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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY HANSARD 23 DECEMBER 2016 NO 25

 

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PARLIAMENT

 

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ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

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FOURTH SESSION – EIGHTH PARLIAMENT

 

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FRIDAY, 23RD DECEMBER 2016

 

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Quarter past two o’clock p.m

The Deputy Speaker in the Chair

 

Prayers

 

Members Present

Budha - Masara

Bunjira R

Chakona P

Chamisa N

Chapfika D

Chibagu G

Chigudu M

Chikukwa M

Chikuni E

Chimwamurombe A

Chinamasa P

Chinomona M M

Chinotimba J

Chiota P C

Chipato A

Chirisa F

Chisorochengwe T.

Chitembwe V J

Chitindi C

Chitura L

Chivamba K

Chiwetu J Z

Dhewa  W

Dutiro P.

Gangarahwe G.

Gumbo E.

Gumbo J.M

Gumbo S

Gwanongodza E

Guzha N.K.

Holder J

Hungwa  G

Jaboon J

Kachepa N

Kadungure D A

Kagonye P

Kanhanga E W

Karoro D

Kaundikiza M

Khanye N

Khumalo M

Kwaramba G

Machingura R

Mackenzie I

Madanha M

Maduza T.

Madondo T

Madubeko J

Madzinga P

Mahiya M

Makoni R R

Makunde T

Mangami D

Mangwende S

Maondera W

Mapiki J

Marumahoko R

Masamvu L

Mashakada T

Mashayamombe S

Matambanadzo M

Matienga M

Matimba K M

Matiza B J

Matsunga S.

Matuke L

Mavenyengwa R

Mawere M D V

Mawere M RN S

Mbwembwe E

Mhere E

Mhlanga N J

Mhona F T

Mkandla M

Mnangagwa A.

Moyo L

Mpariwa P

Mpofu B

Mpofu M M

Muchenje F

Muchenje M S

Mudambo T

Mudarikwa S

Mudau M

Muderedzwa R

Mudzuri E

Mudyiwa M.

Mufunga A

Mugidho M.

Mukanduri S T

Munochinzwa M

Musabayana D.

Mukwangwariwa F G

Mukwena R

Munengami F

Munochinzwa M.

Mupereri V.

Mupfumi I F

Murai E

Musanhi K S

Musiiwa A

Musundire A L

Musvaire W

Mutinhiri A

Mutomba W

Mutseyami P C

Ncube D M

Ncube G M

Ndhlovu Alice

Ndhlovu  Annastancia

Ndlovu M S

Ndoro L F

Nduna D

 Nguni S R

Nkatazo M M

Nkomo Mail

Nkomo Malachi

Nyamupinga B B

Nyere C

Paradza K

Passade J

Pedzisai I

Pemhenayi B

Phiri F P

Porusingazi E

Rudzirwayi J M

Rungani A

Ruvai E

Seremwe B.

Shamu W K

Shava J.

Sibanda K.

Sibanda L

Sibanda M

Sithole G K

Sindi C

Tarusenga U  D

Thembani S Z

Toffa J

Tshuma B

Tshuma J.

Uta K.

Vutete M

Wadyajena J M

Zemura L

Zhou P

Zhou T

Zindi I

Zwizwai M   

 

 

 

 

In attendance in terms of Section 138 (2) and (3) and Section 104 (3) of the Constitution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printed by Order of the House

 

 

Absent with leave

Hon. Chikukwa; Hon. Eng Madanha; Hon. F.Moyo.

 

1.      The Deputy Speaker informed House of the death of the Member of Parliament for Mwenezi East, Hon. Joshua Moyo and invited Hon. Members to observe a minute of silence in respect of the late Hon. Member.

 

2.      On the motion of the Minister of Finance and Economic Development: The House adjourned at twenty five minutes to ten o’clock a.m. until Tuesday, 24th January 2017, at a quarter past two o’clock in the afternoon. 

 

 

 

 

 

            HON. M.M. CHINOMONA

Deputy Speaker

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TUESDAY, 24TH JANUARY 2017

 

NOTICE OF PRESENTATION OF BILL

 

The Minister of Finance and Economic Development: Bill

to provide for the regimentation of movable property security interests; to amend various Acts; and to provide for matters incidental thereto or connected with the foregoing. Movable Property Security Interests Bill (H.B. 7, 2016)

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

1.      Adjourned debate on motion on the Second reading of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Amendment Bill (H.B. 12, 2016) (Adjourned 21st December 2016)—The Minister of Finance and Economic Development

 

[Days elapsed: 3]

 

Question proposed: That the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Amendment Bill (H.B.12, 2016) be now read a second time. – The Minister of Finance and Economic Development.

 

2.      Adjourned debate on motion on the Second reading: of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Bill (H.B. 5, 2016) (Adjourned 21st December 2016) —The Minister of Finance and Economic Development

 

[Days elapsed: 2]

 

Question proposed: That the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Bill (H.B.5, 2016) be now read a second time. – The Minister of Finance and Economic Development)

 

3.      Second reading:ZEP – RE (Membership of Zimbabwe and Branch Office

               Agreement) Bill (H.B. 9, 2016) (—The Minister of Finance and Economic

Development.

 

4.      Adjourned debate on motion that leave be granted to bring in a Finance Bill (Adjourned 8th December, 2016—The Minister of Finance and Economic Development.

 

[Days elapsed: 3]

 

Question proposed: That leave be granted to bring in a Bill to make further  

provision for the revenues and public funds of Zimbabwe and to make provision   

 for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto-The Minister of Finance

 and Economic Development.

 

5.      Second reading:National Competitiveness Commission Bill (H.B. 6, 2016)—The Minister of Industry and Commerce 

 

6.      Second reading:Deeds Registries Amendment Bill (H.B. 3, 2016)—The

Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs

 

7.      Second reading:Judicial Laws Amendment (Ease of Settling Commercial and Other Disputes) Bill (H.B. 4, 2016)—The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs

           

8.      Consideration: Land Commission Bill (H.B.2A, 2016) – The Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement.

 

9.      Committee: To resume on consideration of the Adverse Report by the Parliamentary Legal Committee on Statutory Instrument No. 86 of 2016: Plumtree Town Council (Clamping and Tow away By- Laws published in the Gazette during the month of September 2016  progress reported 6th December 2016) Hon. Samukange.

 

10.  Hon. Simbanegavi

            Hon. Mlilo

           

That this House conveys its profound gratitude to His Excellency, the President R.G. Mugabe for addressing a Joint Sitting of Parliament on the State of the Nation.

 

Expresses its commitment to and support for the views contained in his address; and that a respectful address be presented to His Excellency, the President, informing him of the sentiments of the House. 

 

11.  Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential speech. (Adjourned 20th 

December 2016 – Hon Rungani)

 

[Time elapsed: 3 hours38 minutes]

 

Question proposed:  That a respectful address be presented to the President of Zimbabwe as follows:-

 

May it please you, your Excellency the President:

 

  We, the Members of Parliament of Zimbabwe, desire to express our loyalty to Zimbabwe and beg leave to offer our respectful thanks for the speech, which you have been pleased to address to Parliament. - Hon. Nyamupinga

 

12.  Hon Dr. Chimedza

Hon D.P. Sibanda

 

That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care on the Deployment, Roles and Responsibilities of the Village Health Workers / City Health Promoters in the provision of Primary Health Care in Zimbabwe (S.C. 21, 2016).

 

13.   Hon. Muderedzwa

             Hon. Chimanikire

 

That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on  Defence, Home Affairs  and Security  Services on Service Delivery by the Registrar General’s Department (S.C. 18, 2016)

 

14.  .Hon. Zindi

Hon. MAondera

 

That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development on Service Delivery by Local Authorities. (S.C. 23, 2016)

 

15.  Hon. Mandipaka

 Hon. Muderedzwa

 

That this House-

 

             AWARE that Zimbabwe is a peace loving nation;

 

DISTURBED by recent acts of violence and terror on innocent people by some political parties;

            

             WORRIED by vicious attacks on police officers and security agents;

 

CONCERNED by the looting and destruction of property and infrastructure in Greater Harare;

 

NOW THEREFORE calls upon Parliament to resolve to:

 

a)      Strongly condemn political parties perpetrating acts of violence on our nation.

b)      Calls upon the Government of Zimbabwe Republic Police to arrest all those rowdy youths involved in acts of violence and to facilitate their prosecution;

c)      Asks the Minister of Home Affairs to make a statement on the state of affairs with regards to recent political violence and to assure the nation of its safety

and security.

 

16.  Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga

            Hon. Toffa

 

            That this House -

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that Section 18 of the Constitution provides for regional equality and states “The state must promote the fair representation of all Zimbabwe’s regions in all institutions and agencies of government at every level;

 

FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGING that Section 17 provides that “The State must promote full gender balance in Zimbabwean society, and in particular the state must promote the full participation of women in all spheres of Zimbabwean society on the basis of equality with men;

 

NOTING that both Section 18 and Section 17 place obligations on the state to take specific measures to rectify both regional and gender imbalances in society;

 

CONCERNED that the process of identifying providers of government services and government tenders are violating Section 17 and Section 18;

 

            NOW THEREFORE resolves to call upon the Executive to ensure that:

 

a)      All processes of identifying providers of services to government are conducted in a transparent and accountable manner.

b)      Awarding of government and parastatal tenders promotes fair regional representation; and

c)      A 30% quota of all government tenders are reserved for women.

 

17.  Hon Chamisa

Hon. Gonese

 

            That this House-

 

            NOTING that it has been exactly one year since the disappearance of Itai Dzamara;

 

            CONSIDERING that the Minister of Home Affairs was ordered to give monthly reports on progress;

 

            PERTURBED that the Government has not been updating the Nation on progress;

 

            COGNISANT of the citizen’s constitutional right and the importance of strengthening the constitutionalism, human rights and consolidation of democracy;

 

ACKNOWLEDGES the existence of the International Convention on the Protection from Enforced Disappearances as an international human rights instrument.

 

NOW THEREFORE, Parliament calls upon the Government to:

 

(a)       Bring finality and closure to investigations leaving no stones unturned;

 

(b)   Chip in on the social welfare and support to the Dzamara family, particularly the wife and children as restorative and rehabilitative measures;

 

(c)   Guarantee non repetition of such occurrences and giving assurance in the protection to the right to demonstrate and petition; and

 

(d)   Ensure all perpetrators of politically motivated violence are prosecuted 

      and that victims receive restorative and rehabilitative justice.

 

18.  Hon Chamisa

Hon. Sibanda D.P.

 

That this House:

 

NOTING the disturbing images and video footage of men and women in police    uniform beating up innocent civilians 

 

AWARE that the Police Charter rests on the settled principle of pro lege, pro patria,        pro populi (for the law, for the country, for the people)

 

WORRIED by the recent behavior and conduct of certain Police details in their    handling and beating up of demonstrating and peace loving citizens.

 

CONCERNED with human rights abuses and rule by law instead rule of law, as instigated by certain police officers or persons masquerading as Police;

 

PERTUBED that the Minister responsible for the Police or the Commissioner General have not made efforts to censure or discipline the perpetrators who violated the National Constitution.

 

FURTHER CONCERNED that the bad behavior of a few bad apples among the Police are creating animosity between citizens (people of Zimbabwe) and the Police

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that His Excellency President Mugabe has publicly condemned the public who were exercising their rights without correspondingly condemning the          Police for their abuse of citizen rights and that of the Constitution

 

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon the Minister of Home Affairs to:

 

(a)    Investigate the conduct of the Police and report to the Parliament

(b)   Issue a public apology over the untoward conduct of some of the Police Officers

(c)    Immediately implement a training of Police on human rights as part of their curriculum in terms of the Constitution.

(d)   Put in place an act of Parliament setting up an Independent Complaints Mechanism for members of the public as contemplated by Section 210 of the National Constitution; and

 

That Parliament sets up a Commission of Inquiry to investigate into the conduct of such officers.

 

19.  Hon Masara

Hon Maondera

 

That this House:

 

DISTURBED by the fact that the rural livelihoods assessment indicated approximately 16% of the rural population is projected to be food insecure for the period of January to March 2016.

 

WORRIED by the fact that the nation continues to be food insecure yet small grains exhibit the potential to boost food security given their drought – tolerant nature in the event of erratic rains;

 

FURTHER WORRIED by the failure as a nation, to come up with a deliberate policy on small grains and a national strategy in recognizing the potential of small grains in achieving food security;

 

CONSCIOUS that the government has a Constitutional duty (Section 15 (c)) to encourage and promote adequate and proper nutrition through mass education and other appropriate means;

 

NOW THEREFORE, this House calls upon the Executive;

 

(a)  To immediately set in motion the crafting of a comprehensive National Small Grains Policy buttressed by a National Strategy on small grains;

 

(b)  To provide innovative solutions in addressing challenges in the entire value chain within the policy

 

(c)  To extensively address the issue of seed unavailability and improved research on new seed varieties forsmall grains.

 

(c)    To review the “Seed Act” and bring to Parliament to approve for ratification of COMESA Seed Trade Harmonisation Regulations in order to open up new opportunities to small grain farmers.

 

20.  Hon Holder

Hon Ruvai

 

That this House:

 

RECALLING that the Shabani – Mashava Mines (SMM) closed more than 15 year ago and prejudiced over two thousand employees due to non-payment of salaries and wages, poor service delivery as well as deteriorating living standards as a result of poor maintenance of basic facilities such as sanitation, sewer and water reticulation system, roads and infrastructure among others;

 

NOTING that the credit status of the company has been getting worse since the closure of the mine;

 

COGNISANT that the company was a big contributor to the economy and that it is deteriorating;

 

CONCERNED at the consequences of not been reopened

 

WORRIED that the workers may never get what is due to them and also that the prospects of the re – opening of the mine may never dawn;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, this House resolves that:

 

a)      Through the government a Board be set to run the affairs of the Mines through a properly structured administration.

 

b)      The Board secures a new investor to resuscitate the Mines be brought into the fray in line with dictates of the ZIMASSET Blueprint.

 

c)      The welfare of the Mining community and the workers of these mines be improved.

 

d)     The flagship of the town be raised.

 

21.  Hon Ndebele

Hon Maridadi

 

That this House –

 

NOTING that the process of digital migration as outlined by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has surgically changed and transformed the broadcasting industry in terms of the spectrum size and management in Zimbabwe;

           

CONCERNED that the current legislation is inadequate in its scope in addressing emerging issues resulting from this process;

 

ALSO NOTING that the Ministry of Information Media and Broadcasting has conceded and acknowledged that the Broadcasting Services Act and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act need to be amended in line with the emerging trends born out of the digital migration process and the dynamics of listenership and readership of the media products;

 

DISTURBED that despite the  provisions of the Broadcasting Services Act in  Section 61(3) which guarantee freedom of establishment of broadcasting media subject to licensing conditions that are necessary, Zimbabwe still does not have the 3-tier broadcasting system fourteen  years after the promulgation of the Act;

 

COGNISANT that the many community broadcasters are eagerly expecting invitations for license applications as evidenced by the existence of different local communities that have been awaiting that development;

 

WORRIED that Section 10 of the Act is prohibitive as it gives discretional powers to decide when to call for licenses without necessary safeguards to curb abuses that may be detrimental to some classes of licenses as is currently the case with community broadcasters;

 

AWARE that the Constitution of Zimbabwe (2013) provides for freedom of Expression, the media; and the right of access to information under section 62,

Hence the need for the revision of legislation that regulates broadcasting;

 

CONCERNED that under the Act the appointment process of the BAZ Board undermines best practices and requirement that State Licensing Authority and procedures should be independent of control by government, political or commercial interests.

 

FURTHER CONCERNED that the appointment procedures and processes under the Broadcasting Services Act are not sufficiently transparent to guarantee the independence of BAZ Board and its decisions.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon

 

a)      The Executive to urgently table a Bill to comprehensively amend or repeal the Act,

b)       Facilitate public to  participation in the processes as  a key benchmark outlined in regional and international instruments on broadcasting:

c)      Clearly state what percentage of the broadcasting fund goes to local

content production.

 

22.  Hon. Nduna

            Hon. R. Mpofu

 

            That this House -

 

NOTING with concern that at least 10 percent of the 13 million Zimbabweans have some form of disability;

 

CONCERNED that despite various awareness programmes initiated by both the

Government and non-governmental organisations, people living with disabilities are still subject to stigma and discrimination;

 

FURTHER CONCERNED that there's no institutionalised deliberate inclusion strategy from primary education to tertiary level to support students with disabilities.

 

ACKNOWLEDGING the various initiatives taken by Government in post-

independence Zimbabwe to empower and improve the lot of people living with

disabilities such as the introduction of vocational training centres for people living with disabilities and the enactment of the Disabled Persons Act in 1992;

 

RECOGNISING the tax concessions extended to people living with disabilities such as the suspension of Customs Duty on certain specified motor vehicles imported by physically handicapped persons for their own use.

 

DISTURBED that such noble concessions do not extend to critical equipment such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, braille and crutches for use by people living with disabilities;

 

WORRIED that as a result of the taxes levied on wheelchairs, braille and crutches they are beyond the reach of the majority of people living with disabilities who are poor;

 

FURTHER WORRIED that sign language which caters for the deaf and dumb and Braille for the blind has not been allowed to take root from primary education level for no fee in line with section 75 of the constitution calling for education for all.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, CALLS UPON THE GOVERNMENT TO:

 

a)              Introduce tax concessions starting from the 2017 Budget for critical

equipment such as wheelchairs, braille and crutches to ensure that they are

affordable to the majority of people living with disabilities;

 

b)              Make sign language and Braille all inclusive and compulsory for all

institutions of learning to provide, a well-rounded education system for

people living with disabilities and needing such learning and education.

 

c)              Urgently Harmonize our laws in line with the United Nations Conventions

of Persons Living with Disabilities and the new Constitution to improve

the lives of the affected disabled persons; and,

 

d)             Increase the allocation for disability services in the national budget to

cover the essential basic needs for all disabled people in Zimbabwe.

 

23.  Hon. Ndlovu M.S

            Hon. Matangira

           

            That this House;

 

Expresses its profound shock and sorrow at the untimely death of a revolutionary par excellence on Friday 25 November, 2016, the Commandant of  the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro and places on record its supreme appreciation of the sterling services rendered in support of the just struggle of the African Liberation Forces, inspiration and exemplary leadership and ;

 

Resolves that its cardinal sympathy and heartfelt condolence be conveyed to the family of the deceased and the entire peace loving people of Cuba on this sad loss.

 

24.  Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the findings by the Auditor General on the 2014 and 2015 Appropriation Accounts for the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and Funds Accounts under its purview. (S.C. 24, 2016). (Adjourned 20th, December 2016- Minister of Finance and Economic Development)

[Day elapsed: 2]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the findings by the Auditor General on the 2014 and 2015 Appropriation Accounts for the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and Funds Accounts under its purview. (S.C. 24, 2016).- Hon. Mpariwa

 

25.  Adjourned debate on motion on the Draft SADC Model Law (Adjourned 29th November 2016 – The Minister of

 

[Days elapsed: 6]

Question proposed: That this House –

 

 

NOTING the unanimous adoption of the SADC Model Law on eradicating Child Marriage and Protecting Those Already in Marriage at the 39th Plenary Assembly of the SADC PF in Ezulwini, Swaziland on the 3rd of June 2016;

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that the Model Law addresses all the issues and matters related to and incidental to rights and concepts relating to the Child, prohibition of child betrothal and marriage, as well as measures and interventions to mitigating the effects of child marriage, offences and enforcement;

 

 

RECOGNISING that the Draft Model Law can be adopted with minimal changes to constitute a holistic, comprehensive and all –embracing legislation dealing with the subject matter,

 

DESIROUS that child marriages must be ended as a matter of urgency.

 

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to forthwith introduce this Model Law to Parliament so that it becomes part of Zimbabwean law with suitable changes. – Hon. Gonese

 

26.  Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on

Youth, Indigenization and Economic Empowerment on Marange-Zimunya 

Community Share Ownership Trust. (Adjourned 24th October, 2016 –Hon. Matuke).

 

[Days elapsed: 9]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Youth, Indigenization and Economic Empowerment on Marange- Zimunya Community Share Ownership Trust (S.C. 22, 2016). – Hon Wadyajena.

 

27.  Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on

      Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development on the Operational

      Environment and Economic Contributions of small and Medium Enterprises and

the Informal Sector in Zimbabwe(Restored 25th October , 2016 – Hon

Mangami).

 

[Days elapsed: 10]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the  First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development on the Operational Environment and Economic Contributions of small and Medium Enterprises and the Informal Sector in Zimbabwe (S.C  9,  2016) – Hon Mangami

 

17    Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development on Biotechnology (Adjourned 18th October, 2016 –The Minister of Finance and Economic Development ).

 

[Days elapsed: 23]

 

Question proposed:That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development on Harnessing Biotechnology for Socio-Economic Development. (S. C. 1, 2016) - Hon. Dr. Mataruse.

 

28.  Adjourned debate on motion on the    the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare on the working conditions at the Hwange Colliery Company Limited, National Railways of Zimbabwe and Dete Refractories (Restored 1st December, 2016 –The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development).

 

[Days elapsed: 10]

 

              Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare on the working conditions at the Hwange Colliery Company Limited, National Railways of Zimbabwe and Dete Refractories (S. C. 8, 2016).)– Hon. Kwaramba

 

29.  Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare on the Administration of the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) (Restored 1st December, 2016 –Hon. Rungani).

 

[Days elapsed: 14]

 

            Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare on the Administration of the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) (S. C. 2, 2016)- Hon. Kwaramba.

 

30.  Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development on the Operations of Air Zimbabwe (Restored 1st December, 2016 –Hon. Rungani).

 

[Days elapsed: 14]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development on the Operations of Air Zimbabwe (S.C. 5, 2016)-Hon. Nduna.

 

31.  Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development on the Operations of the National Railways of Zimbabwe (Restored 1st December, 2016 - The Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services)

 

[Days elapsed: 26]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructure Development on the Operations of the National Railways of  Zimbabwe, (S.C. 21, 2015)- Hon. Nduna.

 

32.  Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development on Causes of Road Carnage (S.C. 1, 2014) (Restored 1st December, 2016- Hon. Nduna)

 

[Days elapsed: 35]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development on Causes of Road Carnage (S.C. 1, 2014)- Hon. Nduna

 

33.  Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the examination of the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) Value for Money Audit Report. (S.C. 1, 2015). (Restored 1st December, 2016 - Hon. Rungani)

 

[Days elapsed: 42]

           

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Accounts on the examination of the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) Value for Money Audit Report and Audited Accounts for the Financial years ended March 2011/ 2012, 2012/ 2013 and 2013/ 2014. (S.C.1, 2015). Hon. Mpariwa

 

34.  Adjourned debate on the Third Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the findings by the Auditor General on 2014 Appropriation Accounts for Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and other Statements under its purview [S.C. 16 2016] (Restored 1st December, 2016 Hon. Matuke).

 

[Day elapsed: 9]

 

Question proposed: That this House adopts the Third Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the findings by the Auditor General on 2014 Appropriation Accounts for Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and other Statements under its purview

(S.C. 16 2016)–Hon. Mpariwa.

 

35.  Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Analysis of the Findings of the Auditor General on the 2013 Appropriations Funds and State Enterprises and Parastatals Accounts. (Restored 1st December, 2016 (Adjourned 19th May, 2016-Hon. Rungani)

 

                                                                                               [Days elapsed: 20]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Second Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Analysis of the Findings of the Auditor General on the 2013 Appropriations Funds and State Enterprises and Parastatals Accounts. (S. C. 6, 2016).- Hon. Mpariwa.

 

36.  Adjourned debate on motion on the Activism against gender-based violence campaign. (Restored 1st December, 2016 –Hon.Matuke).

 

[Days elapsed: 7]

 

Question proposed:

That this House:

 

NOTING that the 16 days of Activism against gender-based violence campaign is a time to galvanise action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that in 2016 the ‘Unite Campaign’ strongly emphasizes the need for sustainable financing for efforts to end violence against women and girls towards the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

 

RECOGNIZING that this year’s theme is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World, Make education Accessible and Affordable for Women and Girls and end Violence against Women and Girls”

           

CONCERNED that violence against women and girls happens 365 days and yet this campaign is for 16 days, from 25 November to 10 December.

 

 

NOW THEREFORE, this August House calls upon

 

a)      The Ministry of Women Affairs and Women’s Organisations to campaign throughout the whole year and advocate for ending violence against women and girls.  They must not limit the campaign to 16 days.

b)      The government to make sure that Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development is funded to fulfill these goals.- Hon Khupe

 

37.  Adjourned debate on motion on the prohibitive cost of blood in both public and private hospitals (Restored 1st December, 2016 -The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development.)

 

[Days elapsed: 18]

 

 

            Question proposed: That this House;

 

            COGNISANT that due to the prevailing economic challenges and high levels of      unemployment the vast majority of Zimbabweans have very limited disposable   income;

 

            AWARE that Section 76 of the Constitution makes access to health care a fundamental and inalienable right of every Zimbabwean and obliges the State to ensure that no person is refused emergency medical treatment in any health-care institution;

 

            ALARMED at the prohibitive cost of blood in both public and private hospitals with a pint going for USD 140 on average which has made access to blood a preserve of the rich;

 

            CONCERNED that the majority of Zimbabweans who require blood transfusions, particularly in district hospitals and clinics, are succumbing to avoidable deaths owing to their inability to afford blood;

 

            FURTHER CONCERNED that though emergency medical treatment is a fundamental human right, health institutions are refusing to give needy patients’ blood without prior payment yet the cost is beyond the reach of many;

 

            DISTRESSED that blood transfusion in district hospitals and clinics is only available for expecting mothers and is not extended to victims of accidents and         trauma who account for 35% of the national blood requirements;

 

            MINDFUL that blood distribution by the National Blood Service Zimbabwe in 2014 marginally increased by 0.7% primarily due to depressed demand owing to the harsh economic conditions;

 

            DISTURBED that the price of blood in Zimbabwe does not compare favourably with the price of blood regionally;

 

            NOW THEREFORE, call upon the Executive to:

 

(a)  Subsidize the cost of blood to save lives by ensuring that it is available for all needy patients at private and public hospitals;

(b)  To de-centralise the blood bank by establishing a blood bank at all district hospitals and clinics;

(c)  To raise awareness on the importance of donating blood particularly among adults who account for only 20% of the national blood donations yet use 80% of the blood so donated- Hon. Nduna.

 

39.        Committee of Supply.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 25TH JANUARYR 2017

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

t    QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

*           QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

 

 

*1.       Hon. Mackenzie:  To ask the Minister of the Health and Child Care to apprise the House on the following:

 

a)      When Siakobvu Hospital would be assigned a medical doctor;

b)      When the X – ray machines and surgical equipment would be restored at Siakobvu Hospital

c)      What fuel allocation is supposed to be given to Siakobvu Hospital for transferring patience to referral centres.

 

[Deferred on 23rd November, 2016]

*2.       Hon Chimanikire:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to give a report on how many clinics have been constructed to date and what their distribution is countrywide, considering that in 2013 the Minister stated that the Ministry was going to build 1400 clinics in 5 years.

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

*3.       Hon. Sibanda P.D: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and  Rural Development to state whether the Ministry has a policy to compensate the people who were displaced from the Zambezi Valley during the period 1955-1958 to pave way for the construction of Kariba Dam.

 

[Transferred on21st December 2016]

*4.       Hon Chimanikire:  To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to inform the House on the measures that the Ministry is taking to create Wildlife Sanctuaries in resettled farms that have been vandalized by poachers in areas such as Mashonaland Central.

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

*5.       Hon Chimanikire:  To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to give a summary of the benefits to villagers from the campfire policy in the first six months of 2016 province by province.

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

*6.       Hon. Chibaya:  To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to explain why the Ministry is still administering the affairs of the City of Gweru through a Commission in view of the fact that its legal mandate has expired.

 

[Deferred on 23rd November, 2016]

*7.       Hon. Phiri:  To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to indicate when the Ministry would handover to beneficiaries, the houses built under National Housing Programme in 1996 in Kadoma.

[Deferred on 23rd November, 2016]

*8.       Hon. Phiri: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to state the measures the Ministry has put in place to counter the abuse by councillors in the allocation of stands on stand land.

 

[Deferred on 23rd November, 2016]

*9.       Hon Masuku:  To ask the Ministry of Local Government Public Works and National Housing to inform the House why it is not authorising the Bulawayo City Council to recruit more fire fighters and ambulances technicians in view of the overwhelming number of calls from clients who need such services since their timely responses would serve more lives and property.

 

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

*10.     Hon Masuku P.:  To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing what plans the Government has to provide a lasting solutions to the water challenges facing the city of Bulawayo.

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

 

*11.     Hon. Maondera: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing;

(a) What the government’s position is on an illegal settlement in Glen-Norah High 2 Secondary School at the site popularly known as “KwaFarai”

(b) What measures the government is going to take on the land baron Caesar Kunaka, who has been illegally parceling out housing stands and duping residents of their hard earned cash in Glen-Norah

(c) What measures the Ministry is taking to stop further illegal land parceling by land barons throughout the country

*12.     Hon. Sithole G.K: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to inform the House;

(a) What the ownership status of homes in Unit-N Police Camp in Chitungwiza is?

(b) When the sitting tenants would to be given permanent ownership status?

*13.     Hon Chigudu:  To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to inform the House, what steps the Ministry is taking to rehabilitate the potentially hazardous Chimusana bridge located between Old Masvingo City and Mucheke high density area where three lives have already been lost since the beginning of this rainy season.

*14.     Hon. Phiri:  To ask the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology to state the plans that are in place to construct a college in Kadoma.

 

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

 

*15      Hon General Rtd Gwanetsa: To ask the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services to inform the House when the broadband television signals would be available in the areas between Runde and Limpopo Rivers in Chiredzi District of Masvingo in view of the fact that the communities in those areas are relying on signals received from Mozambique and Republic of South Africa.

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

 

*16.     Hon General Rtd Gwanetsa:  To ask the Minister of Information, Communication Technology Postal and Courier Services to state when communication boosters would be installed in the Sengwe Communal areas between Mwenezi and Limpopo Rivers to alleviate communication challenges.

 

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

 

*17.     Hon. Chikuni: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to inform the House what the government policy is on corrupt officers who are transferred to other stations whenever they commit a crime and their whereabouts are not disclosed when follow up action is made.

 

*18.     Hon Mpofu M.M.:  To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to explain to the House in detail the cabinet decision that large scale mines should cede claims that are not being mined to small scale miners, and if this policy also applies to government owned mines, for example Jena and Sabi Mines which are owned by the Government.

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

 

*19.     Hon Mpofu M.M.:  To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development what  the Government policy is on closed mines which used to produce good quality gold during their operations for example Mali green which used to produce 45 to 50kg of Gold per month and Dundrum Mine which produced 80kg of gold in three days.

 

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

 

*20.     Hon Chimanikire: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mineral Development to inform the House the number of Government projects conducted by ZMDC and to explain the contributions they have made to the FISCUS in 2016.

 

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

 

*21.     Hon Chitura:  To ask the Minister of Youths Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment whether the Government has plans to establish a Youth centre at Chiwetu Training Centre in Makoni West Rusape.

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

 

*22.     Hon. Sithole g.k: To ask the Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment to inform the House why the country continues to have shops wholly owned by foreigners in towns, despite the existence of the Indigenisation law?

*23.     Hon Chitura:  To ask the Minister of Women Affairs Gender and Community

Development, to inform the House whether there are plans to assist women involved in mining who are facing challenges of exorbitant prices in securing those claims.

 

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

       

*24.     Hon Mkandla:  To ask the Minister of Rural Development of Preservation of Culture and Heritage to inform the House the period it takes for one to get title deeds after the ownership process has been completed, in view of the fact that 385 houses in Dete under the Hwange Rural District, in the Hwange East Constituency got Phase 1 ownership in March 2006 and Phase 2 in March 2007 but are still yet to be given title deeds.

 

*25.     Hon Mkandla:  To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce that in view of the facts and findings from the management of Industrial Development cooperation in Hole Investment in Dete, what are the corrective measures taken by the Ministry to make the work place conducive to the workers in terms of the Labour Act.

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

*26.     Hon Mkandla:  To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce to explain to the House why the Industrial Development cooperation in Dete- Hwange East Constituency is not considering the revamping of the management and administration of the ceramic division and pave way for new personnel with new ideas for the welfare of the workers and benefit of the community.

 

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

 

*27.     Hon. Chikuni : To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce to inform the House when the Cairns Foods Company would be fully recapitalized so as to cater for farmers’ produce such as tomatoes, butternuts, michigan beans among others in Manicaland and a situation that would help to create employment for the people in the Province.

*28.     Hon Chimanikire: To ask the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality the policy measures that has been put in place by the Ministry to promote domestic tourism and explain whether domestic tourism has improved in 2016.

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

*29.     Hon Chimanikire: To ask the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality to inform the House whether Zimbabwe hotel room rates vis a vis the SADC Trend on hotel rates are comparable or competitive.

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

 

*30.     Hon General Rtd Gwanetsa: To ask the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services to inform the House when the broadband television signals would be available in the areas between Runde and Limpopo Rivers in Chiredzi District of Masvingo in view of the fact that the communities in those areas are relying on signals received from Mozambique and Republic of South Africa.

 

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

 

*31.     Hon General Rtd Gwanetsa:  To ask the Minister of Information, Communication Technology Postal and Courier Services to state when communication boosters would be installed in the Sengwe Communal areas between Mwenezi and Limpopo Rivers to alleviate communication challenges.

 

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

 

*32.     Hon Mahiya:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain the in place to curb the proliferation of the black market which is likely to emerge as a result of the introduction of the bond notes.

 

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

 

*33.     Hon Mahiya:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain to the House the  contingent strategies for attracting deposit in the financial sector to encourage banking of money by the informal sector.

 

[Deferred on 30th November, 2016]

 

*34.     Hon. Chikuni: To ask the Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement to inform the House how far the ministry has gone in addressing the issue of illegal settlers especially in Chimanimani where they are responsible for veld fires which have destroyed vast plantations this season.

 

*35.     Hon. Maondera: To ask the Minister of Public Services, Labour and Social Welfare when the Ministry would distribute food to the vulnerable groups in Glen-Norah Constituency.

*36.     Hon Chigudu: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to inform the    House on the progress that has been made regarding the re-habilitation of  the road to Capota School for the Blind considering that the road is winding and difficult to manoeuvre making it virtually impossible for use by the visually impaired.

 

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