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SENATE HANSARD - 3 SEPTEMBER 2013 VOL. 23 NO. 01

PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE

Tuesday, 3rd September, 2013

 

(OFFICIAL REPORT)

MEETING OF PARLIAMENT

The Senate met, pursuant to notification by the Clerk of Parliament, at Two o'clock p.m. in the Senate, Austin Muranganwa Zvoma, Esquire, Clerk of Parliament of Zimbabwe; Kenneth M. Chokuda, Deputy Clerk; Mrs Nomalanga A. Sunga, Assistant Clerk; and Johanese Gandiwa, Esquire, Assistant Clerk, attending in Parliament.

THE CLERK OF PARLIAMENT: In terms of Section 128 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, before a Member of the Senate takes his/her seat in the Senate, the Member must take the Oath of a Member of Senate before the Clerk of Parliament. In order to expedite the swearing-in of hon. senators, the procedure to be followed will entail simultaneous swearing-in of members in groups of ten. I therefore, call upon the following hon. senators to subscribe to the Oath or Affirmation of Loyalty as required by Section 128 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe and Standing Order of the Senate No. 2.

NEW SENATORS SWORN

THE CLERK OF PARLIAMENT thereupon administered the oath or affirmation of loyalty to members present as required by law: Bhebe Medelina; Buka Flora; Carter Michael Norman; Chabuka Keresencia; Charumbira Chief; Chiduku Chief; Chifamba Jane; Chimbudzi Alice; Chimutengwende Chenhamo Chakezha; Chisunga Chief; Chitaka Patrick; Chitanga Chief; Chizema Cleveria; Dandawa Chief; Gampu Chief; Goto Rosemary; Gwenzi Chief; Hlalo Matson Mpofu; Holland Sekai Masikana; Jadagu Grace Tsitsi; Juba Alphina; Hungwe Josiah Dunira; Khumalo Dorothy Tholakele; Machaya Jaison Max Kokerai; Machingaifa Tapera; Mabhugu Farirai Ethel; Madzongwe Edina; Mahofa Shuvai Ben; Makore James; Maluleke Mhlawa Otilia; Manyeruke Jenia; Marava Misheck; Marozva Chief; Masendu Chief; Mashavakure Nyamayabo; Masuku Angeline; Mathema Cain Ginyilitshe; Mathuthu Thokozile Angela; Matiirira Address; Mavhaire Dzikamai Calisto; Mavhunga Monica; Mawire Judith; Mkhwebu Alma; Mlotshwa Sithembile; Moeketsi Violet; Mohadi Tambudzai Bhudagi; Moyo Simon Khaya; Mtshane Chief; Muchena Nyembezi Olivia; Muchenje Virginia; Muchihwa Rorana; Mumbengegwi Simbarashe Simbanenduku; Mumvuri Damiani Diamonds Enias; Mupfumira Priscah; Muronzi Martha; Musaka Mike Byton; Musarurwa Chief; Monica Mutsvangwa; Muzenda Tsitsi Veronica; Siphiwe Ncube, Joyce Ndhlovu, Chief Nebiri, Chief Nembire, Chief Ngungumbane, Chief Ntabeni, Michael R. Nyambuya, Chief Nyamukoho, Chief Nyangazonke, Rosemary Nyathi, Pagwesese D. Parirenyatwa, Tigere S. Sekeramayi, Annah Shiri, Chief Siansali, Agnes Sibanda, Watchy Sibanda, Herbet M. Sinampande, Charles Tawengwa, Lilian Timveos.

THE CLERK OF PARLIAMENT: We have checked that all hon. Senators present have taken the oath of a senator and they have therefore complied with the provisions of the Constitution. We will now proceed to the next stage.

ELECTION OF PRESIDENT OF SENATE

THE CLERK OF PARLIAMENT: Section 122 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe and Standing Order Number 3 requires that when the Senate first meets after a general election and before it proceeds to the dispatch of any other business, it shall elect a Presiding Officer not being a Vice President, Minister or Deputy Minister to be known as the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall be elected in accordance with Standing Orders from among persons who are or have been Members of the Senate or are qualified for election as members of the Senate. I therefore call for nominations of candidates for the position of President of the Senate.

SENATOR MATHUTHU: Mr. Clerk, I rise to propose hon. Senator Edina Madzongwe be elected to be the President of the Senate of the Republic of Zimbabwe. I thank you.

SENATOR HUNGWE: I second.

THE CLERK OF PARLIAMENT: Are there any further nominations? There being no further nominations, I therefore declare Hon Edina Madzongwe duly elected to the Office of the President of the Senate of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

ELECTION OF DEPUTY PRESIDENT

THE CLERK OF PARLIAMENT: Order, order, hon. Senators. Section 127(1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe and Standing Order Number 8 requires that when the Senate first meets after a general election and as soon as practicable after the election of the President of the Senate, it shall elect a Member of the Senate, not being a Vice President, Minister or Deputy Minister to be Deputy President and Chairperson of Committees. I therefore call for nominations of candidates for the position of Deputy President and Chairperson of Committees of the Senate.

SENATOR TAWENGWA: Thank you Clerk of Parliament, I rise to nominate Senator Chenhamo Chakezha Chimutengwende to be the Deputy President and Chair of Committees. I thank you.

SENATOR MUZENDA: I second.

THE CLERK OF PARLIAMENT: Guests in the Gallery may not participate. They are just there to observe.Are there any further nominations? There being no further nominations, I therefore declare Chenhamo Chakezha Chimutengwende duly elected to the Office of Deputy President and Chairperson of Committees of the Senate of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

(Chief Justice procession to the Senate Chamber)

THE CLERK OF PARLIAMENT: In terms of Section 122(5) and Section 123(4), a person who has been elected as President or Deputy President of the Senate is required before he/she enters upon the duties of his/her office to take and subscribe to an Oath or affirmation of Loyalty before the Chief Justice or the most senior Judge of the Supreme Court.

At 1450 p.m. members rose as Chief Justice Chidyausiku entered in the Senate Chamber.

CHIEF JUSTICE CHIDYAUSIKU: Whereas Section 122 (1) of the Constitution provides that at its first sitting after a general election and before proceeding to any other business the Senate must elect a Presiding Officer to be known as the President of the Senate.

Whereas Section 122(5) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that before commencing his/her duties the President of the Senate must take before the Chief Justice or the next senior Judge available the Oath of Loyalty of office in the forms set out in the Third Schedule;

Whereas you Edina Madzongwe having been duly elected as President of the Senate in terms of Section 122(1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, now I therefore Godfrey, Guwa Chidyausiku Chief Justice of the Republic of Zimbabwe by virtue of the powers vested in me in terms of Section 122(5) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe do call upon you Edina Madzongwe to take the Oaths of Loyalty and Office.

Mrs Edina Gwanzura Madzongwe subscribed to the Oaths of Loyalty and Office (Senator Mathuthu, thereupon conducted Mrs. Madzongwe to the Chair).

 

CHIEF JUSTICE CHIDYAUSIKU: Whereas Section 123(1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that as soon as practicable after electing a President of the Senate following a general election, the Senate must elect a Senator to be the Deputy President of the Senate.

AND WHEREAS section 123 subsection (4) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that before commencing his or her duties, the Deputy President of the Senate must take before the Chief Justice or the next most senior judge available the oaths of loyalty and office in the forms set out in the Third Schedule;

AND WHEREAS you CHENHAMO CHAKEZHA CHIMUTENGWENDE having been duly elected as Deputy President of the Senate of Zimbabwe in terms of section 123 subsection (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe;

NOW THEREFORE, I GODFREY GUWA CHIDYAUSIKU, Chief Justice of the Republic of Zimbabwe, by virtue of the powers vested in me in terms of section 123 subsection (4) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe do call upon you CHENHAMO CHAKEZHA CHIMUTENGWENDE to take the oaths of loyalty and Office.

Mr. Chenhamo Chakezha Chimutengwende subscribed to the Oaths of Loyalty and Office.

THE CLERK OF PARLIAMENT: The President of the Senate will now make her acceptance speech.

THE DEPUTY PRESIDENT: I sincerely thank my nominator, Senator Mathuthu and my seconder Senator J. D. Hungwe, and you hon. senators. Above all my gratitude goes to my party ZANU PF and the President and First Secretary, His Excellency Cde. R. G. Mugabe. It is particularly because of the party's progressive policies of empowering women that I stand here elected as the President of Senate of the Parliament of Zimbabwe.

I pledge to faithfully and fairly execute my duties cognisant of the fact that members come from diverse backgrounds, I pray for God's guidance in this. The Eighth Parliament of Zimbabwe and indeed its Senate is unique and historic in that it will be operating under the new first post independence, wholly Zimbabwean and a people driven Constitution. Hon senators, as people's representatives it is incumbent upon us to carry out our duties diligently for the good governance of our people. The laws and motions that we shall pass and adopt in this Senate should be for the prosperity of our nation. I therefore urge that we treat matters that shall come under our deliberation with the seriousness that they deserve. Yes, we do come from different parties, but we are specifically here to serve the nation.

May I also point out that even though our Parliament is made up of two Houses, they complement each other's work rather than to be competitive. In other words we have a symbiotic relationship, again with the sole goal of advancing the good governance of Zimbabwe. Finally, I would like to thank my children, Valentine, Farai and Tendayi for their support and eternal patience and love. My thanks also go to my whole extended family and my friends. May God bless this Senate and give us wisdom as we deliberate on the issues that affect our nation. I thank you.

THE CLERK OF PARLIAMENT: I now open the floor for congratulatory messages to Senator Edina Madzongwe on the occasion of her election as President of the Senate of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

SENATOR S. K. MOYO: Thank you very much, on behalf of the revolutionary ruling party ZANU PF, I have the honour and privilege to congratulate Senator Edina Madzongwe and Senator Chen Chimutengwende for their resounding election as President and Deputy President of this august Senate. Senator Edna Madzongwe has served this Senate with evident distinction in the past and her service to this nation in many other capacities is beyond reproach. The wisdom of this esteemed Senate in recognizing her impeccable credentials as a leader of unquestionable integrity, a visionary foresighted, humble and a subscriber to fair play can only place this august Senate in good state.

Madam President of the Senate, we wish you and your deputy all the best in your noble efforts as you stay in this revered Senate to successfully oversee its deliberations during your term of office. We wish you God's blessings, I thank you.

SENATOR CHIEF CHARUMBIRA: I rise to say congratulation, makorokoto, amhlope to the newly elected President of the Senate and Deputy President of the Senate. You recall Madam President that when we closed the last Parliament on the 30th of June, I did rise to praise you for the good leadership you had shown in the last Parliament and the fact that you have been retained as President of the Senate, I feel that I am vindicated in that statement I made at the close of Parliament in June.

Madam President, I have all the confidence once more that you will lead us as you did last time to even greater heights as a country and I want to say please continue with those familiar impeccable skills of leadership which created a good environment for rational debate in this Senate, which were of zero tolerance to destructive political behaviour as is the case elsewhere. Indeed, ministers and other visitors, when they came to this Senate to present their Bills or Motions, they have all said that this Senate has always been a fountain of wisdom and made very complimentary remarks about the atmosphere of very civilized debates in this House.

Please continue to project that positive image of a Senate characterized by mature, rational and objective debate and above all a Senate whose aspirations are to advance the lives of the people of Zimbabwe. We should try to improve the quality of the lives of people; people look forward to better lives. People Madam President need food, jobs, education, health, good roads and good cultural behaviors, so we must avoid disputes so that we can be good leaders.

Lastly, before I sit down I want to say, please continue with that good demonstration of a cultured leadership which shows that we have our own values, of course respecting that section of the Senate, the Chiefs to show and encourage cultured debates and language so that people will know where we are coming from as Zimbabweans. Lastly, I also wish you very good health, both of you. Mr. Chimutengwende you are not a new comer as a leader, you have been a Minister of this and that and your curriculum vitae is very rich and very long, I believe the two of you will make good leaders, I thank you.

SENATOR MASHAVAKURE: Mr. Clerk, Madam President, Senator Chimutengwende and the rest of the Senate, on behalf of people with disabilities in this country we would like to extend our congratulations, makorokoto, amhlope on your election as President of the Senate and Deputy President respectively, it is our hope that we will continue to benefit from the proceedings of Parliament of Zimbabwe in particular the Senate which enabled us to be part of you this day following the drafting and ratification of the new Constitution by the Referendum last time.

Indeed we would like to ask that God bless the offices of President of the Senate and Deputy President of the Senate and as well bless the office holders for the sake of the nation of Zimbabwe and for the sake of people with disabilities, I thank you.

MADAM PRESIDENT: Hon. senators, especially those that have sent and made their congratulatory messages, I feel touched - I thank you.

I have to inform the House that in terms of Standing Order Number 11, I have to present myself and Sen. Chenhamo Chakezha Chimutengwende to the Head of State. We shall inform him that the choice of this Senate has fallen upon me to be your President of the Senate and upon Sen.. Chenhamo Chakezha Chimutengwende to be Deputy President of the Senate as well as Chairperson of Committees. In presenting myself to the President, I shall, in your name and approval, lay claim to the undoubted rights and privileges of Parliament by law and custom established which are to be enjoyed by the Parliament of Zimbabwe.

I invite my Proposer and the Seconder of the President of the Senate to accompany us, together with as many hon. members and Ministers as may desire to do so. The ceremony will take place at the State House at a date to be announced later.

MADAM PRESIDENT adjourned the Senate without putting any question at Twenty One Minutes Past Three o'clock p.m.

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