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SENATE HANSARD 03 MAY 2016 VOL 25 NO 45

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PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE

Tuesday, 3rd May, 2016

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

PRAYERS

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE HON. DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

CATHOLIC SERVICE

          THE HON. DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE: I wish to inform the House that there will be a Catholic service tomorrow, 4th May, 2016 at 1600 hours in the Senate Chamber. All members who are Catholics and non-Catholics are invited.

INVITATION TO A PRESENTATION BY THE HUNDAH PROJECT

          THE HON. DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE: I have to inform Hon. Senators that they are invited to a brief presentation by the Hundah Project representatives on how they intend to work with Hon. Senators in their respective constituencies, on Wednesday, 4th May, 2016, at the Courtyard from 0900 hours to 1200 hours.

INVITATION TO A DIALOGUE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

          THE HON. DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE: I also have to inform the Senate that all Members of Parliament are invited to a dialogue on the Sustainable Development Goals jointly organised by the Office of the President and Cabinet and the United Nations Development Programme. The dialogue will be held at the Rainbow Towers Hotel at 0830 hours on the respective days.

          Thematic Committees have been divided into 2 groups and will be attending as follows:

          FIRST GROUP - Wednesday, 11th May, 2016:-

Thematic Committee on Peace and Security,

Thematic Committee on Indigenisation and Empowerment and

Thematic Committee on Millennium Development Goals.

          SECOND GROUP – Thursday, 12th May, 2016:-

                   Thematic Committee on Human Rights

                   Thematic Committee on Gender and Development, and

                   Thematic Committee on HIV/AIDS.

BILL RECEIVED FROM THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

          THE HON. DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE: I have to inform the Senate that I have received the Gwanda State University Bill, [H.B. 9, 2015] from the National Assembly.

REPORTS RECEIVED FROM THE PARLIAMENTARY LEGAL COMMITTEE

          THE HON. DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE: I also have to inform the House that I have received an Adverse Report from the Parliamentary Legal Committee on Statutory Instrument Number 24 of 2016, published in the Government Gazette during the month of February 2016.

          Further to that, I have received a non-adverse report from the Parliamentary Legal Committee on all statutory instruments published in the Government Gazette during the Month of March 2016.

MOTION

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

          HON. SEN. TAVENGWA: I move that Order of the Day, Number 1 be stood over until all the other Orders of the Day have been disposed of.

          HON. A. MASUKU: I second.

          Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

PRESIDENTIAL SPEECH: DEBATE ON ADDRESS

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

          Question again proposed.

          HON. SEN. TAVENGWA: I move that the debate do now adjourn.

          HON. SEN A. MASUKU: I second.

          Motion put and agreed to.

          Debate to resume: Wednesday, 4th May, 2016.

MOTION

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

          HON. B. SIBANDA: I seek leave of the Senate that Orders of the Day, Numbers 3 and 4 be stood over until all the other Orders of the Day have been disposed of.

          HON. SEN. MARAVA: I second.

          Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

REPORT OF THE 133RD ASSEMBLY OF THE INTERPARLIAMENTARY UNION (IPU)

          Sixth Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the Zimbabwe Delegation Report on the 133rd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

          Question again proposed.

          HON. SEN. CHIEF SIANSALI: I move that the debate do now adjourn.

HON. SEN. TAWENGWA: I second.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Wednesday, 4th May, 2016.

MOTION

REHABILITATION OF WAR SHRINES AND RECOGNITION OF DEPARTED WAR LIBERATORS

Seventh Order read: Adjourned debate on motion calling for rehabilitation and maintenance of War Shrines.

Question again proposed.

HON. SEN. TAWENGWA: I move that the debate do now adjourn.

HON. SEN. MASUKU: I second.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Wednesday, 4th May, 2016.

MOTION

CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT AS CHAIRMAN OF AFRICAN UNION

Eighth Order read: Adjourned debate on motion to congratulate His Excellency, the President Cde. R. G. Mugabe and the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe for successfully leading the African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) as Chairperson.

Question again proposed.

HON. SEN. CHIEF MUSARURWA: I move that the debate do now adjourn.

HON. SEN. TAWENGWA: I second.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Wednesday, 4th May, 2016.

MOTION

REPORT OF THE ZIMBABWE DELEGATION TO THE 38TH PLENARY ASSEMBLY OF THE SADC PARLIAMENTARY FORUM

Ninth Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the Zimbabwe Delegation Report on the 38th Plenary Assembly of the SADC-Parliamentary Forum.

Question again proposed.

*HON. SEN. TIMVEOS: Thank you Mr. President. I would like to make my contribution on this debate because I have realised that there is silence in this House and we might adjourn the House without any business. I would like to thank the delegation to Namibia and also Hon. Sen. Mohadi for introducing the motion on what happened in Namibia in this House. I hope the Members of Parliament who attended this Conference – in most cases, we have noticed that there are a lot of problems which are presented in such forums, especially when we read reports introduced by Hon. Senator Mohadi and these are related to human trafficking. Human trafficking is a menace and a health hazard.

Some weeks back, we had some of our Zimbabwean girls who were lured by dubious employment agencies and promised jobs in some countries. On arrival, they were introduced into sex slavery and they had no means and ways of returning to Zimbabwe. Hence I feel that as a country we should have ways of fighting these diabolic spirits who lure people through bogus employment agencies and people fall into the trap. I feel that it is up to Zimbabwe to work out ways of beating these crooks. We are aware that that jobs are difficult to get in Zimbabwe and employment is at its lowest, but let us scrutinise these advertisements when they are put across in the Press, we should verify as a State whether the jobs really exist in these foreign lands.

I sympathise with the young girls. We may look at countries like Saudi Arabia or Kuwait and think they are the most misrepresenting facts to girls in Zimbabwe but we are aware that such things are happening even in South Africa. Our girls are taken there with the promise of good and well paying jobs but when they get there, they are introduced into sex slavery. Their passports are confiscated and they have no free movement. I feel that as a country we should enact some legislation, scrutinise and find ways of beating these devious and bogus employment agencies that are out to fleece our innocent girls. I thank you.

HON. SEN. TAWENGWA: I move that the debate do now adjourn.

HON. SEN. MASUKU: I second.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Wednesday, 4th May, 2016.

MOTION

TRADITIONAL CHIEFS MANDATE

Tenth Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the role of traditional leaders.

Question again proposed.

*HON. SEN. MAWIRE: I move that the debate do now adjourn.

HON. SEN. TAWENGWA: I second.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Wednesday, 4th May, 2016.

On the motion of HON. SEN. TAWENGWA, seconded by HON. SEN. MAWIRE, the Senate adjourned at Ten Minutes to Three O’clock p.m.

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