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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY HANSARD 20 JUNE 2019 VOL 45 NO 64

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PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE

Thursday, 20th June, 2019

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

PRAYERS

(THE HON. SPEAKER in the Chair)

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE HON. SPEAKER

ICT LITERACY TRAINING SESSIONS

THE HON. SPEAKER:  Order, order, I wish to remind the House that Group Three for the half day ICT literacy training sessions is starting on Tuesday 25th June, 2019.  Hon. Members who have not registered for Groups Four, Five and Six are kindly requested to register on Tuesday, 25th June, 2019 in the afternoon.  

HON. NDUNA:  Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir, good afternoon.  I rise on a point of privilege Mr. Speaker Sir; Section 68 as read with Section 69.  I am alarmed with the state of affairs in the electronic payment system, in particular advanced or championed by Paynet which is a Mauritian based company.  It is a subsidiary of a Mauritian based company which is tasked with carrying out electronic transfers in Zimbabwe.  Currently, that operating system is not working and that is a platform of interbank RTGSs and transfer of pension funds and all other electronic bulk transactions by banks and covers more than 2 900 points of sale which is also covered by a subsidiary which is Zimswitch Technologies.  Over 19 banks are on that platform.

          What this stoppage or suspension of service has done therefore means that Government salaries might not even go through the banking sector and banking system.  The issue of Government and banks paying for service that has been offered through interbank services is also suspended except in a manual RTGS manner.  I therefore Mr. Speaker Sir, call on the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to come and give comfort to this House in the manner that he is dealing with this issue.  I say this because I am quite alive to the fact that when somebody has gone to work, in particular civil servants, they will need to get paid at some point, but as long as the services of Paynet are still suspended, there is certainly an impediment in that regard. 

Therefore Mr. Speaker Sir, this is a very critical crucial matter which needs to be dealt with expeditiously.  It is therefore my humble submission that the Minister responsible, or his affiliate, comes to this House and makes sure that they give a statement that is going to give comfort to this House and to the whole transacting members of the public.  I so move Mr. Speaker Sir. 

MOTION

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

          HON. TOGAREPI: Thank you Hon. Speaker.  I move that Orders of the Day, Nos. 1 to 6 be stood over until the rest of the Orders of the Day are disposed of. 

          HON. MUTSEYAMI:  I second.

          Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

CONDOLENCES ON THE DEATH OF HON. VIMBAI TSVANGIRAI-JAVA

          Seventh Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the condolence message for the late Hon. Vimbai-Tsvangirai Java. 

          Question again proposed.

          *HON. CHINANZVAVANA: I want to thank you Hon Speaker for according me this opportunity to add my voice to this condolence message of Hon. Java who left us a week ago.  I am very emotional Mr. Speaker because I looked at her as a blooming flower which was robbed from us through a road accident.  Hon. Java was a young woman aged 36.  She was a new Member and we were looking forward to her contributions and through her contributions because of her vast experience of empowering women and girls.  The Lord has taken her within ten months of assuming duty as a legislator. We were thinking that there were more women now in Parliament and we wanted young women to be lifted up.  Looking at this House, we want more young women in this House. 

Hon. Java was a two-in-one in the sense that she was a young woman and a woman in general. We were really pained by her departure through an accident after just a short stint in Parliament, but we want to thank the Lord for the 36 years that we were with her.  She was a humble, soft spoken person.  She was a dedicated and committed leader in her constituency which really mourned her departure.  She was a mother in her constituency and she was representing Glen View.  In the last days Glen View was affected by cholera, and Hon. Java had sleepless nights because of the situation in Glen View, because people were dying and she was always on the ground overseeing the treatment of patients by health workers.

          Hon. Java worked so hard to assist the affected community.  She spent sleepless nights moving up and down in those cholera camps in order to find a way of assisting those people who had been affected.

  We had found ourselves a messiah who had come to help us, our Moses who was taking us out of the problems that we were facing as women parliamentarians.  Even in this august House, she was one person who was not affected by her social status but she was humble and sociable. 

          Hon. Java was also very conscious of her constituency.   When we talk about this woman, we should not forget about her background.  Vimbayi came from the late Dr. M. R. Tsvangirai’s family which really brought her up in a proper and good manner.  Vimbayi was taking over the duty that was started by her father of bringing peace and development to Zimbabwe and nobody can dispute that. 

          Hon. Java was a hard worker, very sociable and had people at heart.  Again, I will say that Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Tsvangirai gave us a precious gift.  Hon. Vimbayi Tsvangirai-Java; may your soul rest in peace.

          *HON. MUCHENJE: Thank you Mr. Speaker for giving me this opportunity to give my contribution on the untimely death of the late Hon. Vimbayi Tsvangirai Java.  I am very grateful for the time I have known Hon. Vimbayi when she was as little as 2 years old.  I would not only see her as frequently as I used to when she went to school.  So, I am talking about a person I have known since birth.  When I am talking about Vimbayi as a Member of Parliament for Glenview South, that did not just start that moment when she was elected as a Member of Parliament.  In English, we say charity begins at home.

          When she came to Parliament, she was already a wife of an Apostle. So she had the duty of nurturing souls of people and counselling them as well as preparing them for the Lord.  However, Vimbai realised that she was only taking care of the people’s souls but the social side was lacking.  Therefore, she was elected as a representative of the people of Glen View Constituency in Parliament.  All these attributes depict that Vimbayi Tsvangirai-Java was a person who was yearning for the development of the people of Zimbabwe.  The Hon. Member wanted the people to worship in peace.  Whenever we feel that we have to pay our tithing, it can only be blessed if we have conducted ourselves in an honourable way.

          As Hon. Members, we have lost a mother and as a constituency, we have lost our Member of Parliament. As Members of Parliament, we have lost our colleague. Hon. Vimbayi was moved and guided by the Holy Spirit.  We know Vimbai had a brighter future and she had the women at heart.  I thank the Lord for the time he gave her.

          Hon. Vimbayi’s mother was a humble person despite the fact that she was of a high status.  Most of the times she would encourage us to conduct ourselves in a humble manner. Whenever we would lose our temper at gathering and rallies, Mrs. Tsvangirai would guide us accordingly.  As a result, Mrs. Tsvangirai gave us Vimbayi to come and complement the work she had started.  However, the Lord has taken this beautiful flower from us.  Vimbayi was a God-fearing person who gave us a lesson on life.  Despite the fact that we were older than her, she had some good and constructive traits which we emulate.  Vimbayi was a house wife, a church leader and again a Member of Parliament.  She was one person who was well organised and did not mix her roles. Apostle Java has lost a valuable jewel, a life partner but we wish we could have more women like Hon. Vimbayi. 

          I believe that if the world lacks women who are God-fearing and have guidance, that country will be lost.  I am begging this House that although we are mourning the passing on of this jewel, we should carry on with the good work that she started.  I thank you.

          HON. CHOMBO: I would like to take this opportunity to add my voice to the motion that was moved by Hon. Mushoriwa on the Late Hon. Vimbayi Tsvangirai-Java.  There is a void that has been left by Hon. Java that we will never be able to fill.  We have lost a woman, a daughter and a friend.  We looked at her as a daughter but sometimes we looked at her as an advisor.  Vimbayi touched many hearts and many lives in this Parliament.  Hon. Java was a humble woman but her message was so vivid to everybody.  When we looked at Hon. Java, it was not just seeing her; it was like opening a book of the Tsvangirai tragedies.  You look back and think of the accident of her mother and the history that the family went through.  That is how we saw Hon. Java. 

          The Glenview family has lost a mother and a friend. I heard that when the body was taken to Glenview, there were some elderly women who wept saying ‘our keeper has gone and who is going to ever take care of us’.  She was a friend.  When I went to attend the service at Nyaradzo, you could see how everybody was touched by the death of Vimbayi - the old and the young.  I saw her brother weeping and you could see that the sorrow that everybody was crying from deep down their hearts. Hon. Vimbayi has left a legacy.

It is sad that I am going to mention the recently departed Hon. Mguni. If you look at the two people, they had some similarities. They were humble people and unifiers. We all went there and felt as part of the family. Vanoti vanhu vakanaka ndivo vanotorwa naMwari but we all say when you have a garden, you always go and pick the best flower and I think God saw it was time for Vimbayi. I think her house was complete as they say in the big book. When she had the accident in May and she survived, we all said the worst is over and we relaxed. Hanzi ndinouya sembavha when you least expect it. Vimbayi famba zvakanaka. Thank you.

*HON. MAVETERA: Thank you Mr. Speaker. I saw it fit to talk about this critical issue. Firstly, I would like to pass my condolences to the Tsvangirayi–Java family and this august House. Let me say that as I reflect looking at young people, young Members of Parliament are just a handful. They are less than ten, Vimbayi Tsvangirayi-Java being one of the young people who was around 35 years. We lost a young person, a responsible woman who was able to look after her own family.

Mr. Speaker, I have noted that many young women are not able to look after their families. However, Hon. Vimbayi Tsvangirayi-Java demonstrated that she is that kind of person who was responsible, quiet and humble. Hon. Vimbayi Java was very humble and demonstrated this by the way she conducted herself that she was responsible. The House of Assembly has lost a young person, a woman and my desire is that this House of Assembly should have more young women. Therefore, I would like to urge young people to join the august House.

The other thing that pains me is that Hon. Tsvangirayi-Java passed away as a result of the tragic accident that she went through. As I reflect on the issue it pains me looking at the young children that she left. I empathise with her and sometimes I put myself in her position. My desire is that most of us should grow old. The other issue is that the divorce rate is going higher and higher. We heard the husband talking during the funeral service saying that they were close and he always discussed with his wife throughout her illness until her passing on.

I would like to request that there be a legal instrument which protects such a position. If a woman was holding such a position, then there should be a legal instrument which says that the person to replace her should be a woman. Thank you Mr. Speaker.

*HON. CHIKUKWA: I would like to say that I am very sorry and would like to support the motion that was moved by Hon. Mushoriwa. This issue really pained me. Hon. Tsvangirayi-Java was in the Committee that I Chair. So, it really affected me but I was out of the country. What I would like to say is that in Psalms, God says in the first and second verses that ‘Blessed are those who do not associate with evil doers’ and the second one says ‘the righteous always fear the law of the Lord’.

Hon. Java, despite being in the opposition party, in the constituency that she represented she stood for the truth and represented all people. As for us my Hon. Colleagues, let us reflect on our lives and know that we do not have to attack or despise each other because death comes like a thief. Even yesterday, we lost another Hon. Member of this august House. When the time comes, it does not tell you that it is coming but let death unite us. Let it show us that we are the images of God. We must not insult each other. We may have different opinions in life but let us respect each other.

We need to realise that some are older and bestow mutual respect on each other. I would like to say that the councillor plays his own role and I play my own role despite not sitting in this august House. We might say that you do not like the President but my point is that let us unite, work together and support each other. Let us know that the positions that we have are earthly positions that we leave here. Let us respect each other. It does not matter what level you are.

*HON. CHANYANGANYA: Thank you Madam Speaker for giving me the opportunity to add my voice to the motion that was moved by Hon. Mushoriwa. Madam Speaker, I am personally saddened and pained by the untimely passing on of Hon. Vimbayi Tsvangirayi-Java. She was a humble, loving and caring sister, friend, mother and above all, Member of Parliament. We thank God for giving us such a blessing in our midst. In the short period that we had her in this House, she showed us love and unity of purpose. It is unfortunate that she died in a road accident and we implore the relevant authorities to take stern measures on reckless drivers so that we may not continue losing precious lives.

Hon. Vimbayi Tsvangirayi-Java was a unifier like I said. She was not just a blessing to her family but was a blessing to this House,  as well as to the people of Glen View and to the nation as a whole.  We have lost such a blessing and it will be difficult to replace her.  It is not disputable Madam Speaker, that she touched so many lives, mine included and as such, we need to have such kind of a heart and spirit so that we may continue with the work that she left.  In this House Madam Speaker, we need to have a unity of purpose so that we take our country forward and continue with the work that Hon. Java left.  Madam Speaker, with those few words, I would like to say may her soul rest in peace.  I thank you.

*HON. NYATHI:  Madam Speaker, I stood up to speak about the life of the late Hon. Member Vimbayi Tsvangirai-Java.  I knew her when we worked together in the same Committee, the Local Government Committee.  I also knew her through this august House.  What I learnt in her life is that among the many women I have been interacting with, she was an honourable person with self-respect and respect for others.  She had a flawless character.  She knew when to speak and when to keep quiet.  She had that kind of character which would be emulated by many women.  However, I have a few words that I would like to share  with Members here.  I have learnt another lesson, having observed those who assemble cars, there is a car which is called a Benz a Compressor.  I asked why it is called a compressor and was told that it is a small Mercedes Benz which has all the components that are found even in bigger Mercedes Benz cars.  I am saying that we lost a young person but looking at her age, we can compare it to some people who are older than she was.  Looking at her achievements, she achieved many things compared to some people who are older than she was. 

The second lesson that I learnt that I would like to pass onto my fellow Hon. Members; I learnt this lesson in 1982 when I was a member of the Air Force of Zimbabwe.  I went to my brother’s house who used to work for the Air Force and observed that he had nice flowerbeds.  On my way back from Bulawayo via Kadoma, I discovered that he had removed those flowerbeds.  I asked why he did that and he said that he had decided to replace the flowers with maize.  This taught me that we are here for a short time and we do not have control over our own lives.  It is God’s decision to take anyone at his opportune time.  I am saying that in the last few days that are left, let us take a day at a time and leave the rest to the Tsvangirai family and the Glen View South Constituency.  I would like to say my condolences.  Thank you Madam Speaker. 

HON. MASENDA:  Thank you Madam Speaker.  I would like to add my voice to the condolences for the loss of Vimbayi Tsvangirai-Java.  I am very sorry about the occurrence and the loss to life through accident.  I would like to draw the attention of the House that I live in the same street as the late Vimbayi.

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

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order Honourable Member.  Please may you go back to where you were seated and observe Standing Rule No. 76.  You may go ahead Hon. Member.

HON. MASENDA:  I was saying, I live in the same street as the late Vimbayi Tsvangirai-Java.  Her family came to live in the same street as me.  So, Lyndes Lane, which is the street that I live in, was the only street in Zimbabwe which had two Members of Parliament from the opposite sides.  People should note that thing greatly.  Vimbayi grew up at the House playing with my 37-year-old daughter who is in the States of America at the moment.  The twins that came after her played with my daughter who is also studying abroad.  So she was close, she was a neighbour and was a fellow MP.  She was a great loss to the nation.  I would like however, Madam Speaker, to go further and say that despite being united by the death of Vimbayi Tsvangirai-Java, we should, as a nation, cherish unity not because of death but because of the origins of it being in our country.  I would also want to urge fellow MPs that we should take this unity that we are talking about back to our constituencies, back to our political parties and urge the unity to continue.  Unity should not end by the graveside of Vimbayi Tsvangirai-Java.  It should perforate into our wellbeing as a nation. I see that we seem to be having crocodile tears where we cry about the loss and the unity that came about during the proceedings of the funeral but this unity evaporates as soon as we finish the burial.  Should that be the case Madam Speaker, I urge every one of us to take it upon ourselves to preach unity wherever we are, be it during funeral time, be it during peace time, be it whatever time of the day, we should preach unity.  We should be united by our heritage as a nation, by our people, by ubuntu, by oneness and one purpose should continue to unite us, our country Zimbabwe. We should not talk of unity just as we face the loss of our colleagues.

          Madam Speaker Ma’am, we should be united to provide solutions to bread and butter issues that are affecting our nation.  We should continue to be united behind our Constitution.  We should continue to be united to further the provisions of our Constitution such that we do not look aside if it comes to its provisions and then get very united when death befalls us.  We should unite forever and ever for the good of our nation, because Zimbabwe comes first.  We are all going to perish anyway.  We are all going to face our day but we should not end unity because someone has died.  We should continue to preach unity and peace.  For the good of our nation, we should continue to be united by the existence of our great nation Zimbabwe.

          Our people are having problems in the areas that they live which are emanating from the existence of sanctions which some believe are targeted sanctions but they are not.  It is an embargo against the nation.  I am saying that we should unite in the removal of these sanctions.  We should continue to see that we bring peace, unity and togetherness by what we do for our people. With these words Madam Speaker Ma’am, I thank you for the opportunity that you have given me.

*HON. SARUWAKA:  Thank you Madam Speaker Ma’am. I would like to convey my condolence message to the Tsvangirai-Java hero who was an Hon. Member of this august House who passed away due to a road accident.   Hon. Tsvangirai-Java was quite a remarkable person, considering that she came from a famous family. If I was in her shoes, maybe I was not going to humble myself the way she did. Her family name would have given her a lot of opportunities but she wanted to follow her father’s footsteps.  It is not easy if you are a child of a hero even within our political party to get a post.  Most people just want to be nominated but Vimbai exhibited that she wanted to work hard just like everyone else.  She did not want to use her family name to get positions.

Hon. Java’s death pains us more because she has joined other Members of Parliament like Hon. Chindori-Chininga, Hon. Border Gezi, Hon. Mahachi, Hon. Manyika and many others who passed away as a result of a tragic road accidents.  As Members of Parliament, we need to reflect on this.  Is it not possible that as a National Assembly, we promulgate a law which has to do with total road rehabilitation.  It has been a long time since we have heard of construction of the Harare-Beitbridge highway. No day passes without hearing that is an accident has occurred along that road. Last week Pastor Chiwenga was involved in an accident along that same road and he lost his wife together with two members of his church.  May their souls rest in peace. 

All this shows that the loss of lives through road accidents has become a norm. It is Government’s responsibility to make sure that bridges, roads and all infrastructure is safe.  The road infrastructure is in the hands of the Government.  I would like to implore Parliament to craft laws which will regulate road construction and that we have dual carriageways along the nation’s highways so that head on collusions are avoided, because most tragic accidents are a result of head on collisions, since cars will be coming from different directions.  If we construct dual carriageways – statistics show that we will eliminate 85% of road accidents.  Research has shown that most accidents that are not head on collisions do not have the same impact as head on collisions. 

As a result of the losses of Hon. Members of Parliament that I have mentioned,  I request that the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development be allocated enough money from annual national budget so that all our highways are two way.  I believe that in Zimbabwe we have got the capacity and resources to make it happen.  The only challenge maybe willpower and the lack of deterrent punishment for those who commit traffic offences.

The other thing is that different motorists face road accidents.  Every day we are experiencing these accidents.  However, if our roads are refurbished, we can eliminate this challenge.

Lastly, I request that we have proper laws which focus on the major highways and that the Minister of Transport should come to this august House to explain when these major highways are going to be made two-way roads, giving specific timeframes and the particular year which this project will be completed, because the most painful thing is that people die in these accidents without any warning.  I would like to say that we need to value – we have a number of records of people who died through these tragic road accidents.  I thank you.

          HON. MUSABAYANA: Thank you Madam Speaker Maam for the opportunity that you have given me to celebrate the life of our own, the late Hon. Tsvangirai-Java.  Why do I celebrate?  I celebrate because where I come from, we do not say the demise of – we talk of someone graduating to a better life; graduating to a better form.  A form without pain, a form without problems because I know she was a candidate for Heaven.  Why do I say so?  I am from a Christian persuasion and I used to interact with her before she got married to Apostle Java.  I knew her before she got married, and from that interaction we were convinced that she was a candidate for Heaven because I am talking from the perspective of a Man of God.

          Madam Speaker, Hon. Vimbai was an epitome of Christian values because when I interacted with her she showed that she was a piece cut from a rare cloth.  Why, because at her age, you could see that she had political tolerance.  She celebrated diversity because when we met, we discussed politics whenever we met at Church gatherings at the Tabernacle of Grace, we spoke about politics but she was not emotional about it.  We laughed about our political differences as political organisations but she did not take it as emotional as I see some of the Hon. Members doing here. 

          The other evidence to show that she was an epitome of Christian values - she got married to an Apostle; a Man of God of the Tabernacle of Grace.  Madam Speaker, it is not easy for a woman or a girl coming from a home of fame – because you know when she got married, her father was the Prime Minister of this country then.  So it was at the height of her father’s fame that she got married but that fame did not get into her head, because most girl children of these popular politicians have challenges where they fail to handle fame, it gets into their heads and they indulge in acts or activities that are self destructive what we call self destruct.  So, we want to celebrate that like someone said that she was a good example of the young generation.

          Whenever I interacted with the late Hon. Member, Java, it was said slowly that she was getting engaged into the ‘red ocean’ system of politics where there is a serious fight for political space.  When I last met her at Montclaire, people were lobbying for positions and I knew that the position that she wanted then was a very senior position in her political party.  I actually told her that these  political oceans are really ‘red’ and the competition is not as easy as you think, and maybe you need to slow down a little bit but she was determined to fight.  I even got to the point of telling her that as a Christian we need to maintain our spiritual life and not get into dirty politics, of which we agreed.  We actually had dinner together at Montclaire when we had a Portfolio Committee meeting there.

          It is sad that during that process of trying to achieve what she wanted to get she had to be involved in an accident.  I would like to say to political parties that it is important for us to give space to women.  Women empowerment is very important.  We want fair competition but when it comes to women let us reserve space for them within our political set ups so that these women do not have to strive so hard.  When I spoke to the Apostle, he was telling me how much time she spent trying to canvass or campaign for this position.  So I think as political parties, we need to improve and have reforms that are conducive for women to compete fairly without them striving so much.

          Like I said Hon. Java was mature and we could speak as politicians, although we were from different political set ups.  I think this is the spirit that we need in this country.  I was reading about the development of China.  One of the key anchors to the development of China is unity.  The Chinese are united, despite the fact that there are thousands of dialects.  The Chinese view themselves as one country; they view themselves as one race and because of that, that is why China by 2020  would have overtaken the Americans and by 2025 it will be well above the Americans even in terms of power - why, because of unity of purpose.  I think that unityof purpose should cascade in all political paradigms so that as a people, we have a national vision that is shared by all of us.

          As politicians it is also important for us to understand shared leadership.  For you to be a leader, you do not have to occupy a certain political position.  For you to be a leader you do not have to be at the highest level of political position or Government position.  Even as a rural folk - even at the lowest level, you can play your part as a leader to move our country forward.  So I call upon all Hon. Members from all sides to embrace this unity of purpose so that our nation will move forward. 

I also call upon both sides of the aisle to embrace or respect the diversity of ideas or diversity of opinions so that when we come to the Table, we plan together and work together as a team as was done by the late Morgan Tsvangirai who at one point decided to swallow his pride, put national interests first, and against personal expedience and managed to work together as a nation so that we move forward.  So I call upon all politicians to have such understanding, such tolerance as was done by the late Vimbai.  Madam Speaker Ma’am once again, I want to say I celebrate the life that was lived by the late Vimbai.  She was a ‘smart’ politician; she was a Christian.  We lost in that respect because we lost our own.  There are very few Christians who take politics seriously and she was one of those who were taking politics seriously.  I thank you Madam Speaker Ma’am.

          *HON. ZENGEYA:  Thank you Madam Speaker Ma’am. I also stood up to speak about our heroine Vimbayi Tsvangirai-Java.  She was a heroine to our political party, her family and her constituency.  She was a very humble woman who empathises with others.  She knew God, followed the teachings of the Bible and was a loving woman towards widows and the elderly women from her constituency.  She had love for little hildren and she was a woman who desired to emancipate elderly women.  She desired for them to receive their pensions.  She also had a vision for empowering children with education and she also desired to see hospitals being stocked and having enough medication to cater for patients.  She stood with doctors and other responsible authorities and desired Zimbabwe to have enough basic commodities regardless of whether anyone was poor or not. 

These were her desires and she wanted freedom for Zimbabwe and was a peace loving person.  She also detested violent behavior, whether from police officers or anyone else.  She was a well-taught girl who knew that everything should be done in love and with passion.  She died with the passion for fulfilling her mother and father’s ambitions.  However, I would like to say that the nation of Zimbabwe, the MDC party and the National Assembly lost a loving person.  I would like to say, rest in peace my sister.  We will meet again in heaven.

          *HON. ZEMURA: Thank you Madam Speaker Ma’am.  I would like to humble myself looking at the sad loss of Mrs. Vimbayi Tsvangirai-Java; we did not expect that such a young person would lose her life.  We began to rejoice when we received the news that she was recovering but we were sadly affected and as Christians, we believe that it is God who makes a decision. It is Him who determines how long someone lives.  So, we are all bereaved. We might have political differences, but we must not be separated by politics because we are together and we are one. 

Even as we focus on the family, I would like to say we would like to pass our condolences to the Tsvangirai family.  Mai Susan Tsvangirai passed away, Mr. Tsvangirai passed away and today Vimbayi is no more.  That is not what we expect as mothers.  When we saw young people joining the National Assembly, we said, yes the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus is advancing and as women, the number of women was also growing.  We were counting different constituencies and yes we said that in Glen View South there is Hon. Vimbayi Tsvangirai-Java.  As women and also as the National Assembly, we do not choose each other, and we do not discriminate in terms of political affiliation. Even as we mourn her sad loss, she left behind a family and a husband.

          Madam Speaker Ma’am, it is painful and we do not desire to die in Parliament but we would like our young children to inherit these positions.  Vimbayi came from a political family despite being married to a pastor.  As we look at her family, we will also say even in our families, my desire is that my children should also venture into politics so that people will talk and say that this child is Mai Zemura’s child.  What was done by Hon. Vimbayi Tsvangirai-Java was a remarkable deed.  I went and greeted her even when she did not know me.  I greeted her not because I wanted her to see that I am greeting her but I was congratulating her for taking after her parents who were politicians.  Everything has a legacy and if you have no follower who talks politics even in the family, then it means that you are on the wrong side because the family will not be listening to you.

          I also see in my family that my grandchild normally recites the party slogans because she sees me doing that.  This is the legacy that I am talking about and this is what we want.  Our children should copy our deeds.  In other families, you will discover that children of boxers also do the same thing.  It is my desire that every family should have such a legacy like what Vimbayi Java did, taking after her parents.  She took after her parents.  We want our children to follow in our footsteps and we want them to copy our deeds.  The first speaker, Hon. Chinanzvavana mentioned that Hon. Vimbayi Java led women with wisdom and she encouraged women to stand up even in her constituency.  Within a short space of time, her leadership qualities became evident.  Let us mourn her and demonstrate with our noble deeds. 

Even when we decide to go to her constituency, you will discover that they are pained but they also rejoice looking at her deeds.  The Women’s Parliamentary Caucus mourned her and they donated and bought beautiful flowers as a send off to our colleague.  We need to mourn together as women and even men in our midst should know that women are very important pillars of this House and of the nation.  Every female leader leads well and this comes from the family set up.  We would like to thank all those ladies and men who went to send her off in a dignified and respectable manner.  Let us not hate each other. It does not matter which party you come from. This is what I want to focus on.  If it is a woman, I will support them regardless of their political affiliation.  We will stand together as women.  Let us not oppose each other, let us not fight each other.  We would like to remember Hon. Vimbayi for she represented the people of Zimbabwe.  Let us continue to stand together and support each other as women.  As women, we need to continue the walk.  Thank you.

          *HON. MADZIMURE: I would want to add my words to the motion that was moved by Hon. Mushoriwa speaking about the life of the late Member of this National Assembly, Hon. Vimbayi Tsvangirai-Java.  Hon. Java grew up in a family when her father was in the limelight from the days of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union.  Vimbayi was in such a position where many children in her shoes normally go astray.  Her father arose until he became the Prime Minister of the Zimbabwe.  This position did not affect Vimbayi and she did not have pride despite her background. 

          Hon. Java went to school and completed her degree in Australia came back and identified a loving husband.  Vimbayi got married in a proper way whereby people celebrated her marriage.  The other important thing about her marriage is that she got married to a man of God whom she so submitted to. 

          I was listening to a sermon at the funeral of the late Hon. Java by Bishop Bismarck who spoke about Vimbayi’s life.  The Bishop described Vimbai with touching words.  He said that for her to be such a person with a good character, it was because of her grooming and deportment.  The Bishop described Vimbai as a woman who could groom other pastors’ wives who were under her assembly.  There were a lot of women who also described Hon. Vimbayi’s good works.  A lot of remarkable things were said concerning the late Apostle’s wife.  Hon. Vimbai did a lot of good work in the church.

          When the late Vimbai decided to join politics, as a married woman, she had to sought permission from the husband to join politics.  The husband supported his wife so well and this is something that does not prevail in many homes today.  A lot of men do not support their wives; some of them will try to bar the wife from joining politics because there are a lot of expenses that are incurred by politicians.  In most cases, men do not support their wives financially.  If a woman is talented, sometimes her talent is not seen because the husband might be jealousy of the wife’s success.  Some of them can say, ‘my wife cannot be called an Hon. Member’.

          So, I would like to thank the constituency of Glenview who supported Hon. Java even during the period of bereavement.  This made Hon. Tsvangirai-Java to be welcomed by the Glenview Constituency.  She was a remarkable Member of her church and well respected.

          Madam Speaker, we saw a lot of people coming to mourn the late Hon. Java.  Her belief system was enough.  The way she saved God was beyond reproach. Even when working with women, it became easy for her to discharge her duties because her character resonated well with other women.  This allowed her to be elevated to a position which was being prepared for her.

          Many young women do not want to join politics but they want to  submit to decisions made by politicians.  Your life cannot be perfect if you watch from a distance, watching other people participating in politics.  This is a woman who stood up and said, I want to see and work towards the emancipation of the people.

          I would like to thank God for the late Hon. Member’s life.  The husband described her late wife in a touching manner. His testimony told us that the two were close and united.  I believe that a lot of people learnt a lot from the Hon. Member’s life.  From Vimbayi’s character, you will discover that the husband supported, loved her and they worked together.  Yes, the husband is a man of God but he said that he allowed her to participate in politics. Some people say that people who participate in politics are not good people, they do not have good deeds but Mr. Java did not see that in his wife.  He only saw the goodness in her wife.  The people at the funeral and even church members heard testimonies of Vimbayi’s political works.

          I believe that Pastor Java will continue preaching to his church members about the good deeds.  However, there might be a few bad apples but I believe that the man of God will make people’s lives better.

          Madam Speaker, I would like to urge women to continue receiving lessons like these so that their leadership will be endowed with knowledge.  Women out there ought to understand that they should continue to join the political field and that we should give each other chances.  The women’s quota has fewer women and so, I would like to urge the women parliamentarians here that they should emulate these beautiful flowers like the late Java. 

          However, I would like to point out that it is not good to have a ‘pull her down syndrome’. We need to observe and nurture quality leadership skills so that the women’s quota has enough members. I do not like affirmative action but I advocate for quality. I would like to say to Hon. Java, rest in peace. May God bless her? Thank you.

          *HON. MATANGIRA: Thank you Madam Speaker for giving me the opportunity to speak about the late Hon. Vimbayi Tsvangirayi-Java. It is really sad that as leaders in our country, elected leadership which has been elected to lead will speak good deeds about our colleagues after losing them. We are failing to say good things in this National Assembly because of polarisation of political parties.

I would like to talk about Hon. Vimbayi Tsvangirayi-Java. I am really saddened. I am saying this with a heavy heart. She was a girl who saw her mother going the same way. She grew up in a house seeing her father discharging his duties as a trade unionist. As children, the beauty and bad of politics was evident to her and she decided to join politics not because she wanted it but by default. Just like Jesus Christ who came to do his Father’s work, Vimbayi did not join politics because she wanted but she said my father’s sweat cannot go just like that.

It is painful that as black people, at every funeral we point fingers at each other. We can fight but when it is time for mourning, we need to unite. I would like to say to maSiziba the late Hon. Tsvangirayi-Java, rest in peace, you fought a good battle. You ran a good race. Go and rest in peace. May the Lord of peace take you to the same place where your father and mother went? We know that every normal human being with a right and left hand, the right hand will be in Government and the left in opposition. However, these hands love each other.

My desire is that as Zimbabweans, may we copy from other democracies. Our differences should be when we prepare for elections but after elections, those who voted for other Members of the House of Assembly desire that we unite and work together so that we ask from God how we can lead our people. In America, there are Democrats and Republicans who do not shout at each other after elections. I would like to implore ZANU PF and MDC to unite and work together like what we are doing right now saying that this young woman was a very good person. However, because of the devil, there is a lot of hard heartedness. We would like for angels to descend upon us and soften our hearts so that we love each other whilst we are still alive instead of talking and saying good things about each other after someone has died. Thank you.

*HON. MATSUNGA: I would like to thank Hon. Mushoriwa for moving such a motion. As we remember our beacon, a young woman, we were looking at the number of young Members of Parliament and we were rejoicing that this number is growing. However, God made His decision and now, the onus is upon us. I am really saddened because in her constituency, other Zimbabweans and praying women lost a person who was passionate about prayer and the word of God.

Even in other things, I will testify that she was always quiet. She was a woman who taught us a lot. When we read the word of God in Proverbs 31, we read about a virtuous woman. I would like to thank Apostle Java for the opportunity he was given by God to have such a woman as a wife, even understanding each other in love. Again, I understand that in the word of God, we are talking about love that in this world on earth, we need to have love for each other because there is life after politics.

I would like to honour the late heroine Hon. Vimbayi Java for the vision that she had; the vision to emancipate the people of Zimbabwe. She believed that as women, we should be working together even as different churches working together in Cannan. Let me honour again this late heroine for she was a very humble woman. There was no doubt, looking at our age, even when we remember the words that were said by another Hon. Member of this House who said people give each other names. If you are a woman who is humble and who knows God, everything that you know or the desire that you have will be fulfilled.

Let me say again to the Tsvangirayi-Java family, the Tsvangirayi family left a legacy from the father and the mother. The impartation did not end with Dr. Morgan Tsvangirayi but it was imparted upon Vimbayi Tsvangirayi – Java. However, God allowed His will upon her life. It took a lot of hours before she was seen by a doctor and getting medication. She is someone who desired that there be enough medication in Zimbabwe’s hospitals. However, we remember her for the good deeds. When we read the word of God, we are told that there is time for everything. There is time for joy, to be born and to cry. We would like to say that may her spirit rest in the Lord’s peace until we meet in eternity. Thank you Madam Speaker.

THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR PRESIDENTIAL AFFAIRS IN CHARGE OF IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING (HON. DR. J. GUMBO): Madam Speaker, I move that the debate do now adjourn.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume:  Tuesday, 25th June, 2019.

MOTION

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR PRESIDENTIAL AFFAIRS IN CHARGE OF IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING (HON. DR. J. GUMBO): Madam Speaker, I move that Orders of the Day, No. 8 to 39, be stood over until Order of the Day, No. 40 has been disposed of.

Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

REPORT OF THE ZIMBABWE DELEGATION TO THE AFREA CONFERENCE ON MONITORING AND EVALUATION HELD IN ABIDJAN

Fortieth Order read:  Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Zimbabwe delegation to the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) Conference on Monitoring and Evaluation held in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.

Question again proposed.

HON. MPARIWA:  Thank you Madam Speaker.  Let me thank Hon. Mavetera for tabling this report on the acceleration of Africa’s development strengthening national evaluation ecosystems.  Madam Speaker, you may realise that this report contains a lot of information that is a bit technical which urges Parliaments and Governments to take action in terms of capacity training through Parliamentary trainings, through Government Departments that deal with monitoring and evaluation. 

You may also realise that there are countries that have been mentioned in the report in terms of best practices where Zimbabwe can borrow from.  Mr. Speaker, you will realise that in Africa, you have neighbours that you can copy from.  I have always said in Shona, chidhoiri chakanaka chinokopewa, chaipa chinorashiwa.  You have countries like Zambia next door who have done so well in terms of monitoring and evaluation.  As Zimbabwe and as part of Africa, we have never bothered to check and compare notes with them as to how they do their monitoring and evaluation.  When you have not done enough monitoring and evaluation, what you face is loses and loses.  You also have cases of corruption, you have underdevelopment and misallocations do happen because people are not prioritising any of the needs that are best for the development of the country. 

Madam Speaker, let me hasten to say that when you do not have political will in terms of implementation on the monitoring and evaluation systems, you will face difficulty in terms of Parliament because such programmes also demand for political will so that everyone else gets to be targeted and they get trained.  We also need not forget our youths and women because when we say development, when we say monitoring and evaluation, who does our budgets at home?  Most of our budgets are done by women.  Merely, I am saying Madam Speaker, we do not need to leave anyone behind in terms of monitoring and evaluation.  We need a wholesome approach so that everyone else is involved.  Monitoring and evaluation Madam Speaker, promotes accountability and transparency.  As such, you curb corruption.  Early detection actually serves resources and time so as to promote development.  This has to happen within a short period.

I know that many blue prints in Zimbabwe have talked about curbing corruption and accountability, but when we have not implemented and when you do not have political will, you stand to talk to yourself because nothing will have changed.  The very things that you are trying to avoid will happen.  We have financial outflows that happen in ministries and departments but nothing has been done.  In short, Madam Speaker, there is need for capacity training, I need not to over emphasise, there is need for political will and bench markings.  For example, countries like Benin and the Republic of South Africa.  We are not far from South Africa.  They have done it, they have also carried benchmarks to also compare and contrast to see what works out better because Benin is in West Africa and South Africa is in Southern Africa.  We can also copy from Kenya and Uganda who have carried out effective monitoring and evaluation, they have done well. 

With that Madam Speaker, let me persuade the House that this report has been on the Order Paper from May and I equally want to urge both sides of the House to adopt this report.  This is a technical report that requires actions to be taken in terms of work to be done so that we are not holding back progress but to kick-start the progress.  This report has to be adopted by the House.  I am persuading my colleagues even if there are those that are coming to debate after me to adopt this report.  I thank you Madam Speaker. 

HON. NDUNA:  Thank you Madam Speaker.  I will be very short.  I want to add my voice to the report that was presented by Hon. Mavetera, seconded by Hon. Mpariwa.  Madam Speaker, I need to give a bit of background to this African Parliamentarians Network on Development Evaluation (APNODE).  As long as we do not evaluate development using empirical and scientific evidence which we would have been tutored on by developing partners and other coordinators and cooperating partners, we certainly are leaving a lot to chance. 

Madam Speaker, this was a network which was initiated by African parliamentarians in March of 2014.  It includes 50 parliamentarians from 15 different countries which countries are Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Euthopoia, Garbon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Somalia, Republic of Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.  Madam Speaker, these countries have come together in order that there is development evaluation which is developed in order that there is enhanced oversight role of parliamentarians.  There are cooperating partners like AfrEA which is based in South Africa. 

I will touch on objectives of Africa Parliamentarians Network on Development Evaluation.  They are seven of them and if you indulge me Madam Speaker, I will read and then I will conclude. 

1. There is need to raise awareness and promote knowledge amongst parliamentarians and within national Parliaments about the importance of using evidence generated by evaluation for oversight, policy-making and national decision making.

2.  Enhance the capacity of individual parliamentarians to demand solid evaluation evidence and make use of it in parliamentary duties in our oversight, legislative and representative role.  Here is the objective of APNODE that seeks to enhance that visibility and our accountability in the manner in which we carry out our mandate.

3.   To encourage parliamentarians to work towards the institutionalisation of evaluation to form evidence based decision making and policy-making.

4.  To share experiences across countries in Africa and beyond, examine the potential for international cooperation in this era.

5.  To support Parliaments in ensuring that evaluations at country level are responsive to concerns of gender equality. Gender is a women’s affair and it is a human right - vulnerable groups and equitable development results.

6.  To assist parliamentarians in contributing to the development of a culture of evaluation and evidence based decision making at all levels of Government and by other stakeholders and developments.

7.  To work as a bridge or a gap between evaluators as providers of impartial evidence and parliamentarians as users of evaluation evidence.

          Madam Speaker Ma’am, I stand here to also say that in that platform, there are two surviving members from the Eighth Parliament or members of APNODE who are yours truly, myself Hon. Dexter Nduna of Chegutu West Constituency and Hon. Mpariwa.  It would be very prudent that there is continuation and continuity building on that pedestal so that there is no shortage of continuity but it is also my clarion call, based on that we revitalise and formulate our local APNODE group/Parliament that deals with evidence based evaluation here in Parliament.  It is not that I want to head it but I would not mind.  I can share my experiences on development of evaluating using empirical and systemic evidence. 

I want to thank you for giving me this opportunity to eloquently ventilate on issues to do with evidence based evaluation.

HON. MAVETERA: I would like to thank each and every member who has been able to contribute to this report.  For us to be able to quick start monitoring and evaluation in Zimbabwe, I think it is quite prudent for me to call upon this august House to be able to adopt this very good report which will be able to make Zimbabwe become effective, transparent and more efficient in all its operations. Therefore I call upon this House adopt this report that.

Motion that, this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwe delegation to the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) Conference on Monitoring and Evaluation held in Abidjan, put and agreed to.

On the motion of THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR PRESIDENTIAL AFFAIRS IN CHARGE OF IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING (HON. DR. GUMBO), the House adjourned at Eleven Minutes past Four o’clock p.m. until Tuesday, 25th June, 2019.

 

 

 

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