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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VOTES 22 FEBRUARY 2017 NO 40

 

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PARLIAMENT

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

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FOURTH SESSION – EIGHTH PARLIAMENT

 

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WEDNESDAY, 22ND FEBRUARY, 2017

 

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Quarter past two o’clock pm.

The Acting Speaker in the Chair.

 

Prayers.

 

Members Present

Beremauro G;

Bimha M C;

Budha - Masara

Bunjira R

Chamisa N

Chapfika D

Chibagu G

Chibaya A

Chidhakwa S

Chigumba C C.

Chikomba L

Chikukwa M

Chikuni E

Chikwinya N

Chimanikire G

Chimwamurombe A

Chinanzvavana C

Chinotimba J

Chirisa F

Chisorochengwe T.

Chitembwe V J

Chitura L

Chiwa D

Chiwetu J Z

Cross E G

Dutiro P.

Dube S

Dube T.J

Dziva T M

Gabbuza J.G.

Gangarahwe G.

Gava M

Gezi T

Goche N

Gonese I.T

Gumbo S

Gwanetsa K K

Hlongwane M

Holder J

Hungwa  G

Kachepa N

Kanhanga E W

Karoro D

Katsiru L.

Kaundikiza M

Kazembe K

Khanye N

Khumalo M

Khumalo T

Khupe T

Kwaramba G

Labode M R

Mabuwa C

Machingauta C

Madubeko J

Madzinga P

Mahiya M

Mahoka S

Majaya B

Makari Z.

Makoni R R

Makonya J

Makunde T

Makweya M

Mandiwanzira S C

Mangami D

Mangwende S

Maondera W

Mapiki J

Maridadi J

Marumahoko R

Masamvu L

Mashakada T

Mashonganyika D

Masiya D

Masuku P

Matambanadzo M

Matangaidze T

Matienga M

Matsunga S.

Mawere M RN S

Maziwisa P.

Mhlanga N J

Mhona F T

Misihairambwi P M

Mkandla M

Mlilo N.

Mpala M.

Mpariwa P

Mpofu B

Mpofu M M

Mpofu S

Muchenje F

Muchenje M S

Mudambo T

Mudarikwa S

Mudzuri E

Mudyiwa M.

Mufunga A

Mugidho M.

Munochinzwa M

Musabayana D.

Mukupe T.

Mukwangwariwa F G

Mukwena R

Munengami F

Munochinzwa M.

Mupereri V.

Mupfumi I F

Murai E

Musanhi K S

Mushohwe C

Musundire A L

Musvaire W

Mutomba W

Mutseyami P C

Muzondiwa E S

Ncube D M

Ncube G M

Ncube H

Ncube O

Ndebele A

Ndhlovu  Annastancia

Ndlovu M S

Ndlovu N

Ndoro L F

Nduna D

 Nguni S R

Nhambu B.

Nhema C F.D.;

Nkatazo M M

Nkomo Mail

Nleya L

Nyamupinga B B

Nyanhongo M

Nyere C

Pedzisai I

Phiri F P

Rudzirwayi J M

Runesu B

Samkange J T

Sansole T W

Saruwaka T J.L.;

Seremwe B.

Shamu W K

Shava J.

Sibanda D

Sibanda D P

Sibanda K.

Sibanda L

Sibanda M

Sibanda Z

Sithole G K

Sindi C

Tarusenga U  D

Thembani S Z

Toffa J

Tshuma D

Tshuma J.

Tsomondo C

Uta K.

Vutete M

Wadyajena J M

Zemura L

Zhou P

Ziyambi Z

Zvidzai S

Zwizwai M   

 

 

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

 

Hon. Mnangagwa E.D.

Hon. Made

Hon. Muzenda

Hon. Dokora

Hon. Mupfumira

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printed by Order of the House

Absent with leave

 

Hon Ziyambi; Hon. Katsiru; Hon Mawere – Mubvumbi; Hon. Matsikenyere; Hon. Kagonye; Hon Gonese; Hon. Wadyajena; Hon Misihairabwi – Mushonga; Hon. Zhou T.; Hon. Majome; Hon. Mtingwende; Hon. Ndlovu D.; Hon. Nguni; Hon Chasi; Hon. Chakona; Hon Machingura; Hon Mataruse; Hon. Shongedza; Hon. Mawere; Hon. Kadungure; Hon Chimwamurombe; Hon. Chigudu

 

1.                  Questions without notice.

2.                  Questions with notice.

3.                  On the motion of the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development: The House adjourned at five minutes to five o’clock pm, until Tuesday, 28 February, 2017 at a quarter past two o’clock in the afternoon.

 

 

 

R. MARUMAHOKO,

Acting Speaker.

 

 

 

TUESDAY, 28TH FEBRUARY, 2017

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

 

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

 

2.         Adjourned debate on motion on the Second reading of the ZEP – RE (Membership

of Zimbabwe and Branch Office Agreement) Bill, (H.B. 9, 2016) (Adjourned 7th February, 2017The Minister of Finance and Economic Development).

 

[Days elapsed: 6]

 

Question proposed: That the ZEP – RE (Membership of Zimbabwe and Branch Office Agreement) Bill, (H.B. 9, 2016) be now read a second time- The Minister of Finance and Economic Development.

 

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

 

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

 

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

December 2016 – Hon Rungani)

 

[Time elapsed: 3 hours38 minutes]

 

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

 

May it please you, your Excellency the President:

 

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

 

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

 

 

7.                  Hon. Chitindi

Hon. Chidhakwa

 

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

Mechanisation and Irrigation Development on Cotton Sector Production (S. C. 16,

2016) which was superseded by the end of the Third Session of the Eighth

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

 

8.         Hon. Chitindi

Hon. Chidhakwa

 

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

Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development on the operations of the

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

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

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

 

9.         Hon. Zindi

            Hon. Maondera

 

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

 

10.       Hon. Paradza

            Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga

 

            That the motion on the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs on the bilateral visit to the Parliament of Kuwait, held from 25th to the 29th April, 2016, which was superseded by the end of the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament, be restored on the Order Paper, in terms of Standing Order No. 73.

 

 

11.       Hon. Paradza

            Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga

 

            That the motion on the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs on the exchange visit to the Palestine Legislative Council, held from 15th to the 20th May, 2016, which was superseded by the end of the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament, be restored on the Order Paper, in terms of Standing Order No. 73.

 

12.       Hon. Paradza

            Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga

 

            That the motion on the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs on the visit to embassies, held from 16th to the 19th November, 2016, which was superseded by the end of the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament, be restored on the Order Paper, in terms of Standing Order No. 73.

 

13.       Hon. Chiwetu

            Hon. Chimanikire

           

            That the 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), which was superseded by the end of the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament, be restored on the Order Paper, in terms of Standing Order No. 73.

 

14.       Hon. Chiwetu

            Hon. Chimanikire

 

            That the motion on the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services on the Attempted Jail Break at Chikurubi Maximum Prison, which was superseded by the end of the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament, be restored on the Order Paper, in terms of Standing Order No. 73.

 

15.       Hon. Musundire

            Hon. D. S. Sibanda

 

            That the motion on the Conditions in Prisons, which was superseded by the end of the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament be restored on the Order Paper in terms of Standing Order No. 72.

 

16.       Hon. Chamisa

            Hon. Mlilo

 

            That the motion on the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services on the Mobile Telecommunication Sector in Zimbabwe, which was superseded by the end of the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament of Zimbabwe be restored on the Order Paper in terms of Standing Order No. 72.

 

17.       Hon. Majome

            Hon. Maondera

           

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

       

18.       Hon. Simbanegavi

            Hon. Mlilo

           

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

 

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

 

19.       Hon. Dr. Chimedza

Hon. D.P. Sibanda

 

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

 

20.       Hon. Zindi

Hon. MAondera

 

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

 

21.       Hon. Nduna

Hon. Masamvu

 

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

 

22.       Hon. Mpariwa

            Hon. Marumahoko

 

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

 

23.       Hon. Nduna

            Hon. Musanhi

 

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

 

24.       Hon. Mandipaka

Hon. Muderedzwa

 

That this House-

 

             AWARE that Zimbabwe is a peace loving nation;

 

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

            

             WORRIED by vicious attacks on police officers and security agents;

 

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

 

NOW THEREFORE calls upon Parliament to resolve to:

 

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

 

(b)     Calls upon the Government of Zimbabwe Republic Police to arrest all those

  rowdy youths involved in acts of violence and to facilitate their prosecution; and

 

(c)     Asks the Minister of Home Affairs to make a statement on the state of affairs

with regards to recent political violence and to assure the nation of its safety

and security.

 

25.       Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga

            Hon. Toffa

 

            That this House -

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(a)                All processes of identifying providers of services to government are

conducted in a transparent and accountable manner.

 

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

 

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

 

26.        Hon. Chamisa

Hon. Gonese

 

            That this House-

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

NOW THEREFORE, Parliament calls upon the Government to:

 

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

 

(b)      Chip in on the social welfare and support to the Dzamara family,

particularly the wife and children as restorative and rehabilitative measures;

 

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

 

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

      and that victims receive restorative and rehabilitative justice.

 

27.        Hon. Chamisa

Hon. D. P.  Sibanda

 

That this House:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

                        Officers;

 

(c) Immediately implement a training of Police on human rights as part of their

            curriculum in terms of the Constitution;

 

(d) Put in place an act of Parliament setting up an Independent Complaints

Mechanism for members of the public as contemplated by Section 210 of the National Constitution; and

 

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

conduct of such officers.

 

28.        Hon. Budha - Masara

Hon. Maondera

 

That this House:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

NOW THEREFORE, this House calls upon the Executive;

 

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

 

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

chain within the policy;

 

(c)     To extensively address the issue of seed unavailability and improved research on new seed varieties for small grains; and

 

(d)     To review the “Seed Act” and bring to Parliament to approve for ratification

of COMESA Seed Trade Harmonisation Regulations in order to open up new opportunities to small grain farmers.

 

29.        Hon.  Holder

Hon. Ruvai

 

That this House:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

CONCERNED at the consequences of not been reopened

 

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

 

NOW, THEREFORE, this House resolves that:

 

(a)    Through the government, a board be set to run the affairs of the Mines

through a properly structured administration;

 

(b)  The board secures a new investor to resuscitate the Mines and that it be

revived in line with dictates of the ZIMASSET Blueprint;

 

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

     improved.

 

(d)  The flagship of the town be raised.

 

30.       Hon. Ndebele

Hon. Maridadi

 

That this House –

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon the Executive to:

 

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

 

(b)   facilitate public participation in the processes, as outlined in regional and international instruments on broadcasting; and

 

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

content production.

 

31.       Hon. Nduna

            Hon. R. Mpofu

 

            That this House -

 

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

 

CONCERNED that despite various awareness programmes initiated by both the

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

 

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

 

ACKNOWLEDGING the various initiatives taken by Government in post-

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, CALLS UPON THE GOVERNMENT TO:

 

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

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

affordable to the majority of people living with disabilities;

 

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

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

people living with disabilities and needing such learning and education.

 

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

of Persons Living with Disabilities and the new Constitution to improve

the lives of the affected disabled persons; and,

 

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

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

 

32.       Hon. M. S. Ndlovu

            Hon. Matangira

           

            That this House;

 

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

 

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

 

33.       Hon. Majome

            Hon. Maondera.

 

            That this House -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOW THEREFORE this house resolves that;

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

34.       Hon. M. S. Ndlovu

            Hon. Mkandla

           

            That this House:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

35.       Hon. S. Mpofu

            Hon. Seremwe

 

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

 

36.       Hon. Mhlanga

            Hon. Chibaya

           

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

 

37.       Hon. Nyamupinga

            Hon. Masamvu

           

            That this House -

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

NOW THEREFORE calls upon Government to enact legislation that

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

38.              Hon. Nyamupinga

            Hon. Zindi

 

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

 

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

 

            Conveys its profound condolences to the family of the deceased.

 

 

39.       Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare on the Administration of the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) (Reinstated 1stDecember, 2016 –Hon. Kwaramba).

 

[Days elapsed: 29]

 

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

 

40.       Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development on the Operations of the National Railways of Zimbabwe (Reinstated 1st December, 2016 Hon Nduna).

 

[Days elapsed: 40]

 

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.        

 

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

 

[Days elapsed: 14]

 

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

 

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

 

[Days elapsed: 19]

Question proposed: That this House –

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Youth, Indigenization and Economic Empowerment on Marange-Zimunya

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

 

[Days elapsed: 23]

 

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

 

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

      Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development on the Operational

      Environment and Economic Contributions of small and Medium Enterprises and

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

Mangami).

 

[Days elapsed: 24]

 

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

 

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

 

[Days elapsed: 56]

           

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

 

 

46.       Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Analysis of the Findings of the Auditor General on the 2013 Appropriations Funds and State Enterprises and Parastatals Accounts. (Reinstated 1st December, 2016 -Hon. Mpariwa).

 

               [Days elapsed: 34]

 

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

 

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

 

[Days elapsed: 32]

 

            Question proposed: That this House;

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

            NOW THEREFORE, call upon the Executive to:

 

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

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

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

48.      Committee of Supply.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 1ST MARCH, 2017

 

           QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

t    QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

*           QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

 

*1.       Hon. D. P. Sibanda : To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to state whether the Ministry has a policy to compensate the people who were displaced from the Zambezi Valley during the period 1955-1958 to pave way for the construction of Kariba Dam.

 

[Transferred from 21st December 2016]

*2.       Hon. Tarusenga: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to state the level of preparedness for the country in terms of moving towards the green economy.

[Deferred from 8th February, 2017]

*3.       Hon. Tarusenga: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to inform the House when the government is going to ratify Paris Agreement so that the country starts to access the “adaptation fund” which other countries are already accessing.

[Deferred from 8th February, 2017]

*4.       Hon. Mukwangwariwa: To ask the Minister of Environment Water and Climate to inform the House what measures the Ministry is putting in place to ensure that water bodies are not washed away in times of floods as was the case at Jonga D. Farm, in Zvimba East Constituency.

 

[Deferred from 15th February, 2017]

 

*5.       Hon. Kanhanga:  To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to inform the House whether there are any funds allocated for the completion of Dande Dam in the 2017 Budget.

 

[Deferred from 15th February, 2017]

*6.       Hon. Kanhanga:  To ask the Minister of Environment Water and Climate to inform the House whether there are any plans for the construction of weirs, since  Guruve District  has requested  to submit possible sites for the construction of weirs as was done the previous year.

 

[Deferred from 15th February, 2017]

*7.       Hon Moyo L.:  To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to inform the House when the bore holes which the Minister said would be drilled under an emergency drought relief fund in 2016 would start in Mwenezi District.

 

                                                                                    [Deferred from 22nd February, 2017]

 

 

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

[Deferred from 8th February, 2017]

*9.       Hon. Saruwaka:  To ask the Minister of Rural Development and Preservation of Culture and Heritage when is the government going to officially install Headman Frank Takura Sarupinda I.D. – 63 – 029260 – P 50 of Rupinda Area in Mutasa District who has been acting in that position without getting any government benefits / allowances/ recognition since 2008.

[Deferred from 22nd February, 2017]

 

*10.     Hon Khumalo. M: To ask the Minister of Rural Development and Preservation of Culture and Heritage to inform the House when the following traditional healersin Lupane district would be appointed

 

a)      Chief Gumede

b)      Headman Kheswa

c)      Headman Matshazi

d)     Headman Mbanjwa

e)      Headman Ngubo

f)       Headman Thebe

g)      Headman Joko

[Deferred from 22nd February, 2017]

*11.     Hon. Khumalo. M: To ask the Minister of Rural Development and Preservation of Culture and Heritage to inform the House when the following traditional healers in Lupane district would be appointed:

 

(a)    Chief Gumede

(b)   Headman Kheswa

(c)    Headman Matshazi

(d)   Headman Mbanjwa

(e)    Headman Ngubo

(f)    Headman Thebe

(g)   Headman Joko

[Deferred from 8th February, 2017]

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

 

[Deferred from 30th November, 2016]

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

 

[Deferred from 30th November, 2016]

 

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

[Deferred from 8th February, 2017]

*15.     Hon. Mavhenyengwa:  To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce to inform the House on the distressed industries which are failing to operate due to outstanding water bills dating as far back as the Zimbabwe dollar era and to state whether there would be a reprieve for Industries.

 

[Deferred from 15th February, 2017]

 

*16.     Hon. Mavhenyengwa: To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce to state government policy as regards the monopoly of selling sugar cane products in the Lowveld area, particularly to Tongaat Hullets.

 

[Deferred from 15th February, 2017]

*17.     Hon. Mavenyengwa:  To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce to

(a)    Explain Government Policy on sugar cane miller, Tongaat Hullet in Chiredzi who has a monopoly on milling sugar and does not want to give more than two hundred indigenous farmers, milling quota to enable them to sell them sugar cane and;

 

(b)   To further state how Government intends to protect such farmers from losing their crop if not bought by Tongaat Hullet.

 

(c)    State whether Government has any plans for accommodating more millers in this industry as is the case in the tobacco Industry which has many floors.

 

[Deferred from 22nd February, 2017]

 

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

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

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

[Deferred from 22nd February, 2017]

 

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

[Deferred from 22nd February, 2017]

 

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

[Deferred from 22nd February, 2017]

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

[Deferred from 22nd February, 2017]

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

*26.     Hon. Kanhanga:  To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development to inform the House what the Ministry is doing to bring sanity in cases where beneficiaries;

 

(a)    Did not have land and capacity and have converted inputs to personal use.

(b)   Have not paid back anything ever since they were allocated land.

(c)    Have abused inputs at district level and have not utilized the land despite the fact that they were supplied with requisite measures at the express of productive farmers.

 

*27.     Hon. Ndlovu M.S: To ask the Minister of Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation Development to inform the House when silos would be provided at the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) depot in Plumtree.

 

*28.     Hon. Mudarikwa: To ask the Minister of Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation Development to explain to the House

 

(a)    Why the Grain Marketing Board (G.M.B) has flighted on an advertisement for a tender of 50 000 metric tonnes of maize and to further clarify whether that is not an indirect way of setting the price of maize  as GMB does not seem to have a set price for maize.

 

(b)   Why the advertised tender is meant for millers only and no other consumers of maize.

 

*29.     Hon. Kanhanga: To ask the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services to appraise the House as to when the four sites for base stations identified by engineers in Guruve North Constituency, namely Zembelipinda, Nyamanyi, Bakasa, and Nyamaseve will be installed, considering that most of the sites are in low lying areas / dead ground.

 

*30.     Hon. Ndlovu M S: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to inform the House when a bridge would be constructed across Tjankwa river considering that pupils spend as many as 2 to 3 weeks without attending lessons owing to the flooded river.

 

*31.     Hon. Sansole: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to inform the house what plans are in place to repair the damaged culvert along the Hwange Deka Road, about 17km outside Hwange town where the gravel surface below the tarmac has been eroded to the extent that the road surface has collapsed posing a serious hazard to the lives of motorists.

 

*32.     Hon. Sansole:  To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to inform the House the measures that the Ministry has put in place to make it obligatory for the coal mining companies between Hwange Town and Deka River to repair the Hwange – Deka road which has been extensively damaged by heavy vehicles plying that route.

 

*33.     Hon Ndlovu S.M.:  To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to inform the House the Ministry’s position regarding a newspaper article to the effect that Plumtree / Tsholotsho roads was tarred.

 

*34.     Hon Ndlovu S.M.:  To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to explain why the Westfield Tsholotsho road has not been graded for the past 15 years yet its feeder roads are graded yearly.

 

*35.     Hon Ndlovu S.M.:  To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development whether the Ministry is aware that District Development Fund has failed to repair the Natane River Bridge connecting Plumtree and Somnene Irrigation Scheme.

 

 

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

 

*36.     Hon Moyo L.:  To ask the Minister of Local Government Public Works and National Housing to inform the house, what steps the Ministry is taking to rehabilitate the Manyuchi bridge below Manyuchi Dam and the Chipwe bridges in Maranda Area which link Mberengwa, Mwenezi and Beitbridge in Matabeleland South.

 

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

 

*38.     Hon Vutete:  To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to inform the House when the Ministry would connect electricity in the following schools in Chivi South Constituency:

 

(a)    Simudzirai Primary School

(b)   Chehaya Primary School

(c)    Runesu Primary School

(d)   Tokwe Primary School.

 

            THURSDAY, 2ND MARCH, 2017

 

            ORDER OF THE DAY

 

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

[Days elapsed: 2]

 

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

 

 

BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION BY THE PARLIAMENTARY LEGAL COMMITTEE

 

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

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

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