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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY HANSARD - 3 MARCH 2009 VOL. 35 NO. 19

PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE

Tuesday, 3rd March 2009

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

PRAYERS

(MR. SPEAKER in the Chair)

NEW MEMBERS SWORN

The following members made and subscribed the Oath of Loyalty as required by Law and took their seats: Tsvangirai Morgan Richard; Mutambara Arthur Guseni Oliver; Moyo Gorden and Tomana Johannes. -[HON MEMBERS: Hear, hear]-

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY MR SPEAKER

SWITCHING OFF OF CELL PHONES.

MR. SPEAKER: I have to remind hon. members to switch off their cell phones or to put them on silent please.

WELCOME REMARKS

MR. SPEAKER: On behalf of the House of Assembly members I would like to welcome the Prime Minister, the Honourable Morgan Richard Tsvangirai and his Deputies Honourable Professor Oliver Guseni Mutambara and Hon. Thokozani Khupe to this House and to congratulate them on their appointment to these high offices. -[HON MEMBERS: Hear, hear]-

Hon members are aware that this is a culmination of the formation of the inclusive government by the three political parties represented in Parliament. It is our hope and expectation that the Executive through the Council of Ministers headed by the Hon Prime Minister will target the economic and other challenges our country is facing with singleness of purpose and common national vision to improve the lives of Zimbabweans through delivery of goods and services to the people.

Let me also take this opportunity to inform you Hon Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers that pursuant to Parliament's Constitutional mandate, the House of Assembly will play its part together with the Senate in ensuring through the scrutiny of legislation, executive oversight of government policies and programmes as well as articulation of the aspirations of the electorate - for that is the role of Parliament in the scheme of governance of the State.

MOTION

FINANCE BILL: BUDGET DEBATE

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

Question again proposed.

THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE: Mr. Speaker, may I explain that under the Global Unity Agreement, the leader of government business is the newly sworn-in Prime Minister and just now the Minister of Finance is not in the House. I felt it is incumbent on the House that, with the permission of the Prime Minister, I would move that the debate be adjourned in relation to Order No. 1.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Wednesday, 4th March 2009.

MOTION

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE: Mr. Speaker, I move that Order of the Day, No. 2 be stood over until the rest of the Orders on the Order Paper have been disposed of.

Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

CONSEQUENCES OF THE TOTAL DOLLARISATION OF THE ECONOMY

THE MINISTER OF TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY: Mr. Speaker, you will recall that when I moved this motion I was a party backbencher as Deputy Minister of Water. Since my movement across the other side of the divide, I am now a full Cabinet Minister and I am unable to proceed with the moving of this motion and therefore I officially withdraw it.

Motion put and agreed to.

Motion; With leave, withdrawn.

MOTION

PRESIDENTIAL SPEECH: DEBATE ON ADDRESS.

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

Question again proposed.

THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE: Mr. Speaker, I move that the debate do now adjourn.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Wednesday, 4th March 2009.

MOTION

MANAGEMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF WATER SUPPLY

Fifth Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on lack of focused response by ZINWA in provision of safe drinking water and sanitation to the nation.

Question again proposed.

MR. MAVHIMA: Mr Speaker Sir, matters raised in this motion have been taken by City Council. I therefore move that the motion be withdrawn.

Motion put and agreed to.

Motion; With leave, withdrawn.

MOTION

CRISIS IN THE EDUCATION SECTOR

Sixth Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the postponement of the opening of schools from the 13th to the 27th January, 2009.

THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE: Mr Speaker Sir, on the note that Hon. Mhashu is not in the House, but I have no doubt if he was in the House he would have revisited his matters because they have been overtaken by events.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, order Hon. Minister. We do not want to work on assumptions. Let us work on facts.

THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE: Mr. Speaker, I move that the debate do now adjourn.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Wednesday, 4th March 2009.

MOTION

ATTACKS ON BOTSWANA

Seventh Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the allegations of plotting, conspiracy and counter conspiracy to create conditions justifying declaration of a state of emergency.

THE MINISTER OF WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT: Mr Speaker, Sir, now that I am a Minister I am not aware of the legal position and I hope Advocate Matinenga will advise, as I could not proceed with the motion.

MR. SPEAKER: Are you asking for a withdrawal?

THE MINISTER OF WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT: Because the motion was debated and I think most of the issues are water under the bridge, I beg to withdraw the motion.

Motion put and agreed to.

Motion; With leave, withdrawn.

MOTION

CRAFTING OF POLICIES TO ADDRESS ZIMBABWE CHALLENGES

Eighth Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the structural dislocation of Zimbabwe's economy.

Question again proposed.

THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE: I have no doubt that if Hon. Biti was here, because of the guidance that you have given me that I should not work on assumptions, I have no doubt that he would not pursue it further. So I move that the debate do now adjourn.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Wednesday, 4th March 2009.

MOTION

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE: Mr Speaker Sir, I move that the debate do now adjourn. As I said earlier the Hon Minister of Finance has a huge burden on him and this is the reason why he was not here at this time because of the volume of work he is carrying. Therefore I move that Order No. 10 be stood over.

Motion put and agreed to.

On the motion of THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE the House adjourned at Sixteen minutes to Three o'clock p.m.

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