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SENATE HANSARD 02 OCTOBER 2018 VOL 28 NO 07

PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE

Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018

The Senate met at Half-past Two o’clock p. m.

PRAYERS

(THE HON. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE in the Chair)

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE HON. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

APPOINTMENT TO COMMITTEE ON STANDING RULES AND ORDERS

THE HON. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE: Section 151 (1) of the Constitution provides that Parliament must appoint a committee to be known as the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders for purposes of supervising the Administration of Parliament, formulating Standing Orders, considering and deciding all matters concerning Parliament, and exercising any other functions that may be conferred or imposed on the committee by the Constitution or by Standing Orders or any other law.

          Section 151 (2) of the Constitution provides that the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders must consist of the Speaker and the President of the Senate and the following Members of Parliament: the Deputy Speaker; the Deputy President of the Senate; the Minister responsible for Finance and two other Ministers appointed by the President; the Leader of Government Business in each House; the Leader of the Opposition in each House; the Chief Whips of all political parties represented in each House; the President of the National Council of Chiefs; two members who are not Ministers or Deputy Ministers, one being a Senator appointed to the Committee by the President of the Senate and the other one being a member of the National Assembly appointed by the Speaker.

          In terms of Standing Order No. 13 of both the Senate and the National Assembly Standing Orders and the provisions of Section 151 of the Constitution, I therefore, inform the House that the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders shall consist of the following:

Hon. Advocate Jacob Francis Mudenda, the Speaker of the National Assembly and Chairperson; Hon. Mabel Memory Chinomona, President of the Senate and Deputy Chairperson; Hon. Tsitsi Gezi, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly; Hon. Sen. Rtd. Lt. General Michael Reuben Nyambuya, Deputy President of the Senate; Hon. Mthuli Ncube, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Hon. Oppah Chamu Zvipange Muchinguri-Kashiri, Minister of Defence; Hon. Ziyambi Ziyambi, Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and Leader of Government Business; Hon. Tabitha Khumalo, Leader of the Opposition; Hon. Pupurai Togarepi ZANU PF Chief Whip; Hon. Prosper Chapfiwa Mutseyami, MDC-Alliance Chief Whip; Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira, the President of the National Council of Chiefs; Hon. Sen. Tsitsi Muzenda, appointed by the President of the Senate and Hon. Royi Billah, appointed by the Speaker.

Section 151 (2) (i) of the Constitution also states that the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders shall also be comprised of eight members who are not ministers or deputy ministers, four being elected to the committee by the Senate and four being elected by the National Assembly. The membership of the Committee must reflect as nearly as possible the political and gender composition of the combined Houses of Parliament.

We have now received eight names, six from Zanu PF and two from MDC-Alliance as follows:

ZANU PF:  Hon. Sen. Sydney Sekeramayi; Hon. Sen. Tambudzani Mohadi; Hon. Sikelela Gumpo; Hon. Mathew Nyashanu; Hon. Marian Chombo and Hon. Spiwe Mukunyaidze.

MDC-Alliance:  Hon. Sen. Morgan Komichi and Hon. Innocent Gonese

The nominations comply with the requirements of Section 151 (2) (i) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.  I, therefore, declare them duly elected to the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders.

INAUGURAL MEETING FOR THE COMMITTEE ON STANDING RULES AND ORDERS

THE HON. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE: I also wish to inform the House that the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders will have its inaugural meeting on Friday, 5th October, 2018 at 1000 hours in Committee Room No. 4. All Committee members are expected to attend”.

PROCESSING OF PARLIAMENT IDENTITY CARDS

THE HON. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE: I wish to advise Hon. Senators who do not have Parliament Identity Cards to report to the National Assembly Members’ Lobby on Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018 for processing of the same.

MOTION

PRESIDENTIAL SPEECH: DEBATE ON ADDRESS

          First Order read: Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech.

          Question again proposed.

          HON. SEN. MATIRIRA: Speech not recorded due to technical fault.

          A mobile phone having been ringing whilst an Hon. Sen. was still debating.

          THE HON. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE: Hon. Members, can I remind you once again to switch your mobile phones on silent mode.

          *HON. SEN. MATIRIRA:  Thank you Madam President.

          THE HON. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE: I am advised that the interpretation machines are not working.  I therefore request you Hon. Members to debate in English.

          *HON. SEN. SHOKO: I note with concern that most of the Hon. Senators in this House are unable to speak in English.  Therefore, it would be better for us to adjourn the House rather than continue with this debate or else we end up stammering.  However, do not deprive me on the day that I will try to debate in English.

          THE HON. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE: You are taking away my responsibility Hon. Senator, I did not make a ruling.  It is only something which has happened today.  Those who are able to debate in English can continue to do so until our machines are rectified.

          HON. SEN. CHABUKA: Madam President, those who can debate in English can debate.

          HON. SEN. DUBE: Thank you Madam President.  Firstly, I would like to congratulate the Zimbabwean President for winning the just ended election.  I would also want to congratulate you Hon. Madam President for being elected to the position of the President of the Senate…

          *HON. SEN. ENG. MUDZURI: On a point of order, I want to say that in both Houses we debate in any language, Shona or Ndebele rather than to say that we cannot debate…

          THE HON. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE: Hon. Senator, we are not refusing.  I indicated that those who can debate in English can do so and if you want to debate, you can, but your debate may not be recorded in the Hansard.

          *HON. ENG. MUDZURI: Part of speech not recorded due to technical error. We need people to debate in the mother languages.  You did not say Hansard is not interpreting, so, if they take any audio recording in Shona, the Hansard people can still interpret. So, what is needed is for the lady to be able to hear what she said.  That is why I am saying we should be able to use these mother languages because it might take another six months before anything is corrected.

          HON. SEN. A. DUBE:  Madam President, firstly I would like to congratulate the President of Zimbabwe, His Excellency E. D. Mnangagwa for his resounding victory on the 30th of July, 2018.  I would also like to congratulate you Madam President for being elected the President of the Senate.

          I thank our President, His Excellency E. D. Mnangagwa on his State of the Nation Address for putting the economic Development of our State as a priority and when this is achieved, it will improve the lives of the people of Zimbabwe.  His vision of a middle-income by 2030 is very much appreciated.  To achieve this, His Excellency said, “We must all individually and collectively put shoulders to the wheel and play our part in the rebuilding of our great country Zimbabwe”.  Madam President, it is the duty of every citizen to think and act positively to move our great country forward.

          I also thank His Excellency the President for the reconciliation efforts with the international community.  In his speech, His Excellency said, “My Government is with immediate effect revisiting all MOUs signed with other Governments”.  Good relations with other States will help our State as a member of the international community and I thank His Excellency for this great vision.

          The President also spoke about agriculture as a key sector in the resuscitation and growth of our economy.  We want to thank His Excellency for the inputs which are now being distributed early to the farmers as it will be easier for the farmers to plant their seeds earlier this season.  Thank you Madam President.

          HON. SEN. S. K. MOYO: Madam President, I move that the debate do now adjourn.

          HON. SEN. MUZENDA:  I second.

          Debate to resume: Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018.

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE HON. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

ZANU PF WOMEN PARLIAMENTARIANS MEETING

          THE HON. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE:  I wish to inform the House that, ZANU PF women parliamentarians are invited to a meeting to be held tomorrow, Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018 at the ZANU PF Headquarters at 0900 hours.  Thank you.

          On the motion of MINISTER OF STATE FOR MIDLANDS PROVINCE (HON. SEN. MAVIMA), the Senate adjourned at Five Minutes to Three o’clock p.m.  

 

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