. Java, the church, the party and Parliament work.  Hon. Chinotimba, the Hon. Speaker and Women’s Parliamentary Caucus were there to grieve with us.  I would like to thank them all, including Hon. Kwaramba and her team and all those who were with us, I cannot mention one by one.  We would like to thank you all because you were touched by the way our child handled herself in life and you came to console us.

I always want to say, ask your neighbour the question that, ‘if you were the one who had passed on, what would people say,’ ask each other Hon. Members. What did the Hon. Member besides you say?  So, think deeply concerning that, I am older than Vimbai but she taught me a lesson that, regardless of your social standing you should have a warm heart.  I learnt that doing the right thing and humbling yourself before others is the right thing.  Vimbai had the opportunity to respect, pray and represent people.  The Glenview Constituency had poor people. There was a lady who came crying to my feed saying, “I have become a pauper because I have lost someone who took good care of me.”  I nearly asked what she was given but I learnt that I should also do the same and take care of the elderly more than I have been doing before.  These are lessons we learn and pass on to our children.  Vimbai was a unifier.  During her life time, Vimbai would visit Harvest House, Morgan Tsvangirai House, no one would know that she was there because of her humility and honest call for duty.  To this loss, I say Glen View, MDC, and Parliament did not lose, but the nation lost. 

Hon. Speaker, I would like to thank everyone who managed to come and grieve over Vimbai’s passing on because this was not easy to handle.  It was a difficult time but most people showed up.  I saw Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga during the funeral in that chilly night.  If you find people commit to spend the night despite the cold weather, it shows the personality of the deceased, a lot of love and concern.  I am so much grieved to note that today is the 18th of June, 2019 and we are speaking of the passing on of Vimbai when recently on the 12th of June, 2019, we were speaking of the accident where we expected a full recovery.  I am also grieved to note that we have lost a female Hon. Member whose future was promising in terms of leadership, a mother who was even able to handle the church in the absence of Pastor Java. 

I thank you Hon. Speaker for giving me this opportunity, may Vimbai’s soul rest in peace.  Hon. Speaker, please pass on our acknowledgement and appreciation to those who are not here but were present during Vimbai’s funeral.  This same loving spirit should not only be done to the Javas but to all of us.  I thank you Hon. Speaker Sir.

HON. MISIHAIRABWI-MUSHONGA: Thank you very much Hon. Speaker for giving us this opportunity.  Thank you very much to Hon. Mushoriwa for giving us this opportunity to speak, mourn, educate and tell each other some of the truths in the spirit of wanting us to go back to humanity.  I agree with Hon. Mpariwa, that your deeds during your lifetime will follow you to the last breath.  For me, that is what I saw that day, night and service.  It was a replica of the life that Vimbai had lived, the serenity and respect.  You know our history.

I drove in my own car and I must say that I was a bit worried that I was driving on my own and was uncertain of what I was going to see there.  However, I got to the gate and I can assure you that I did not see any one youth who was drunk.  I do not know if they were drunk, they may have been somewhere else.  There were too many cars and as soon as they saw that it was me and I did not have a driver, they said, “Hon. Member, park your car here, we will look after it, you go inside.”

As I sat and went through the service, I said to myself, ‘if I were to die, perhaps this is what I would love to happen.”  There was a complete separation of the politics that we have and the unity and understanding of what we had come for.  Hon. Chinotimba was asked to come and speak. You should have seen how the crowd ululated and clapped, which was a sign that people were saying to us, ‘this is exactly what we want.’ Vimbai was young, as alluded to by Hon. Mpariwa.  For some of us who want to see these young vibrant women coming up in politics, she was one of those who gave you the feeling that even if you are gone, there are some who have come after us who will be able to continue the work that we are doing.  There was humility that you do not find in some of us but you found in Vimbai.

So, today it is not about Vimbai because she is gone.  If there is anything that I learnt on that day, it is that when people die, they are asleep and gone.  We all said, if Susan and Morgan were alive, there is no way they would have allowed that accident to happen.  So, this superstition we have of lying to each other that they will see us and we appease the spirits of the dead and so on, we are wasting time.  For me, that was the biggest message; they are gone, Vimbai is not here anymore.  Unfortunately, we spend too much time shouting at each other instead of saying to each other, ‘I really like the person that you are, I like your humility.’  Some of us are now standing here pontificating about how nice she was but we never took time even for a second to just say, ‘you know what young girl, I really like the way that you carry yourself – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] – I think that it is something that we need to learn. 

So, this is why I am saying today is not about Vimbai but us. I want you to understand me when I say these things, that it is about correcting the things that we do.  We went on Friday and there is this wonderful feeling and everybody is thinking you know we can go back again takabatana.  I do not know kuti chirwere chakazosvika the next day change chave kubva kupi because after that beautiful night where people had been able to control the young people; the reason why I am saying so is, my belief is that it is about us the leadership.  What we do and what we say is the message that is followed by the people that are in our political parties.  If we follow the message of the honourable there, be it your mother or your aunt, these young people will not do anything different. 

I am saying so because now that we are having this debate, let us go back to our political parties and say, when it is a funeral, it is a funeral.  We are all together and we are celebrating the life of this individual.  Politicians, let us not take the issue of politics to funerals.  Funerals are not rallies for goodness sake.  Funerals are about talking about this particular individual.  Yes, we can refer to Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai to say he was the father but at that stage, it was about Vimbai.  It is not about Vimbai as this political figure – yes we acknowledge that she was a politician, we cannot run away from it but do not box her into that politician because we are taking out this greatness that this particular individual was.  I am saying so to my friends and cousins veku MDC-Alliance that can you go and say this to your young people because my friend Thokozani Khupe was totally hurt because of that booing that happened the next day. 

It was totally unnecessary and like I am saying, you had done a fantastic thing the day before, and I can attest to it that it was brilliant.  In fact, if you had not moved a motion Hon. Mushoriwa, I wanted to move that motion kuti isabve kwamuri imi because when you say it yourselves, it is as if muri kuzvirovera mega.  I wanted to come back and say we have a history where we say we have a history in parties and we insult and assault each other at funerals but today you guys have shown me that there is a particular shift from the previous to now.  But at Sports Centre, it was completely different, and at the funeral, it is completely different and it takes away this greatness that can be in you. 

I am not saying that from my political party I am an angel and I am not saying my political party does not have those problems.  I think we are talking together as people who are coming from political parties so that we can create a culture that respects, that builds and that unites.  So, if there is anything; in the Bible it says, a person would say, chii chakabuda musi wandakafa, vamwe vanoti ndakatendeuka musi wandakafa. 

If there is one thing that we need to learn from Vimbai’s death is to say, it should be a uniting death.  It should be something that brings us together as a nation.  There is no one who cannot be hurt by death.  All of us were in pain and even now when you sit back and you think about it, you cannot understand.  I was saying, there is somebody who stood up, I think it was Hon. Mushoriwa who said kana Mwari vatonga you have to accept it.  Inini I say Mwari Havana kutonga paya.  This was the hand of the devil.  Whoever that devil is, it was the hand of the devil and the question that we need to keep praying about is to say, devil, you cannot have power over us and you cannot have power over young people. 

I think we need to pray for it and we need to pray for ourselves.  But, I stood up just here to say thank you for Friday, thank you for growing a person like Vimbai, thank you to Vimbai’s husband and thank you for the church.  I really, really acknowledge the work that you guys did and the good sendoff that you gave to Vimbai because she was a really wonderful person. My only regret is that I never said this to her when she was alive.  I thank you Mr. Speaker Sir.

          HON. NDUNA: Mr. Speaker Sir, I thank you for giving me the opportunity to add my voice to this very important motion.  I just want to ride on the last debate by Hon. Mushoriwa-Mushonga – sorry.  I am very sorry Mr. Speaker Sir.  I rectify accordingly yes, Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga.  Isiah 6 Verse 1 says, ‘the year King Hosea died, I saw the Lord’.  So, as a rider on her debate and I make a clarion call that this death of one of our own be a unifying factor.  It is not the first death amongst Members of Parliament Mr. Speaker Sir, but this  is a cruel death through road carnage. 

          Mr. Speaker Sir, we have 1 440 minutes in a day and each 30 minutes, there is somebody who is injured through road carnage.  Each 24 hours, there are five people who die due to road carnage.  Mr. Speaker Sir, my point exactly is this one – we have 270 Members of Parliament in the National Assembly, 210 are those that have constituency seats and then 60 are proportional representation.  If death due to road carnage had to occur in this august House, Mr. Speaker Sir, in exactly 1.8 months, we will all be dead due to road carnage in Zimbabwe.  The global average is three deaths per day and we are not even near that but we are double that figure due to road carnage. 

However, Mr. Speaker Sir, I am requesting that as long as we still see deaths amounting to such magnitude, this august House should recognise that there are such fatalities out there.  That it is not happening in this House should not be an issue for us to negate our responsibility of trying to cut down the issue of the advancement of road carnage.  Whether it is due to bad roads or serviceability of our vehicles, it is quite painful for anybody to die due to road carnage, in particular at a tender age such as the age of Vimbai Java as we have heard.  The Bible here which we have as a founding principle in our Constitution says, a man is appointed to live three score and ten.  Three score is 60 plus 10, which is 70.  Mr. Speaker Sir, a life is cut short as long as you have not attained the age of 70.  Anywhere after 70, there is a commandment in the Bible that says, remekedza amai nababa vako kuti misi yako izowedzerwa pasi pezuva munyika muno.  Mr. Speaker Sir, I had to say that in vernacular for the good of the people out there.

          Mr. Speaker Sir, so it points out to the fact that anyone who lives above three score and ten or beyond 80 years has certainly adhered to the ethos and values of that commandment but, that aside, I also, because of this death that has occurred, ask that we have an advanced health care delivery system so that at least there is hope for those that have been injured in road carnage.  I have come here onto this platform and stood on these two legs and made a clarion call for the establishment of accident victims stabilisation centres.  The reason is this one Mr. Speaker, 70% of our people die because they have not reached definitive health care institutions that are endowed with a lot of equipment and medicinal properties for anybody to survive road carnage.

          The first hour after the road accident is called the golden hour and anybody who is attended to in an effective and efficient manner in that golden hour, the survival chances are very high.  I ask that therefore, out of these deaths, as Members of Parliament, we have three roles in one. The legislative, the oversight and the representative.  We make laws for the good, order and governance of the people of Zimbabwe so that we can also protect the people out there and also protect ourselves.  I said if there can be five deaths per day, then there will not be anyone here in one and half months.  So, we should take this issue very seriously.  Let us protect ourselves and protect Zimbabwe, achasara achiita ma laws acho ndiani if we are all dead in the manner as has been exhibited here.

I ask therefore, Mr. Speaker Sir, to be taken seriously.  I am proffering a solution to an existing problem.  How do we establish those Accident Victim Stabilisation Centres in order for us to attend to somebody who is injured within that golden hour?  There is five percent that we can get from the twelve and half percent that is supposed to go to Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe.  We must make sure we establish those trauma centres all along the highways so that we can assure ourselves that somebody is attended to within the first hour kana achizofa, ofa hake nekuda kwenyaya yekuti nguva yake yakwana not to die because we have not been able to make laws for the good, order and governance of the people.

For a person to be called a father, they are supposed to have children.   So, if all the children die, how are you going to be called a father?  Vimbai was a parent to some children, a nephew to some uncle or some grandmother.  I want to say we need not to continue to lose lives needlessly through ways that we can otherwise control and make sure we have safety nets for such occurrences.  I have said you can take five percent from that twelve and half percent remittances and establish trauma centres and be able to equip those trauma centres effectively.  So, here is the money, here is the idea, here are the people that you are doing it for.  So, let us move on, let us do it. 

We do not need to continue to lose lives, if you want to take and demean the life and integrity of a husband, take away his wife.  This is what has happened here, Apostle Java has just had his wife’s life cut short.  It s something that we would have had avoided as Parliament and save that life because of the good laws that we craft here.  There is no need to come here and stand here on this pedestal and sound lyrical and then only kuzoyeuka bako mvura yanaya. 

We need to make sure that we come here; this is our theatre of dreams.  The theatre for doctors is out there, this is our theatre and when we come here, there is no one else that comes into this Chamber except the 270 that I mentioned.  There is no one that has got this platform and there is no one that has got this facility and this opportunity to make a call from this august House.  When we speak here in Parliament, the people out there listen.   Let us give them an opportunity to listen to the good laws, to something that can make sure that we survive up to 70 years and up to more than 70 years if we have adhered to the ethos and values of the commandments as enshrined in the Bible. 

I ask therefore, if there is some fast tracking that can be done; we are the ones that have a Parliamentary Legal Committee that looks at whether the laws infringe on the rights and on the Constitutional rights of our people.  We are the people that are passing Bills that have been proposed by the Executive.  Here is an opportunity to originate a Bill and an Act. It is something that is going to save, not only the lives out there but our lives also here.  

Mr. Speaker Sir, I want to thank you for those few remarks, I want to thank you for giving me this opportunity.  Once again, I say let there be established Accident Victim Stabilisation Centres so that next time we are not here speaking about the same issue over and over again. 

*HON. KARENYI: Thank you Mr. Speaker.  Firstly, I would like to pass my deepest condolences to the families of Java, Tsvangirai and the family of Mhundwa as well as to all the Zimbabweans, not forgetting the MDC party for the loss of Hon. Tsvangirai-Java.  Hon. Tsvangirai-Java was a Member of Parliament representing Glenview South. She was a promising politician and a very lovely person who led both a family and the Glenview Community. 

Hon. Tsvangirai-Java was a politician, a Member of Parliament, a Pastor’s wife and a mother.  These roles show the kind of a person she was.  Let me continue to say that on the fateful day of the accident, I was very grateful to Hon. Madzorera who was the then Minister of Health and Child Care during the inclusive Government.  When Hon. Madzorera arrived at the accident scene, he gave Vimbai first aid treatment.  When we got to Kwekwe Hospital, there was no medication, Hon. Madzorera went to his surgery and collected some medication and everything that was needed for the assistance of the people who were injured.  The assistance given by the medical staff at Kwekwe General Hospital, we are very grateful for their urgent help.  We believe that if they had not done this intervention, Hon. Tsvangirai-Java would have died that very same day just like his campaigning manager, Paul Rukanda and the uncle, Tafadzwa Mhundwa.

Let me continue to say that the Tsvangirai family is a family which did not enjoy their status or their position in life – they were tormented.  Vimbai grew up witnessing the torture and torment they went through, as we all know there is a time whereby a family can go through rough patches and at the same time hope for a brighter future.  Unfortunately, Vimbai could not witness the brighter side of life because all she remembered was the torment and torture his parents especially the father went through. 

However, this did not stop her from going into politics, thereby becoming a Member of Parliament.  Vimbai was a pacifier. It was not a problem for her to take so many seats and she could balance her many roles.  It is not easy for a politician to be elected and be voted for especially the way she did – she won the elections.  Whilst admitted in the hospital after the accident, she was also among those who were contesting the seats in the party and she wanted to be the party Secretary General in the MDC Women’s League. When Vimbai got that nomination, they said we are going to elect her, and believe it or not, she was elected when she was in hospital in the Intensive Care Unit. This shows that people had confidence in Vimbai.

We notice that there are times no matter how much you campaign or know people, they do not vote for you but Vimbai was voted for while in the ICU. Vimbai had a lot of achievements when she was a Member of Parliament and we shared this information. She had many roles which she had taken up. There is one thing that I observed about Java. She was a Pastor’s wife, which means she headed many aspects of life and I will try and go through some of these.

She was of great help and assistance to widows and orphans and as the Pastor’s wife, she cut across constituencies. When she passed on many old women and widows who came to give their testimonies said during her lifetime she would go to their constituencies in areas like Mbare and gave them goodies that included blankets and clothes. They said they did not know who was going to give them assistance, especially during this time of winter.

Vimbai also took part in the rehabilitation of prostitutes and she would move around at night with her husband, and try to rehabilitate and counsel them. Some of them were very much helped because we noticed that some of these commercial sex workers through her efforts ended up getting into holy matrimony. Vimbai Java, there was a time whereby in her constituency there were people of the ZANU PF party who were arrested but they did not have money for bail to pay for the crimes they had committed. Vimbai, true to her colours went and paid the bail, because she was saying she was a Member of Parliament for everybody she was non-partisan.

Let me now turn to cholera, she was of great help to people, including Glenview South. She also raised funds - some of which came through Steward Bank. The monies that were raised assisted a lot of people in the constituency and they survived. In January when there was violence in Harare, Vimbai was one of the Members of Parliament who rescued people who had been caught in the cross fire of the attacks. Some people were attacked and others raped but as a Member of Parliament she consoled and assisted them. What we know of Vimbai is that she gave assistance to whosoever was in trouble regardless of race, colour or creed. She was also involved in the rehabilitation of boreholes in her constituency and the money she used was not that of CDF but she used her own initiatives to organise funds.

Vimbai has passed on when she had set up a programme which was going to include water tanks. She was being assisted by Olinda Chapel who has a company in South Africa and some patriotic Zimbabweans such as Mr. Chiunye who intended to install these water tanks. Before I sit down, I am pleading with Members of this august House, let us do good and have kind hearts so that when we pass on we get testimonies, accolades or showers of praise for what we will have done. Vimbai was now resident in Zimbabwe and of great assistance to members of her family, it shows that she was somebody who had a soft heart.

She also helped people regardless of their age. As long as you had a problem, she would take care of you. I know some of us when we came into Parliament, we changed colours like chameleons and take up other positions and postures but Vimbai never changed; she kept on her good works helping people who were in need. We were told on Friday that they were some people who were indulging in a lot of things but I am saying when my party President stood up to give a speech, and when Hon. Adv. Mudenda came we learnt a lot from the contribution of the Speaker of the National Assembly. On the death of Vimbai Java, we were united. We were people who acted as one. 

I remember one of her uncles who spoke said this country once passed through a very painful period and the former President, Cde R.G. Mugabe looked for Mr. Tsvangirai and sorted the problems in the country. The uncle was saying, this blood of unity which was in Morgan Tsvangirai is the same blood which was in Vimbai that of unifying. We are asking the good Lord above for divine intervention and I am also comforting Hon. Java and their church because of the way they moved all the programmes, especially through the party MDC. May the Lord above be praised.

*HON. CHINOTIMBA: Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir for affording me this opportunity to make my contribution. I am very grateful for the motion raised by Hon. Mushoriwa.  I think this should be an example which should be set whereby when one of us has passed on, we should have a chance of debating about the way we lived with them sharing experiences. I am grateful for what we are saying. We need to talk about our life experiences and show gratitude.

I am very mournful because of what happened. One of the reasons is that I come from Buhera, that is where my home is. Secondly, Vimbai also came from Buhera and this is despite the fact that we belong to different parties. I am ZANU PF and she was MDC, but in my constituency when somebody has passed on, we do not discuss party politics but we mourn the dead and share pleasantries. We do not talk vulgar language or allow people to put on party regalia at such funerals because we are united. We are one – [MDC HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

We are consoling you people because one of your members passed on. Please, we are talking peace, so do not interfere or heckle. Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga condemned what happened on Friday. Now, I am talking about what is happening and then somebody is heckling. We need to be united because that is showing that these people are sowing seeds of division, because when I am making my contribution and you are heckling or shouting me down, and we are saying what did they say to the Speaker? My request is that as Hon. Members, please let us be honourable.  Members, please I am mourning one of you.  I am talking about one of you.  Please let us share the sorrows together.  As people of Buhera, we feel very sad, especially when we hear there are some people who sprayed snuff on Vimbai’s car.  We were not happy.  We were very much hurt.  Some people are going to fight, even kill each other.  People may say it is a joke but at the end, there are some people who will say it is true.  We are saying why did they put that snuff on the car?  We have names of these people, I feel this is bad.  We are saying this what Vimbai was doing, she was a good person, yet we are responsible for her death.  Please let us refrain from such activities. 

When I left this Parliament, I had discussions with people like Chikomo and said I want to go and see Vimbai.  Before I went there, I asked for permission from my Party to go and visit Vimbai so that I could be cleared to go and see Vimbai at hospital.  When I got to that place, I prayed with Vimbai for almost 30 minutes asking for divine intervention.  After praying, Vimbai told me that my brother I had other thoughts but I have since changed my mind.  I even had discussions with her husband. 

When I got to Vimbai’s house, I met Mr. Chamisa, hon. Biti, Hon. Mpariwa and the newly elected Vice President of MDC who is here.  They gave me chance to make my contribution on speeches at that funeral.  I will repeat what I said which is on YouTube.  This is what I said; let us not show false love.  If I were the President of the MDC, I would not have asked her to campaign.  We have Morgan Tsvangirai house but we have never thought of awarding any prize to her in honour of her father who was the founder of MDC.  She should not have campaigned but should have been imposed or given that seat.  They said no, this is democracy and you have to context in the elections. 

As far as the Chinotimbas know, when somebody has done a good deed, they should be given an award.  As one who comes from Buhera I am not going to shower praises to the MDC Party.  I said to them and I am again in their face, supported by my statement on the YouTube, I said you are responsible for her death.  Whether these people were from the Midlands or MDC, they are now happy because they now have a President.  I believe when President Mugabe was still there, they were happy because of them. 

I am saying, we thought we had the youths who were coming up to take up future leadership and we had faith in them, but what is happening?  There are now some speeches working on the contrary to what we thought.  What is bad about what they are saying is they are putting all the blame of the bad that is happening upon the ZANU PF party, instead of accepting the blame.  What you know is that Vimbai was killed by people from MDC.  I have evidence through a form of a V11.  I asked one of the people who was involved and he told me that people hate that person that is why there are these rumours swelling around. 

I am not going to continue with this story, let me continue on another angle.  Vimbai used to sit in that position in this House.  Whenever there were hecklings and noises, Vimbai was a quiet and very composed person.  Vimbai was very different from me because I am very talkative and I make many contributions.  That is why even in the House you would find her sitting quietly.  I remember at times she would come and talk about the problems in Buhera.  She would ask about how far we were in the programme of tarring the roads in Buhera.

Madam Speaker, I would want to talk on a point that was said by Hon. Mushoriwa who said when one of us has passed on, please let us contribute and talk about their production and productivity in Parliament.  I know at times we had problems because as politicians and we end up sweet-talking.  I am saying, please let us be factual on what we are saying and when we are talking, let us share our condolences with the bereaved.  At times, we have people of jest when we have funeral who would share jokes in such situation.

Let me say I was a close companion of Vimbai and I can say anything in jest but do not take it as a crime.  We are just friends and simply say, he was joking.   I am saying, please do not respond negatively to what I am saying because I was a close associate with Vimbai.  I am very grateful to the MDC MPs.  When I attended both the hospital and the funeral, you treated me like an equal.  You did not discriminate me.  I remember at that funeral, I contributed $200 towards the burial of Vimbai.  After that I was given time to contribute and I made a speech.  I asked them to come and carry my monetary contribution and what was said by the Vice President of the losing MDC Party – [HON. MEMBERS:  Inaudible interjections.] –

The way I was treated at that funeral Mr. Speaker, I do not think that any of the people who had stood up to give speech were given applause as much as I was given, including their party President, they did not gave the applause and ululation which I got at that funeral.  When I gave that speech, I believed that if I passed on, I would have a lot of people coming to my funeral because they showed that we are one when at that situation.  That is despite the fact that we are in the opposition, they showed that they welcomed my presence.  I then informed them that I was an ambassador of happiness.  God determines death, whether you were poisoned, but if God wants you to live, you will live.  Whenever there is anything bad which happens, we have somebody to blame.  If we read in the Bible in Job 17, it says time is not on my side and time has come.  This is what we say on the death of Vimbai.  To the people of MDC, you were united by Vimbai; leave these fragments of your party and be one. 

I have noticed that when a Member of ZANU PF passes on, Members of MDC do not come even to the Heroes Acre. When we have lost a member, let us all be united and mourn with the bereaved.  We are one people and we are glad.  We saw you come to Plumtree – [HON. MPARIWA:  Chigarai pasi sahwira.] – Why are you telling me to sit down?  When you made your contribution, I did not ask you to sit down.  Is it because I told you that you are responsible for Vimbai’s death?  I thank you.

          HON. CHIKWINYA: I rise to add my voice on this important motion which does not consider any political affiliation but cuts across all of us as we may end up equally being respected through the same. 

I first of all want to thank Hon. Mushoriwa for raising this motion which I personally last experienced in its principle during the period of the Government of National Unity. Whenever a Member of Parliament passed on, we would move a motion in respect of that particular member as we pass our condolences. 

On the 13th of May in the morning after the accident happened on the 12th May, I managed to visit Kwekwe General Hospital.  My aim was to find other victims of that accident who needed assistance and I could use my position as the Member of Parliament ...

HON. MASENDA:  On a point of order Mr. Speaker Sir, I doubt that we have a quorum.

Bells rung.

          Notice having been taken that there being present fewer than 70 members, the bells were rung for Seven Minutes and a Quorum still not being present, THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER adjourned the House without question put at Twenty Three Minutes to Six o’clock p.m. pursuant to the provisions of Standing Order Number 56.

          NOTE: The following members were present when the House adjourned: Hon. Banda S.; Hon. Bushu B.; Hon. Chidakwa P.; Hon. Chidziva H.; Hon. Chihururu C.; Hon. Chikombo W.; Hon. Chikuni E.; Hon. Chikwinya S.; Hon. Chinanzvavana C.; Hon. Chombo M.; Hon. Dube G.; Hon. Dube P.; Hon. Dzuma S.; Hon. Gandawa M. A.; Hon. Gonese I. T.; Hon. Gozho C.; Hon. Houghton J. R..; Hon. Karenyi L.; Hon. Kwaramba G.; Hon. Madhuku J.; Hon. Madzimure W.; Hon. Mago N.; Hon. Maronge C.; Hon. Masango C. P.; Hon. Masenda N. T.; Hon. Matambanadzo M.; Hon. Matewu C.; Hon. Mathe S.; Hon. Mavetera T. A.; Hon. Mguni S.K.; Hon. Mhona F. T.; Hon. Mkandla M.; Hon. Moyo T.; Hon. Mpariwa P.; Hon. Mpofu A.; Hon. Mpofu M. M.; Hon. Muchimwe P. T.; Hon. Mukapiko D. L.; Hon. Munetsi J.; Hon. Musanhi K. S.; Hon. Mushayi M.; Hon. Mushonga P. M.; Hon. Mushoriwa E.; Hon. Musiyiwa R.; Hon. Ncube Ophar; Hon. Ndiweni D.; Hon. Ndlovu S.; Hon. Nduna D. T.; Hon. Nkani A.; Hon. Nyabote R.; Hon. Nyathi R. R.; Hon. Nyere C.; Non Nyokanhete J.; Hon. Nyoni I.; Hon. Sithole Josiah; Hon. Sithole S.; Hon. Soda Zhemu; Hon. Svuure D.; Hon. Taruvinga F.; Hon. Togarepi P.; Hon. Tsunga R.; Hon. N. J. Watson N. J.

 

 

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