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SENATE HANSARD - 31 MARCH 2009 VOL. 18 NO. 16

PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE

Tuesday, 31st March, 2009

The Senate met at Half-past Two o'clock pm

 

PRAYER S

(MADAM PRESIDENT in the chair)

NEW MEMBER SWORN

MRS PRISCILLA MISIHAIRABWI-MUSHONGA to ok and subscribed to the Oath of loyalty as required by Law and took their seats.-[HON. SENATORS: Hear, hear]-

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY MADAM PRESIDENT

LUNCHEON INVITATION

MADAM PRESIDENT: I have to inform the House that hon. senators have been invited to a Finger Lunch tomorrow Wednesday, 1st April 2009 starting at 1130hours at ZIMOCO, Corner 3rd Street and George Silundika Avenue.

RBZ WORKSHOP

MADAM PRESIDENT: I have to inform the House that all hon. senators are invited to a half-day workshop on the role and functions of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) in the Monetary Policy implementation on Thursday 2nd April 2009 from 0830hrs to 12 noon at the Rainbow Towers.

MEETING WITH (HARARE) PUBLIC RADIO

MADAM PRESIDENT: I would like to inform hon. senators of the Harare Metropolitan Province that they are invited to attend a public meeting organized by the Public Radio Harare at the New Ambassador Hotel on Wednesday from 1730hours to 1900hours.

APPOINTMENT TO THE PARLIAMENTARY LEGAL COMMITTEE

MADAM PRESIDENT: I have to inform hon. senators that the Standing Rules and Orders Committee has appointed the following members to serve in the Parliamentary Legal Committee:

Hon. Senator Gutu

Hon. Mangwana

Hon. Mkandla

Hon. Mushonga S. L

Hon. Nyamupinga

SWITCHING OFF OF CELLPHONES

MADAM PRESIDENT: I wish to remind hon. Senators to switch off their cell phones please.

MOTION

PRESIDENTIAL SPEECH: DEBATE ON ADDRESS

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

Question again proposed

SENATOR CHITAKA: Madam President, hon. senators, thank you for giving me this opportunity to deliver my maiden speech in this august Senate.

First, I want to thank God Almighty for anointing me to sit in this prestigious House. Second, I thank the people of Nyanga-Mutasa who voted overwhelmingly for me to represent them in this House. I congratulate fellow senators who won seats during the March 2008 elections. I also congratulate other senators who were appointed by their respective political parties or organizations to sit in this House. To these colleagues, I say may your good fortunes continue to be with you into the future.

Madam President, I congratulate you on your election to the post of President of the Senate together with hon. N.K Ndlovu your deputy. May you continue to lead this House as ably as you have demonstrated so far.

Congratulations, Madam President to our new born baby called the Zimbabwe Inclusive Government (IGZ). This is the first time since Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary that three mothers (MDC - T, ZANU PF and MDC - M) have given birth to one baby after going through a pregnancy of more than 2 years. This baby has the totems of all Zimbabweans including the totem-less ones in Mbare and Borrowdale. This baby has no single skin colour. He or better I called the baby IT, has all colours in one. This baby speaks many indigenous languages of Zimbabwe including some from beyond our boarders.

This baby has three heads called, President, Prime minister and Cabinet. In Shona if a baby is born with more than one head, we call it Mashura or an Abomination. Therefore, I have given this child a suitable name called Ingozi as a short cut or nickname for "Inclusive Government of Zimbabwe". But Madam President, unlike the ngozi's that we normally associate with our Shona culture, this Ingozi baby has a lot of good things in store for all Zimbabweans within the motherland and in the diaspora

While it may be true that the three heads are better than one, things can fall apart should one of the heads develop meningitis or some other serious ailment. Just like the Father, the Son and the Holy spirit function as one, the three heads of Ingozi, our child must be treated promptly using the best available muti/medicine.

Since all of us in this august House have contributed directly or indirectly to the birth of Ingozi, it is imperative on all of us to ensure that we nature and guide this child to reach at least the age of two years without succumbing to any of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) killer diseases that will constantly threaten the survival and growth of Ingozi.

Madam President, allow me to congratulate the three heads of IGZ that is, His Excellency President Mugabe, Hon. Prime Minister Tsvangirai and Cabinet. My special thanks go to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai for his magnanimity to accept to sit on the same neck with two other heads even though some of us believe that he was the winner of the March, 2008, Presidential elections.

I congratulate Ministers who constitute the third head of the Inclusive Government of Zimbabwe (IGZ). It is indeed gratifying that several Ministers and Deputy Ministers are members of this Senate. I look forward to working with you fellow Senators to help rebuild Zimbabwe.

Madam President, we in this House shall monitor and assist the Inclusive Government as part of our constitutional mandate. It is worthwhile to note that for once in the history of our country, we have a Government whose mandate and programme of action is laid out in our statutes. Both Parliament and the IGZ are clear on what has to be achieved. It is this program that we have been taking to our constituencies.

When a child fails in school or in life, it is usually a reflection of the failure of the parents. Should this government fail to deliver on its stated promises, then we have all failed. The Prime Minister in his maiden speech to the House of Assembly clearly summerised the program of the IGZ. We as concerned mothers and fathers, will monitor the progress and achievements of the IGZ.

I have alluded to the killer disease that can afflict the IGZ. One of these diseases is already rearing its ugly head. I refer here to the issue of individuals and institutions who are unwilling to support the IGZ. Some of these anti persons and institutions are actively trying to derail and discredit the IGZ.

Close to my heart is the issue of justice and fairness. While the Inclusive Government is preaching the rule of law, it is disheartening to note that the criminals who perpetrated heinous crimes especially during the '2008 Presidential Runoff Election' are still roaming the streets free. Despite the fact that most of these perpetrators of political violence are known, no action has been taken by the ZRP to bring these criminals to book. Hon. Senators my reading of GPA does not include amnesty for those who committed crimes in the name of one political party or another. This inclusive government will fail if this rule of law is not restored. This lack of action sends a very bad picture to the international community whom we are trying to convince that all are now equal before the law.

The IGZ has appointed three Ministers of State responsible for national healing. Madam President, we cannot reduce reconciliations to simply "forgive and forget". We really need lasting reconciliation based on Truth, Justice, Restitution and Forgiveness. It is difficult to expect someone whose car was grabbed by the bully next door to simply say "its water under the bridge". In our culture we have a way of dealing with such crimes. The sins are atoned by restitution and forgiveness without putting anyone in jail. We need communities to work out the reconciliation among themselves. We can learn from other countries in Africa who have suffered from tribal, ethnic or political violence. The local leadership should set up Reconciliation and Restitution Indabas with the police only offering an advisory role. This way our people can heal and accept to continue living peacefully with one another.

A lot of families, peoples' homes and property were destroyed during the 2008 orgy of madness. We need to rebuild these communities. The recently announced Short-Term Emergency Recovery Programme (STERP) does not have a specific provision to cater for these dispossessed and terrorized groups of citizens. I call upon the responsible Minister to set aside a fund to rebuild and re-tool these destroyed families and homesteads. This will lead to lasting reconciliation and peace.

It is gratifying to witness the unity of purpose being exhibited by most members of the IGZ. I know it is difficult for former adversaries to suddenly sing the same hymn from the same song- book. Some choir members will take longer than others to realise which hymn book or even which song is being sung! However, I have a very serious concern about the attitude of some of our Service Chiefs. Some of these commanders are on record saying they will never salute a certain individual should he come to power. Now that this same individual is now part of Triumvirates of Executive authority, the amended Zimbabwe Constitution and protocol demands that all those serving in the Defence forces, Police and Prisons salute the Executive. I challenge these Commanders to demonstrate their defence of the Constitution and the motherland by doing that which the law binds them to do. That is, salute the Prime Minister of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Should they strongly feel that their ideology or conscience prevents them from saluting certain individuals then they should do the honourable thing by resigning…

MADAM PRESIDENT: Order, order, we do not normally touch on people who do not have a chance to come and respond to the accusations. Please withdraw that statement.

SENATOR CHITAKA: I withdraw but it was just a general comment.

MADAM PRESIDENT: You were specific.

SENATOR CHITAKA: I withdraw. Finally I urge all Zimbabweans to support this inclusive government. May God bless our Inclusive Government of Zimbabwe.

SENATOR K. DUBE: I would like to thank you for the privilege to say a few things in response to the President's speech.

Firstly, I would like to congratulate you Madam President on being elected to lead us. Also, I would like to congratulate the Deputy President and extend my condolences on the loss of his dear wife. Again at this juncture, I extend my condolences to the Hon. Prime Minister on the loss of our dear mother of the nation. Last but not least, my condolences go to the Deputy Prime Minister on the loss of her dear mother.

Madam President, Umzingwane Constituency is located in the North Eastern part of Matabeleland South Province. It is adjacent to the city of Bulawayo. This constituency is the breadbasket of Bulawayo because of its supply of vegetables to the market. It used to be a potential area for dairy production, which is no longer the case now due to farm invasions.

Madam President, we require social services. One of these is rural electrification. This was started, but stalled due to the situation we know and due to lack of materials. The expectations are that all wards are to be covered by this requirement.

The second one is health. Esigodini Referral Hospital was built during the colonial era. According to its history, it was used as farm warehouse. No renovation was done ever since 1980 when we got our independence. The hospital has shortage of drugs and health personnel. Clinics are dotted within the constituency but they also have shortage of staff and drugs.

The third one is education. There is shortage of learning materials in all the schools. Teachers are a disgruntled lot and those who are there seem to be at a go-slow because of lack of resources and poor remuneration. Umzingwane High School is known to have been attended by most politicians in this country. If they would go there now, they would find it in the same state they left it.

On water, Umzingwane District is surrounded by abundant water sources like Mtshabezi Dam, Upper and Lower Ncema and Umzingwane Dam - some of these dams being the main sources of water supply to the cutting of Bulawayo. The Mtshabezi Dam was built in 1994 and it is considered to be one of the man-made lakes in our country. During its inauguration, Minister Kangai promised to open irrigation schemes and connect it to Bulawayo. Since then, the dam has remained unutilized - it is lying fallow. Esigodini Hospital which is in Hambani Township experiences water shortages while the water from the vicinity supplies Bulawayo City Council.

Umzingwane Constituency has abundant mineral deposits. Alluvial gold is currently exploited by panners. How Mine has stalled performance and has been performing below its potential due to constraints best known to everybody. Due to panning activity alluded to above, I am afraid there will be siltation of these dams mentioned.

Mechanization support for small and medium scale miners with potential is quite necessary to generate substantial mineral exports.

On tourism, we have Singwa Falls, Diana's Pool, Mthabezi Dam and many other falls within the constituency which are calling resorts for tourism but due to deteriorating infrastructure, these places are inaccessible. Working capital, rehabilitation of infrastructure will go a long way to resuscitate the industry.

On public transport we have feeder roads linking productive areas like Zhilo, Silobi, Dula, Bezha, Doyana, Munkula, Kumbudzi and Swazi to mention just a few are in a deplorable and dilapidated state. These areas supply the city of Bulawayo with vegetables. The buses which used to carry their wares are no longer using the roads because of their inaccessibility.

Madam President, on telecommunication services the existing networks need to be upgraded and the expansion of the network to cover all areas is called for.

In conclusion, people in my constituency have hope and support this All Inclusive Government. They are saying "NO!" to the new invasion of farms lest it opens healing wounds. I thank you.

SENATOR CHIEF CHISUNGA: Madam President I take this opportunity to congratulate you on your election as the President of the Senate. I would also like to congratulate Hon Senator Naison Ndlovu on his election as the Vice President of Senate. It is indeed commendable to have the guidance of wise and vastly experienced leaders like you. May the Lord continue to bless you as you lead us in this august House.

I would also like to take this time to thank His Excellency, President R.G Mugabe for his speech on the Official Opening of the Seventh Parliament. The President pointed out a number of challenges in our economy which this august Senate need to tackle. Madam President, allow me to condemn sanctions as they are destructive and prohibitive. Our nation has been unable to secure lines of credit from money lending institutions and as a result we have witnessed a collapse of public infrastructure such as roads, schools, the health delivery system and the transport sector.

There are a number of factors which have also contributed to the above-mentioned problems and high on the list is corruption. It is very easy to destroy and yet so difficult to rebuild. It took this nation up to twenty years to build this infrastructure, but in less than half the time, nearly everything has collapsed. Allow me Madam President to borrow a story from the book of ages, the Bible. Jesus told his disciples the parable of the sower, that when he retired for the night after sowing his seeds, his enemy went and sowed weeds (masawi). This is our current scenario where we have to deal with the effects of weeds caused by corruption.

Allow me to thank the President, the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Ministers for coming together as true Zimbabweans to form the All Inclusive Government which is the panacea to our challenges. I would also want to thank the former President of South Africa Mr Thabo Mbeki, for facilitating the formation of the All Inclusive Government.

In my constituency, the Chiefs would like to see a politically stable nation with an established and growing economy for a better Zimbabwe, which can also be among the progressive global nations.

In his address to this House, President Mugabe highlighted on the dreadful status of our roads. Most roads in urban areas are pothole infested and all dust roads in Mashonaland Central need urgent attention. I can hardly drive through my constituency due to the bad state of the roads. Of special note is the Mahuwe - Kanyemba road which is so bad that it takes one almost six hours to travel through the 140km stretch.

Two of the districts in my constituency, Muzarabani and Mbire do not have any form of communication services as there are no cellular facilities. It is very difficult to communicate with anyone in these districts and I appeal to the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology to assist us in this regard.

Due to the devastating successive droughts, my constituency benefitted from various interventions. Food Aid has helped my constituents, however, I would like to appeal to the government that such Aid be channeled through the traditional leadership which operates apolitically. In my province, traditional leaders managed very well the old grain loan scheme and the recent mechanisation program benefitted all irrespective of their political affiliation.

Madam President, my constituency condemns all forms of violence in our societies as it is barbaric and distorts our cultural and social fabric. Allow me to appeal to honourable members to preach the gospel of unity amongst the people we preside over. This will promote political tolerance and community cooperation in developmental initiatives. No one should be segregated due to political affiliation, and politicians should take a leading role in denouncing violence.

His Excellency, the President, also alluded to Maguta-Inala, a drought intervention scheme that did not meet its purpose due to greed as some corrupt people stole from the people that they are supposed to serve. May punitive measures be taken against those who perpetrate suffering on the masses who the President, in his noble intervention, intended to save from the effects of drought.

I would also like to appeal to the Ministry of Agriculture to promote the production of seed and its availability in the shops so that people who do not qualify on government programmes are also able to buy it. Input should also start now to flood our shops as our farmers can only be productive if they are well supported.

I would also like to thank the Minister of Finance for the various initiatives to stabilize the economy. Civil servants need to be paid in a way, which encourages them to work productively. I see no reason why one should continue depositing a dead currency in people's accounts, money which they can not withdraw. Madam President, I need to be educated on the above mentioned as people out there need answers from us their representatives.

President Mugabe also spoke of the challenges in the health sector, which I think the inclusive government must address. I would like to thank the government for establishing the National Aids Council (NAC), which has a cascading structure, all from limited resources. May the government continue to fund activities of NAC so as to arrest the effects of HIV and AIDS.

In conclusion Madam President, I would like to state that as Chiefs, we stand to support government initiatives aimed at improving the livelihoods of our communities. I thank you.

SENATOR MTINGWENDE: Madam President, I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity to respond to the President's speech. I would firstly like to thank the mover of this motion, Senator Sekeramayi, the Minister of State for State Security and his seconder, Senator Mohadi.

I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate you, Madam President and you Hon. N.K. Ndlovu for being elected once again to the posts of President and Vice President of the Senate.

Allow me Madam President to also pass my compliments to our revolutionary leader, His Excellency the President Comrade R.G. Mugabe for his victory in the June 27 election and for his address on the Official Opening of the Seventh Parliament of Zimbabwe on the 26th of August 2008.

Madam President, I also want to congratulate all the hon. senators both elected and appointed for having won the elections. I also want to thank the various constituencies that elected us into office.

I am also happy for the demonstration of political maturity and the show of a people centred- attitude that the three principals that is, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, R.G. Mugabe; Hon M. Tsvangirai and Hon A. Mutambara showed in agreeing to enter into an inclusive government. The formation of this inclusive government is a clear sign that there is democracy in Zimbabwe. It however is a message that tells us that we need to change our minds, the way we talk and think towards each other. It is a sign that all the political parties agree that the solution for Zimbabwe lies in ourselves. In my constituency people are still trying to comprehend the meaning of this development - that is one of our major tasks together with the other comrades to explain to them that the inclusive government is a call for us to be united as a family and begin to knit strategies that will help us as a nation.

My endeavour is to respond to the speech of the President, I will touch on a number of issues such as education, agriculture and sanctions.

The education sector is of paramount importance to us, our children, grand children and all those who will come after them. Therefore, destroying this sector is actually killing ourselves and even our fruits will begin by acknowledging the tremendous development that the government under the leadership of His Excellency R.G. Mugabe did. As from independence, a lot of schools were built all over the country, a lot of teachers and other personnel that trained in this field saw us being one of the nation that boasts of high literacy rate.

However, it is sad to watch all the effort that was put erode. There is definitely a decline in this field as children go to school, but they come back home and say there were no teachers. The problem of brain drain is also an issue of serious concern as teachers are getting their training and leaving for other countries. As it is rightly said, when things are tough, the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. Proper education has been reserved now for those with money to take their children to expensive and exclusive schools locally and abroad. What will happen to those who do not have money to send their children to expensive private schools? I agree with His Excellency to say, we need to retain the respect that our schools used to have, our certificates must be accepted anywhere in the world, sanity should be restored in the education sector. I also propose that more schools be added especially in rural areas - there are places with just one government school or just one Catholic or other church school. Such places need attention to avoid scenarios where you have a single class having over sixty students. The responsible ministry must give preference to this.

The other thing that needs serious attention is that of teachers, schools are open but there are not enough teachers to teach the students as most of our teachers fled to neighbouring countries in search of greener pastures. Those teachers need to come back in their numbers since what they claim was chasing them has gone away. Frantic efforts should be made in terms of remuneration for our teachers, more people should be encouraged to go into the teaching field but they can not come until they see something good there. The lives of teachers really need to improve. As of now, teachers are saying they cannot come back to work until there is reasonable development. On behalf of my constituency, I request the staffing officers to pour in teachers in rural areas. There is a great shortage there. I am not hesitant to say on behalf of my constituency - because I know very well that Gokwe North is a true replica of most constituencies and so most of its problems are other peoples' cries.

Allow me to also applaud what the Minister of Education announced to say school children should not be expelled from school for school fees. However, I want to say announcing that is not enough, but strong follow up measures must be put in place. As I speak right now, school children are still being sent home from school due to failure to pay the fees. So, this needs to be stopped and parents who cannot afford fees should be encouraged to apply to the government quickly as announced.

The other challenge that is prevalent in my constituency is that parents do not have the foreign currency that is needed to pay the school fees at present.

HEALTH

Madam President, the shortage of essential drugs, equipment, food and skilled personnel is truly one of our greatest sicknesses as was rightly observed by His Excellency. We have lost a lot of lives due to this and it is really a thorn in everyone's flesh. I feel this sector needs a lot of improvement. There are places in the country like where I come from, where there is only one hospital, which is still under construction. However, you will find that in that same constituency there are people who need to travel over a hundred kilometers to get to the center where the hospital is being constructed. Truly, many patients die on the way due to this.

In Gokwe, malaria is the most troublesome disease. We need more drugs to cure patients, HIV/AIDS is also affecting people there but the shortage of drugs to help infected patients is also a big problem. I request the responsible Ministry to cast its eyes wide open at such places and provide what is needed to prevent and cure these sicknesses.

I therefore suggest that more hospitals be added in all places. Hospitals and clinics should be closer to the people. Equipment should be sourced so that people do not die due to lack of machines such as a scan and X-Ray machines and many more. Our hospitals need to be upgraded so as to minimize the loss of lives that can be saved. The human resources in this sector need to be well paid. They actually need to be comforted citing the hardships that they went through due to our political squabbles that are now a thing of the past. The enemy that remains is that of sanctions and these must definitely go.

The cholera outbreak could have claimed fewer lives if all was well in our health sector. This sector also needs to engage in campaigns that will educate people on diseases such as cholera. I was hurt to hear that there is an old lady who died shortly after her son's death because she was ignorant of the signs and symptoms of cholera. She handled her son without observing some health precautions and as a result she contracted the disease. I feel such cases can be reduced and that the health sector and all of us should unite in educating people.

AGRICULTURE

The Land Reform Programme is one of the greatest gains that the government gave to the masses despite the repercussions that followed. This current farming season was characterized by a lot of activities. We saw the RBZ distributing a lot of farming equipment and this helped a lot of people. Once again, the government deserves a round of applause.

As I have already mentioned, every move has got its own strengths and weaknesses. I would like to point out a few challenges that we faced - if not that we still face them right now. Using my constituency as a model once again, we faced challenges of late delivery of the inputs. Things finally came but they were rather delayed. As if that was not enough, there was a time when there was too much rain and that affected our crops. After those heavy downfalls, there was a long dry spell and then more heavy rainfall. As I speak right now, we might be faced with a great food crisis than what we saw in the previous years in Gokwe North.

On this note, I seek to encourage the responsible Ministries to carry out comprehensive research on the prevailing situation on the ground countrywide, so that appropriate action can be taken before people begin to die. We must foresee problems and put appropriate measures and not wait for disaster to strike.

DEFORESTATION AND ELECTRICITY

Still in the area of our natural resources, I add my voice to support that the cutting down of trees by people must be monitored if no stopped. There are people who are just cutting down trees - a thing that is leading us to a severe state of deforestation. However, in my constituency if people stop cutting down trees, it means they stop cooking because there is no electricity in most places.

Of course the government has done noticeable development in my area under the Rural Electrification Programme. However, that has to continue because there are a lot of places without electricity. Madam President, allow me to submit to this august House that there are children in my constituency who are now at secondary school level who have never seen or enjoyed the benefits of electricity. Those who have seen lights are those who, for one reason or the other, were ferried to hospitals. It is there that they saw lights. I am fully convinced that it is our responsibility to allow electricity to reach such places.

These days everyone needs to be computer literate. How can they be taught computers if they do not have electricity? In Gokwe, when electricity is not there, there is no network and all phones are down. It seems as if the electric cuts are just too much there and people are now surprised by the coming of electricity and not the going of electricity. They say magetsi anopota achimbouya. Please let these power cuts decrease.

I therefore support the President that other means of energy are needed to work hand in hand with electrification that is got from the current sources that we have. Scientists and researchers need to stretch their efforts in order for us to have diverse kinds of sources that can give us electric power. Implementing the known sources of power that were discovered is long over due. We are tired of hearing in the news that there is a discovery of generating electrical energy - we want to see those discoveries in theory as well as practical and relevant to our lives. This will also reduce the amount of wood that is needed and as a result curb deforestation and other related consequences of over exploitation of our trees.

SANCTIONS

Madam President and hon. members of this Senate we all want to be fair, in our evaluations, we all agree to say sanctions are the primary course of most if not all of our problems. It was just unfortunate that those sanctions were accompanied by poor rainfall, therefore affecting our Agricultural sector. These sanctions are truly a thorn in our flesh, targeted or untargetted, these sanctions have actually put us in a position of a siege, we are under a siege as a nation. Of course the Inclusive Government to us is like a Messiah, like the Jesus of the Bible, but if these sanctions are not removed, our effort will not be as effective.

We can see a bit of improvement due to the consensus reached by this Inclusive Government but Madam President the populace lives can improve even better if these sanctions are removed. They are acting like a heavy load of a renowned sprinter, even though the runner is known as the best, there is no way he or she can run with that load; it has to go. Zimbabwe is known as the breadbasket of Africa, but if these sanctions are not removed, like that runner, Zimbabwe will not be as effective. I therefore echo the same sentiments as the President that these sanctions must be removed.

Finally, I want to say let us forget the past and press forward into the future t. The past mistakes should be corrected and not repeated again. Together as a team we can create a better Zimbabwe I thank you.

SENATOR CHIBAGU: I would like to contribute on the date on the Presidential Speech. I would like to thank the President for introducing the farm mechanization programme. This has helped farmers in the communal areas as well as the resettled farmers alike. Thanks to the President through the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. This deserves praise.

Again, I would like to congratulate our President for his effort to secure maize food from our neighbours such as South Africa, Zambia and Malawi. This has gone a long way in feeding our people who were starving in different parts of the country. The shortage of food was not man-made but as you know, this was due to severe droughts in some parts of the country as well as persistent droughts. I am proud to learn that our President has his people at heart.

Another very important thing to be applauded is the inputs pack support programme which saw rural farmers receiving maize seed and fertilizers to boost their agricultural production. If it were not for the illegal sanctions imposed by the Western countries which to some extend negatively affected the production of fertilizer, Zimbabwe would be second to none in Africa with regard to agricultural production.

In conclusion Madam President, I want to thank the President for agreeing to enter into the Inclusive Government. This has brought unity of purpose and we hope that this will unite all Zimbabweans to work together for the benefit of our country.

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, 1st April, 2009.

MOTION

HARNESSING OF RESOURCES FROM ZIMBABWEANS IN THE DIASPORA

Second Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on Zimbabwean leaving in the Diaspora.

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, 1st April, 2009.

On the motion of THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR STATE SECURITY IN THE PRESIDENT'S OFFICE, the Senate Adjourned at Half past Three O' clock p.m.

 

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