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SENATE HANSARD - 15 MAY 2012 VOL. 21 NO. 28

 

PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE

Tuesday, 15th May, 2012.

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

 

PRAYERS

(MADAM PRESIDENT in the chair)

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY MADAM PRESIDENT

DEATH OF HON. SENATOR TICHAONA MUDZINGWA

MADAM PRESIDENT: I have to inform Hon. Senators of the death of Hon. Senator Tichaona Mudzingwa, Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development and Non-constituent Member, on Wednesday 11th April 2012.

I invite all senators to rise and let us have a moment of recognition in the sad memory of the lost senator.

All members stood in silence.

LANGUAGE USE

MADAM PRESIDENT : I have to advise hon. senators not to switch languages during debates as this may result in the distortion of your contributions. If you decide to debate in Shona or Ndebele, in Shona then let it be Shona, if it is Ndebele stick to Ndebele and if it is English stick to Englishso that interpretation is done efficiently and effectively. Apparently when we switch from one language to the other, the interpretation might change what you really intended to mean. So you will not have to blame them for a meaning which you did not intend.

FAMILIARISATION TOUR OF DEVEN ENGINEERING (PVT) LTD

MADAM PRESIDENT : I also have to inform hon. senators that those who registered to go on the familiarisation tour of Deven Engineering (Pvt) Ltd, that the trips will be undertaken in groups of twenty members at a time.

The first group will visit on Wednesday, 16th May 2012, while the second group will visit on Thursday, 17th May 2012. Departure time on both days will be 0900hrs, from the Nelson Mandela Avenue entrance.

Hon. senators are also advised to check for further details from their pigeon holes. Other interested hon. Senators may contact the Public Relations Department of Parliament at Pax House, 3rd floor South wing, office no. 4 or phone extension 2310 or 2143.

ZIPAH MEMBERSHIP DATA BASE

MADAM PRESIDENT: Hon. senators are also advised that the Zimbabwe Parliamentarians on HIV and AIDS (ZIPAH) is currently updating its membership database. Membership forms have been distributed in the senators pigeon holes. Some can be collected from Parliament staff at Pax House. Both new and old members are encouraged to fill in the forms so that they can become bon-fide members and participate in ZIPAH activities. At the launch of ZIPAH on 1st March 2012, which was officiated by his Excellency, the President, ZIPAH resolved to embark on group voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) and male circumcision (MC) by the end of June 2012.

Hon. senators wishing to participate in these programmes are kindly requested to indicate by completing forms that have been placed in their pigeon holes.

For any inquiries, senators can contact Mr. Y. Chuma and Ms. E. Masara at Pax House, third floor, office No. 1 and office No. 504B, fifth floor of Hon. B. Chebundo.

SWITCHING OFF OF CELLPHONES

MADAM PRESIDENT: May I finally please appeal to hon. senators to switch off their cellphones or put them on silent before the commencement of business.

MOTION

FIRST REPORT OF THE THEMATIC COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS ON THE STATE OF PRISONS AND PRISONERS IN ZIMBABWE

First Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on First Report of the Thematic Committee on Human Rights on the State of Prisons and Prisoners in Zimbabwe.

Question again proposed.

THE GOVERNOR FOR MATABELELAND NORTH: I move that the debate do now adjourn.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Wednesday, 16th May, 2012.

MOTION

MEASURES TO CURB DROUGHT

Second Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on harsh climatic conditions in Region V.

Question again proposed.

*SENATOR CHIMBUDZI: I would like to thank you Madam President. I would like to add my voice to this motion which was raised by Hon. Senator Mohadi. I would like to thank her so much even for the seconders because this motion touches on each and everyone in our country as a whole. As a senator from Mt. Darwin, I also face the same challenges because of the erratic rainfalls but I would like to thank Senator Mohadi for raising up this motion which is very important to our people.

In Mt. Darwin, we have places like Chesa and Karuyana, they have very big dams. I would like to urge our Government that because of the erratic rains in that area, the Government should encourage irrigation in those areas because if we engage in irrigation it means that we will ease the Government when it comes to feeding the people. You find that we have so many areas which are classified as Region V. The Government is at pains looking for food to feed people in those areas. I would like to thank Senator Mohadi for bringing that motion because it touches on a number of areas in Zimbabwe. Irrigation means that we have food in many of our places in the country.

THE GOVERNOR FOR MATABELELAND NORTH: I move that the debate do now adjourn.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Wednesday, 16th May, 2012.

MOTION

FIRST REPORT OF THE THEMATIC COMMITTEE ON MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS ON PROVISION OF EDUCATION IN RESETTLED AREAS

Third Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Millennium Development Goals on the Provision of Education in Resettled Areas

Question again proposed.

THE GOVERNOR FOR MATABELELAND NORTH: I move that the debate do now adjourn.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Wednesday, 16th May, 2012.

MOTION

FIRST REPORT OF THE THEMATIC COMMITTEE ON HIV AND AIDS ON THE ANTI-RETROVIRAL THERAPY ROLL OUT PROGRAMME

Fourth Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDs on the Anti-Retroviral Therapy Roll Out Programme.

Question again proposed.

*SENATOR MUCHIHWA: I would like to thank you Madam President for this time that you have accorded me to add my voice on this motion. I would like to thank the Committee on HIV and AIDS because this Committee is really going around the country looking at how the drugs are being distributed to people who are affected by AIDS. This is really helping, it is a relief to the people especially in the hospitals.

I am a member of that Committee and we visited hospitals and we wanted to find out whether these drugs were reaching the people. We have discovered that in some areas these drugs are not reaching the people. People are taking a lot of time before they take these drugs from the period that they would have been checked and found that they have this virus. You find that in some places the CD4 counting machines are not there and patients are being referred to private institutions. It is a problem for some people in commuting and some people are dying before they are put on that programme. We are urging the Ministry of Health, I am happy that the Minister is around, I would like to urge him that he should visit hospitals and see whether these machines are functional and that these diseases are being attended to in hospitals. You find that some people cannot afford even the user fees, even those in towns they cannot afford. This disease can affect anyone, whether you are rich or poor, it can affect anyone. We really urge our Government to insure that they help us through the Ministry of Health, that we get help because it is a national catastrophe. Many children that we encounter, is because they were born in that situation and you find that even women, they got this disease from their husbands and the husbands got it from their wives. We came across some problems especially in Beitbridge where there is a home based care and people are staying at these homes, people who are looking after them are just voluntary people and they make sure that they get food and something to drink. It is like a home which was build, we were really touched by that. The problem is that there was a communication breakdown but what I heard from Senator Mohadi was that when they saw our bus, they thought we had brought them some things to help and I discovered that at least we should have brought something to help them. Places like that should be looked into by the Government to make sure that food is there. Distance is not a problem but the Government should take care of those people, despite the distance because for them to live, it is a benefit to the Government.

In Masvingo again, we also encountered such a situation but we should be thankful to the NAC (National AIDS Council) because they are also helping in this situation but we really urge the Government to give a hand to these people. With that I would like to thank you Madam President.

THE GOVERNOR FOR MATABELELAND NORTH: I move that the debate do now adjourn.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Wednesday, 16th May, 2012.

On the motion of THE GOVERNOR FOR MATABELELAND NORTH, the Senate adjourned at Seven Minutes to Three O'clock p.m.

 

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