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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VOTES 14 MARCH 2018 NO 47

 

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No. 29

 

PARLIAMENT

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE

 

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FIFTH SESSION – EIGHTH PARLIAMENT

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WEDNESDAY, 14TH MARCH 2018

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Half past two o’clock pm.

Deputy President of the Senate in the Chair.

 

PRAYERS

 

Bhobho H,

Buka F,

Carter M.N,

Charumbira Chief,

Chiduku Chief,

Chifamba J,

Chimanikire A,

Chimbudzi A,

Chimhini D.A,

Chimutengwende C.C.C,

Chipanga T. S,

Chisunga Chief,

Chitanga Chief,

Dandawa Chief,

Gampu Chief VI,

Goto R,

Gwenzi Chief,

Jadagu G.T,

Khumalo D. T,

Komichi M,

Mabhugu F. E,

Machingaifa T,

Makone T,

Makore J,

Makwarimba C,

Maluleke M. O,

Manyeruke J,

Marava M,

Marozva Chief,

Mashavakure N,

Matiirira A,

Mavhunga M,

Mawire J,

Mkhwebu A,

Moeketsi V,

Mohadi T.B,

Mtshane Chief,

Mugabe C. T,

Mumvuri D.D.E,

Muronzi M,

Murwira T,

Musaka  M.B,

Musarurwa Chief,

Ncube S,

Ndhlovu J,

Nebiri Chief,

Nembire Chief,

Ngungumbane Chief,

Ntambeni Chief,

Nyambuya M.R Gen. (Rtd,)

Nyamukoho Chief,

Nyangazonke Chief,

Nyathi R,

Shiri A,

Shoko G,

Siansali  Chief,

Sibanda A,

Sibanda B,

Sinampande H,

Tawengwa C. Z.

Timveos L.

 

 

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

Hon. Kagonye P., Hon. Mukupe T, Hon.

 

Printed by Order of the Senate

 

Absent with leave

 

Hon. Sen. Chizema C, Hon. Sen. Muzenda T.V.        

 

1.         The Deputy President of the Senate informed the House that the Centre for Peace Initiatives in Africa and the Zimbabwe Institute was inviting all Committee Chairpersons and the Chairperson of the Women`s Caucus to a multi-stakeholder dialogue with the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to enhance investment and economic development on 22nd March 2018 from 0830 hours to 1300 hours.

 

2.       The Deputy President of the Senate: Following my announcement on the 7th of March 2018 on the requirement of Members to comply with Article 5.2.4 of the            Accounting Officers’ Instructions, which provides for submission of returns for            Constituency Development Fund (CDF), Hon. Mudzuri and Matangira raised two       points of order in relation to the employment of an Accounting Officer to manage the       Fund and the scrapping of requirement to submit job cards.

 

            The objective of the Fund is to allocate moneys equitably to Constituencies for      purposes of Constituency development and poverty eradication. The Constitution       does not provide for the employment of staff to manage the Fund or the payment of    allowances for Committee Members hence the requirement in Article 9(3) of the CDF             Constitution as read together with the Article 5.1 of the Accounting Officers’ Manual.

            In terms of these provisions, the CDF Committee shall consist of any other three (3)          members co-opted by the Committee, and must within that Committee establish a        sub-committee on Finance and Procurement, which consists of three members, with           one having an administration or accounting background. The duties of the Sub-           Committee as listed in Articles 5.2 and 5.2.3 states one of the duties as “Maintaining        cash book and other relevant records. The Committee shall delegate this        responsibility   to one of the members with an accounting or administration             background”

             Let me also remind you Hon Members that the Member of Parliament who is the Chairperson is the “accounting officer” of the funds allocated for his Constituency      and must for purposes of accountability comply with the requirements of submission of returns as stipulated in the Accounting Officers’ Manual for tabling to the             Committee on Standing Rules and Orders annually by the Clerk of Parliament.

            The requirement for submission of job cards is a requirement of the CDF Constitution       and must be complied with, even for small jobs as referred by the Hon Members. The    purpose is for accounting for the allocated funds. The CDF  must also be audited       by        the Auditor General at the end of each financial year. The job cards may be purchased         from Printflow (former Government Printers) and charged to the Fund.

            Members who have not submitted any documentation are advised to do so by close of      business on the 31st of March 2018. This is to allow for all administrative processes to    be completed before the end of the 8th Parliament and for all Members to account for          monies allocated for their Constituencies before the dissolution of Parliament.

            No Member will be allowed to claim for fuel allowance for purposes of submission of       documents if they choose to submit during the period when Parliament is adjourned.   The names of Members who have not submitted any documentation of projects or       claimed their allocation will be submitted to Chief Whips or named after the cut off             date.

            Be advised accordingly.

3.          The Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, moved: THAT WHEREAS Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that any Convention, Treaty or Agreement acceded to, concluded or executed by or under   the authority of the President with one or more foreign states of governments or International Organisations shall be subject to approval by Parliament;

 

            WHEREAS the Republic of Zimbabwe is desirous of becoming party to the          Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are blind,      visually impaired or otherwise print disabled;  

 

            WHEREAS the Marrakesh Treaty recognizes that Governmental and Non –           Governmental Organisations play an important role in providing persons with print            disabilities with access to alternative format materials;

 

            WHEREAS the Republic of Zimbabwe is desirous of ratifying the Marrakesh Treaty;

 

            WHEREAS the entry into force of the aforesaid Treaty shall be conditional upon its         ratification by the Member States in accordance with their Constitutional Procedures;

 

            NOW THEREFORE, in terms of Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of            Zimbabwe, this House resolves that the aforesaid Treaty be and is hereby    approved         for ratification.

           

Motion put and agreed to.

 

4.         The Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, moved: THAT WHEREAS Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that any convention, treaty or agreement acceded to, concluded or executed by or under the authority of the President with one or more foreign states of governments or International Organisations shall be subject to approval by Parliament;

           

WHEREAS Zimbabwe is committed to promote and protect the social and economic rights of its people and guarantee International Organisations and regional best practices in the labour market;

 

            AND WHEREAS Zimbabwe approved of the SADC policies on Child Labour, Social      Security, Use of Chemicals, HIV and HIV and Decent work it remains desirous to   realize the aspirations of regional cooperation and integration in the employment and          Labour sector;

            AND WHEREAS, His Excellency, the President of the republic of Zimbabwe, Cde.         Robert Gabriel Mugabe on the 18th of August 2014 at Victoria Falls signed SADC            Protocol and Employment and Labour;

NOW THEREFORE, in terms of Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, this House resolves that the aforesaid Ratification of the SADC Protocol on Employment and Labour be and is hereby approved for acceptance.

Motion put and agreed to.

 

5.         The Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, moved: THAT WHEREAS, Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that any Convention, Treaty or Agreement acceded to, concluded or executed by or under the authority of the President with one or more foreign states or governments or International Organisations shall be subject to approval by Parliament;

 

            WHEREAS Zimbabwe is a member State of the International Labour Organisation           and seeks to eradicate forced labour in all its forms;

 

            AND WHEREAS Cabinet approved of the Ratification of the ILO Protocol to the           Forced Labour Convention P029 on the 1st of June 2017;

 

NOW THEREFORE, in terms of Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of                   Zimbabwe, this House resolves that the aforesaid Protocol be and is hereby                 approved for acceptance.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

6.         Committee: Public Entities Corporate Governance Bill, (H. B. 5A, 2017) – The Minister of Finance and Economic Development.

 

 (House in Committee)

           

            Clauses 1 to 46 and First to Third schedules put and agreed to.

           

            Bill to be reported without amendment.

           

                                                (House resumed)

 

            Bill reported without amendment.

 

            Third Reading, with leave, forthwith.

 

            Bill read the third time.

 

7.         Hon. Sen. Tawengwa, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi, moved: That Notice of Motion No. 5, for today, stands over until Order of the Day No. 17 has been disposed of.

         

          Motion put and agreed to.

 

8.        Hon. Sen. B. Sibanda, seconded by Hon. Sen. Marava, moved: That Notice of Motion No. 6, for today, stands over until Order of the Day No. 17 has been disposed of.

         

          Motion put and agreed to.

 

9.      Hon. Sen. Chief Mtshane, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mugabe, moved: That this House takes note of the Report of the delegation to the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development held in Bali, Indonesia from 6th to 7th September, 2017.

     

          On the motion of Hon. Sen. Tawengwa, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi: Debate    

          adjourned until tomorrow.

 

10.       Hon Sen. Tawengwa, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi, moved: That Notices of Motions Nos. 7 to 9 and Orders of the Day Nos. 10 to 14, for today, stand over until Orders of the Day Nos.15 and 16, have been disposed of.

    

            Motion put and agreed to.

 

11.       Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Zimbabwe delegation to the International Conference on Promoting Stakeholder and Parliamentary Dialogue on Arms Trade Treaty (Adjourned 7th March, 2018- The Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province)

 

[Days elapsed: 23]

 

Question again proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwe delegation to the International Conference on Promoting Stakeholder and Parliamentary Dialogue on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) held at Pullman Teranga Hotel in Dakar, Senegal from 13th to 14th June, 2017- Hon. Sen. Timveos.

 

Motion, with leave, withdrawn.

 

12.       Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 7th Retreat of the Association of Senates, Shoora and equivalent Councils in Africa and the Arab World (ASSECAA) (Adjourned 7th March, 2018- Hon. Sen. Makore)

 

[Days elapsed: 14]

 

Question again proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the 7th Retreat of the Association of Senates, Shoora and equivalent Councils in Africa and the Arab World (ASSECAA), held form the 26th to 27th November 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia- Hon. Sen. Makore.

 

Motion, with leave, withdrawn.

           

13.       On the motion of Hon. Sen. Tawengwa, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi: The Senate  

           adjourned twenty minutes past four o’clock pm.

 

 

                                                                                               

                                                                                    C. C. C. CHIMUTENGWENDE,

                                                                                     Deputy President of the Senate.

 

 

 

THURSDAY, 15TH MARCH, 2018

 

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

      QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

  *        QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

 

*1.       Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development:

 

a)      To explain the Ministry’s policy with regards to ensuring that all imported vehicles that are currently parked in most areas of the country pay taxes to the government;

b)      To further explain why they are parked when they are already in the country;

c)      How these vehicles got into the country when they are not being used for their intended purposes.

d)     To state whether citizens are fully conversant with laws governing the importation of vehicles and the consequences of breaching such laws.

 

[Transferred 5th October, 2017]

 

*2.       Hon. Sen. Khumalo D.T.:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain why district hospitals do not have the capacity to help malnourished children, and to send them to private or mission hospitals for recovery.

 

[Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

 

*3.       Hon. Sen. Khumalo D.T.:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain why district and provincial hospitals managements are not aware of the one thousand nutrition days for mother and Child.

 

     [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

 

*4.       Hon. Sen. Khumalo D.T.:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care whether the Ministry is aware that Nutritionists are not part of the decision making team in districts and provinces yet this is where critical issue relating to Hospitals are discussed.

 

                                                                                         [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

 

*5.       Hon. Sen. Khumalo D.T.:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain why food nutrition is not recognized as a science subject when training nurses.

 

                                                                               [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

 

*6.       Hon. Sen Chimhini: To ask the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting

            Services:

                          a) To explain the misinformation by the Ministry relating to the alleged $10                                       000,00 payments per month for what was owed to Zimbabwe Music Rights

                              Association (ZIMURA) in 2010, when in fact the Zimbabwe Broadcasting

                              Cooperation (ZBC) had only paid $30 000 as at 18 October 2017 as

                              opposed to $90 000 which should have been paid by that time.

 

                          b) To inform the House when the Ministry intends to clear arrears to

                   ZIMURA in excess of $650 000 which were accrued over a seven year

                  period.

 

c)  To state how the Ministry will assist musicians to receive royalties, in     view of the fact that many of them live in abject poverty.

 

                                                                                   [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

           

1.        Hon. Sen. B. Sibanda

             Hon. Sen. Marava

 

This House

COGNISANT of the constitutional rights of the elderly as prescribed in Section 82 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe;

AWARE of the provisions of the Older Persons Act [Chapter 17: 1]); and

DETERMINED to see older persons receive and enjoy better care and attention than they are currently getting in all spheres of life;

NOW, THEREFORE, this House calls upon government to:

a)      review and update legislation relating to the welfare and upkeep of the elderly;

 

b)      embark on training and re- orientation of society on our traditional and ubuntu values in relation to the rights and privileges of the elderly; and

 

c)      compensate those elderly who had their retirement annuities and pensions ravaged by rabid inflation.

 

And urges traditional systems and all none state actors to jealously guard against any abuse and or inconsiderate treatment of the elderly.

 

2.        Hon. Sen. Mavhunga

             Hon. Sen. Mugabe

 

             That This House;

 

       ACKNOWLWDGING the preamble of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which among  

        others recognize the need to overcome all challenges and obstacles that impede our     

        progress;

 

COGNISANT of the fact that the Information Communication Technology (ICT) is becoming an important catalyst for socio-economic development in the global economy;

NOTING the urgent need to address the ICT divide between the rural and urban and the young and the old people in our country;

ALSO NOTING that ICT illiteracy among some sections of our community is hindering economic progress and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) whose theme is “leave no one behind”;

APPLAUDING government initiatives to setting up community information centers throughout the country and prioritizing ICT literacy from the Early Childhood Development (ECD) level;  

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon the Ministry of Information, Communication Technology and Cyber Security to-

a)      Prioritise installation of the fiber optic infrastructure in all rural areas;

b)      roll out an ICT literacy programme targeting the middle aged and rural populace in order to overcome challenges and obstacles that hinder progress;

c)      take appropriate measures to ensure internet services are easily accessible and affordable

d)     expedite the Cyber Crime Bill in order to protect citizens from online abuses.

 

3.         Hon. Sen. Mohadi

             Hon. Sen. Mawire

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the 41st Plenary Assembly of the SADC – Parliamentary Forum, held in Mahe, Seychelles, from 4th to 15th July 2017.

 

 

 

4.   Adjourned debate on motion on the call on the Executive to provide alternative resettlement areas for communities from Zvehamba, Mahatshe and Matankeni (Adjourned 13th March, 2018- Hon. Sen. Marava.

 

 [Days elapsed: 5]

 

Question proposed:     That this House-

 

DISTURBED by the lack of commitment by the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement to provide alternative resettlement areas for communities from Zwehamba; Mahatshe; and Matankeni evicted to pave way for developmental national projects;

CONCERNED at the apparent lack of consideration for such communities who had to bear the brutal brunt of oppression in 1947 when they resisted eviction;

COGNIZANT that it is their right to enjoy the fruits and the benefits of the war of liberation in view of their heroic exploits when they resisted colonial oppression;

MINDFUL that such communities have to be involved in the Command Agriculture Programme which was launched in 2016, a year which coincided with their unscheduled evictions.

NOW THEREFORE; calls upon the Executive to expeditiously resolve the issue of providing arable land to sixty-two households from Zwehamba; Mahatshe; and Matankeni areas in the Matobo District so that they can resume their farming activities unperturbed so as to live a prosperous and stable life premised on peace and stability which is requisite in the whole of Zimbabwe – Hon. Sen. Mlotshwa

 

5.         Adjourned debate on motion on protection of consumers from corruption (Adjourned 13th March, 2018- Hon. Sen. Mawire)

 

 [Days elapsed: 9]

 

Question proposed:     That this House-

 

MINDFUL of the need to protect consumers from unscrupulous business people bent on maximizing profits at the expense of the majority of the people;

 

DESIROUS to have consumers that fully appreciate the role of the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe, the law enforcement agency and other agencies of the State that protect them from exploitation of their hard earned cash;

 

CONCERNED at the ineptitude and flippant attitude by banking institutions who cover up for their inefficiencies under the guise of network system that are always alleged to be down;

 

DISTURBED by unwarranted price hikes for goods on hire purchase that have seen consumers falling victim to malpractices by individuals who have even gone to the extent of siphoning some civil servants’ salaries without their knowledge through the Salary Service Bureau.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls for concerted efforts by the State to stamp out such corrupt practices by formulating effective Consumer friendly laws to protect Zimbabwean citizens and thereby instill a sense of confidence in the economy among our people. Hon. Sen. Mawire.

 

6.          Adjourned debate on motion on the report of the delegation to the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development (Adjourned 14th March, 2018- Hon. Sen. Tawengwa)

 

 [Day elapsed: 1]

 

Question proposed:  That this House takes note of the Report of the delegation to the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development held in Bali, Indonesia from 6th to 7th September, 2017- Hon. Sen. Mtshane.

 

7.         Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Indigenisation and Empowerment on the Circumstances Surrounding the Non-Establishment of Community Share Ownership Trusts in Mudzi and Mutoko Districts. (S.C. 10, 2017). (Adjourned 13th March, 2018 – Hon. Sen. Tawengwa.

 

                                                                              [Days elapsed: 34]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report that the Thematic Committee on Indigenisation and Empowerment on the Circumstances Surrounding the Non-Establishment of Community Share Ownership Trusts in Mudzi and Mutoko Districts (S.C. 10, 2017)—Hon. Sen. Tawengwa.

 

8.         Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on

       Sustainable Development Goals on SDG No. 3 (Adjourned 7th March, 2018-

 The Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province)

                                                                                         

                                                                                          [Days elapsed: 41]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Sustainable Development Goals on SDG No. 3: “Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-being for all at all ages”, (S. C. 8, 2017) – Hon. Sen. Chief Mtshane

 

9.         Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Peace and Security on the Preparedness of the Grain Marketing Board to handle the 2016/2017 Crop Deliveries and the Success of the Command Agriculture Programme (Adjourned, 7th March, 2018—The Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province).

 

                                                                                          [Days elapsed: 30]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Peace and Security on the Preparedness of the Grain Marketing Board to handle the 2016/2017 Crop Deliveries and the Success of the Command Agriculture Programme (S. C. 15, 2017)- Hon. Sen. Mumvuri.

 

    

10.       Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Parliament of Zimbabwe   

            Delegation to the Eighth Retreat of the Association of Senates, Shoora and   

            Equivalent Councils in Africa and the Arab World (ASSECAA) (Adjourned 7th

            March, 2018- The Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province)

 

          [Days elapsed: 15]

 

            Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Parliament of Zimbabwe Delegation to the Eighth Retreat of the Association of Senates, Shoora and Equivalent Councils in Africa and the Arab World (ASSECAA), held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 20th to 21st May 2017- Hon. Sen. Sinampande.

 

11.      Committee:  To resume on an Adverse Report by the Parliamentary Legal Committee on Statutory Instrument No. 79 of 2017-Agricultural Marketing Authority (Command Agriculture Scheme for Domestic Crop, Livestock and Fisheries Production) Regulations, 2017—Hon. Samukange

 

 

 

 

MEETINGS OF COMMITTEES

 

 Thursday, 15th March 2018

 

At 0900 hours in Committee Room 4. 

 

Peace and Security: Hon. Sen.  Mumvuri D.D.E -  (Chairperson) Hon. Sen. Carter M,  Hon. Sen. Chabuka K., Hon.Sen. Charumbira Chief, Hon. Sen. Chiduku Chief, Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi A, Hon. Sen. Chipanga, Hon. Sen. Dandawa Chief, Gampu Chief, Hon. Sen. Jadagu G.T, Hon. Sen. Komichi M, Hon. Sen. Machingaifa T, Hon. Sen. Makone T, Hon. Sen. Makore J, Hon. Sen. Marava M, Hon. Sen. Mawire J, Hon. Sen. Mohadi T.B, Hon. Sen. Musaka M.B, Hon. Sen. Musarurwa Chief, Hon. Ncube S., Hon. Sen. Ngungumbane Chief, Hon. Sen. Rtd Gen. Nyambuya M, Hon. Sen. Nyamukoho Chief, Hon. Sen. Ntabeni Chief, Hon. Sen. Sibanda A, Hon. Sen. Sinampande H.M, Hon. Sen. Timveos. (Committee Clerk—Ms. E. Masara)

 

 

At 1000 hours in Committee Room No. 413

 

Indigenisation and Empowerment: Hon. Sen. Mavhunga M- (Chairperson), Hon. Sen. Bhebe M, Hon. Sen. Bhobho H. Hon. Sen. Chimanikire A, Hon. Sen. Chief Chitanga, Hon.  Sen. Dandawa Chief, Hon. Sen. Goto R, Hon. Sen. Maluleke O. M, Hon. Sen.  Marozva Chief, Hon. Sen. Mashavakure N, Hon. Sen. Matiriira A, Hon Sen. Mavhunga M, Hon. Sen. Mlotshwa S, Hon. Sen. Murwira T, Sen. Ndlovu J, Hon. Sen. Chief Nembire, Hon. Sen.  Nyamukoho Chief, Hon. Sen.  Nyangazonke Chief, Hon. Sen. Nyathi R, Hon. Sen.Tawengwa C.Z.  (Committee Clerk—Mrs. E. Mafuruse).

 

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