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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VOTES 27 JUNE 2019 NO 67

 

No. 67

 

 

PARLIAMENT

 

 

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

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FIRST SESSION – NINTH PARLIAMENT

 

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THURSDAY, 27TH   JUNE, 2019

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Quarter past two o’clock pm.

The Speaker in the Chair.

 

Prayers.

 

Members Present

Banda G;

Banda S,

Biti L. T.,

Bvute O.,

Chamisa S.,

Chanda G. ,

Chibagu G.,

Chibaya A,

Chidakwa J.,

Chidakwa P.

Chidamba S.,

Chihururu C.,

Chikomba L.,

Chikudo Rueben,

Chikukwa M. R,

Chikuni E.,

Chikwama B.,

Chimbaira G.,

Chimina L.,

Chingosho C. P.

Chinotimba J.,

Chinyanganya M.,

Chitura L,

Dube B,

Dube G,

Dube P,

Dzepasi G,

Gonese I T,

Gorerino O.,

Gozho C,

Gwanongodza E.,

Houghton J. R,

Jaja J.,

Kabozo S.,

Kachepa N.,

Kambamura P.,

Kankuni W,

Kapuya F.,

Karenyi L.,

Karumazondo M. T.,

Kashambe M. T.,

Kashiri C.,

Khumalo T.,

Kwaramba G.,

Labode M. R.

Maboyi R M.,

Machakarika T.,

Machingauta C.

Machingura R,

Madhuku J,

Madiro M,

Madiwa C.,

Majaya B.,

Makoni R R,

Makonya J,

Mamombe J,

Maphosa L.,

Markham A. N.,

Maronge C.,

Masango C. P.,

Masenda N. T,

Mashakada T.

Masuku P.,

Matambanadzo M.,

Matangira T. R,

Mataruse P.,

Matsikenyere N.,

Matsunga S.,

Mavenyengwa R.,

Mavetera T. A.,

Mavhunga M,

Mavima P,

Mchenje S. M.,

Mguni S K,

Mhona F T,

Mkandla M.,

Mkaratigwa E.,

Mlambo M. M.,

Mliswa M T,

Mnangagwa T. M.,

Molokela-Tsiye F D,

Moyo C.,

Moyo Peter,

Moyo Priscilla,

Mpofu A.,

Mpofu M. M.,

Mpofu R.,

Muchimwe P T,

Mukapiko D. L.,

Mukuhlani T.,

Mukunyaidze S. E. I.,

Munetsi J.,

Muponora N.,

Murai E,

Murambiwa O,

Musabayana D.,

Mushayi M.,

Mushonga P. M.,

Mutambisi C,

Mutodi E.,

Mutomba W.,

Mutseyami C. P,

Ncube F.,

Ncube Ophar,

Ndebele A.,

Ndlovu N,

Ndlovu S.,

Nduna D. T.,

Ngwenya S.,

Nkani A.,

Nkomo M,

Nyamudeza S,

Nyashanu M. Dr,

Nyathi R. R,

Nyoni I,

Omar Joosbi,

Paradza K.,

Rungani A,

Sacco J. K.,

Saizi T.

Samambwa E.,

Samukange J. T.,

Sanyatwe C.,

Sewera J N,

Shamu W. K.,

Shava J.,

Shirichena E.,

Shongedza E.,

Shumbamhini H.,

Sibanda D. S.,

Sibanda M.,

Sibanda O.,

Sibanda Z.,

Sikhala J.,

Singo L,

Sithole James,

Sithole Josiah,

Sithole S,

Svuure D,

Tarusenga U D,

Taruvinga F.,

Tekeshe D.,

Toffa J.,

Tongofa M.,

Tungamirai T.,

Wadyajena J M.,

Zemura L,

Zhemu S,

Zhou P,

Zhou T,

Ziyambi ,

Zwizwai M.

 

 

 

 

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

Absent with Leave

 

                                     

Hon. Chiyangwa P.; Hon Karikoga; Hon. Moyo T.

 

 

1.         Papers laid upon the Table-

 

The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs (for the Minister of Finance and Economic Development)

 

Report of the Auditor-General for the Financial Year Ended December 31, 2018 on Appropriation Accounts, Finance and Revenue Statements and Fund Accounts [by Chapter22:18].

 

Report of the Auditor-General for the Financial Year Ended December 31, 2018 on State Enterprises and Parastatals [by Chapter 22:18].

 

Report of the Auditor-General for the Financial Year Ended December 31, 2018 on Local Authorities [by Chapter 22:18].

 

2.         The Speaker informed the House that he had received information from the doctors that Hon. Sen. Mathuthu who was reportedly unwell would be released from hospital today.

3.         The Speaker also informed the House the late Hon. Katson Ringirisai Gumbwanda, the Member of Parliament of Zaka East Constituency would be laid to rest in his rural home in Muzvidzwa village under Chief Bota on Saturday, 29th June 2019. He advised the House that a church service would be held on Friday 28th June 2019 at 1100 hours at Nyaradzo Funeral Services along Chitepo Street in Harare.

4.         The Speaker made a ruling regarding the request by Hon. Biti on the failure by the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to table the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) Forensic Audit Report as follows:

On Wednesday 26, June 2019 in the National Assembly, Hon. Biti asked the Hon. Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Hon. Dr. Kanhutu Nzenza when she would table the National Social Security Authority Special Forensic Audit Report.  He voiced concern that the time limits defined in Section 11 and 12 of the Audit Act had already expired.  The Hon. Speaker reminded the Hon. Minister that she had indicated that she would table the said report in 30 days, and later had said within 14 days.  The Hon. Minister then indicated that the Audit Office Act does not provide a time frame within which the report ought to be tabled.  The Speaker said that since a question of law had been raised, he would attend to it and make a determination accordingly. 

 

This ruling seeks to resolve the matter of tabling of forensic reports made by the Auditor-General upon request by the responsible Minister.  It will also address the matter of tabling of the Auditor General’s reports in terms of section 12 of the Audit Act.

 

Reports by the Auditor-General in terms of section 10 of the Act

Section 10 of the Act makes reference to annual reports that are to be made by the Auditor-General. Section 10 reads as follows—

 

10 Annual report of Comptroller and Auditor-General

(1) The Comptroller and Auditor-General, after examining the accounts transmitted to him or her in terms of section 35(6) and (7) of the Public Finance Management Act [Chapter 22:19], and the accounts of any public entity, designated corporate body or statutory fund, and after signing a certificate recording the result of his or her examination, shall—

(a)   prepare and submit to the Minister, not later than the 30th of June in each year, a report on the outcome of his or her examination and audit of the accounts referred to him or her in terms of section 6(1); and

(b)   transmit to the appropriate Minister his or her certificate upon his or her examination and audit of such accounts, together with any report which he or she may consider necessary.

 

(2) The Comptroller and Auditor-General shall set out in his or her annual   report—

(a)   if, in his or her opinion, any payment out of public moneys which has been made in terms of the Public Finance Management Act [Chapter 22:19], to any Minister, Deputy Minister or other member of Parliament is one on which the Comptroller and Auditor-General should report to Parliament, a statement showing the name of the Minister, Deputy Minister or member receiving such payment, the total amount received and the service in respect of which the payment was made;

(b)   any other matters relating to the audit of public accounts which the Comptroller and Auditor-General thinks should be brought to the attention of Parliament.”

 

The reports envisioned in section 10 are annual audit reports to the Minister or an appropriate Minister, which the Auditor-General has no discretion over. He or she is compelled to submit reports to the Minister or an appropriate Minister within the provided timelines. Reports made in terms of section 10 are then brought to Parliament by the Minister to whom it is submitted and laid before Parliament.  

 

Reports by the Auditor-General in terms of section 11 of the Act

Whereas section 11 of the Act addresses the matter of “Special Reports”, it reads—

11 Special reports

(1) If at any time it appears to the Comptroller and Auditor-General desirable that any matter relating to public moneys or State property should be drawn to the attention of Public Accounts Committee without undue delay, he or she shall prepare a special report in relation to such matter and transmit—

(a)   that report to the Minister; and

(b)   if it relates to a public entity, designated corporate body or statutory fund, a copy of that report to the appropriate Minister.

(2) The Comptroller and Auditor General may make a special report in terms of subsection (1) relating to any matter incidental to the powers and duties of the Comptroller and Auditor-General under this Act or any other enactment.

(3) If at any time it appears desirable to the Public Accounts Committee that any matter relating to public moneys or State property should be reported upon by the Comptroller and Auditor-General, the Committee shall direct the Comptroller and Auditor-General to prepare a special report thereon for the transmission to the Committee and—

(a)   to the Minister; and

(b)   if it relates to a public entity, designated corporate body or statutory fund, to the appropriate Minister.”

 

There are, therefore, two instances within which the Public Accounts Committee may receive a special report, these are —

 

  1. At the instance of the Auditor-General in matters relating to public moneys or State property;  and
  2. At the instance of the Public Accounts Committee where it directs the Auditor-General to prepare a report on any matter relating to public moneys or State property.

 

Special Audits at the instance of Government in terms of section 309(2)(b) of the Constitution

At the instance of Government/Minister the Auditor-General can be requested to carry out a special audit of the accounts of any statutory body or government-controlled entity in matters relating to public moneys or State property; and submit such reports to the relevant   Minister. This is done in terms of section 309(2)(b) of the Constitution which states that, “The function of the Auditor-General- is to-

at the request of the Government, carry out special audits of the accounts of any statutory body or government controlled entity.”

Further, the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act in section 40 states that:

(1)   If a line Minister considers it necessary or desirable to do so, the line  Minister may by notice in the Gazette direct that a special investigation be conducted into such matters concerning the operations, dealings, affairs, membership, assets or liabilities of a public entity for which he or she is the responsible Minister, as may be specified in the notice.

(2)   A special investigation may take the form, or be inclusive of, a special or forensic audit of the public entity in question.

The requesting Ministry or entity must state the specific issues to be covered by the forensic audit in the terms of reference. It can, thus, be inferred that Forensic Reports may be deemed Special Reports in instances where they are instigated by the Minister in terms of section 309(2)(b) of the Constitution as read together with section 40 of the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act.

Are Forensic Reports Special Reports

Definition and purpose of forensic audits

The Constitution and the Act do not define Forensic Audit. However, Investopedia defines forensic audit as follows: “A forensic audit is an examination and evaluation of a firm's or individual's financial information for use as evidence in court. A forensic audit can be conducted in order to prosecute a party for fraud, embezzlement or other financial claims.”[1] According to the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) definition, “forensic auditing is a type of audit specialised in discovering, disclosing and following up on frauds and crimes”. The primary purpose of a forensic audit is to develop evidence for review by law enforcement agents and the judiciary. Whereas an “audit” is defined in section 2 of the Public Accounts and Auditors Act as “the verification or certification of financial statements, financial transactions, books, accounts or records.”

The primary difference between financial and forensic audits lies in the purpose of the audit. A financial audit confirms the validity of a company’s financial records, providing investors and creditors with confidence in the financial information. Forensic auditing uses accounting and auditing knowledge skills to establish fraud, corruption and other improprieties. A forensic report has legal consequences and can be used in courts to help resolve disputes.  Forensic audits relate directly to an issue defined by the audit client. A forensic audit is requested by a client wherever the entity’s finances present a legal concern emanating from the financial audit report highlighting possibilities of financial improprieties or fraud. The Auditor’s report must meet the standards for presentation in court.

 

Procedure for laying forensic reports before Parliament

Reports made in term of section 309(2)(b) of the Constitution and section 40 of the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act do not have a set out procedure for laying before Parliament. The Constitution refers to the audit as a “special audit” and it follows that the reports produced by the Auditor General shall be regarded as “special reports”. These “special reports” are not the “special reports” referred to in section 11 of the Audit Act, the difference being that they are made at the instance of the Minister. The procedure set out in Section 12 of the Audit Act relates to section 10 (annual reports) and section 11(special reports). For the avoidance of doubt, section 12 states that―

 “(1) Any report transmitted in terms of section 10 or 11—

(a)   to the Minister; or

(b)   to an appropriate Minister;

shall be laid by the Minister or appropriate Minister, as the case may be, before the House of Assembly on one of the seven days on which the House of Assembly sits next after he or she has received such report.

(2) Where the Minister or appropriate Minister fails to lay any report before the House of Assembly in terms of subsection (1) within the period specified therein, the Comptroller and Auditor-General shall transmit a copy of such report to the Speaker of the House of Assembly for the Speaker to lay it before the House of Assembly.”.

Unfortunately, section 12 of the Act cannot not be extended to cover forensic reports emanating from section 309(2)(b) of the Constitution and section 40 of the Public Entities Corporate Act. There is a lacuna in the law because the Audit Act came into effect before the enactment of the Constitution and is yet to be aligned to the Constitution.

The procedure to be followed by a Minister or Authority after receiving a forensic report is laid out in section 40 and 41 of the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act. The report of the investigation is submitted to the line Ministry stating any action to be taken to remedy the situation and problems that prompted the request for the forensic report. If there are any violations of principles of good corporate governance the line Minister shall report to the Minister responsible for the Act and seek leave of the President to refer the matter to Cabinet. Therefore, the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act has procedures that must be followed before the report is laid before Parliament.

Reporting to Parliament

All reports produced by the Auditor-General including the forensic reports transmitted to the Minister or responsible Minister must be laid before Parliament. For the other reports made in terms of section 10 and 11, the procedure is set in Section 12 of the Audit Act as stated above. As reiterated earlier, there is no procedure for laying the reports before Parliament where reports are submitted to Ministers in terms of section 309(2)(b) of the Constitution and section 40(2) of the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act. In terms of procedure of their submission, we cannot rely on the Audit Act because it is not providing for the procedure as it came into effect way before the Constitution was enacted.  However, the reports must be submitted to Parliament within a reasonable time.

It is my determination that regardless of the fact that there is no procedure laid out for audits done in terms of section 309(2)(b) of the Constitution, the actions of the Minister receiving such a report must be consistent with founding values and principles of the Constitution enshrined in section 3(2)(g) that require all state institutions and agencies of government at every level to apply the principles of good governance relating to transparency, justice, accountability and responsiveness. Section 119(3) of the Constitution states that all institutions and agencies of the State and Government are accountable to Parliament. Furthermore, sections 298 and 299 of the Constitution, provides, inter alia, that there must be transparency and accountability in public financial matters. Parliament must monitor and oversee expenditure by the State and all Commissions and institutions and agencies of government at every level in order to ensure that all revenue is accounted for and all expenditure has been properly incurred.

The Hon. Minister must be guided by section 324 of the Constitution which states that “all constitutional obligations must be performed diligently and without delay”.

Accordingly, the Chair hereby rules that:

(i)                     Section 12 of the Audit Act does not apply to forensic reports submitted to a line Minister as  there is no procedure for laying forensic reports before Parliament where reports are submitted  to Ministers in terms of section 309(2)(b) of the Constitution and section 40(2) of the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act.

(ii)                    All reports produced by the Auditor-General, including forensic reports transmitted to the Minister or responsible Minister must be laid before Parliament within a reasonable time. In doing so the Hon Minister   must be guided by section 324 of the Constitution which states that “all constitutional obligations must be performed diligently and without delay”.

(iii)           It is on record that the Hon. Minister made an undertaking to lay before the House the NSSA Forensic Report within a period of 30 days and later reduced the period to 14 days, which period has not been realised due to circumstances beyond the Minister’s control because the Ministry is compelled to do due diligence in complying with the recommendations of the Forensic Audit Report. However, because the Minister had made an undertaking to table the said forensic report, she has an obligation to do so in fulfilment of her promise. Consequently, the Minister is directed within the next 2 weeks to finalise her due diligence regarding the report and advise Parliament on the date she will table the report, which period must be within in a reasonable time in terms of the letter and spirit of sections 298, 299, 309(2) and 324 of the National Constitution.  

 

5.         The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, moved: That this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission on the 2018 Harmonised Elections presented to the National Assembly in terms of Section 241 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

On the motion of the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs: Debate adjourned until Tuesday 16th July, 2019.

 

6.            The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, moved: That Orders of the Day Nos. 2 to 6, for today, stand over until Notice of Motion No. 7, has been disposed of.

            Motion put and agreed to.

7.         Hon. S. Sithole (for Hon. Phuti), seconded by Hon.  Nduna, moved: That this House express its profound sorrow on the sudden and untimely death on Tuesday, 18th June 2019, of Honourable Member of Parliament for Mangwe Constituency, Mr. Obedingwa Madlala Mguni;

 

PLACES on record its appreciation of the sterling services which the late Member of Parliament rendered to Parliament and the nation; and

 

RESOLVES that its deepest and heartfelt condolences be conveyed to Mrs Mguni, the entire family, relatives, friends and the Mangwe Constituency.

 

On the motion of Hon. Musabayana, seconded by Hon. Nduna: Debate adjourned until Tuesday, 16th July, 2019.

 

8.         On the motion of Hon. Musabayana, seconded by Hon. N. Ndlovu: The House adjourned at             twenty-five minutes past five o`clock pm until Tuesday, 16th July, 2019 at half past two o’clock in the afternoon.

 

 

 

 

HON. ADVOCATE J. F. MUDENDA,

Speaker.

 

 

TUESDAY, 16TH JULY, 2019

 

            ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

 

1.                  Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Reading of the Zimbabwe Investment

 Development Agency Bill (H.B. 2, 2019)- (Adjourned 18th June, 2019 The Minister    of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs)

 

                                                                         [Days elapsed: 6]

 

Question proposed: That the Zimbabwe Investment Development Agency Bill (H.B. 2, 2019) be now read a second time. –The Minister of Industry and Commerce

 

2.         Committee: To resume on the Education Amendment Bill (H.B. 1, 2019) (Progress reported 25 June 2019)The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education).   

(Clauses 2 to 15 under consideration)

(See Notice of Amendments)

 

3.          Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Judicial Service Commission for

             the year 2018 (Adjourned 23rd May, 2019 – The Minister of Justice Legal and

Parliamentary Affairs)

                                                                                                                                           [Days elapsed: 13]

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Judicial Service Commission for the year 2018 presented to the National Assembly in terms of Section 323 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe – The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

 4.        Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Zimbabwe Human Rights

Commission on the 2018 Harmonised Elections (Adjourned 13th June, 2019 – The Minister of Finance and Economic Development)

                                                                                                                                        [Days elapsed: 13]

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission on 2018 Harmonised Elections presented to the House in terms of Section 323 (2) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe – The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

5.                  Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission on 2018 Harmonised Elections (Adjourned 27th June, 2019 – The Minister of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs)

                                                                                                                                           [Day elapsed: 1]

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission on 2018 Harmonised Elections presented to the National Assembly in terms of Section 241 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe- The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

6.         Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 13th

             June, 2019 – The Minister of State for Matabeleland Province)       

                                                                           

[Time elapsed: 14 hours 43 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. Kwaramba.

 

 

7.                  Hon. S. S. Khumalo

              Hon. A. Mpofu

 

That this House:

 

COGNISANT that Section 23 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe exhorts the State to take reasonable measures to economically empower and safeguard the welfare of Veterans of the Liberation Struggle;

 

ALSO COGNISANT that there are pieces of legislation which provide for the welfare of war veterans and ex-detainees, except for war collaborators;

 

DEEPLY CONCERNED with the deplorable living conditions of the majority of war veterans, war collaborators and ex-detainees;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon Government to:

 

Urgently table a bill or bills aligning the related pieces of legislation to the Constitution;

 

Recognise the respective contributions of war veterans, war collaborators and ex-detainees      during the liberation war; and

 

Prioritise the provision of reasonable pension and other benefits which take into account the prevailing cost of living.

 

8.               Hon. Mushoriwa

             Hon. Nyoni L.

    

WHEREAS Section 264 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides for governmental powers and responsibilities to be devolved to provincial and metropolitan councils and local authorities whenever appropriate;

AWARE that local authorities have a responsibility to maintain the road infrastructure within their jurisdictions;

CONCERNED with the massive deterioration of the road network in most local authorities especially in urban areas.

ALSO CONCERNED with the failure by local authorities to maintain roads due to the shrinking revenue base.

NOW, THEREFORE, this House resolves;

That Government urgently decentralise the collection of vehicle licence fees and road user charges currently collected by ZINARA to local authorities.

9.            Hon. Dr. Nyashanu

              Hon. Mhona

 

That this House;

 

INSPIRED by government’s commitment towards the achievement of Vision 2030 to transform Zimbabwe into a Prosperous and Empowered Upper Middle Income Society which resonates well with African Union Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals;

 

ENCOURAGED by the Transitional Stabilization Programme which sets in motion the building blocks for the realisation of the 2030 country’s vision;

 

CONCERNED that previous government efforts to stimulate economic development and move the country out of the current economic challenges have yielded intermittent short term gains;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon government to immediately adopt an incentive regime for the productive sector aimed at promoting value addition, innovation, fusion of technologies and adaptation to the prevailing economic environment.

 

10.         Hon. Toffa

               Hon. Watson

 

      That this House;

      NOTING that 15% of the Zimbabwean population are people with   

      disabilities;

 

     CONCERNED with the conditions of extreme poverty and deprivation among the

     majority of people with disabilities;

 

ALSO CONCERNED by the absence of holistic solutions to alleviate poverty among them;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, urges Government;

 

(a)    To come up with a comprehensive national policy on persons with  

      disabilities;

 

(b)   To Ensure regular disbursement of the monthly social grant to all people

      with disabilities; and

 

(c)    To Provide adequate amenities and facilities for people with disabilities in       public buildings, public transport, as well as the provision of amenities such as wheelchairs, computers and braille text books.

 

  11.      Hon. Madzimure

               Hon.  C. Moyo

 

NOTING that cholera, dysentery and typhoid are prehistoric diseases associated with overcrowding, unplanned urban settlements and absence of social amenities;

CONCERNED about the recurrence of cholera, typhoid and dysentery in Zimbabwe;

ALSO CONCERNED by the government`s failure in addressing the dilapidated water and sewer infrastructure in urban areas in order to eliminate these diseases.

NOW, THEREFORE, this House,

 

(a)    Calls upon the Government to urgently find a solution to the problem of cholera; and

 

(b)   Urges the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to allocate adequate resources to deal with the water and sewer infrastructure challenges as an intermediate solution to the problem.

 

12.         Hon. Kashambe

              Hon. J. Paradza

 

            That this House;

 

AWARE that Zimbabwe has generally a young population with the 2012 National Population Census estimating the population under the age of 35 years to be at 77% and the youth aged 15 to 34 years constituting 56% of the economically active population;

 

ALSO AWARE that the majority of the youth are the hardest hit in terms of unemployment as the 2012 National Population Census data showed that the youth aged 15-34 years constitutes 84% of the unemployed population;

 

MINDFUL of section 20 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which compels all institutions and agencies of government at every level, to take reasonable measures including affirmative action programmes, to ensure that the youth, among other things, are afforded opportunities of employment and other avenues of economic empowerment as well as representation in political, social, economic and other spheres of life;

 

 

APPRECIATING Government efforts in establishing Vocational Training Centres with a view to ensuring that the youth are equipped with the essential skills and also establishment of the Empower Bank which provides starter-up funds for youth projects;

 

                                                                          

 NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon Government to:

 

(a)    Immediately review requirements for accessing funding under the Empower

 Bank to make them more friendly to the youth;

 

(b)Review the Zimbabwe National Council Act to make it more responsive to

 the needs of the youth, including the provision for a youth quota in all       leadership positions in both the public and private sectors; and

(c)  Take the necessary measures to ensure the fulfilment of the requirements of

the provisions of Section 20 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

 

 

13.              Hon.  Mliswa

               Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga

 

RECOGNISING that Members of Parliament, with the exception of Independent candidates, are elected to Parliament on a political party ticket

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that every political party is guided by its own ideology, values and principles which largely influence the manner in which members of the party debate on issues brought before Parliament

 

AWARE that once a Member of Parliament is elected, he or she becomes a representative of every citizen of Zimbabwe in his or her constituency and not just those that voted for the Member

 

CONCERNED that Members of Parliament cannot fulfill this representative role to its letter and spirit due to the strictures imposed by political party ideology which is enforced by the whipping system

 

NOTING that Section 61 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe affords every citizen, including Parliamentarians, the right to freedom of expression and the right to seek, receive and communicate ideas and other information

 

ALSO NOTING that Section 148 (1) of the Constitution provides that Members of Parliament have freedom of speech in Parliament and in all Parliamentary Committees and, while they must obey the rules and orders of the House concerned, they are not liable to civil or criminal proceedings, arrest or imprisonment or damages for anything said in, produced before or submitted to Parliament or any of its committees.

 

COGNISANT, however, that this privilege is invalidated by Section 129 (1) (k) of the Constitution which gives political parties the unfettered power to recall a Member of Parliament whom, in executing his or her representative function, does not toe the party line

 

DEEPLY CONCERNED that this provision entrenches the whipping system and limits Members of Parliament’s ability to debate freely, earnestly and without fear or favour on issues that affect the people of Zimbabwe where the matters appear to contradict the party line

 

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon Parliament to: Urgently amend Section 129 (1) (k) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe so that it stays execution of any notice of expulsion of a member until the Constitutional Court has certified that due process was followed.

 

14.               Hon. Chikwinya

              Hon. Sikhala

 

      That this House;

CONCERNED with the highly contested elections in Zimbabwe since the 1990s which are divisive and a source of polarisation and conflict in Zimbabwe;

 

DETERMINED to provide a permanent solution to the challenge and disease of electoral authoritarianism and heavily contested elections;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, resolves that the Joint Parliamentary Legal Committee and Portfolio Committee on Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs: 

 

(a)    Conduct a review of the existing electoral laws in Zimbabwe; and

 

(b)   Recommend electoral legislative reform aimed at creating an environment for holding free, fair, just and credible elections.

 

15.              Hon Mutomba

      Hon Chibaya

 

That this House, takes note of the Report of the 139th   Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Geneva, Switzerland from the 14th to 18th October, 2018.

 

16.              Hon Matangira

              Hon Mhona

            That this House;

NOTING that agriculture is the mainstay of Zimbabwe’s economy;

FURTHER NOTING that climate change is negatively affecting agricultural production through intermittent rainfall patterns and excessively high temperatures;

CONCERNED that the Meteorological Department forecast an El Nino induced drought during the 2017/2018 farming season;

ALSO CONCERNED by the death of 3 430 cattle due to tick-borne diseases between November 2017 and May 2018 leading to loss of draught power;

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon Government to:

(a)    Conduct awareness programmes on the forecast drought and encourage farmers to practice conservation farming;

 

(b)   Provide financial resources to the Department of Veterinary Services for the   

control of tick-borne diseases and awareness programmes; and

 

(c)    Provide tillage tractors under the Command Agriculture Programme to farmers

in the most affected regions.

 

 

17.              Hon. Chombo

Hon.  Zengeya

            That this House;

 

COGNISANT that the 16 days, from 25 November to 10 December mark a period of a global campaign against gender based violence mainly perpetrated on women and girls.

 

ACKNOWLEDGING Government’s commitment in addressing violence against women through ratification of both international and regional instruments such as the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development;

 

ALSO ACKNOWLEDGING that the Government has set up a number of legal frameworks, which include among others the Domestic Violence Act, the Criminal Law and Codification Reform Act and the Constitutional provision of the Bill of Rights as some of the laws that are meant to curb violence against men and women;

 

CONCERNED that most violence that prevails unabated in society is worst felt at household levels where the silent victims are subjected to sexual violence, harassment, inequality in the distribution of family financial resources;

 

SUPPORTIVE of this year’s international theme which is “#End Gender Based Violence in the World” and further localized by Zimbabwe to “# Creating zero tolerance to sexual harassment at the workplace”

 

DESIROUS to see an end to all forms of violence in society and most particularly against the female folk who are mostly vulnerable to attacks by their male counterparts.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this House calls upon-:

 

(a)             The government to put in place adequate measures such as domestication of

Instruments that promote a conducive environment to decisively discourage any form of violence at work places and in the homes;

 

(b)            The Women’s Organizations come out in full support and strongly condemn

violence against women and girls in all its forms during the 16 days of activism against gender based violence and beyond; and

 

(c)                That deterrent sentences be put in place to punish gender based violent crimes even long after the 16 days of activism against gender based violence campaign are over.

 

18.              Hon. Mushayi

     Hon.Tsunga 

           

                That this House:

 

 

DEEPLY DISTURBED by reports of rampant abuse of women and girls including, indecent assault, rape and other sexual acts allegedly committed by members of the security forces;

 

APPALLED that some of the heinous acts are being allegedly committed without protection and in the presence of children;

 

WORRIED that the culture of fear and despondency has been instilled into this group;

 

CONCERNED that a culture of paying a blind eye to these human rights abuses by state agencies has resulted in the failure to bring to book;

 

DISMAYED that there is no appropriate remedial action as the victims cannot report to the same institutions whose members are allegedly responsible for the same acts;

 

COGNISANT of the culture of impunity pervading the institutions in question;

 

RECOGNISING that other alleged grave injustices such as mass arrests unjustified-d denial of bail and fast track trials undermine the justice delivery system;

 

 

NOW THEREFORE calls on the Executive to:

  

(a)        Expeditiously act to put a stop to these grave injustices and abuses;

 

(b)   Uphold the rule of law and create an environment for reports to be made; and

 

(c)   Expedite the enactment of an independent complaints mechanism in    

accordance with the provisions of Section 210 of the Constitution.

 

Amendment proposed by Hon. Masiya:

 

 

To delete all the words after "That this House" and substitute with:- the following 

 

“NOTING WITH CONCERN that the sanctions which were imposed on Zimbabwe by Western countries are unjustified as they are meant to cripple the economy, as part of the regime change agenda.

AWARE that there are certain elements within the country, operating in collaboration with some multi-national companies and non-governmental organisations, that are being used by neo-colonialists to cripple the economy as part of that grand regime change agenda;

APPRECIATING the professionalism, responsiveness and dedication to duty, demonstrated by our security forces in defending the country during the well calculated destabilization acts of terrorism unleashed in some urban areas under the façade of a job stay away from 14 to 16 January 2019;

COGNISANT that the current government was given a clear mandate to govern the country through the 31st July 2018 harmonised elections which were credited for being peaceful, free, fair and credible as confirmed by the Constitutional Court and any attempts to remove a constitutionally elected government by unconstitutional means is highly uncalled for;

RECOGNISING the critical role played by our security forces in defending the country against any internal and external destabilization efforts;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon:

(a)    Parliament to condemn in the strongest terms, the recent violent    

        demonstrations which resulted in unwarranted destruction of property and

         loss of life;

 

(b)     Government to ensure security forces are provided with the necessary budgetary support to be able to deal with any threats of peace and security in the country.

 

(c)    Government to expeditiously investigate the looting and wanton destruction

of property and ensure rogue elements are brought to book in accordance with the law”.

 

19.           Hon. Shamu

            Hon. P. Moyo

 

            That this House:

 

COGNISANT of the invaluable contributions of pensioners to the socio-economic development of Zimbabwe;

 

ALSO COGNISANT that ZimStats recorded a year on year inflation rate of 31 percent in November 2018;

 

CONCERNED that the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) currently pays out minimum monthly pension benefits of $80.00 per individual;

 

DEEPLY CONCERNED that the majority of pensioners are living in conditions of extreme poverty as they can no longer afford basic needs such as food, clothing and medical services;

 

NOW THEREFORE calls upon government to urgently review upwards NSSA pension pay-outs from a minimum of $80.00 to $200.00 and establish a National Health Insurance Scheme.

 

 

20.              Hon. R. Nyathi

Hon. Raidza

 

NOTING the importance of traditional leadership in the country.

 

COGNISANT of the role traditional leaders play in culture and heritage

 

CONCERNED with very poor remunerations and benefits of traditional leaders,

 

AWARE that Section 284(1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe states that an Act of Parliament must provide for the remuneration and benefits of traditional leaders to be fixed with the approval of the President given on the recommendation of the Minister responsible for Finance and after consultations with the Minister responsible for traditional leaders

 

NOW, THEREFORE calls upon the Minister of Finance and Economic Development and The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to urgently review the remunerations and benefits of traditional leaders for the approval of the President.

                 

 

21.              Hon. R. Nyathi

Hon. A. Mpofu

 

COGNISANT that section 82 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides for the rights of the elderly which among others include the right to receive financial support by way of social security and welfare;

 

 

NOTING WITH CONCERN that most of the elderly are living in abject poverty due to the disintegration of the concept of extended family;

 

 

NOW, THEREFORE, This House calls upon the Executive:

 

(a)    To come up with a comprehensive national policy for the supporting the elderly in order to preserve the dignity of life; and

 

(b)   To ensure monthly disbursements of social grants for the elderly.

 

 

22.              Hon Chikudo

Hon Mangora

 

COGNISANT that Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in commemorating the United Nations International Anti- Corruption Day on 9 December 2018 to sensitize the people about the adverse effects of corruption;

 

DISTURBED that in 2018, Zimbabwe was ranked Number 160 out of 180 countries on Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International, which is three steps down from 2017;

 

NOTING WITH CONCERN that corruption costs the nation at least 5% of GDP thereby negatively affecting service delivery and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and also the country’s vision 2030;

 

CONCERNED that the vulnerable groups in society such as the poor, women, children, youths, people living with disabilities and the elderly mostly bear the burden of corruption;

 

ALSO CONCERNED that corruption greatly undermines the existence of state institutions, the administration of justice and as a result, threatens the stability and security of our great nation;

 

NOW. THEREFORE, This House calls upon the Executive-

 

(a)          To fully implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption ratified in 2007 and the Public Entities and Corporate Governance Act passed in this august House in 2018; and

 

(a)    To strengthen institutions responsible for fighting corruption such as the

Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, the National Prosecuting Authority and the Office of the Auditor General through provision of adequate financial, human and material resources and support.

 

 

23.              Hon. D. Sibanda

            Hon. K.  Paradza

 

                                                                                                                                               That this House;

 

COGNISANT of the sanctity of the right to life and that it should be enjoyed by every human being;

 

FURTHER COGNISANT that some innocent people are given a death penalty after they fail to defend themselves and prove their innocence in a court of law; and

 

AWARE that the death penalty has been a contentious issue the world over with a number of countries opting to scrap it from their statutes;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, this House calls upon the Executive to abolish the death penalty.

 

24.              Hon. Mayihlome

            Hon. Mguni S.K.

 

            That this House;

 

ACKNOWLEDGING the need for government to ensure food security in the country by providing optimum support to the agriculture sector;

 

AWARE that the country is divided into the five ecological regions with regions one to three supportive of crop farming while four and five are suitable for livestock production;

 

APPRECIATING government efforts in empowering the farmers through the provision of inputs support under the Command Agriculture Programme as part of efforts in ensuring that the country is food secure;

 

COGNISANT that some farmers in certain provinces have benefited under the Command Livestock but however some farmers in other provinces are yet to benefit under the Programme;

 

NOTING that the crop farmers have considerably benefitted under the Command Agriculture compared to livestock farmers taking into account the widespread distribution of crop inputs and the gestation period;

 

NOW THEREFORE this House calls upon the Government to:

 

(a)  Put in place a Land Bank which provide equitable support to both cropping and livestock farmers;

(b) Urgently revive the Cold Storage Company or establish a livestock commodity board to promote the marketing of livestock products; and

(c)   Facilitate the export of livestock products by exploring non-traditional foreign markets.

 

25.       Hon. Houghton

      Hon. P. Dube

 

NOTING that the tourism sector is a major contributor to the development of the country’s economy;

 

COGNISANT that Kariba constituency boasts of abundant tourism resources;

 

 

ALSO NOTING WITH CONCERN the extreme marginalization and neglect of the Omay region of the Kariba Nyaminyami rural area;

 

NOW, THEREFORE this House, calls upon the Executive:

 

To full exploit the tourism resources for Kariba town and the surrounding areas and ensure that the people derive benefits from their resources.

 

26.         Hon. Matangira

Hon. T. Moyo

 

That this House;

CONCERNED that Zimbabwe continues to experience perennial challenges of hunger even during years of good rains;

ALSO CONCERNED that the country’s agro-business remains highly uncompetitive in the region due to the reluctance by government to embrace technological advancement in the sector such as Genetically Modified Organisations (GMOs); and

FURTHER CONCERNED that the market is currently flooded with processed food products with GMOs from surrounding countries, thereby further crippling the agriculture sector.

NOW THEREFORE; calls upon government to review the agricultural policy and embrace the technology of GMOs in order to improve agricultural productivity.

27.      Hon. Toffa

              hon. tongofa

 

That this House Takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care on the Network of African Parliamentary Committees on Health Conference held in Kampala, Uganda, from 30-31 October 2018.

 

28.       Hon. Munetsi

               Hon. Ngwenya

 

            That this House;

COGNISANT of the multiple roles of Councillors in terms of Section 71 of the Rural District Councils Act [Chapter 29:13] which include, inter-alia, supervision of ward development programmes, attending Rural District Committee meetings and addressing issues raised by local people;

 

CONCERNED with the low remuneration of Councillors in Rural District Councils which is currently a paltry sitting allowance of less than $150.00 per month;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to urgently review the remuneration of Councillors to include monthly salaries, non-monetary benefits such as residential stands in towns located in their respective provinces and vehicles during their tenure of office.

 

  29.      Hon. Karikoga

Hon. Chanda

 

That this House;

CONCERNED that the current fuel crisis in the country is adversely affecting all sectors of the economy;

DISTURBED that the shortages are a serious security concern which detractors may take advantage of, to destabilise the economy and undermine investor confidence in the country;

 

NOW, THEREFORE calls upon Government to formulate a policy that will curb the current bottle necks in the procurement of fuel and permanently resolve the fuel shortages.

30.      Hon. Priscilla Moyo

            Hon. Saruwaka

 

That this House takes note of the Report on the 53rd Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and the 37th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly held in Cotonou, Benin from 28th November to 5th December 2018.

           

31.      Hon. Chikukwa

              Hon. Markham

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the first report of the Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Public Works and National Housing on Gwanda Residents’ Petition on violation of rights to human dignity, water and clean environment. (S.C. 6, 2019)

32.       Hon. E. Ncube

           Hon. Mushayi

 

That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare on Petition Regarding Delays in the Operationalisation of Statutory Instrument 125 / 2013 Children’s (Non-Public Service Probation Officers) Regulations. (S.C.3, 2019)

33.           Hon. Mhona

Hon Mushoriwa

 

That this House Takes note of the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Economic Development on Mr Charles Mandizvidza Ganagana’s Petition to Parliament of Zimbabwe on Progress made on the Implementation of the Recommendation of the Commission of Inquiry into the Conversion of Insurance and Pension Values from the Zimbabwe Dollars to United States Dollar [S. C.7, 2019].

 

34.       Hon. Musabayana

            Hon. Musakwa

 

            That this House;

 

COGNISANT of Statutory Instrument 142 of 2019 issued by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development abolishing the multi-currency regime in favour of the introduction of Zimbabwe's own local currency, the Zimbabwe dollar with effect from 24th June, 2019;

 

ALSO COGNISANT of the structural distortions in the economy caused by the existence of the multi-currency regime;

 

DEEPLY CONCERNED that the continued use of the multi-currency regime was now a root cause of the suffering of ordinary Zimbabweans who had no easy access to the united states dollar which had emerged the dominant currency in this basket of currencies;

 

AWARE of the government's noble intentions to mitigate the suffering of the general population;

 

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon this August House to support, in earnest the new Zimbabwean currency. 

 

 

35.       Hon. Mavenyengwa

            Hon. Murambiwa

 

That this House expresses its profound sorrow on the sudden and untimely death on Tuesday, 25th June 2019, of Honourable Member of Parliament for Zaka East Constituency, Mr Kaston Ringirisai Gumbwanda;

PLACES on record its appreciation of the sterling services which the late Member of Parliament rendered to Parliament and the nation; and

 

RESOLVES that its deepest and heartfelt condolences be conveyed to the entire Gumbwanda family, relatives, friends and the Zaka East Constituency.

 

 

36.       Adjourned debate on motion on the condolence message for the late Hon Vimbai

                Tsvangirayi-Java (Adjourned 20th June 2019- Hon Mushoriwa)

 

                [Days elapsed: 5]

Question proposed: That this House expresses its profound sorrow on the sudden and untimely death on Monday, 10th June 2019, of Honourable Member of Parliament for Glen View South, Mrs. Vimbai Tsvangirai-Java;

 

PLACES on record its appreciation of the services which the late Member of Parliament rendered to Parliament and the nation; and

 

RESOLVES that its deepest sympathy be conveyed to Mr. Java, the Java family, the Tsvangirai family and the Glen View South Constituency - Hon Mushoriwa.

 

 

37.       Adjourned debate on motion on the condolence message for the late Hon. Obedingwa Madlala Mguni (Adjourned 27th June 2019- Musabayana)

 

                [Day elapsed: 1]

Question proposed: That this House express its profound sorrow on the sudden and untimely death on Tuesday, 18th June 2019, of Honourable Member of Parliament for Mangwe Constituency, Mr. Obedingwa Madlala Mguni;

 

PLACES on record its appreciation of the sterling services which the late Member of Parliament rendered to Parliament and the nation; and

 

            RESOLVES that its deepest and heartfelt condolences be conveyed to Mrs Mguni,

            the entire family, relatives, friends and the Mangwe Constituency- Hon Phuti

 

38.   Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Delegation to the Inter- Parliamentary Union meeting on the adoption of the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration (Adjourned 25th June, 2019 – Hon. Togarepi)

                                                                                                                                        [Days elapsed: 3]

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Delegation to the Inter- Parliamentary Union meeting on the adoption of the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration held from 6th to 7th December 2018 in Rabat, Morocco – Hon. Nduna

 

39.       Adjourned debate on motion on the Report on the 52nd Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and the 36th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Adjourned 25th June, 2019 – Hon. Togarepi).

 

[Days elapsed: 3]

 

Question proposed:     That this House takes note of the Report on the 52nd Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and the 36th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly – Hon. Saruwaka.

 

40.       Adjourned debate on motion on the Reports on the 7th International Parliamentary Conference on the Implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development (Adjourned 25th June, 2019 – Hon. Nduna).

 

[Days elapsed: 3]

 

Question proposed: That this House Takes note of the Reports on the 7th International Parliamentary Conference on the Implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development, held in Ottawa, Canada on 22 to 23 October 2018, and the International Conference on Family Planning held on 12-15 November 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda – Hon Kwaramba

 

41.       Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Advocate J. F. Mudenda’s Bilateral Visit to the Shura Advisory Council (Adjourned 18th June, 2019 – The Minister of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs).

 

[Days elapsed: 15]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Advocate J. F. Mudenda’s Bilateral Visit to the Shura Advisory Council, Doha, Qatar from 30 March to 4 April 2019.-Hon. Mutomba

 

42.       Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the delegation to the 2018 Annual Session of the Parliamentary Conference on the World Trade Organisation (Adjourned 14th May, 2019 – The Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Development)

[Days elapsed: 17]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the delegation to the 2018 Annual Session of the Parliamentary Conference on the World Trade Organisation, held from 6th to 7th December 2018. - Hon. K. Paradza.

 

43.       Committee of Supply.

 

            WEDNESDAY, 17TH JULY, 2019

 

           QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

v  QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

      *    QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

 

*1.       Hon. Mlambo:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Welfare to explain to the House what action government is ensure adequate medical supplies in hospitals given that Chipinge District Hospital has a critical shortages of medical supplies including bandages and paracetamol.

 

[Deferred 21st November 2018]

*2.       Hon Dinar: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state measures being taken to ensure the availability of critical medicines in the country.

 

[Deferred 21st November 2018]

*3.       Hon. Mangoro: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state when the ministry would allocate an X-ray and dialysis equipment to Marondera Provincial Hospital.

[Deferred from 20th March 2019]

*4.       Hon. MANGORO: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain measures being taken to ensure that treatment for cancer and diabetes is affordable for ordinary Zimbabweans.

[Deferred from 20th March 2019]

 

*5.     Hon Raidza: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state when donated

Solar refridgeration systems will be installed at clinics in  Mberengwa East.

 

[Deferred from 20th March 2019]

 

*6.      Hon. B. Dube: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain measures

          being taken by the Ministry to halt the further deterioration of public health

          institutions.                        

 [Deferred from 29th May 2019]

 

*7.        Hon. B. DUBE: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state whether Gweru Provincial Hospital would be considered for a medical teaching hospital.

 

                                                                 [Deferred from 29th May 2019]

 

*8.       Hon. masango: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care whether in view of the high malaria cases of about 1 374 recorded between mid-March and beginning of April 2019 in clinics in Mhangura and Makonde constituencies and seven related deaths, the Ministry could consider introduction of mobile clinics in the area and increase the provision of malaria testing kits.

[Deferred from 29th May 2019]

 

*9.          Hon. masango: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state when the Ministry would improve the working conditions and remuneration of Village Health Workers currently getting a paltry $15.00 monthly allowance.

[Deferred from 29th May 2019]

 

*10.     Hon. masango: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain the

     procedure for accessing post exposure prophylaxis by rape victims and whether it is

      necessary for them to file a police report first.

 

[Deferred from 29th May 2019]

 

*11.     Hon Maboyi: To ask the Health and Child Care when Mazunga Clinic in Beitbridge West would be opened?

[Deferred from 29th May 2019]

 

*12.       Hon. Muchimwe: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state whether there are plans to establish a pharmacy, construct staff accommodation, allocate an ambulance and deploy a medical doctor at Marange district hospital to ensure access to health services to the surrounding communities.

[Deferred from 29th May 2019]

 

*13.     Hon. Mayihlome:  To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to give a breakdown of the ZINARA beneficiaries by local authority from 2015 to 2017and state the criteria used in the disbursements.

 

[Deferred 21st November 2018]

*14.     Hon. Mkaratigwa: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development whether the Ministry could consider:

(a)    construction of new roads in ward 2 and upgrading of existing ones in wards 8, 22, and 23 and most resettlement areas in Shurugwi South Constituency; and

 

(b)   tarring of Lalapanzi to Mashaba road in the same constituency.

 

[Deferred from 30th January 2019]

*15.     Hon. Mkaratigwa: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development when the Ministry will construct the following bridges in Shurugwi South Constituency:

(a)    bridge linking Tugwi and Batania areas and Gwanza and Rockford areas;

(b)   across Mapongogwe; Kashambe; Jakarazi, Runde, Tugwi rivers.

 

[Deferred from 30th January 2019]

*16.     Hon. Nyathi R. R.: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to state when the 2km road construction from Chachacha -Donga to Tongogara Rural District Council in Shurugwi will be completed.

[Deferred from 30th January 2019]

*17.     Hon. Nyathi R. R.: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to explain why ZINARA has not yet paid $150 000 which was promised to Tongogara Rural District Council- Shurugwi at the beginning of 2018 to purchase road construction equipment.

[Deferred from 30th January 2019]

*18.     Hon. Houghton: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development when the road from Karoi to Mola in the Kariba Nyaminyami Rural District will be upgraded with particular attention to the section between Siakobvu and Mola.

[Deferred from 30th January 2019]

*19.     Hon. P. Masuku: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to explain whether the ministry could make it mandatory for all buses to be installed with speed limit devices to curb road carnage.

[Deferred from 29th May 2019]

 

*20.   Hon Raidza:To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to

state when the tarring of Zvishavane-Rutenga road will commence.

 

[Deferred from 20th March 2019]

 

*21.     HON. A. MPOFU: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to state whether there are plans to construct a bridge across the Mwenezi River at either Vambare Primary School crossing point or Matehwa Business Centre in Mberengwa South constituency.

[Deferred from 20th March 2019]

*22.     Hon. T. Karikoga: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Developments to explain whether there are plans to rehabilitate the Empress to Ganyungu road in Gokwe.

[Deferred from 20th March 2019]

*23.     Hon Maboyi: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to state when the Beit Bridge- Masera- Manama Hospital road which is currently in a bad state would be tarred and bridges along that road would be rehabilitated.

 

[Deferred from 29th May 2019]

 

*24.     Hon. Moyo Priscilla: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to state when the proposed tollgate at Mbudzi in Harare will be fully functional after it was vandalized by protesters in January 2019.

[Deferred from 29th May 2019]

 

*25.     Hon. Madhuku: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development when the tarring of the Mutare Road-Silveira Mission Hospital road in Bikita area would be completed.

[Deferred from 29th May 2019]

 

*26.     Hon. Muchimwe: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to explain when the Odzi –Marange- Zvipiripiri road in Manicaland Province would be resurfaced considering that $3,5 million was allocated for the project in the 2019 National Budget.

[Deferred from 29th May 2019]

 

*27.     Hon. P.  Masuku:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House on the amount of money used to purchase vehicles for Chiefs in 2018.

 

[Deferred 21st November 2018]

*28.     Hon. Shoko:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development when the other Commission of Inquiry that looks at the payment modalities for persons and insurance losses incurred during the economic meltdown of 2005 – 2008 will be constituted as recommended by the first commission of inquiry report.

 

[Deferred 21st November 2018]

 

*29.     Hon. MADZIMURE: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain Measures being taken against some business people who are operating a four-tier pricing system.

[Deferred 21st November 2018]

*30.     Hon Moyo C:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain to why Bulawayo City Council is charging four categories of Value Added Tax(VAT) per billing that is, sewage fixed VAT, solid waste management VAT, Sewerage domestic VAT and VAT.

[Deferred 21st November 2018]

*31.     Hon Gonese: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to state whether ZANU PF party paid custom duty for the vehicles imported for the 2018 election campaign and if so, to provide the evidence of such payment and state the total amount paid in that regard.

[Deferred 21st November 2018]

*32.     Hon Gonese: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to state the amount paid by the Government to hire a private Gulfstream jet for the former First Lady, Grace Mugabe to attend her mother's funeral.

 

[Deferred 21st November 2018]

*33.     HON. I. NYONI: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development whether the two percent intermediated money transfer tax is chargeable on customs duties, Value Added Tax (VAT), Payee and fines.

[Deferred from 5th December 2018]

*34.     Hon. Chikudo: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to provide Statistics of all mega deals signed by Government in the last 10 years and an update in terms of their implementation.

[Deferred from 5th December 2018]

*35.     Hon. Chikudo: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to give an update of the revenue realized by government through the Intermediated Money Transfer tax by source and on a daily basis since the inception of S. I. 205 of 2018 and how it has been utilized.

[Deferred from 5th December 2018]

*36.     Hon. Chikudo: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development whether the Ministry could consider converting into equity pension savings still stuck in long term non liquid assets date backing to 2009 in order to unfairly deprive pension funds contributors.

[Deferred from 5th December 2018]

*37.     Hon. Chidziva: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic development to explain to the house government policy on supporting local investors.

[Deferred from 20th March 2019]

 

*38.     Hon. B. Dube: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain the government position regarding compensation of bank account holders whose savings were eroded during the Zimbabwean Dollar period.

                                                                                                           

[Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

 

*39.     Hon. B. Dube: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain measures being taken by the government to assist Gweru City Council to raise the US$ 6 million for purchasing pumps for transmitting water from Mabongobwe Dam to the City.

                                                                        [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

 

*40.     Hon. Banda S: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform   

           the House measures being taken to manage the multi-tier pricing system and state when

           the RTGS Dollars will become the sole trading currency.

 

 

 *41.   Hon Raidza: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary to state whether

Mbuyanehanda High School in Mberengwa East Constituency will be turned into a

boarding school since there is no boarding school in the area.

 

[Deferred from 20th March 2019]

 

*42.     Hon. Watson: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to:

a)      update the House on the provinces which are going to benefit from the construction of primary schools under the Ministry’s 100-day plan; and

 

b)      to state whether the construction has commenced and the expected total number of schools to be constructed.

[Deferred from 20th March 2019]

*43.     Hon. Chamisa: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to explain whether the Ministry should consider construction of additional schools in Mbare high density suburb given the population density and availability of open spaces.

[Deferred from 20th March 2019]

*44.     Hon. S. Sithole: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to state when the accommodation for teachers at both primary and secondary schools in Insiza South Constituency would be upgraded with modern facilities such as flush toilets considering that there are still blair toilets.

 

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

*45.     Hon. Houghton: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to explain measures being taken by the Ministry to ensure teachers who are conversant with the local language are deployed to schools such as in Tonga speaking areas, particularly in primary schools.

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

*46.     Hon. Sithole S: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to state the measures the Ministry is taking to ensure that schools, particularly in rural areas have transport to carry pupils in cases of emergencies such as illnesses or injuries.

*47.     Hon. A. Mpofu: To ask the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services to state when the Ministry would to install a Viewing Screen and establish an Information Centre at Mataga Business Centre in Mberengwa considering its remoteness area and poor television signal.

[Deferred from 20th March 2019]

*48.     Hon. Mpofu A: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to update the House on progress made by the Judicial Manager to secure an investor for Zim Alloys to facilitate the operations at Inyala.

[Deferred from 20th March 2019]

 

 

*49.     Hon Raidza: To ask the Minister of Information Communication and Technology,

            Postal and Courier Services to state measures being taken by the ministry is doing to

            improve mobile Network connectivity in Mberengwa East Constituency.

 

 [Deferred from 20th March 2019]

 

*50.     Hon. SITHOLE S.: To ask the Minister of Information Communication, Postal and Courier Services to explain measures being taken to improve mobile network connectivity in Insiza South Constituency.

 

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

 

*51.     Hon. Chombo: To ask the Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry to state:

 

(a) the possible permits that can be issued for fishing in Biri dam in Makonde district;

            (b)  the number of fishing permits issued to the people from the surrounding  

                  community; and

            (c)  the criteria used in awarding fishing permits.

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

*52.     Hon. masango: To ask the Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry when the Ministry would introduce a Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) in Mhangura constituency, in particular the Kismet area.

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

*53.       Hon. S. Sithole: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to state whether the Ministry could consider reducing charges for electrification of schools in Insiza South Constituency as they are currently prohibitive for most rural parents.

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

*54.     Hon. Watson: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to the amount spent in United States Dollars on electricity imports in the year 2018 and any outstanding payments as at 31 December 2018.

 

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

 

*55.     Hon. Watson: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to explain why the Ministry is prioritising the Batoka Gorge Hydro Power Project ahead of the coalbed methane gas fields in Matebeleland North Province, which is a cheaper source of power and more environmental friendly.

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

 

*56.     Hon. Watson: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to explain how the US$ 122,575,600.00 allocated for the energy sector in 2018 was utilized for and what the US$ 12,000,000.00 allocated in 2019 will be utilized for.

 

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

 

*57.     Hon. Watson: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to explain whether the investment of US$1, 2 billion in the expansion of Hwange Power Station Units 7 and 8 is a worthwhile project considering that the Power Station has been blighted by operational issues during the past five years.

 

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

*58.     Hon. Tsuura: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to inform the House of Ministry’s plans for the refurbishment of power stations which were established before independence.

 

*59.     Hon. S. Sithole: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement to state whether the Ministry could consider banning the movement of cattle and other livestock during the night since it is contributing to high stock theft in the country.

           

[Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

 

*60.     Hon. masango: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement to apprise the House on measures being taken to curb the alleged corruption involved in the selling of maize at Grain Marketing Board depot in Mhangura Constituency.

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

 

*61.     Hon. masango: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement to state when the Ministry would drill boreholes in Mhangura Constituency considering the acute shortage of safe drinking water in the area.

 

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

*62.     Hon Maboyi: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Rural resettlement state whether there are any plans to put up irrigation infrastructure at Zhovhe Dam in Beitbridge West Constituency to enable surrounding communities to benefit from the water reservoir.

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

*63.     Hon. B. Dube: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to state when monthly pension pay outs would be reviewed upwards to match the current costs of living.

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

*64.     Hon. B. DUBE: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to state any efforts being made by the Ministry to assist Gweru City Council to secure the US$6 million required for the purchase of pumps for the water pumping system at Mabungubwe dam.

 

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

*65.     Hon. Sithole G.K: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to state the position regarding the implementation of a housing policy for Chitungwiza Town.

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

 

*66.     Hon. Sithole G.K: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to state the names of the people who were allocated residential, industrial and commercial stands in Chitungwiza over the past twelve months.

 

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

 

*67.     Hon. Sithole G.K: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to give an update on the number of people on the housing waiting list of Chitungwiza Municipality.

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

*68.     Hon. masango: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing whether Mhangura constituency would benefit from the recently procured Zimbabwe United Passengers Company (ZUPCO) and if yes to state when are they expected to start plying the routes.

 

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

 

*69.     Hon. masango: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and

National Housing to state when residential stands will be issued to curb the prevalent challenge of overcrowding in Mhangura.

 

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

 

*70.     Hon Maboyi: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing when the Beitbridge government complex would be completed since the structures are already deteriorating.

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

 

*71.    Hon. Banda S: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National

            Housing to inform the House what Government policy’s regarding the licensing of

           bars near schools, for a case instance, the one opposite Blackstone Primary School

           along Cork Road in Mount Pleasant.

 

*72.     Hon. Sithole S: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to explain when the Ministry will take measures to improve the conditions of service for headmen and village heads in order to motivate them in their work.

 

*73.     Hon. Dube B.: To ask the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services to explain government policy regarding the licensing of community radio stations in Zimbabwe and why it has taken too long for the Ministry to license a community radio station in every district of the country.

 

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

*74.        Hon. Banda S: To ask the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services

 to inform the House whether the Ministry has any plans to exempt viewers and listeners who do not watch ZTV or listen to local radio stations from subscribing licenses for local

               broadcasting services.

 

*75.     Hon. masango: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development whether the Ministry has plans to process residual copper ore at the closed Mhangura Copper Mine.

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

 

*76.     Hon Maboyi : To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to explain when the Auridium Mine in Beit Bridge West Constituency  currently lying idle would be reopened.

 

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

 

*77.     Hon. Tsuura: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to state Government’s policy on the rehabilitation of roads used and holes dug by miners.

 

*78.     Hon. Tsuura: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to state Government policy on corporate responsibility to the surrounding communities on the part of mining companies.

 

*79.     Hon. masango: To ask the Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development to explain the role of Community Based Development Coordinators and to state whether there are mechanisms in place to monitor their activities.

 

            [Deferred from 12th June, 2019]

 

*80.      Hon. Banda S: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage to inform the House whether the Ministry considers any plans to extend the open period of Borrowdale / Seventh Street Road near State House in Harare from the current 6 am - 6 pm to 6 am – 9 pm in view of the high volume of traffic which uses that road during those hours.

 

*81.      Hon. Banda S: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage to inform

             the house what measures the Ministry is taking to curb crime in Mount Pleasant

             Constituency, which includes; armed robberies and car hijackings.

 

 

*83.        Hon. Banda S: To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to

             state when the Ministry will consider reducing the master’s fees on deceased estates

             in view of the fact that the current charge of 4 percent of the gross asset value is too

             exorbitant a situation which leads to loss of benefits that has to be realised by orphans

             and widows.

                                            

 

notice of amendmentS

Education Amendment Bill, (H B 1, 2019)

By Hon. Misihairambwi-Mushonga- Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on

Primary and Secondary Education

 

Amendment of clause 2

      Clause 2 of the Bill is amended—

(a)    by the deletion of the definition of “basic state funded education” and the substitution of―

              “basic state funded education” means

                       (a) education from early childhood education up to form four; or

                       (b) adult education up to form four; or

            (c) any other category as may be declared as such by the Minister by Notice in

                            the Gazette from time to time:

              for which pupils shall not be required to pay fees or levies and the State shall provide them with learning and teaching material, facilities, infrastructure and resources subject to the provisions of section 75 of the constitution;”;

(b)   by the insertion of the following definitions;

             “child” means a boy or girl under the age of eighteen years;

      “public school” means a school established and maintained by the government,   including schools run by local authorities; registered private voluntary organisations or faith based organisations to provide education to the public without profit;”;

(c)    by the repeal of the definition of “government school” and the substitution of the following—

“Government school” means a school administered and controlled by the national

Government, local authority or any tier of government as established in section 5 of the Constitution;”.

 

By Hon. Misihairambwi-Mushonga- Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on

Primary and Secondary Education

 

Amendment of clause 3

     Clause 3 of the Bill is deleted and substituted by the following—

      “3  Amendment of section 4 of Cap 25:04

Section 4 (“Children’s fundamental right to education in Zimbabwe”) is amended—

(a)    by the insertion of the following subsection after subsection (1)―

“(1a) The State shall ensure the provision of sanitary wear and other menstrual health facilities to girls in all schools to promote menstrual health.”.

(b)    subsection (2) (b) of the Principal Act is repealed and substituted with the following—

              (b)   be discriminated against by the imposition of onerous terms and conditions in regard to his or her admission to, suspended, excluded or expelled from any school on the grounds of his or her nationality, race, colour, tribe, place of birth, ethnic or social origin, language, class religious belief, political affiliation, opinion, custom, culture, sex, gender, marital status, age, pregnancy, disability or economic or social status, or whether they were born in or out of wedlock.”.

 

By Hon. Misihairambwi-Mushonga- Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on

Primary and Secondary Education

 

Amendment of clause 4

     Clause 4 is deleted and substituted by the following—

            “4        New section substituted for section 5 of Cap 25:04

      Section 5(“Compulsory education”), of the Principal Act is repealed and substituted with the following—

 

5 Compulsory Education

      (1) Every child shall be entitled to compulsory basic state funded education.

      (2) Any parent who deprives their child the right to basic state funded education shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level six or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years.”.

 

By Hon. Misihairambwi-Mushonga- Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on

Primary and Secondary Education

 

Amendment of clause 6

      Clause 6 is amended by the deletion of paragraph (ii) to the proviso of the subsection (3) and the substitution of the following—

                        “(ii) the head of the school who has not issued a certificate in terms of paragraph (i) shall enrol the child despite his or her being fully enrolled.”.

 

By Hon. Misihairambwi-Mushonga- Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on

Primary and Secondary Education

 

Amendment of clause 9

      Clause 9 is amended by the deletion of subsection (7) and the substitution of the

following—

      “(7) Every school other than public school shall pay a registration and an annual fee as may be prescribed from time to time by the Minister.

(8) Any person or responsible authority who operates a school other than a public school without paying the registration and annual fees as prescribed in subsection (7) shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level six or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years.”.

 

By Hon. Misihairambwi-Mushonga- Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on

Primary and Secondary Education

 

Amendment of clause 10

      Clause 10 is deleted and the following is substituted—

      “10 Amendment of section 25 of Cap 25:04

      Section 25(“Adult education”) of the Principal Act is repealed and substituted by the following—

      25 Adult Education

         (1) The Minister shall, subject to the available resources, provide facilities and  

      infrastructure for adult education and other non-formal education.

         (2) Every school shall, subject to the available resources, offer adult education and

      other non-formal education.”.

 

By Hon. Misihairambwi-Mushonga- Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on

Primary and Secondary Education

              

Amendment of clause 12

      Clause 12 is amended by the deletion of paragraph (a) in line 10 and the substitution of

       the following—

“(a) teach, in addition to English and sign language, any other officially recognised 

       language prescribed for the region in which the school is situated by the   

       Minister from time to time;”.

 

By Hon. Misihairambwi-Mushonga- Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on

Primary and Secondary Education

 

Amendment of clause 14

      Clause 14 is amended by the insertion of the following paragraph after paragraph (n3) in

line 32 on page 4—

                  “(n4)  handling of sexual abuse cases in schools.”.

 

By Hon. Misihairambwi-Mushonga- Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on

Primary and Secondary Education

 

Amendment of clause 15

      Clause 15 is amended—

(a)    by the deletion of subsection (5) in line 11 on page 5and the substitution of the

              following—

                             “No child shall be subjected to corporal punishment, and whoever administers

                 corporal punishment shall be guilty of an offence and liable upon conviction to a fine

                  not exceeding level six or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years.”.

 

(b)   by the deletion of sections 68B, 68C and 68D between lines 12 and 32 of page 5 of the Bill and the substitution of the following—

“68B   Pupil with disability

         (1)  Every school shall provide infrastructure, learning and teaching materials, facilities and resources, subject to the availability of resources, suitable for use by pupils with disabilities.

        (2)  The Secretary shall monitor and enter premises of every school for the purposes of ascertaining whether the rights of pupils with disabilities are taken into account during teaching and learning.

       (3) Pupils with disabilities, their parents and other interested parties have the right to participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring, including by making presentations to the responsible authority and Secretary, on the infrastructure, facilities, resources and learning and teaching materials suitable for pupils with disabilities.

          (4)  For the purposes of fees approval, the secretary shall require every registered school to submit a plan highlighting how the school shall advance the rights of pupils with disabilities.

      68C    Basic education fund

            An Act of Parliament shall provide for an Education Fund.

   68D  Non exclusion of pupils from school

   (1)  No pupil shall be excluded from school for non-payment of school fees.

   (2) No pupil shall be excluded from school on the basis of pregnancy or disability.

   (3) Any person who contravenes subsections (1) and (2) shall be guilty of an offence and liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding level six or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years.

    68E   Prohibition of political activities during school time

           (1) No political party activities may be conducted at a school during school time     

       determined by the governing body of the school.

          (2) The political party activities contemplated in subsection (1) include, but are not

       limited to―

(a) campaigning;

(b) conducting rallies;

(c) the distribution of pamphlets and fliers;   and

(d) the hanging or putting up of posters and banners.

        (3) A member of a political party may not, for the purposes of conducting political party

      activities encroach on school time.

        (4) A school may not allow the display of material of a political party nature on its

      premises unless such political party material is related to the curriculum at the school.

 

68 F Norms and standards for basic infrastructure and capacity in public schools

(1) The Minister may, after consultation with the Minister of Finance and the Council of Education Ministers, by regulation prescribe minimum uniform norms and standards for―

(a)    school infrastructure;

(b)   capacity of a school in respect of the number of learners a school can admit;  and

(c)    the provision of learning and teaching support material.

(2)  The norms and standards contemplated in subsection (1) must provide for, but not be limited to, the following―

(a)    in respect of school infrastructure, the availability of―

(i)                 classrooms;

(ii)               electricity;

(iii)             water;

(iv)             sanitation;

(v)               a library;

(vi)             laboratories for science, technology, mathematics and life science;

(vii)           sport and recreational facilities;

(viii)         electronic connectivity at schools;  and

(ix)             perimeter security;

(b)   in respect of the capacity of a school―

(i)                 the number of teachers and the class size;

(ii)               quality of performance of a school;

(iii)             curriculum and extra-curricular choices;

(iv)             classroom size;

(v)               utilisation of available classrooms of a school;

(c)    in respect of the provision of learning and teaching support material, the availability of―

(i)                 stationary and supplies;

(ii)               learning material;

(iii)             teaching material and equipment;

(iv)             science, technology, mathematics and life sciences apparatus;

(v)               electronic equipment;  and

(vi)             school furniture and other school equipment.”.

 

By Hon. Misihairambwi-Mushonga- Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on

Primary and Secondary Education

 

16 New section inserted in Cap 25:04

 The Principal Act is amended by the insertion of the following section after section 70―

 

      71 Guiding Principles

              Basic education shall be guided by the principles set out in the Schedule.”.

 

By Hon. Misihairambwi-Mushonga- Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on

Primary and Secondary Education

 

17 New Schedule to Cap 25:04

The Principal Act is amended by the insertion of the following Schedule after section 71―

“SCHEDULE (Section 71)

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

The provision of basic education shall be guided by the following values and principles—

(a)        the right of every child to free and compulsory basic education;

(b)        equitable access for the youth to basic education and equal access to education or institutions;

(c)        promotion of quality and relevance;

(d)       accountability and democratic decision making within the institutions of basic education;

(e)        protection of every child against discrimination within or by an education department or education or institution on any ground whatsoever;

(f)        protection of the right of every child in a public school to equal standards of education including the medium of instructions used in schools for all children of the same educational level;

(g)        without prejudice to paragraph (f) above, advancement and protection of every child in pre-primary and lower primary level of education to be instructed in the language of his or her choice where this is reasonably practicable;

(h)        encouraging independent and critical thinking; and cultivating skills, disciplines and capacities for reconstruction and development;

(i)         promotion of peace, integration, cohesion, tolerance, and inclusion as an objective in the provision of basic education;

 (j)        elimination of hate speech and tribalism through instructions that promote the proper appreciation of ethnic diversity and culture in society;

(k)        imparting relevant knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to learners to foster the spirit and sense of patriotism, nationhood, unity of purpose, togetherness, and respect;

(l)         promotion of good governance, participation and inclusiveness of parents, communities, private sector and other stakeholders in the development and management of basic education;

(m)       transparency and cost effective use of educational resources and sustainable implementation of educational services;

(n)        ensuring human dignity and integrity of persons engaged in the management of basic education;

(o)        promoting the respect for the right of the child’s opinion in matters that affect the child;

(p)        elimination of gender discrimination, corporal punishment or any form of cruel and inhuman treatment or torture;

(q)        promoting the protection of the right of the child to protection, participation, development and survival;

(r)        promotion of innovativeness, inventiveness, creativity, technology transfer and an entrepreneurial culture;

(s)        non-discrimination, encouragement and protection of the marginalised, persons with disabilities and those with special needs;

(t)        enhancement of co-operation, consultation and collaboration among the Secretary for Education, Teachers Unions, the National Education Board, the education and training institutions and other related stakeholders on matters related to education; and

(u)        provision of appropriate human resource, funds, equipment, infrastructure and related resources that meet the needs of every child in basic education.

(v)        best interests of the children should also take into account the interest of teachers.

(w)       parents who become members of the School Parents Assembly and School Development Committee shall remain in office for two years for the purpose of continuity.

(x)         handling pregnant pupils.

 

 

BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION BY THE PARLIAMENTARY LEGAL COMMITTEE

Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill-(H.B. 3, 2019)-The Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage (Referred 9th May, 2019).

 



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