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PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE

Tuesday, 11th June, 2019

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

PRAYERS

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

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE HON. DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF SENATE

ICT LITERACY TRAINING SESSION

          THE HON. DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF SENATE:  I wish to inform the Senate that there will be half day ICT literacy training sessions for male Members of Parliament. The sessions will be held at the TelOne learning centre at Harare Show grounds in Belvedere from 17th June to 12th July, 2019.  The training will be conducted in groups of 40 members over a period of three days.  An officer from the Information Technology Department will be stationed at the Members Dining every sitting day from Tuesday 11th to Thursday, 13th June, 2019 for registration purposes. 

MOTION

REPORT OF THE SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY’S BILATERAL VISIT TO THE SHURA ADVISORY COUNCIL IN DOHA

First Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Speaker of National Assembly, Hon. Advocate J. F. Mudenda’s Bilateral visit to the Shura Advisory Council in Doha, Qatar, 30th March to 4th April, 2019. 

Question again proposed. 

*HON. SEN. TONGOGARA: Thank you Mr. President.  What impressed me about this report by the Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Advocate Mudenda is that the country of Qatar had problems which are similar to us.  Neighbouring countries imposed illegal sanctions on Qatar.  When these sanctions were imposed, Qatar did not sit down and mourn but they devised their initiatives of overcoming up these sanctions.  As far as they were concerned sanctions forced them to think deeper and look for survival ways and develop their economic and social lives.  The reason why I am making this point is that let us emulate what is being done by Qatar.  The illegal sanctions imposed cut off trading with other countries and even travelling but that did not dampen their spirit.  On the contrary, they worked harder, they were united and motivated.  They worked as a team in developing their country and their families.

On the same manner, I am encouraging my fellow Zimbabweans that despite the illegal sanctions imposed on us, Zimbabwe is a rich country. We should utilise that and follow the steps taken by Qatar and I know we will definitely develop.  If Qatar did it, why can we not do it?  Let us remember unity is strength.  Thank you Hon. President – [HON. SENATORS: Hear, hear.] 

THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR MIDLANDS PROVINCE (HON. SEN. MAVIMA): I move that the debate do now adjourn.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume:  Wednesday, 12th June, 2019

MOTION

REPORT OF THE ZIMBABWE DELEGATION TO THE AFREA CONFERENCE ON MONITORING AND EVALUATION HELD IN ABIDJAN

Second Order read:  Adjourned debate on motion on the report of the AfrEA Conference on Monitoring and Evaluation held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

Question again proposed.

HON. SEN. MOHADI:  Thank you Mr. President.  I just want to thank the mover and the seconder of this report.  I want to put it forward to this august House that whenever we talk about monitoring and evaluation which is the main topic of this report, really in whatever we do, either business or project; as long as there is no evaluation of the project and no monitoring of that project, it ends up not functioning well because there is no supervision at all.  Even if it is either the Government or any other person implementing such a thing, as long as it is not monitored and evaluated, you will find that it does not work well.

          Why do we monitor?  We monitor in order to find out whether the project is progressing. Even if it is not progressing, we would want to see where the failures are and they need to be corrected.  When we evaluate, you will find that we want to see that what we have been carrying on has been achieved.  Because whenever you plan, you do it in order to achieve. You do not just plan for the sake of planning.  You will have to achieve whatever you are planning.  Even the Government itself has different ministries which are given different assignments. Those assignments have to be monitored and they have to be evaluated for the future budgets. If you do not monitor and evaluate, you might not even be in a position to know what you are budgeting for because you do not even know from the past whether you achieved anything.  If you did not achieve, why did you not achieve? 

So, this is a very important component in development.  As long as we are in development, there should be monitoring and evaluation of whatever we have planned or what we have implemented.  With those few words Mr. President, I would want to thank you.

          HON. SEN. CHIEF NECHOMBO-CHIKUKWA: I move that the debate do now adjourn. 

          HON. SEN. MOHADI: I second. 

          Motion put and agreed to.

          Debate to resume: Wednesday, 12th June 2019. 

MOTION

FIRST REPORT OF THE THEMATIC COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS ON THE ZIMBABWE HUMAN RIGHTS ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 2017

          Third Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Human Rights on the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission annual report. 

          Question again proposed.

THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR MIDLANDS PROVINCE (HON. SEN. MAVIMA):  Mr. President, I move that the debate do now adjourn.

          Motion put and agreed to. 

          Debate to resume: Wednesday, 12th June 2019. 

MOTION

REPORT OF THE 44TH PLENARY ASSEMBLY OF SADC PARLIAMENTARY FORUM

Fourth Order read: Adjourned debate on the report of the 44th Plenary Assembly of the SADC Parliamentary Forum. 

Question again proposed.

HON. SEN. MOHADI: Mr. President, I move that the debate do now adjourn.

HON. SEN. CHIRONGOMA: I second.

Motion put and agreed to. 

Debate to resume: Wednesday, 12th June, 2019.

          HON. SEN. CHIEF CHIKWAKA-BUNGU: I have a question if I am allowed Sir.  Concerned Mr. President about some Ministers who are not attending but I do not know if this is the correct platform to ask, we have so many questions that are deferred since last year 2018.  We do not know what can be done to have those Ministers come and attend to our questions which are now overdue.  Thank you Sir.

          THE HON. DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF SENATE: Hon. Sen. Chief Chikwaka, I think I raised that issue myself last week but one and it is receiving due attention. But, you are right.  We realised that many Hon. Members have questions which have to be attended to. 

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

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