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SENATE HANSARD - 28 JULY 2009 VOL. 18 NO. 25

 

PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE

Tuesday 28th July, 2009

The Senate met at Half past Two

o'clock p.m.

 

PRAYERS

( MADAM PRESIDENT in the

Chair)

ANNOUNCEMENT BY MADAM

PRESIDENT

SWITCHING OFF OF CELL PHONES

MADAM PRESIDENT: I have to remind all hon. senators to switch off their cell phones before business commences.

MOTION

HIV/AIDS MATERNAL HEALTH PROGRAMMES

First Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the plight of women

due to HIV and AIDS.

Question again proposed:

SENATOR MANDABA: I would like to thank all hon. senators who debated on this motion. Senator Manyeruke spoke about accessibility of health facilities which contribute to the maternal death of women. She spoke of economic hardships and dollarisation. She called for support of the National Aids Council structures and partners to support in the prevention, treatment and mitigation of parent to child transmission programmes.

Senator Dube spoke on the lack of male involvement, cultural aspects and gender related violence and called for the strengthening of the role of NAC as coordinator and monitor of HIV/AIDS. He also called on the control and distribution of global funds.

Senator Mlotshwa spoke on the issue of lobola, our biological make up, traditional girl child virginity and HIV/AIDS cross cutting and leaving no boundaries. She asked for correct information even on advertisements and also called for NAC to be strengthened as a regulatory board.

Senator Chimbudzi spoke on statistics which are very vital and important on the prevention of mother to child transmission. She also spoke on the emerging preventive measures for circumcision, microbicide and also called for universal access to funds to be used in order to assist the AIDS victims. She also spoke on the Zimbabwe declaration on HIV/AIDS.

Senator Chief Charumbira stressed on cultural issues, how NGOs interfered when Chief Makoni spearheaded the virginity and circumcision issues.

Senator Tapela stressed on tradition. Senator Muchihwa contributed on three values of tradition and Senator Chigwedere highlighted on the best practices and how culture contributes in assisting in preventing HIV/AIDS. He highlighted on how other cultures control the pandemic. He pointed out on how other countries have controlled the pandemic by sticking to their cultures like polygamy and that poverty does not contribute to the pandemic. He pointed out the leniency of our laws that do not deter rapists.

I move that the motion be adopted.

Motion put and adopted.

MOTION

GOVERNMENT POLICY ON ARTS, SPORTS AND CULTURE

Second Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on lack of a strategic policy on Sport, Arts and Culture in Zimbabwe.

Question again proposed.

SENATOR GUTU: I would like to thank hon. members of this august House who contributed to my motion and I also want to thank them for being analytic and the emphasis for the government to formulate a well defined and strategic policy for the Arts, Sports and Culture to be taken seriously so that it will contribute towards employment creation and income generation. Madam President, there appears to be no further interest in the motion, so allow me to take this opportunity to formally withdraw the motion as I have already indicated. I thank my colleagues for contributing to the motion.

Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

PRESIDENTIAL SPEEECH: DEBATE ON ADDRESS

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

Question again proposed.

SENATOR CHABUKA: Since it is my maiden speech, I would want to begin by congratulating you, Madam President and your deputy for having been elected to such high offices. I also want to congratulate the Prime Minister for winning the 29th March elections. It is my hope that you will discharge your duties to the best of your abilities and to the expectations of the nation. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Mutare Senatorial Constituency for the trust they have shown in me by electing me to be their representative in this august House.

Madam President, I call upon them and the entire nation to join hands in building a new partnership for national development, because the price of not uniting for national development is too high. I also want to emphasize that by electing us to our high offices, the people of Zimbabwe have placed a sacred responsibility upon us. Madam President, I would like also to emphasise the need for co-operation between and among members of different parties in order to ensure inclusiveness, and facilitate progressive policies for the common good. For the sake of the people of Zimbabwe, we need to work together as partners for peace, prosperity and national good.

This Session of the Seventh Parliament commerced at a time when our country was at the cross roads, arising from the economic challenges that currently confront us. These challenges call for a unity of purpose among all of us, and for the highest level of dedication and commitment. Madam President, during this session, we also witnessed the signing of the Global Political Agreement by the three major parties. This development has brought so much hope for the people of Zimbabwe. I would therefore like to thank the three principals of the political parties for putting the interest of the nation before their own and bringing about focus to the nation.

It is my hope Madam President, that the Inclusive Government will move fast to address the challenges being faced by the education sector with a view to its revival. I am sure hon. senators are aware of some families that are failing to access food because they cannot afford the prices being charged. It is therefore my hope that the inclusive government will move derisively to ensure that those who can not afford to feed themselves will be catered for by the department of social welfare. I thank you.

MADAM PRESIDENT: This motion is going to be withdrawn tomorrow so after today hon. senators will not be able to contribute.

SENATOR SEKERAMAI: I move that the debate do now adjourn.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Wednesday 29th July 2009.

MOTION

HARNESSING OF RESOURCES FROM ZIMBABWEANS IN THE DIASPORA

Fourth Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on Zimbabweans living in the diaspora.

Question again proposed.

SENATOR GUTU: Allow me to take this opportunity to thank hon. members of this august House who contributed to this very important motion which I am sure pleased this House. This is a highly honoured House having members forming the cabinet. I hope they will take my motion seriously regarding the need to harness the people in the diaspora. There is money there. We should be able to raise enough financial and material resources from our Zimbabwean people in the diaspora without us going out begging. Begging is not a good thing for both the individual and the nation to do. A rich nation like Zimbabwe should not be seen begging. Zimbabwe should not be asking for financial or material resources. I thank the hon. members who contributed and I move that the motion be formally withdrawn from the Order Paper.

Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

OPERATIONS OF PENSION FUNDS

Fifth Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on the operations of Pension Funds in the clothing industry.

Question again proposed.

THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR STATE SECURITY IN THE PRESIDENT'S OFFICE : I move that the debate do now adjourn.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Wednesday, 29th July 2009.

On the motion of THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR STATE SECURITY IN THE PRESIDENT'S OFFICE , the Senate adjourned at Seven Minutes to Three o'clock p.m.

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