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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VOTES 13 APRIL 2016 NO 52

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No. 52

 

 

PARLIAMENT

 

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ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

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THIRD SESSION – EIGHTH PARLIAMENT

 

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WEDNESDAY, 13TH APRIL, 2016

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Quarter past two o’clock pm.

The Acting Speaker in the Chair.

 

Prayers.

 

Members Present

Bhebhe A;

Budha - Masara

Chamisa N

Chasi F

Chidhakwa S

Chigudu M

Chigumba C C.

Chikomba L

Chimwamurombe A

Chinanzvavana C

Chinotimba J

Chirisa F

Chitembwe V J

Chitindi C

Dziva T M

Gava M

Goche N

Gwanongodza E

Kachepa N

Kadungure D A

Karoro D

Labode M R

Machingura R

Madubeko J

Majaya B

Maondera W

Mapiki J

Marumahoko R

Masuku P

Mataruse P

Matimba K M

Mavenyengwa R

Mhlanga N J

Misihairambwi P M

Mkandla M

Moyo Joshua

Moyo L

Mpariwa P

Mpofu B

Mudau M

Mudzuri E

Mukwangwariwa F G

Munengami F

Munochinzwa M.

Musabayana D.

Murai E

Musundire A L

Mutezo M

Ncube G M

Ncube H

Ndlovu M S

Nduna D

Nleya L

Phiri F P

Runesu B

Rungani A

Seremwe B.

Shamu W K

Shava J.

Sindi C

Tshuma D

Tsomondo C

Zhou P

 

 

 

 

 

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 Matsunga; Hon Marapira; Hon Kanengoni; Khanye N.; Ndebele A.;

 

  1. Report from the Parliamentary Legal Committee NOT being adverse report on the following Statutory Instruments.

 

Date received

 

            All Statutory Instruments published in the Gazette during

            the month of March, 2016 ………………………………………… 13th April, 2016.

 

  1. Bill returned from the Senate.

 

Date received

 

            General Laws Amendment Bill, (H.B. 3B, 2015) ……………….… 13th April, 2016.

 

            Recomittal – tomorrow.                                                                                             

 

 

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  1. And objection having been taken that there were present fewer than seventy members, the bells were rung for seven minutes and a quorum still being not present,    the Acting Speaker adjourned the House without question put at twenty-five minutes past two o'clock pm pursuant to the provisions of Standing Order No. 56.

                                                                                                                                                      

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HON. M.T. DZIVA,

                                                                                                                      Acting Speaker.

 

                

Note-The following members were present when the House adjourned-

 

Bhebhe A; Budha – Masara; Chamisa N; Chasi F; Chidhakwa S; Chigudu M; Chigumba C C.;

Chikomba L; Chimwamurombe A; Chinanzvavana C; Chinotimba J; Chirisa F; Chitembwe V J

Chitindi C; Dziva T M; Gava M; Goche N; Gwanongodza E; Kachepa N; Kadungure D A;

Karoro D; Labode M R; Machingura R. ; Madubeko J.; Majaya B.; Maondera W.; Mapiki J.

Marumahoko R.; Masuku P.; Mataruse P.; Matimba K M.; Mavenyengwa R.; Mhlanga N J

Misihairambwi P M.; Mkandla M.; Moyo Joshua; Moyo L.; Mpariwa P.; Mpofu B.; Mudau M;

Mudzuri E.; Mukwangwariwa F G.; Munengami F.; Munochinzwa M.; Musabayana D.

Murai E.; Musundire A L.; Mutezo M.; Ncube G M.; Ncube H.; Ndlovu M S.; Nduna D;

Nleya L; Phiri F P; Runesu B; Rungani A; Seremwe B.; Shamu W K.; Shava J.; Sindi C;

Tshuma D.; Tsomondo C.; Zhou P

 

                                

 

 

THURSDAY, 14TH APRIL, 2016

 

NOTICES OF PRESENTATION OF BILLS

 

  1. The Minister of Mines and Mining Development

 

Bill to provide for establishment, governance and purpose of the Pan-African Minerals University of Science and Technology (PAMUST); and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.- Pan-African Minerals University of Science and Technology Bill, (H. B. 10. 2015).

 

  1. The Minister of Mines and Mining Development

 

Bill to establish the Minerals Exploration and Marketing Corporation and to provide for the functions thereof; to provide for the constitution and functions of the Minerals Exploration and Marketing Corporation Board; to provide for the control and regulation of the export, sale and stockpiling of minerals; to repeal the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe Act [Chapter 21: 04]; and to provide for matters incidental to or connected with the foregoing.- Minerals Exploration and Marketing Corporation Bill, (H. B. 11, 2015).

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

 

  1. Recommital - Committee: General Laws Amendment Bill (H.B. 3B, 2015) - The Vice President and Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs

 

            (Clauses 1, 2, 3, and Schedule (Parts XX, CVII, CIX, CXII, CXIII, CXIV, CXV, CXVI, CXVII, CXVIII and CXXVI) under consideration)

 

  1. Committee: Gwanda State University Bill, (H.B. 9, 2015) – The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development.

 

  1. Committee: Consideration of an adverse report by the Parliamentary Legal Committee on the National Peace and Reconciliation Bill, (H. B. 13, 2015)- Hon. Samkange

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech. (Adjourned

15th March, 2016 Hon. Matuke).

                                            

  •  [Time elapsed: 13 hours 11minutes]

 

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. Mutomba.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the State of the Nation Address by

His Excellency, the President of Zimbabwe (Adjourned 8th March, 2016 The Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development)

 

[Days elapsed: 22]

 

Question proposed: That this House conveys its profound gratitude to His Excellency, the President Cde. R. G Mugabe for addressing a joint sitting of Parliament on the State of 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. Mhlanga N.J.

 

  1. Hon. Shamu

Hon. Zindi    

 

           That this House;

 

COGNISANT of the fact that the Head of State and Government and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Gabriel Mugabe has played a pivotal role in the establishment, development and welfare         of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces;

 

AWARE of the fact that the Zimbabwe Security Services are a product of the armed liberation struggle;

           

            ACKNOWLEDGING that the Zimbabwe Security Services are the vanguard of

the country’s peace, security and sovereignty;

 

NOTING that the Zimbabwe Security Services have maintained and contributed     to peace both within and beyond the country’s boarders through their peace           keeping missions;

 

            ALARMED by the lack of appreciation of the role the Zimbabwe Security Services

played and continue to play in the socio – political and economic development of Zimbabwe and Africa from some quarters of the local and international community;

 

            NOW THEREFORE, calls upon the heroic Zimbabwean people:

 

(a)  To recognise the iconic role and visionary leadership of the Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Gabriel Mugabe;

 

(b)  To complement the efforts of the Zimbabwe Security Services in the socio- political and economic development of the country to improve the welfare of the Nation; and

 

(c)  To uphold the spirit of National Unity, peace and development.

 

  1. Hon. Dr. Mukanduri

            Hon. Zwizwai

           

That this House takes note of the Report of the Election Observation Mission to the 2015 Tanzania General Elections from 18 to 29 October 2015.

 

  1. Hon. Chitindi

            Hon. Masiya

 

That this House takes note of 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 (C. S. C.) (S. C. 3, 2016).

 

  1. Hon. Majome

Hon. Mawere Mubvumbi

 

That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs on the State of Preparedness of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to hold Elections. (S. C. 17, 2015).

 

  1. Hon. Maridadi

            Hon. Majome

 

            That this House -

 

ALARMED by the disharmony in the Executive arm of the State which       manifests in policy inconsistencies and disharmony;

 

            WORRIED that the disharmony and the policy inconsistencies do not engender a    conducive investment climate which the country so badly needs;

 

FURTHER WORRIED that all this is happening at a critical time when the country needs harmony and unity of purpose from all stakeholders in particular the Executive, as we grapple looming hunger and starvation induced by the effects of the climate change;

 

NOW THEREFORE, resolves, that there must be harmony and policy consistency in the Executive, in order to attract investment and promote           economic growth.

 

  1. Hon. Chitindi

            Hon. S. Chidhakwa

 

That the Motion on the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, on Cotton production in Zimbabwe, which was superseded by the end of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament be restored on the Order Paper in terms of Standing Order No. 152 (1).

  1. Hon. Nduna

            Hon.Dr. Labode

 

            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;

  • To de-centralise the blood bank by establishing a blood bank at all district hospitals and clinics;
  • 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.

 

  1. Hon. Dr. Mataruse

            Hon. Machingura

           

            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).

 

           

  1. Hon. N. Mguni

Hon. Dr. Chimedza

 

That this House takes note of the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care on the Implementation of the Targeted Approach Programme in Mission Hospitals (S. C. 4, 2016).

 

  1. Hon. Nduna

            Hon. Musanhi

 

            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).

 

  1. Hon. Mashange

            Hon. Saruwaka

 

            That this House takes note of the Report of the Delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris, France from 29th November to 12th December 2015.

 

  1. Hon. Chamisa

            Hon. Chakona

 

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)

 

 

  1. Hon. Mpariwa

            Hon. T. Madondo

 

            That this House takes notes and adopts 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)

 

 

  1. Hon. Kwaramba

            Hon. Mpariwa

 

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).

 

  1. Hon. Maridadi

            Hon. A. Ndebele

 

            That this House:

 

NOTING that when setting out the legislative agenda during the official opening of the 3rd session of the 7th Parliament on July 14, 2010, His Excellency, the President, stated that Media Practitioners Bill which would repeal part of the           Access to

Information and Protection of Privacy Act which deals with the registration of journalists and privacy issues would be tabled in Parliament;

 

            WORRIED that six years on, Executive has not responded to the call;

 

FURTHER WORRIED that AIPPA is in violation of some provisions of the new Constitution in particular section 61 (1) (a), (b) and (c);

 

CONCERNED that by not tabling the Bill, the Executive is violating its crucial    role of preparing and initiating legislation as provided for in Section 110 (3) (c) of     the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

 

            FURTHER CONCERNED that failure to table the Bill is an abrogation of          constitutional responsibilities of the Executive as outlined under Section 110(3)    (c).

 

            NOW THEREFORE calls upon the Executive to urgently table the Bill to           repeal the offending provisions of AIPPA

 

 

  1. Hon. D. Sibanda

            Hon. Gonese

 

            That this House;

 

NOTING that children's rights are adequately covered in the New Constitution and include inter alia-

  • the right to a name; and
  • The right to the prompt provision of a birth certificate.

 

            CONCERNED that children face a plethora of problems, in particular those with     single parents or who have lost both parents, in accessing the relevant documents.

FURTHER CONCERNED that children face a multitude of difficulties, particularly the girl child, which include sexual abuse and exploitation.

 

            WORRIED that these issues have not received adequate remedial measures.

            NOW THEREFORE this House calls upon the relevant Ministries to put in place

 

  • appropriate mechanisms to resolve the problems faced by children and, in particular, to synchronise the issuance of identity documents at all health centres by the Ministry of Home Affairs, at the time of birth; and
  • measures to address issues of sexual abuse and exploitation of children as matter of urgency.

 

  1. Hon. Chirisa

Hon. Makonya

 

That this House:

 

NOTING THAT this is the month to commemorate the International Women’s day (8th March);

 

ALARMED THAT Violence Against Women (VAW) is on the increase;

 

WORRIED that women are the most affected by the climate change, energy and water shortages;

 

FURTHER WORRIED that the women are the most affected by and bear most the consequences of the economic and social challenges;

 

CONCERNED that the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development is not adequately financed;

 

FURTHER CONCERNED that the following ratified Regional and International Instruments and Protocols have not been domesticated:

  • The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination

Against Women (CEDAW);

  • The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on

the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol);

  • SADC Protocol on Gender and Development;
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political rights; and
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

 

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon the Executive to urgently domesticate the afore- stated Regional and International Instruments and Protocols.

 

  1. 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:

 

  • Bring finality and closure to investigations leaving no stones unturned;

 

  • Chip in on the social welfare and support to the Dzamara family, particularly the

wife and children as restorative and rehabilitative measures;

 

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

 

  • Ensure all perpetrators of politically motivated violence are prosecuted and that victims receive restorative and rehabilitative justice.

 

  1. Hon. B. Tshuma

            Hon. Gabbuza

 

            That this House:

 

DEVASTATED by the clear and evident failure and dereliction of duty by the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development to effectively exercise ownership rights            vested in the government’s majority stake in Hwange Colliery Company Limited,

 

COMPLETELY WORRIED that this has led to the precipitous and absolute collapse of the Hwange Colliery Company Limited;

 

            NOW THEREFORE, calls upon the Executive, in liaison with fellow shareholders             of Hwange Colliery Company Limited;

 

            To pay, with immediate effect, each and every employee of the company all his or   her wages, wages of which have been unpaid and remain outstanding for 30 or so             consecutive months

 

Institute a thorough forensic audit of the company’s affairs and prosecute individually or jointly and severally all the company officials liable for wrong doing.

 

 

            Urgently take emergency measures to rescue the company from imminent winding up as a failed corporation by putting in place an effective management team and    board of directors.

 

Serious consider setting up a professional body to manage investment of public funds in corporations like Hwange Colliery Company, instead of leaving such responsibility to fortuitous ministerial appointees.

 

  1. Hon. Nduna

            Hon. Khupe

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwe delegation to the Fourth International Parliamentary Forum on the Role of Parliaments in Ensuring International Security in Contemporary Conditions, held in Moscow, Russia on the 1st October 2015 and the Sixth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from 6th to 8th October 2015.

 

 

  1. Hon. A. Mnangagwa

            Hon. Rungani

 

            That this House - takes note of the Report of the African Union Observation Mission to Congo         – Brazzaville Presidential Elections held on 20th March 2016.

 

  1. 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 (Adjourned 7th April, 2016- The Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services)

 

[Day elapsed: 1]

 

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.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the delegation to the 38th Plenary Assembly of the SADC-Parliamentary Forum (Adjourned 7th April, 2016 – The Minister of Finance and Economic Development)

 

[Day elapsed: 1]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the 38th Plenary Assembly of the SADC-Parliamentary Forum, held at Sea Side Hotel and SPA in Swakopmund, Namibia, from the 17th to the 25th November, 2015- Hon. Toffa.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the visits to Embassies by the Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs from 16th -19th November 2015. (Adjourned 15th March, 2016 – Hon. Vice President and Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs)

 

[Days elapsed: 4]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the visits to the Embassies of the Republic of Zimbabwe in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Gaborone, Botswana by the Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs from 16th to 19th November 2015. - Hon. Paradza.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the delegation to the 133rd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) (Adjourned 10th March, 2016 – Hon. Rungani)

 

[Days elapsed: 5]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the delegation to the 133rd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 17th to 23rd October 2015- Hon. Dziva.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Delegation to the 30th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Session and the 40th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly (Adjourned 10th March, 2016 – Hon. Rungani)

 

[Days elapsed: 5]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Delegation to the 30th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Session and the 40th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly held in Brussels, from the 2nd to the 9th December, 2015- Hon. Dr Shumba.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Zimbabwe Delegation to the First Annual General Meeting at the African Parliamentarians’ Network on Development Evaluation (APNODE) (Adjourned 9th March, 2016 – Hon. Matuke)

 

[Days elapsed: 6]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwe Delegation to the First Annual General Meeting at the African Parliamentarians’ Network on Development Evaluation (APNODE) held at the African Development Bank Headquarters, Abidjan, Cote d’lvoire from 23rd to 24th July 2015- Hon. Chapfika

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on rampant unlawful practice of child marriages in Zimbabwe (Adjourned 15th March, 2016- The Vice President and Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs)

 

[Days elapsed: 7]

           

Question proposed: That this House;

 

TAKING NOTE, of the rampant unlawful practice of child marriages in Zimbabwe

 

FURTHER Taking Note of the harmful effect of child marriages in Zimbabwe and other related customary practices such as the pledging of children.

 

ACKNOWLEDGING the abolishment of child marriages by the Constitutional Court in the landmark ruling of Loveness Mudzuru, and Ruvimbo Tsopodzi vs the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and others judgment, CCZ12/ 2015

 

ACKNOWLEDGING and expressing indebtness to the Constitutional Court for the bold and long overdue decision.

 

FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGING and expressing indebtedness to the young women Loveness Mudzuru and Ruvimbo Tsopodzi who brought the application.

 

EXPRESSING sadness at the indifference and failure of the Government, to actualize, Section 81 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which promotes the right of children

 

            NOW THEREFORE, this Honorable House resolves as follows;

 

(a)  That a promotion of gratitude and indebtedness be and hereby made in favour of

the two young women Loveness Mudzuru and Ruvimbo Tsopodzi who brought and made the constitutional application;

 

(b)  That Government moves quickly to:

 

(i)   Amend the Marriages Act, Customary Marriages Act; Criminal

Codification Act and Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act, such that child marriages are criminalized and the age of sexual consent be 18 years;

 

  • Review the Children’s Act to ensure that the rights enshrined in the Constitution are apparent.

 

  • That Government, civic society and the church, adopt and implement a

systematic program of education around issues of child marriages, sexual abuse and patriarchy in Zimbabwe- Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Zimbabwe Delegation to the Consultations on the provisions of Constitutionalism (Adjourned 16th February, 2016- Hon. Rungani)

 

[Days elapsed: 7]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwe Delegation to the Consultations with the Pan African Parliament (PAP) and other Regional Parliaments on the provision of Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law in Africa, held in Midrand, South Africa, from 25th – 27th November, 2015. - Hon. Mandipaka.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services on the Landmines Situation in Zimbabwe (Adjourned 16th February, 2016- The Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare)

 

[Days elapsed: 9]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services on the Landmines Situation in Zimbabwe. (S.C. 2, 2015) - Hon. Muderedzwa.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the delegation to the 37th Plenary

            Assembly of the SADC – Parliamentary Forum, held at Zimbali Resort in Durban, South Africa (Adjourned 16th February, 2016- The Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare)

 

[Days elapsed: 8]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of delegation to the 37th Plenary Assembly of the SADC – Parliamentary Forum, held at Zimbali Resort in Durban, South Africa from the 6th to the 11th of July 2015- Dr. Mukanduri.

 

  1. 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) (Adjourned 11th February, 2016- Hon. Matuke).

 

[Days elapsed: 9]

 

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. Muderedzwa.

 

  1. 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) (Reinstated 9th February, 2016- Hon. Nduna)

 

[Days elapsed: 9]

 

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

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the need to urgently allocate resources towards the exploration of the country’s minerals (Reinstated 9th February, 2016- Hon. Nduna).

 

[Days elapsed: 10]

 

            Question proposed: That this House –

 

MINDFUL of the efforts being made by the Government to accelerate economic growth and wealth creation through the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZIMASSET) Economic Blueprint;

COGNISANT that the success of the ZIMASSET blueprint is anchored on the judicious exploitation of the country’s abundant natural resources;

ACKNOWLEDGING that Zimbabwe is endowed with ubiquitous mineral resources as the nation has the world’s largest diamond reserves, second largest platinum reserves and mineral resources encompassing 60 different types of minerals and 40 that have been exploited to various extents;

CONCERNED that despite such an abundance of mineral wealth, there is neither geological information nor exploration to date to determine the quantity of mineral resources in Zimbabwe;

AWARE that the information concerning the nation’s mineral wealth that can be obtained by exploration will simultaneously attract foreign investment, increase the country’s net worth as well as strengthen the value of mines and claims already in indigenous hands, setting the necessary preconditions for locally driven growth in the mining industry;

 

NOW THEREFORE calls upon the Executive to:

  • Expeditiously allocate resources towards mineral exploration;
  • Establish a database containing up to date geological information; and,
  • Urgently bring before Parliament a Minerals Exploration Bill to promote resource evaluation, reserve definition and ultimately, resource extraction- Nduna.
  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the need to harmonize the Mines and Minerals Act and the Lands Acquisition Act (Adjourned 9th February 2016- Hon. Nduna]

 

[Days elapsed: 11]

 

Question proposed: That this House:

 

MINDFUL that Government, through its Land Reform Program undertook an agrarian revolution to address the colonial and historic land imbalances and foster ownership by the formally marginalized black majority;

COGNISANT that one of the four pillars of the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-economic Transformation blue print is anchored on food security and that agricultural land is the key enabler in this matrix;

FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGING that Sections 29-38 of the Mines and Minerals Acts of 1951 gives the right to miners to displace farmers from agricultural land in order to exploit mineral deposits and can thereby create value for mineral rights;

CONCERNED that agricultural land is still being treated as though it is for subsistence only and of no value commercially and that this negates the gains made under the land reform programme and denies the new farmers the opportunity to use the value of the land as collateral for loans or as a means of realizing the value of their farms when they wish to dispose of them.

NOW THEREFORE calls upon the Executive to:

Expeditiously harmonize the Mines and Minerals Act and the Lands Acquisition Act to bring them to parity and conformity with each other so that farmers and miners have the right to establish ownership of the resources they are using for productive purposes.

Grant both farmers and miners secure rights to the resources they are using so that they can be valued and sold at market prices and used as collateral for the purpose of raising funds for productive enterprise; and

Urgently bring before Parliament amendments to the Land Acquisition Act and Mines and Minerals Act, clearly detailing the amendments and changes that will promote and facilitate the secure usage of the land by farmers for agricultural purposes and by mining either individually or in joint venture partnership between miners and farmers on the same land – Hon. Nduna

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on national war heroes shrines (Reinstated 9th   February, 2016- Hon. Nduna).

[Days elapsed: 9]

 

Question proposed: That this House -

 

ACKNOWLDEGING the selfless sacrifice made by the brave sons and daughters of Zimbabwe who gave their lives during the Chimurenga and national liberation struggles;

 

FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGING that the peace and harmony that prevails in Zimbabwe today and the ownership of indigenous resources by indigenous Zimbabweans was as a result of the valiant cadres who gave life and limb for us to enjoy these glorious fruits of their selfless sacrifice;

 

COGNISANT that our constitution exalts and extols the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives during the Chimurenga / Imvukela and national liberation struggles and is founded on recognition of and respect for the liberation struggle while it is incumbent within our culture to recognize, maintain and respect the places where the dead are buried;

 

YET APPALLED at the apparent state of dilapidation and neglect and the continued deterioration of liberation war shrines in neighbouring countries, among them Freedom Camp and Mulungushi in Zambia and Chimoio and Nyadzonia in Mozambique;

 

AND DISTURBED that while the shrines which are an embodiment of the selfless spirit of the liberation struggle lie desolate and neglected, Cecil John Rhodes’ grave which is an embodiment of the selfish spirit of colonialism which culminated in the massacre of these brave sons and daughters is an immaculately maintained tourist attraction;

 

NOW THEREFORE calls upon the executive to pay due homage and national respect to our fallen heroes by availing resources for the upgrade and maintenance of these historic shrines and give due attention to these shrines notwithstanding the annual Heroes Day commemorations.

 

FURTHER exhorts the Executive to recognize and honour both our living and deceased heroes by declaring the residences they operated from during the

liberation struggle as national heritage sites.– Hon. Nduna

 

42        Adjourned debate on motion on the Special Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care on Putting Tuberculosis on the Political Agenda (Adjourned 4th February, 2016 Hon. Rungani)

 

[Days elapsed: 10]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Special Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care on Putting Tuberculosis on the Political Agenda: The Role of Parliamentarians in Supporting Tuberculosis Control in Zimbabwe. -Hon. D. Tshuma .

 

  1. 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 17th November, 2015 – Hon. C. C. C. Sibanda)

 

[Days elapsed: 18]

           

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

 

  1. 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). (Adjourned 19th November 2015- Hon. Rungani)

 

[Days elapsed: 17]

           

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

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Parliament of Zimbabwe Delegation to the 9th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa Conference.(Adjourned 21st October, 2015 – The Minister of Environment, Water and Climate)

 

[Days elapsed: 22]

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Parliament of Zimbabwe Delegation to the 9th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa Conference, held from 19th to 21st July, 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya. Hon. Dr. Labode

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the repeal of the Vagrancy Act (Adjourned 27th October, 2015 Hon. Rungani)

                                                                                      

 

[Days elapsed: 21]

 

Question proposed: That this House-

 

CONCERNED BY the increasing number of beggars, street kids, street mothers, fathers and youths at road intersections and pavements in urban areas;

 

DISTURBED by wanton abuse of alcohol and other intoxicants by the younger generation against African values and norms;

 

ALARMED by the increasing levels of prostitution in both urban areas and growth points around the country;

 

CONCERNED by the government’s inertia in addressing such abnormalities in society.

 

CONSCIOUS that the government has a constitutional duty to look after the poor and the weak and to uphold the norms of society;

 

NOW THEREFORE calls upon the Executive to;

 

  • Repeal such laws as the Vagrancy Act that are alien to safeguarding the interests of the poor and the weak;

 

  • Introduce laws that are amenable to upholding human rights and dignity

of the underprivileged;

 

(c)  Effectively play a paternal role to such vulnerable groups in line with its           constitutional obligations;

 

(d) Engages the services of the abundant pool of social workers from the

institutions of higher learning in order to promote reformation and   rehabilitation of social misfits for the common good.- Hon. Muderedzwa

 

47        Adjourned debate on motion on the call for reform of legislation governing mining in Zimbabwe (Adjourned on 22nd October 2015 – Hon. Matuke)

 

[Days elapsed: 22]

 

Question proposed: That this House,

 

COGNISANT of the prevailing economic challenges that the country is    facing due, in part, to the debilitating economic sanctions and the lack of         balance of

payment support;

 

CONCERNED with the crippling de- industrialization and the prevailing low capacity utilization in the industrial sector which has severely dwindled Government revenue from taxes;

 

ACKNOWLEDGING the informalisation of the economy which has led to an

astronomical growth of the informal sector;

 

CONVINCED that the pursuit of an upward trajectory of economic revival as envisaged in the ZIMASSET economic blueprint will include, in part, the formulation of strategies to tap into the informal sector;

 

RECOGNISING that artisanal mining, which involves over 500 000 people, is a significant generator of both rural and urban livelihoods which has the potential to alleviate poverty and a tool for sustainable development thus contributing to ZIMASSET;

 

AWARE that despite its obvious benefits, the formalization of artisanal mining is hindered by the absence of an enabling legislative framework, prohibitive levies charged by the Ministry of Mines, rural district councils, the Environmental Management Agency as well as inordinate delays in the issuance of licenses and inspections by surveyors.

 

ALSO AWARE that the formalization of the sector will enable artisanal miners to contribute towards the fiscus and will reduce incidences of diversion and smuggling of our precious mineral resources to neighbouring countries;

 

NOW THEREFORE calls upon the Executive to:

 

  • Repeal Section 3 of the Gold Trade Act which criminalises possession of

gold and also imposes stiff penalties for possession and also repeal Section 365-368 of the Mines and Minerals Act which criminalises prospecting by artisanal miners.

 

(b)  Adapt to the ‘new normal’ and review the Mines and Minerals Act to include artisanal and small scale mining.

  • De-criminalise artisanal mining by creating objective, transparent and nondiscriminatory regulatory mechanisms which offer easy access to mining titles and legal production channels;
  • Create an enabling legislative framework which integrates the artisanal mining sector into the local community and encourages the investment of profits in other forms of economic activity and services. – Nduna.

 

  1. Committee of Supply.

 

 

TUESDAY, 3RD MAY, 2016

 

            ORDER OF THE DAY

 

            Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Reading of the Special Economic Zones Bill, (H.B. 15, 2015) (Adjourned 7th April, 2016– The Minister of Finance and Economic Development.

 

[Day elapsed: 1]

 

            Question proposed: That the Special Economic Zones Bill, (H.B. 15, 2015) be now read for the second time- The Minister of Finance and Economic Development.

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 4TH MAY, 2016

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

  • QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

*          QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

 

*1.     Hon Cross: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development whether the recent tours to the provinces by the First Lady were catered for by the State, and if so, to state the expenditure incurred and also if the Minister could report to the House the extent and justification of such expenditure.

    

[Deferred from 2nd March 2016]

 

*2.       Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to update the House on the progress Government has made to settle regional and international debts with particular reference to:

 

  1. The US$111 million owed to the International Monetary Fund;
  2. US$601 million owed to the African Development Bank; and,
  3. US$1.1 billion owed to the World Bank.

[Deferred from 16th March 2016]

 

*3.       Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to state

  1. a) The progress that has been made with regard to the completion of the Staff Monitored Programme;
  2. b) Whether the government has met the quantitative and structural benchmarks that were set for 2015.

 

[Deferred from 16th March 2016]

 

*4.       Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain the measures that Government has taken to reduce the trade deficit which has gone up in the last two years from US$2.7 billion in 2014 to US$2.9 billion in 2015.

 

[Deferred from 16th March 2016]

 

*5.       Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain the legislative measures that the Ministry has put in place to ensure that the country does not continue to import goods which can be produced locally, namely, Grain, Chemicals and Pharmaceutical products.

 

[Deferred from 16th March 2016]

 

  1. Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House on the measures that Government has in place, besides the civil service audit, to further reduce employment costs from the current 22.7% of our Gross Domestic Product.

[Deferred from 16th March 2016]

 

  1. Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to state the period the Ministry intends to clear the debts owed to wheat farmers.

 

[Deferred from 16th March 2016]

 

  1. Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House how his Ministry will ensure that companies that were recapitalized by the Government such as Hwange Colliery Company experience significant improvements in their output and performance.

 

[Deferred from 16th March 2016]

 

  1. Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to update the House on the status of the National Diaspora Policy.

 

[Deferred from 16th March 2016]

 

  1. Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House whether the Ministry has ascertained the interest rates charged by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe in conjunction with the local banks on the US$1 billion financing of crop and livestock production during the 2015/2016 agricultural season.

[Transferred from 16th March 2016]

 

  1. Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to state the progress that has been made so far by the Ministry to establish the commodity exchange which will serve as a marketing hub for farmers.

[Transferred from 16th March 2016]

 

*12.     Hon. K. Sibanda: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain to the House the measures that the Ministry has in place to reduce government’s current account deficit that constraints economic growth potential as caused by illicit financial flows.

 

[Deferred from 16th March 2016]

 

*13.     Hon Marumahoko: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development

            (a) Whether he is aware of a duty free import scam involving Chinese Nationals                        Duan Denghong and Peiming Yang who have both been sentenced to ten months      in prison.

 

            (b) To explain how the two ended up importing vehicle spares using the Ministry of

                  Defence’s name and obtained duty free certificates used to clear the spares                            while they had visitor’s permits.

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

 

*14.     Hon. M. Mkandla: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to inform the House the Ministry’s plans to revive Kamalala Dam in Hwange East Constituency which dried in 2013 due to siltation.

 

[Transferred from 16th March 2016]

 

*15.     Hon. M. Mkandla: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to explain why government was not helping villagers of Sialwindi in Silewu Ward by providing required equipment / machinery to construct a dam because villagers are using shovels to dig.

[Transferred from 16th March 2016]

 

*16.     Hon Nleya: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to state when             the Ministry would construct irrigation dams in Bulilima West Constituency.

 

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*17.     Hon Masiya: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate

 

            (a) Apprise the House on the type of agreement in place enabling the joint venture

                 of the management of Gona Rezhou National Park by the Parks and Wildlife                     Development and Frankfort Zoological Society of Germany, and to further state            how long this agreement will last.

 

            (b) To state whether the Ministry has plans to form a Trust with the Frankfort                            Zoological Society of Germany, if so, to explain the policy constraints that are               delaying the signing of the contract.

 

            (c) To state whether the community is also involved in the forming of this Trust in                      view of the fact that Gona Rezhou National Park is the Community’s natural                               resource.

 

            (d) To state the benefits that would accrue to the community in the event that the                        Trust is operational.

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*18.     Hon. Phiri F: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to state measures government is taking to stop the deterioration of living conditions at the General Barracks and Single Quarter houses in Kadoma Central Constituency.

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*19.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to state the progress that the Ministry has made to finalise the             construction of the Tokwe- Mukorsi Dam.

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*20.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to state the progress the Ministry has made in establishing the housing fund for civil servants which is expected to result in the construction of low-cost flats in Dzivarasekwa, Waterfalls and Tafara.

 

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*21.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to inform the House on the steps the Ministry is taking to          reduce the housing backlog which stands at about 1.25 million units.

 

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*22.     Hon. Chirisa: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to explain why he has not communicated to Parliament about the President of Zimbabwe, Cde R.G, Mugabe’s declaration of the state of national   disaster due to Elnino phenomenon - induced drought which he made on       the 2nd of February 2016 as espoused in Section 28 of the Civil Protection Act [Chapter 10:06]

 

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*23.     Hon. Tarusenga: To ask the Minster of Local Government, Public Works and      National Housing to explain to the House;

 

            (a) Why part of the land that was reserved for the expansion of Chitungwiza                              Central Hospital was turned into residential stands for Chitungwiza

                   Municipality Administration staff.

 

            (b) The measures that the Ministry would take in view of the fact that

                 Chitungwiza Central Hospital has ran out of land for expansion.

 

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*24.     Hon. Masuku P. To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and       National Housing to state when Bulawayo City Council is expected to have a       substantive Town Clerk.

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*25.     Hon. Masuku P: To ask the Minister of Local Government Public Works and National Housing to state the Ministry’s efforts to avail affordable stands to the poor and vulnerable residents of Bulawayo, in view of the fact that the cheapest residential stands measuring 200m/2 cost US$5000 and are purchased by the same people using different names.

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

 

*26.     Hon. Mangwende: To ask the Minster of Small and Medium Enterprises and         Cooperative Development to inform the House what Government Policy is          towards the registration process of companies by the Ministry.

 

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*27.     Hon Ncube O. To ask the Minster of Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative             Development to state when the following cooperatives in Gokwe – Kana Constituency     will be funded:

 

  1. Manoti Cooperative;
  2. Njanje Cooperative;
  3. Marirangwe Cooperative;
  4. Msala Cooperative;
  5. Marapira cooperative; and
  6. Mkoka Cooperative.

 

 

*28.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Co-operative Development to state the progress that has been made in formalizing the SME sector and harnessing its contribution into the mainstream economy.

 

*29.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of and Medium Enterprises and Co-operative Development to give an update on the status of the establishment and operationalisation of the SME Incubation Centre.

 

*30.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Co-operative Development to state the progress that has been made by Government in capitalising the SME Bank (SMEDCO) as envisaged in the 2016 National Budget.

 

*31.     Hon. Madubeko: To ask the Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development to state the plans that are in place to assist communities in Lower Gweru with transportation or caring of fruits in view of the fact that they are losing a lot of fruits due to transportation challenges.

 

 

*32.     Hon Gwanongodza: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural    Development to inform the House the policy regarding the replacement of a lost vehicle registration plate, for a fully licensed vehicle.

 

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*33.     Hon Tshuma D.: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural          Development to state the government policy on the issuance of a lost vehicle    registration number plate in view of the fact that the re – registration process is cumbersome, expensive and time consuming.

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*34.     Hon Zhou P.: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to state when the Mberengwa - Westnicholeson Road, will be tarred considering that it is the shortest route to Beitbridge.

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*35.     Hon Mahiya: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development     to state when Nembudziya – Tchoda - Mashava road will be rehabilitated.

 

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*36.     Hon Chitura: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to state when the Ministry will complete the surfacing of the road from Headlands to Mayo.

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*37.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to state the progress that the Ministry has made on the completion of:

 

  1. the renovations at Victoria Falls airport;
  2. Mabvuku road over rail bridge; and
  3. Engangement of investors for the dualisation of the Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu highway.

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*38.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development      to apprise the House on the progress that the Ministry has made in courting            investors to resuscitate National Railways of Zimbabwe ( NRZ).

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*39.     Hon Sibanda B.: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural          Development to;

            (a) State how much it has cost the government to construct the Harare Airport

                 Road,

 

            (b) Explain the reason for the delays in the completion of the same.

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*40.     Hon Sibanda B.: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural          Development to;

 

            (a) Explain why it has taken over 20 years to construct the Bulawayo – Nkayi –                 Gokwe Road;

 

            (b) State whether the construction of the said road is a priority project or not.

 

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*41.     Hon. Madubeko: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to state whether there are plans to re - gravel the road from Maboleni to Crossroad in Lower Gweru.

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*42.     Hon Nleya: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to   explain whether there are any plans in place to utilize the bitumen tar drums and         quarry stones left at Maitengwe Border Post.

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*43.     Hon Nleya: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to   state when the roads in Bulilima District will be rehabilitated in view of the damage          that has been caused by the recent heavy rains to the roads.

 

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*44.     Hon. Majome: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to avail to the House the payment schedule by ZINARA from the time it took over vehicle licence collection in 2009 to 2015 and to further state:

 

  1. a) How much was collected from Harare Municipal area in vehicle licence fees.
  2. b) How much was disbursed to Harare Municipality and when; and other                            municipalities in comparison to rural local authorities and the proportion thereof            as well with due regards to the needs of Harare Municipality which has to repair            its roads.

 

  1. c) The criteria used in disbursing moneys to local authorities
  2. d) How much money is owed to Harare City Council and when it will be paid.

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*45.     Hon. Majome: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to            explain measures taken by the Ministry to restore efficiency of the public transport    service of Harare City Council to similar standards that were set by the Harare   United Passenger Company of the 1980s.

 

*46.     Hon. Majome: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to            inform the House:

 

  1. What statutory instrument was used for the strange new traffic signs such as white triangles with black borders, hexagonal, red stop signs and road markings such as continuous yellow lines at the shoulders of roads that are being marked mainly at toll gates and to state when it was promulgated into law;

 

  1. To confirm whether this is promulgated in terms of section 39(2) of the Roads Traffic Act (Chapter 13:11);

 

  1. To further explain what the Ministry is doing to avert the confusion arising from such signs particularly for learner drivers and old drivers who are unfamiliar with the strange new traffic signs.

 

  1. How the ministry proposes to resolve the law enforcement dilemma of traffic regulatory signs that appear not to have the force of law i.e. of the Road Traffic Act (Chapter 13:11)

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

 

*47.     Hon Watson: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to            state the following in view of the deplorable financial state Air Zimbabwe, is in;

 

            (a) (i)The purchase of A320 Aircrafts;

                   (ii) Whether they are brand new or second hand aircrafts

                   (iii) The source of funds used for the purchasers;

                   (iv)   The seller and purchase price of the aircraft.

(b)       Explain the justification for purchasing new aircrafts that are seldom used to fly        local and regional routes and despite being more fuel efficient incur loan          repayments or leasing as well as higher depreciation charges.

 

(c)       Explain why Air Zimbabwe chose to purchase Airbus A320 and not cheaper and

            more fuel efficient turbo – charged aircraft model.

 

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*48.     Hon Watson: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development    to explain the Ministry’s plans to replace the several old, fuel and cost inefficient planes that have also been unreliable with instances of under carriage failure but are used consistently on local and regional routes.

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*49.     Hon Tshuma D.: To ask the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Science     and Technology Development to explain whether there are any plans to establish secondary school teacher training colleges in Matabeleland South and North in view of the fact that the whole of Matabeleland region has one teacher training college situated in Bulawayo.

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*50.     Hon Ncube O. To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to        state when Kana bridge in Gokwe – Kana will be repaired.

 

*51.     Hon Watson: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to:

  1. State the amount of money collected by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe in airport taxes since it took over the collection from Air Zimbabwe.

 

  1. State how much of the funds raised has been spent on infrastructure at Joshua Mqabuko Airport in light of the transport committees report on safety issues.

 

*52.     Hon Mpofu M.M.: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to      explain why the Ministry is not surfacing the Tiger Reef – Nkayi Lupane road that           shortens the distance from Harare to Hwange.

 

*53.     Hon Mashange: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to         state when the 4,5 kilometer portion of the Rushinga Chimhanda road would be            surfaced.

 

 

*54.     Hon. Zhou P.: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain why nurses training colleges continue to enroll nurses for training while the majority of graduates from these colleges remain unemployed.

 

*55.     Hon. Chitura: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain whether    there are plans to construct a clinic in Dzvairo village which is under Chief Makoni.

 

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*56.     Hon. Chitura: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state whether the Ministry has plans to increase the number of laboratories at government hospitals considering that citizens are forced to seek laboratory services from private sector whose rates are beyond the reach of many.

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*57.     Hon Zhou T.: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain measures    the Ministry has put in place to address the shortages of pathologists at government hospitals in view of the fact that there is currently one Cuban Pathologist who is based at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals

 

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*58.     Hon Mahiya: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House    whether there is any policy that compels HIV Positive expectant mothers to ensure           that mother to child transmission of HIV is prevented.

 

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*59.     Hon Mahiya: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state the measures   that the Ministry is taking to improve the percentage of cancer screening coverage          which is currently less than 5% nationwide

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*60.     Hon Masiya: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care

 

            (a) To state whether he is aware of the advertisement in the media inviting state

                  registered nurses to seek employment in South Sudan;

 

            (b) If so, can the Minister appraise the House of their employment benefits and

                   allay fears that they may be exploited.

 

            (c) To assure the House that the nurses will be safe from the civil wars in South      

                   Sudan.

 

            (d) To indicate how many Zimbabwean nurses have taken this offer.

 

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*61.     Hon Ncube O.: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state when the   mortuary at Kana Hospital in Gokwe – Kana Constituency will be completed.

 

*62.     Hon Masiya: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care

            (a) To state whether he is aware of the advertisement in the media inviting state    registered nurses to seek employment in South Sudan;

            (b) If so, can the Minister appraise the House of their employment benefits and allay        fears that they

             may be exploited.

            (c) To assure the House that the nurses will be safe from the civil wars in South Sudan.

            (d) To indicate how many Zimbabwean nurses have taken this offer.

 

 

*63.     Hon. Chitura To ask the Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees to inform the House on     when vetting for detainees who were not previously vetted before would take place.

 

[Deferred from 6th April 2016]

 

*64.                 Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to explain                         the progress that has been made so far in the training of indigenous personnel in                             diamond cutting and polishing as part of the drive towards value addition and                       beneficiation.

 

*65.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to explain the measures the Ministry is taking to ensure that mining firms rehabilitate the environment degraded by the mining operations.

 

     * 66.    Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to update                               the House on the status of the Lupane Coal-Bed Methane Gas Project which is                               expected to boost the country’s energy generation capacity by an additional                                   300MW of electricity.

 

*67.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to explain the measures the Ministry is taking to ensure further improved production at Hwange Colliery Company that has received a fresh injection of capital from Government for the purchase of mining equipment.

 

  1. Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to state the progress the Ministry has made in resuscitating Kamativi Tin Mine following the successful engagement of investors and to indicate when the mine would be operational.

 

  1. Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to update                               the House on the progress that the Ministry has made in introducing and                                            operationalizing the Cadastre Mining Titles Management Information System.

 

*70.     Hon Mpofu M.M.: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to inform          the House

 

  • When the Ministry will stop the illegal mining activities that are taking place at Peace Mine.

 

  • Why the Ministry has taken this long to address the challenges in view of the fact that the matter was reported to the police last year in January 2015 and also debated in National Assembly on 7th October 2015.

 

  • Explain what the Ministry is doing to curtail the corruption taking place at Peace Mine where a few individuals benefit from the Mine proceeds at the expense of the local community.

*71.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce to explain the policy measures government is putting in place to encourage domestic private sector investment as part of efforts to revive the economy

 

*72.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce to apprise the House on the way forward with regards to the resuscitation of Zisco Steel in light of reported collapse of the ESSAR deal.

 

*73.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion to apprise the House on the progress that has been made to date with regard to the implementation of Special Economic Zones which are meant to provide renewed impetus for foreign direct investment

 

*74.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion to state the Ministry’s plans to address concerns over high tax rates, infrastructure deficiencies and the multiplicity of licences which are not conducive for investment.

*75.   Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion to state the progress that has been made on the establishment of the One Stop Shop Investment Centre.

*76.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion to state the progress that has been made in the implementation of reforms intended to improve the ease of doing business whose target date is end of March 2016.

*77.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services to state plans that have been put in place to foster the dissemination of market intelligence in agriculture and, mining, among others through, ICT as part of initiatives to revive the economy.

 

*78.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services to state the progress that Government has made in the establishment of the National Data Centre.

 

*79.     Hon Chimanikire: To ask the Minister of Information, Communication Technology Postal and Courier Services to state:

            (a)       Whether Telone has carried out a skilled assessment exercise for workers                               who did not have 5 Ordinary Level subjects and explain the correlation                             between 5 Ordinary Levels and a skilled worker.

 

            (b)        Whether Telone has carried out on – the – job training for employees in order to appraise them on new technological changes.

 

            (c)        Who would pay for the Ordinary Level non – technical studies undertaken by the employees as in – service academic training.

 

            (d)       Whether the exercise does not negate the ZIMASSET and STEM principles of skills training acquisition.

 

            (e)       Whether the exercise that was carried out by Telone Management was not                                   abrogation of the original contract of employment and victimisation of

                        workers;

 

            (f) Whether Telone offers skills in – service training since it has a technical college.

 

*80.     Hon Chimanikire: To ask the Minister of Information, Communication Technology Postal and Courier Services to state:

 

            (a) Why the Telone Chief Executive Officer imposed staff costs containment                             decisions without negotiation between the workers’ union and management in                 view of the fact that salaries were agreed to through a collective bargaining                              process between the union and management

 

            (b) Whether the nonpayment of 2015 bonuses was not a breach of the contract of                      employment for Telone employees.

 

            (c) Whether non leave accrual was not also a breach of contract of employment and                   conditions of service for Telone since there was an agreement that was reached               between the union and management.

 

            (d) Whether the decisions made were approved by the Minster in view of the fact                       that the decision only affected subordinate employees and not the management.

 

            (e) The policy measures the Ministry would take to remedy the actions that violated                   the Labour Act.

 

*81.     Hon Ncube O.: To ask the Minister of Information Technology Postal and Courier          Services to state when Netone Pvt Ltd would provide network services to the following          areas in Gokwe – Kana Constituency:

  1. Mateme;
  2. Maboke;
  3. Msala;
  4. Manoti;
  5. Marapira;
  6. Paradza; and
  7. Marimasimbe

 

 

*82.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to state steps the Ministry is taking to encourage optimum utilisation of under-utilized water bodies, among them Biri and Mazvikadei dams.

*83.     Hon. Madubeko: To ask the Minster of Environment, Water and Climate to state the plans in place to revive Shagari Dam which burst some years ago resulting in the non-functioning of the irrigation scheme in this area.

 

*84.     Hon. Madubeko: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to explain the measures in place to stop the pollution of Gweru River from Gweru City.

 

*85.     Hon Mpofu: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to explain plans in place to increase the number of boreholes and resuscitation of the existing dams which no longer hold water due to siltation in Hwange West Constituency.

 

*86.     Hon Mandipaka: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to state           when construction of Marovanyati Dam in Buhera District near Murambinda Growth      Point will resume.

 

*87.     Hon Watson: To as the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to:

  1. State the total revenue that has been collected by the Environment Management Agency since 2013.
  2. State how much of the funds have been used to improve the environment in Zimbabwe.

 

*88.     Hon Nleya: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to state the Ministry’s plans to curb the human - wildlife conflict specifically with elephants, in      Bulilima West, in view of the fact that an electric fence that borders the community was          stolen and has not yet been replaced.

 

*89.     Hon Mashange: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to update the      House on the headway that the Ministry has made through the Water Sanitation and           Hygiene (WASH) programme to address water and sanitation issues.

 

*90.     Hon. Zhou: To ask the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry;

 

            (a) To state the steps the Ministry is taking to promote domestic tourism for             example places in Mberengwa where the liberation freedom fighters were                     receiving treatment;

 

           (b) To explain why these places are not on the Zimbabwe map.

 

*91    Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services to update the House on the progress that has been made in implementing the digital broadcasting migration project.

*92.   Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services to apprise the House on the progress the Ministry has made in resolving the findings from the forensic audit conducted on ZBC.

*93.     Hon. Sibanda K: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social            Service to state the measures the Ministry had in place to safeguard workers who            would have failed to access their pensions because of the following reasons;

 

            (a) Unremitted pension contributions to the pension funds by companies citing

                liquid crunche.

 

            (b) Pension contributions that have been invested into capital projects that have                   very little returns.

 

*94.     Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community       Development to update the House on the progress that has been made by the consultant working on a business plan for the establishment of a Women’s    Micro- Finance Bank; and to state when the consultant is expected to finalise the             business           plan.

 

*95.     Hon Nleya: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to state when the Ministry will electrify Maitengwe Border Post.

 

*96.     Hon Ndlovu S.: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to state    when ZESA will connect electricity to the following schools in Bulilima

 

            (a) Bhalule Primary School

            (b) Ntunuywe Primary School, and

            (c) Peace and Good Hope Primary School

 

*97.     Hon Ndlovu S.: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to state;

            (a) When the Rural Electrification Programme would be availed to Bulilima East                       Constituency;

            (b) The fees that are required as contributions by households.

 

*98.     Hon Ncube O. To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to state when      the Rural Electrification programme in Msala Ward in Gokwe – Kana Constituency will be completed.

 

 

*99.     Hon Ndlovu S.: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to explain the procedures to be followed by communities when requesting for;

            (a) A Police Post

            (b) A registry of Births and Deaths Office.

 

*100.   Hon Ncube O.: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to state when Manoti Police            Station in Gokwe – Kana Constituency will have a motor vehicle.

 

*101.   Hon Mandipaka: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to state when the Ministry will     establish an office at Murambinda Hospital to enable the people from Buhera to secure             burial orders in the event of deaths of their loved ones, in view of the fact that people    are currently travelling to Gaza Business Centre to acquire the burial orders; and that      the Hospital is prepared to give the Ministry office to work from.

 

*102.   Hon Mpofu M.M: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs what the Ministry is doing to         curb the leakages of gold deposits at Peace Mine in Silobela, where no single gold     smuggler has been arrested.

 

*103.   Hon Mashange: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to explain why Rushinga Police      Station has operated without a station vehicle for the past ten years.

 

*104.   Hon Chidakwa: To ask the Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement to explain;

            (a) Why the government has allocated farms in Nyatsime area that belong to                               Chitungwiza Municipality without withdrawing offer letters;

            (b) Whether the state will withdrew the offer letter and when.

 

*105. Hon Ncube O. To ask the Minister of Rural Development and Preservation of Culture     and Heritage to state when Headman Msala of Gokwe – Kana Constituency will be        installed as a substantive Chief of the Tonga People.

 

*106.   Hon Mpofu B.: To ask the Minster of Rural Development and Preservation of Culture     and Heritage to explain whether there are any plans to pay allowances to some village     headmen in Hwange West Constituency after they completed the vetting process.

 

*107.   Hon Mpofu B.: To ask the Minister of Rural Development and Preservation of Culture     and Heritage to explain whether it is possible to provide village headman in Hwange       West Constituency with bicycles in view of the fact that they walk long distances to       attend Chief’s meetings.

 

*108.   Hon Ncube O. To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to state when    the Ministry will provide E – learning equipment to the following schools in Gokwe –    Kana Constituency;

 

  1. Mbungu Secondary School;
  2. Marimasimbe Secondary School;
  3. Mateme Secondary School;
  4. Lukukwe Secondary School;
  5. Kana Secondary School;
  6. Njanje Secondary School;
  7. Choto Secondary School;
  8. Batanai Secondary School;
  9. Mkoka Secondary School; and
  10. Selima Secondary School

 

*109.   Hon Mpofu M.M.: To ask the Minister of Youth Development Indegenisation and   Economic Empowerment to explain:

 

  • Whether the Ministry is aware of the Silobela Community Development Trust which is running Peace Mine.

 

  • If the Ministry has checked whether the Trust is carrying out its mandate within the confines of the law.

 

  • Whether there are any members of the Local Community benefiting from the proceeds of the Peace Mine as outlined in the economic blueprint ZIMASSET.

 

            NOTICE OF MOTION

            Hon. Majome

            Hon. Maondera

 

            That this House -

            RECALLING THAT on 5 February 2014 I moved a motion for stiff mandatory    sentences for rape and other gender based violence crimes, scientific investigation of   rape and the implementation of the National Gender Based Violence Strategy.

            DISMAYED that only the Ministers of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and         Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development responded to the motion, while      the Ministers of 1) Health and Child Care, 2) Home Affairs, 3) Finance and Economic            Development and 4) Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology   Development did not respond to the motion, causing me to move to re-instate it on the           Order Paper upon its lapse with the prorogation of 2 sessions.

            NOTING THAT the 16 days of activism against gender based violence began on 25         November and ended on 10 December 2015, the International Human Rights Day      whose theme was ‘From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education     safe for all’;

            STILL DISTURBED by the high rate of gender based violence in Zimbabwe, i.e. against women and girls who have been raped from 2013-2015;

            STILL CONCERNED by the low rate of apprehension, conviction and sentencing of       perpetrators of gender based violence;

            STILL CONCERNED by the absence and lack of crime forensic experts in Zimbabwe,    as well as the lack of forensic rape investigation kits;

            COGNISANT that at the launch of the 16 days of activism campaign of 2012       government launched the National Gender Based Violence Strategy 2012-2015 whose four key result areas are Prevention, Service Provision, Research, Documentation,     Evaluation and Coordination;

            Now therefore resolve that;

  1. There be legislated a mandatory sentence for rape, including statutory rape, of not less than thirty years and appropriate sentences for other forms of gender based violence.
  2. The government immediately engages adequate services of forensic scientists for purposes of investigating rape.
  3. The government immediately and continually equip all police stations with forensic investigation rape kits.
  4. The government immediately implements with stakeholders the “Zimbabwe National Gender Based Violence Strategy: 2012-2015"

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY, 5TH MAY, 2016

            ORDER OF THE DAY

 

            Committee: Consideration of an adverse report by the Parliamentary Legal Committee on Statutory Instrument No. 24 of 2016: Insurance (Amendment)

Regulations, 2016 (No. 18)- Hon. Samkange.

 

 

 

NOTICE OF AMENDMENTS

 

GENERAL LAWS AMENDMENT

 

  1. On page 54 of the Bill, by the deletion of PART CVII.
  2. On page 55 of the Bill, by the deletion of PART CIX.
  3. On page 56 of the Bill, by the deletion of PART CXII.
  4. On page 56 of the Bill, by the deletion of PART CXIII.
  5. On page 57 of the Bill, by the deletion of PART CXIV.
  6. On page 57 of the Bill, by the deletion of PART CXV.
  7. On page 58 of the Bill, by the deletion of PART CXVI.
  8. On page 58 of the Bill, by the deletion of PART CXVII.
  9. On page 59 of the Bill, by the deletion of PART CXVIII.

 

PART XX

CRIMINAL LAW (CODIFICATION AND REFORM) ACT [Chapter 9:23]

BY THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE, LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS

  1. On page 22 of the Bill line 41 delete “section 195A” and substitute with “section 196(1)”.
  2. On page 24 of the Bill line 18 delete “subsection (3)” and substitute with “subsection (2)”.
  3. On page 24 of the Bill line 20 delete “(3)” and substitute with “(2)”.
  4. On page 22 of the Bill after line 17 insert a new section as follows—

        “15(1) By the repeal of section 96 .”.

               (2) By the deletion of the word “criminal defamation” in the Second, Fourth and Fifth

      Schedules.

 

 

 

BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION BY THE PARLIAMENTARY LEGAL COMMITTEE

 

Public Finance Management Amendment Bill, (H. B. 14, 2015) - The Minister of Finance and Economic Development (Referred 7th April, 2016).

 

 

 

 

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