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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY HANSARD 28 MARCH 2017 NO 50

 

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No. 50

 

 

PARLIAMENT

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

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FOURTH SESSION – EIGHTH PARLIAMENT

 

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TUESDAY, 28TH MARCH, 2017

 

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Quarter past two o’clock pm.

The Speaker in the Chair.

 

Prayers.

 

Members Present

Beremauro G;

Chabaya B.

Chakona P

Chamisa N

Chibagu G

Chibaya A

Chidhakwa S

Chigudu M

Chigumba C C.

Chikomba L

Chikwama B

Chimanikire G

Chimedza P Dr

Chinamasa P

Chinanzvavana C

Chinotimba J

Chipanga K

Chipato A

Chirisa F

Chisorochengwe T.

Chitembwe V J

Chitindi C

Chiwa D

Chiwetu J Z

Cross E G

Dhewa  W

Dziva T M

Gangarahwe G.

Gezi T

Goche N

Gumbo S

Gwanetsa K K

Guzha N.K.

Haritatos P

Holder J

Jaboon J

Kadungure D A

Kagonye P

Kanhanga E W

Karoro D

Kaundikiza M

Kazembe K

Khanye N

Khumalo M

Khupe T

Kwaramba G

Langa A

Mabuwa C

Machingauta C

Machingura R

Madanha M

Maduza T.

Madondo T

Madubeko J

Madzinga P

Mahiya M

Mahoka S

Majaya B

Majome F J

Makoni R R

Makonya J

Makunde T

Makweya M

Mangami D

Mangwende S

Maondera W

Mapiki J

Maridadi J

Marumahoko R

Masamvu L

Mashakada T

Mashange W

Mashonganyika D

Masiya D

Matambanadzo M

Matangaidze T

Matangira T R

Matiza B J

Matsikenyere N

Matsunga S.

Matuke L

Mavenyengwa R

Mawere M D V

Mawere M RN S

Maziwisa P.

Mbwembwe E

Mguni N.

Mhona F T

Mkandla M

Mlilo N.

Mliswa P.T.

Mnangagwa A.

Mohadi K C

Moyo F

Moyo L

Mpala M.

Mpariwa P

Mpofu B

Mpofu M M

Mpofu R

Mpofu S

Muchenje F

Muchenje M S

Muchinguri O

Mudambo T

Mudarikwa S

Mudzuri E

Mufunga A

Mugidho M.

Mukanduri S T

Munochinzwa M

Musabayana D.

Mukupe T.

Mukwangwariwa F G

Mukwena R

Munengami F

Munochinzwa M.

Mupereri V.

Mupfumi I F

Murai E

Musundire A L

Mutomba W

Mutseyami P C

Muzenda T M

Ncube D M

Ncube G M

Ncube H

Ncube O

Ndebele A

Ndhlovu Alice

Ndlovu D M;

Ndlovu N

Ndoro L F

Nduna D

 Nguni S R

Nhambu B.

Nhema C F.D.;

Nkatazo M M

Nkomo Mail

Nkomo Malachi

Nleya L

Nyamupinga B B

Nyanhongo M

Paradza K

Pedzisai I

Phiri F P

Rudzirwayi J M

Runesu B

Rungani A

Ruvai E

Sansole T W

Seremwe B.

Shamu W K

Shava J.

Shongedza E

Sibanda C C

Sibanda D

Sibanda D P

Sibanda K.

Sibanda L

Sibanda M

Sibanda Z

Sithole G K

Sindi C

Tarusenga U  D

Thembani S Z

Toffa J

Tongofa M

Tshuma J.

Tsomondo C

Uta K.

Vutete M

Watson N J

Zemura L

Zhou P

Zindi I

Zvidzai S

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. Chapfika; Hon. Gabuza; Hon. Masuku; Hon. Mudau; Hon Tshuma J.; Hon Katsiru; Hon. Matimba.

 

 

1.                   Consideration: Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Bill, (H.B. 5A, 2016), as amended—The Minister of Finance and Economic Development).

 

Amendments in Clauses 2, 29 and 99 put and agreed to, and Bill as amended, adopted.

 

Third reading, with leave, forthwith.

 

Bill read a third time.

 

2.                  Bill transmitted to the Senate

                                                                                    [Date transmitted]

 

Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Bill ( H.B. 5A, 2016)………………………………………………….........................28 March 2017.

 

3.                  Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Reading of the National Competitiveness Commission Bill, (H.B. 6, 2016) (Adjourned 21st February, 2017The Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce).

[Days elapsed: 7]

 

Question again proposed: That the National Competitiveness Commission Bill, (H.B. 6, 2016) be now read a second time- The Minister of Industry and Commerce.

 

On the motion of the Minister of State in Vice-President Mnangagwa’s Office: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

4.                  Second Reading: Deeds Registries Amendment Bill, (H.B. 3, 2016)—The Vice President and Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

On the motion of the Minister of State in Vice-President Mnangagwa’s Office: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

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

 

 

On the motion of the Minister of Finance and Economic Development: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

6.                  The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, moved: That Orders of the Day, Nos. 5 to 7, Notices of Motions Nos. 8 to 33 and Orders of the Day, Nos. 34 to 45, for today, stand over until Order of the Day, No. 46 has been disposed of.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

7.                  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. (Reinstated 1st December, 2016 -Hon. Mpariwa).

 

               [Days elapsed: 40]

 

Question again 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.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

8.                  Hon. Matuke, seconded by Hon. Mukwangwariwa moved that Orders of the Day Nos. 5 to 7, and Notices of Motions Nos. 8 to 13, for today, stand over until Notice of Motion No. 14 has been disposed of.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

9.                  Hon. Nduna, seconded by Hon. Maondera, moved: That this House adopts the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development on the enquiry into the Aviation Industry in Zimbabwe (S. C. 3, 2017).

 

On the motion of Hon. Matuke, seconded by Hon. Mpariwa: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

 

10.              Hon. Matuke, seconded by Hon. Majome, moved: That Notices of Motions, Nos. 15 to 23, for today, stand over until Notice of Motion No. 24 has been disposed of.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

11.              Hon. Majome, seconded by Hon. Maondera, moved: That this House -

CONCERNED that the state of the capital city Harare’s and other urban roads are in an appallingly dilapidated state that is not only car-worthy but is hazardous to life, limb and property.

RECALLING that the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA) took over from Harare City Council and other municipalities the collection of termly vehicle licensing fees, 10% of which revenue would be retained by municipalities for road maintenance.

FURTHER recalling that municipalities were able to fund the maintenance of roads then, but disconcerted that the state of municipal roads deteriorated steadily since ZINARA took over the revenue collection, and even more sharply in the last four years.

CONCERNED that ZINARA fails to disburse to Harare City Council sufficient money to maintain roads, despite the bulk of the nation’s vehicle fleet being domiciled in Harare.

FURTHER disturbed by the lack of transparency, inequity in disbursement and misappropriation of revenues from motorists by ZINARA, which is not in the national interest, as exemplified by the recent purchase of snow ploughs.

AFFIRMING and encouraged by the imperative in Section 264(f) of the Constitution to ‘transfer responsibilities and resources from national government in order to establish a sound financial base for each provincial council and local authority’ and

MANDATED by the duty of Parliament in Section 119(2) of the Constitution to, ‘ensure that the provisions of this Constitution are upheld and that the State and all its institutions and agencies of government at every level act constitutionally and in the national interest

NOW THEREFORE this house resolves that;

(a)  ZINARA ceases to collect termly motor vehicle licence fees thereby restoring that function to Harare City Council and all other respective municipalities and local authorities.

(b)  Harare City Council and the respective municipalities and other local authorities

retain 100% of the resultant revenues from termly motor vehicle licences and suspend remittances to ZINARA until all their roads are in a demonstrably recovered state.

(c)  ZINARA disburses to Harare City Council by July 2017 all the arrears it had

undertaken to pay, and by December 2017 to all other local authorities.

(d)  ZINARA accounts be audited for the past 5 years for its revenues and comparative

disbursements to local authorities and its expenditure, and such audit be tabled to the Public Accounts Committee.

 

On the motion of Hon. Matuke seconded by Hon. Rungani: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

12.           On the motion of Hon. Matuke, seconded by Hon. Rungani:The House adjourned at nine minutes to five o’clock pm until tomorrow.

 

 

ADV. J. F. MUDENDA,

Speaker.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 29TH MARCH, 2017

 

           QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

t    QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

*           QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

 

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

a)      The number of viral load testing machines that are available in public health institutions; and

b)      The number of viral load testing machines are functioning and the reasons for some of the machines that are not functioning.

[Deferred from 22nd February, 2017]

*2.       Hon. Mangami:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to provide this House with the list of public health institutions that have viral load machines in each province.

[Deferred from 22nd February, 2017]

 

*3.       Hon. Mangami:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House on the Ministry’s position with regards to faith healers who claim that they can treat HIV and advise people living with HIV to stop taking ARVs.

[Deferred from 22nd February, 2017]

*4.       Hon. Mangami:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain the Ministry’s position on the provisions of universal access to viral load based treatment.

[Deferred from 22nd February, 2017]

*5.       Hon. Masuku P. :  To ask the Minister of Defence to explain why the government is not synchronizing the retirement age of Army Officers which is fifty years with the NSSA benefit so that soldiers can get them benefits considering that retired soldiers die before they get their NSSA benefits.

[Deferred from 15th March, 2017]

 

*6.       Hon. Kanhanga:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development  to explain to the House the recourse that may be taken by farmers who have not benefitted from the proceeds that were put towards the purchase of Treasury Bills since 2007.

[Deferred from 15th March, 2017]

*7.       Hon. Cross:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain to the House the current domestic debt of the Government in terms of Treasury Bills, Reserve Bank Overdraft  and any other domestic liabilities or loans and to further give an estimate of the interest being incurred on these liabilities.

 

[Deferred from 15th March, 2017]

*8.       Hon. Mangwende:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain the government policy with regards to the withdrawal limits from banks by clients who are not civil servants considering that some women are sit and sleep all day by the banks.

[Deferred from 15th March, 2017]

 

*9.       Hon. Chikomba:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain the policy regarding debt takeover of strategic companies such as David Whitehead Textiles.

[Deferred from 22nd March, 2017]

*10.     Hon. Chirisa:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development what steps the Ministry is taking over the issue of refusal by multichoice (DSTV) Zimbabwe to accept bond noted from customers for their monthly subscriptions.

 

*11.     Hon. Moyo L.:  To ask the Minister of Rural Development and Preservation of Culture and Heritage to inform the house, what steps the Ministry is taking to rehabilitate the Manyuchi bridge below Manyuchi Dam and the Chipwe bridges in Maranda Area which link Mberengwa, Mwenezi and Beitbridge in Matabeleland South.

[Transferred from 22nd March, 2017]

*12.     Hon. Moyo L.:  To ask the Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services to state when communication boosters (Econet) would be installed in Mwenezi West Constituency since the request was made in Parliament in 2013.

 

*13.     Hon. Kwaramba:  To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to explain to the House why Kachiva Primary School and Kachiva Secondary School in the Hurungwe Constituency, Mashonaland West are still not yet electrified despite the fact that the necessary tubing was done in 2002.

 

*14.     Hon. Musundire. A: To ask the Minister Energy and Power Development, to inform the House what plans the Ministry has to ameliorate the challenges in some parts of Unit J in Chitungwiza which have been without electricity for over four months despite the fact that some individuals from ZESA have been moving around collecting money from residents and claiming that such payments would go towards the repairing of the transformer.

[Deferred from 22nd March, 2017]

*15.     Hon Chirisa:  To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to inform the House

 

(a)    What the ministry is doing to assist ZESA recover the more than one billion dollars that it is owned by consumers especially government ministries and departments.

 

(b)   What the impact of non-payment by consumers to ZESA which has to service its external debt of imported electricity is.

 

*16.     Hon Mnangagwa:  To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to inform the House whether the Ministry has any plans to reduce electricity tariffs in support of irrigation schemes for winter cropping in view of the fact that the country has received a lot of rainfall for 2016 / 2017 farming season which is expected to yield a bumper harvest.

 

*17.     Hon. Musvaire: To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, to inform the House when the Ministry would bring before Parliament the proposed Bill on Harmonization of Marriage Laws.

[Deferred from 22nd March, 2017]

*18.     Hon. Chitura. L: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to inform the House, whether the Ministry has any plans to decentralize the production of passports to district offices.

[Deferred from 22nd March, 2017]

 

*19.     Hon. Chitura. L: To ask the Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Co-operative Development, to explain to the House what measures the Ministry has put in place to enhance business and skills training of beneficiaries of various funds in order to ensure that these entrepreneurs succeed and recapitalize such funds.

 

[Deferred from 22nd March, 2017]

*20.     Hon. Chitura. L: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Services, to inform the House how long it takes to access pension funds after one has retired.

[Deferred from 22nd March, 2017]

*21.     Hon Chirisa:  To ask the Minister of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare to explain the role played by the ministry in the following:

 

(a)    Business of Private Voluntary Organisations (P.V.0s) and other Non-Governmental Organisations when they have practical and strategic needs in the Organisations.

 

(b)   Assisting Jairos Jiri Rehabilitation Centre in Bulawayo which has inadequate resources to feed their students.

 

 

*22.     Hon. Mpofu. M.M: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, to explain to the House the Ministry’s policy regarding miners who have failed to pay their workers’ salaries in time i.e., a case in point being Jena Mines which is in Silobela Constituency under the directorship of the ZMDC which has failed to pay workers their full salaries.

[Deferred from 22nd March, 2017]

*23.     Hon. Mpofu. M.M: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, to explain to the House when ZMDC would clear such salary arrears so that mines can get back into full operations again.

[Deferred from 22nd March, 2017]

*24.     Hon. Mpofu. M.M: To ask the Minister Mines and Mining Development, to inform the House whether Gold panning/ alluvial gold mining is permissible and to explain what the Government policy is in mines such as Jena Mines and to further state whether proceeds from such operations are not utilized to pay workers or at least to utilize a percentage of the for community development, instead of them being channelled to the Head Office in Harare.

[Deferred from 22nd March, 2017]

*25.     Hon Chirisa:  To ask the Vice President  Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, to explain that in view of the fact that the initial hectrage of the Command Agriculture was 400 000 hectares valued at a cost of US$500 000 000 when in fact the actual hectrage is 168 666;

 

(a)    How much the actual total of the 168 666 ha and its breakdown was.

(b)    What happened to the remainder of the money since the actual hectrage was  

        below 400 000.

 

(c)    How would the loan be repaid  if the Command Agriculture fails to yield the expected results, since some of the farmers were unable to get all the necessary inputs in time for the anticipated bumper harvest and also bearing in mind that this loan was not approved by Parliament and to:

 

(d)   Disaggregate how many women and men benefitted from the Command Agriculture.

 

*26.     Hon Chirisa:  To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development to explain to the House whether in view of the anticipated bumper harvest Grain Marketing Board would reengage all the more that 1 200 workers who were retrenched and if not what criteria would be used and which skills would Grain Marketing Board consider from such people.

 

*27.     Hon Chirisa:  To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development to explain to the House whether in view of the fact that there are plans to fund agricultural activities in Grain Marketing Board (G.M.B) and reviving C.S.C in Bulawayo, Marondera, Kadoma and other areas using NSSA contributions by workers, there are any plans for a NSSA housing scheme for the workers who are the major contributors to fund.

 

 

 

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

1.                  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).

 

2.                  Hon. Chitindi

Hon. Chidhakwa

 

That the motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture,

Mechanisation and Irrigation Development on Cotton Sector Production (S. C. 16,2016) which was superseded by the end of the Third Session of the Eighth

Parliament, be restored on the Order Paper, in terms of Standing Order No. 73.

 

 

3.                  Hon. Chitindi

Hon. Chidhakwa

 

That the motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Lands,

Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development on the operations of the

Agriculture and Rural Development Authority (ARDA) and Cold Storage Company,

which was superseded by the end of the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament, be

restored on the Order Paper, in terms of Standing Order No. 73.

 

4.                  Hon. Zindi

            Hon. Maondera

 

            That the motion on the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Public Works and National Housing on Service Delivery by the City of Harare which was superseded by the end of the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament be restored on the Order Paper, in terms of Standing Order No. 73.

 

5.                  Hon. Majome

            Hon. Maondera

           

That the motion on Mandatory Stiff Sentencing for Rape and Other Gender Based Violence Crimes,which was superseded by the end of the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament, be restored on the Order Paper, in terms of Standing Order No. 73.

 

6.                  Hon. Mpariwa

            Hon. Marumahoko

 

That this House adopts the Second Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the findings of the Auditor General on the 2010 and 2011 Accounts for the Bulawayo City Council (S. C. 1, 2017).

 

7.                  Hon. Chitindi

Hon. Gwanetsa

 

That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development on the Utilisation of the Brazilian Mechanisation Facility and Livestock Situation in Zimbabwe.

 

8.               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 and that it be

revived 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.

 

 

9.                  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; and

 

(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.

 

10.                 Hon. Chamisa

Hon. D. P.  Sibanda

 

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

 

(e)  That Parliament sets up a Commission of Inquiry to investigate into the

            conduct of such officers.

 

11.              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

 

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

 

 

12.              Hon.Chamisa

Hon. Gonese

 

            That this House-

 

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

 

            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.

 

 

13.              Hon. Budha - 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; and

 

(d)     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.

 

 

14.      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;

 

AWAREthat 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 the Executive to:

 

(a)          urgently table a Bill to comprehensively amend or repeal the Act; 

 

(b)facilitate public participation in the processes, as outlined in regional and

                        international instruments on broadcasting; and

 

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

content production.

 

15.       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 withdisabilities 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 byphysically 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 theyare 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 theessential basic needs for all disabled people in Zimbabwe.

 

16.              Hon. M. S. Ndlovu

            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.

 

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.

 

17.              Hon. M. S. Ndlovu

            Hon. Mkandla

           

            That this House:

 

DISMAYED by the plight of Home owners who are bonded to accommodation at their work places in companies such as the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ), Hwange Colliery, Mashaba Mines, Kamativi Tin Mine and Municipalities in various towns;

 

DISTURBED that after the death of the bread winners who are the employees of such companies their dependents are not accommodated at all and cannot inherit the houses that they may have occupied for the greater part of their lives;

 

NOTING that the situation is exacerbated by lack of title deeds to the properties making even the married couples vulnerable as they cannot access such properties on the death of their spouses.

 

NOW, THEREFORE the Government is called upon to enact comprehensive legislation which protects home occupants of such companies from manipulation on the basis that they do not have title deeds to the said properties.

 

 

18.       Hon. S. Mpofu

            Hon. Seremwe

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the Parliament of Zimbabwe delegation to the China International Travel Mart, held from the 11th to the 13th November, 2016.

 

19.       Hon. Mhlanga

            Hon. Chibaya

           

That this House takes note of the Report of the Parliament of Zimbabwe delegation to the 135th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held in Geneva, Switzerland, from the 23th to the 25th October, 2016.

 

20.       Hon. Nyamupinga

            Hon. Masamvu

           

            That this House -

 

CONCERNED at the plight of Women in polygamous matrimony who are denied their social status, property and conjugal rights;

 

DESIROUS to minimize the suffering of such women as the practice erodes their self-esteem and results in emotional and psychological abuse which results in broken relationships and families;

 

DSTURBED that the results of such abusive relationships fuels unwanted pregnancies and diseases which lead to untold suffering to the immediate families;

 

NOW THEREFORE calls upon Government to enact legislation that

 

(a)          Protects women in polygamous marriages from all forms of abuse;

 

(b)         Ensures that women are not deprived of their rights to the estate of their spouses at

the time of their deaths;

 

(c)          That the number of wives that a man may enter into marriage union with, be  limited

to a certain number; and

 

(d)         Those who pledge women into polygamous relationships be prosecuted

 

21.       Hon. Nyamupinga

            Hon. Zindi

 

            That this House expresses its heartfelt sorrow on the untimely death of an illustrious daughter of Zimbabwe, the first woman Vice Chancellor in post independent Zimbabwe, and educationist par excellence, Professor Primrose Kurasha;

 

            Celebrates the life of an icon and gender activist who advanced the rights of women in the country;

 

            Conveys its profound condolences to the family of the deceased.

 

22.       Hon. Shamu

            Hon. Ndoro

 

            That this House;

 

MINDFUL that the World Radio Day is celebrated through the bringing together of Community radio enthusiasts to share best practices, exhibit and exchange ideas among professionals of the radio industry;

 

COGNIZANT that the radio promotes the diversity of cultures and continues to play a pivotal role as it did during the days of our liberation struggle where broadcasts completely defeated enemy propaganda;

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that the radio is not just a means of communication but is an emotional, spiritual and physical nourishment to the generality of the population all over the world;

 

FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGING that the World Radio Day was successfully celebrated in Zimbabwe on behalf of the entire SADC Region on 13 February, 2017 under the theme “Radio is You”

 

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon this House to

 

(a)          Congratulate the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, ZBC, Star F.M., Zi F.M. and all other stakeholders for successfully celebrating World Radio Day;

 

(b)         Applaud Government’s progressive policy which encourages 75% local content thereby motivating promoting and empowering our local artists;

 

(c)          Embrace all modern technology that enhances digitalization.

 

23.              Hon. Nyamupinga

            Hon Chirisa

 

            That this House;

 

APPRECIATING the work done by women over the years dating as far back as days of the first Chimurenga, as clearly demonstrated by heroines of the calibre of Mbuya Nehanda;

 

DESIROUS to uphold the values and dignity of women in our day to day lives;

 

MINDFUL that women are not only the back bone of our economy, but are the role models of successful homes hence the need to give them the honour befitting of their stature;

 

Now, therefore calls upon this House to

 

(a)          Congratulate our women on the occasion of the International Women’s Day;

 

(b)         Declare the International Women’s Day a public holiday;

 

(c)          Join hands with all other progressive forces in uplifting the status of our

women folk, who until our attainment of independence, were marginalized.

 

24.              Hon. Guzah

Hon. Paradza

 

That this House -

 

PURSUANT to the adoption of the SADC Gender Protocol on Gender Development;

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that the Constitution of Zimbabwe envisages full participation of women in political, social and economic spheres on the basis of equality;

 

NOTING that the current mining legislation is inadequate in its scope and prescription to deal with gender parity;

 

CONCERNED, thatwomen are incapacitated to actively engage in all mining activities;

 

DISTURBED that despite government initiatives and programmes to promote participation of women in mining the sector continues to be male dominated despite the fact that this sector is a center piece for economic development and growth;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon Government to:

 

(a)       Introduce quota systems that obligate mining companies to incorporate

        women in their system;

 

(b)      Provide support through training, educational grants and workshops as a

strategy to capacitate women in the mining sector;

 

(c)       Engage in awareness campaigns through the media and affirmative action

Groups.

 

25.           Hon. Guzah

Hon. Paradza

 

That this House-

 

Noting that the country has a soaring unemployment rate of over 85%;

 

MINDFUL that despite the enactment of Statutory Instrument No. 66 of 2013, indigenous people continue to be side lined by foreigners who get preferential treatment in reserved spheres of the economy;

 

CONCERNED that there is no monitoring and evaluation mechanism to ensure businesses are compliant with the indigenization law which deals with matters of investment;

 

ACKNOWLEDGING the initiatives taken by the state to ensure compliance with the law;

 

DISTURBED that notwithstanding the Statutory Instrument No. 66 of 2013 new companies and firms have entered the reserved areas without due regard for the requirements that are applicable in these areas;

 

COGNISANT that the reserved areas are less capital intensive for the indigenous Zimbabweans to penetrate, contribute and benefit from the business economy.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon Government to

 

(a)       Establish a task force to monitor, evaluate and follow up on non-compliance

and prosecute offenders;

 

(b)      Train and sensitise the indigenous business people to be conversant with the

business environmental laws.

(c)       Hold awareness symposiums with a view to encouraging the citizens to tap

into the reserved areas so that they fully benefit from available resources.

 

26.              Adjourned debate on motion on the State of Harare and other urban roads (Adjourned 28th March, 2017 –Hon.Matuke.).

 

[Day elapsed: 1]

 

            Question proposed: That this House;

 

CONCERNED that the state of the capital city Harare’s and other urban roads are in an appallingly dilapidated state that is not only car-worthy but is hazardous to life, limb and property.

RECALLING that the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA) took over from Harare City Council and other municipalities the collection of termly vehicle licensing fees, 10% of which revenue would be retained by municipalities for road maintenance.

FURTHER recalling that municipalities were able to fund the maintenance of roads then, but disconcerted that the state of municipal roads deteriorated steadily since ZINARA took over the revenue collection, and even more sharply in the last four years.

CONCERNED that ZINARA fails to disburse to Harare City Council sufficient money to maintain roads, despite the bulk of the nation’s vehicle fleet being domiciled in Harare.

FURTHER disturbed by the lack of transparency, inequity in disbursement and misappropriation of revenues from motorists by ZINARA, which is not in the national interest, as exemplified by the recent purchase of snow ploughs.

AFFIRMING and encouraged by the imperative in Section 264(f) of the Constitution to ‘transfer responsibilities and resources from national government in order to establish a sound financial base for each provincial council and local authority’ and

MANDATED by the duty of Parliament in Section 119(2) of the Constitution to, ‘ensure that the provisions of this Constitution are upheld and that the State and all its institutions and agencies of government at every level act constitutionally and in the national interest

NOW THEREFORE this house resolves that;

(a)  ZINARA ceases to collect termly motor vehicle licence fees thereby restoring that function to Harare City Council and all other respective municipalities and local authorities.

(b)  Harare City Council and the respective municipalities and other local authorities

retain 100% of the resultant revenues from termly motor vehicle licences and suspend remittances to ZINARA until all their roads are in a demonstrably recovered state.

(c)  ZINARA disburses to Harare City Council by July 2017 all the arrears it had

undertaken to pay, and by December 2017 to all other local authorities.

(d)  ZINARA accounts be audited for the past 5 years for its revenues and comparative

disbursements to local authorities and its expenditure, and such audit be tabled to the Public Accounts Committee. – Hon. Majome

 

27.              Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development on the Inquiry into the Aviation Industry in Zimbabwe (S. C. 3, 2017). (Adjourned 28th March 2017- Hon. Matuke.)

 

[Day elapsed: 1]

 

Question proposed: That this House adopts the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development on the enquiry into the Aviation Industry in Zimbabwe (S. C. 3, 2017).- Hon. Nduna.

 

28.              Resumption of debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on  Defence, Home Affairs  and Security  Services on Service Delivery by the Registrar General’s Department (Interrupted 21st February, 2017)

[Days elapsed: 4]

 

Question proposed: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)- Hon. A. Mnangagwa

 

29.              Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development on the Familiarisation Tour of Victoria Falls and Harare Airports and the Plumtree-Mutare Road Project. (Adjourned 21st March 2017- Hon. Matuke)

 

[Days elapsed: 5]

 

Question proposed: That this House adopts the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development on the Familiarisation Tour of Victoria Falls and Harare Airports and the Plumtree-Mutare Road Project (S.C. 25, 2016)- Hon. Nduna.

 

 

30.           Adjourned debate on motion on 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) (Adjourned 16th March 2017The Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises Development and Cooperative Development).

 

[Days elapsed: 6]

 

Question proposed: 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))- Hon. Dr. Chimedza.

 

 

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 (Reinstated 1st December, 2016 Hon Nduna).

 

[Days elapsed: 47]

 

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 Portfolio Committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services on the Immigration Department at the Forbes Border Post (S.C 20, 2015). (Reinstated 28th February, 2017 – Hon. Chiwetu)

 

[Days elapsed: 48]

           

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the  Portfolio Committee on Defence , Home Affairs and Security Services on the Immigration Department at the Forbes  Border  Posts (S.C 20, 2015) Hon. C.C  Sibanda

 

33.       Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services on the Attempted Jail Break from Chikurubi Maximum Prison (S.C. 22, 2015) (Reinstated 28th February, 2017- Hon. Chiwetu).

 

[Days elapsed: 40]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services on the Attempted Jail Break from Chikurubi Maximum Prison (S.C. 22, 2015) - Hon. Chiwetu

 

34.       Adjourned debate on motion on conditions in Zimbabwe’s prisons (Reinstated 28th February, 2017Hon. Musundire).

 

[Days elapsed: 8]

Question proposed: That this House –

 

AWARE of the important role played by the prison services in correcting behaviour and rehabilitation of offenders;

 

NOTING the high unemployment rate which results in people resorting to criminal activities;

 

CONCERNED that the living conditions in Zimbabwe’s prisons do not meet the minimum international standards;

 

FURTHER CONCERNED by the riotous situation that prevailed at Chikurubi Maximum Prison on the 13th of March 2015 which resulted in the loss of life.

 

SHOCKED by the deterioration of prison infrastructure for projects that used to generate food for the prisoners;

 

APPALLED by the lack of alternative prison system facilities in Zimbabwe to decongest Zimbabwean prisons.

 

NOW THEREFORE resolve that the Executive must;

 

(a)          Improve the diet in all prisons so that it meets the minimum international

standards.

(b)         Expand open prison system to decongest prisons.

Further resolves that Parliament must direct the respective Portfolio and Thematic Committees to inquire into the disturbances that transpired on the 13th of March 2015 at Chikurubi Maximum Prison – Hon. Musundire.

           

35.       Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services on the Mobile Telecommunications Sector in Zimbabwe.(Reinstated 28th February, 2017-Hon. Chamisa.)

 

[Days elapsed: 22]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services on the Mobile Telecommunications Sector in Zimbabwe. (S.C. 7, 2016).-Hon. Chamisa.

           

36.       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).

 

[Days elapsed: 21]

 

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.

 

37.       Adjourned debate on motion on the Draft SADC Model Law (Adjourned 29th November 2016 – The Minister of Finance and Economic Development).

 

[Days elapsed: 26]

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.

 

38.       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: 30]

 

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.

 

39.       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). (Reinstated 1st December, 2016 - Hon. Mpariwa)

 

[Days elapsed: 63]

           

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

 

40.       Adjourned debate on motion on the prohibitive cost of blood in both public and private hospitals (Reinstated 1st December, 2016 –Hon. Nduna).

 

[Days elapsed: 39]

 

            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;

 

            DISTURBEDthat 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.

41.              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.

 

42.              Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the State of the Nation Address (Adjourned 

23rd March 2017– The Hon. Vice President and Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs)

 

[Days elapsed: 7]

 

Question proposed: 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. - Hon. Simbanegavi.

 

43.              Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential speech. (Adjourned 21st

March, 2017– Hon. Matuke)

 

[Time elapsed: 4 hours 48 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.

 

 

44.              NOTICE OF PRESENTATION OF A BILL

 

The Vice President and Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs:  To amend the Estate Administrators Act [Chapter 27:20] and provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

 

 

45.           Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Reading of the National Competitiveness Commission Bill, (H.B. 6, 2016) (Adjourned 21st February, 2017The Minister of State in Vice President Mnangagwa’s Office)

[Days elapsed: 8]

 

Question proposed: That theNational Competitiveness Commission Bill, (H.B. 6, 2016) be now read a second time- The Minister of Industry and Commerce.

 

 

46.              Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Reading of the Deeds Registries Amendment Bill, (H.B. 3, 2016)—The Minister of State in Vice President Mnangagwa’s Office.

[Day elapsed: 1]

 

Question proposed: That the Deeds Registries Amendment Bill, (H.B. 3, 2016)—The Vice President and Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

47.              Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Reading  of the Judicial Laws Amendment (Ease of Settling Commercial and Other Disputes) Bill, (H.B. 4, 2016)—The Minister of Finance and Economic Development.

 

[Day elapsed: 1]

 

Question proposed: That the Judicial Laws Amendment (Ease of Settling Commercial and Other Disputes) Bill, (H.B. 4, 2016)—The Vice President and Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

48.              Committee of Supply.

 

 

 

BILLS UNDER CONSIDERATION BY THE PARLIAMENTARY LEGAL COMMITTEE

 

1.      Movable Property Security Interests Bill, (H.B. 7, 2016)-The Minister of

Finance and Economic Development (Referred 24th January, 2017).

 

2.      National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Bill, (H.B. 2, 2017) – The Vice President and Minister of National Peace and Reconciliation (Referred 15th March, 2017).

 

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