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No. 24

 

PARLIAMENT

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE

 

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THIRD SESSION – EIGHTH PARLIAMENT

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wednesday, 3rd FEBRUARY, 2016

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Half past two o’clock pm.

President of the Senate in the Chair.

 

Prayers.

 

 

Bhobho H,

Buka F,

Carter M.N,

Chabuka K,

Charumbira Chief,

Chiduku Chief,

Chifamba J,

Chimanikire A,

Chimbudzi A,

Chimhini D. A,

Chimutengwende C.C.C,

Chipanga T.S,

Chisunga Chief,

Chitanga Chief,

Dandawa Chief,

Gampu Chief IV,

Goto R,

Gwenzi Chief,

Hlalo M.M,

Juba A,

Khumalo D.T,

Komichi M,

Machingaifa T,

Mabhugu F.E,

Makone T.

Makore J,

Makwarimba C,

Maluleke O,

Manyeruke J,

Marava M,

Marozva Chief,

Masendu Chief,

Mashavakure N,

Masuku A,

Mathuthu T.A,

Matiirira A,

Mavhunga M,

Mawire J,

Mkwebu A,

Mlotshwa S,

Moeketsi V.

Mohadi T.B,

Mtshane Chief

Mumvuri D.D.E,

Muronzi M,

Musarurwa Chief,

Ncube S,

Ndlovu J,

Nembire Chief,

Ngungumbane Chief,

Ntabeni Chief,

Nyangazonke Chief,

Nyathi R,

Sekeramayi T.S

Shiri A,

Siansali Chief,

Sibanda A,

Sibanda B,

Sinampande H,

Tawengwa C.Z,

Timveos L,

 

Printed by Order of the Senate

 

Absent with Leave

 

Hon. Sen. Chizema C.; Hon Sen Bhebhe M; Hon Sen Mutsvangwa

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the socio-economic conditions in the country

           (Adjourned 2nd February , 2016- Hon. Sen. B. Sibanda).

 

[Days elapsed: 5]

 

Question again proposed: That this House -

                                                              

CONCERNED about the socio – economic conditions in the nation which are direct

result of:

(a) A heavily underperforming agricultural sector;

(b) A collapsed and continually collapsing industrial sector;

(c) Unchecked corruption perpetrated at the higher echelons of society;

 

NOTING that there have been no concerted and consistent efforts over the past 20 years to stem economic decline, except during the brief period of the inclusive government, in spite the numerous economic blueprints produced by government including ZIMASSET;

 

WORRIED about the looming food shortages especially in the southern and eastern regions as a result of inter alia, continued poor performance in the agricultural sector;

 

ALARMED by the number of organisations, including the private sector, parastatal and government itself, that are either downsizing or downright closing down;

 

FURTHER CONCERNED about the collapse of the formal sector and close to total substitution of this sector by the informal sector;

 

            NOW THEREFORE calls upon government to;

 

  • Convene a national stake holders Indaba to address these critical national

     economic challenges;

(b) Stop high level corruption which will emasculate recovery programs;

(c) Make concerted efforts to resuscitate international FDI and domestic investment

     to jump start the economy; and

(d) Improve domestic productivity through export incentive and productivity based

remuneration.- Hon. B. Sibanda

 

Hon. Sen. Sibanda, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mlotshwa: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Parliament of Zimbabwe Delegation to the

7th World Water Conference (Adjourned 2nd February, 2016- Hon. Sen. Mlotshwa).

 

[Days elapsed: 6]

 

Question again proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Parliament of Zimbabwe Delegation to the 7th World Water Conference held in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea from the 13th to 16th April 2015- Hon. Sen. Mlotshwa.

 

Hon. Sen. Mlotshwa, seconded by Hon. Sen. Makone: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

 

3,.        Adjourned debate on motion on the need to promote sports development in Zimbabwe

            (Adjourned 2nd February, 2016- Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi).

 

[Days elapsed: 13]

 

Question again proposed: That this House –

 

NOTING the need to promote sports development in the country;

 

COGNISANT that sports play a major role in uniting society;

 

CONSIDERING that men and women are involved in sport;

 

CONCERNED that many talented school leavers are loitering hence some have experience in sports;

 

DESIROUS to see a policy that promotes sports in Zimbabwe;

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that sports can create employment;

 

NOW THEREFORE calls upon government to;

 

(a)Enact appropriate laws to capacitate the Sports Council of Zimbabwe;

(b)Identify qualified coaches that will support talented players in both rural and

urban areas;

     (c) Establish Sports Centre in all provinces; and

(d) Eradicate corruption in sports– Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi

 

            Motion put and agreed to.

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 2nd February, 2016- Hon. Deputy Minister for Media Information and Broadcasting Services)

 

[Time elapsed: 3 hours 22 minutes]

 

Question again proposed: That a respectful address be presented to the President of

Zimbabwe as follows: -

 

May it please you, Your Excellency, the President:

 

We, the Members of Parliament of Zimbabwe, desire to express our loyalty to Zimbabwe and beg leave to offer our respectful thanks for the speech, which you have been pleased to address to Parliament – Hon. Sen. Tawengwa.  

 

On the motion of the Hon. Sen. Tawengwa, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mlotshwa : Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

  1. On the motion of the Hon. Minister for Media, Information and Broadcasting Services : The Senate adjourned at nineteen minutes past three o’clock pm.

 

 

 

 

  1. MADZONGWE,

                                                                                                            President of the Senate.

 

 

THURSDAY, 4TH FEBRUARY, 2016

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS.

 

  • QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

*    QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

 

*1.       Hon. Sen. Goto: To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce to state the measures the Ministry has put in place to control fertilizer prices in order to protect consumers from being prejudiced by unscrupulous dealers.

 

[Transferred from17th December, 2015]

 

*2.       Hon. Sen. Mashavakure: To ask the Minister of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education what steps the government is taking to mainstream visually handicapped students into practical, technical and vocational subjects, especially at primary and secondary levels.     

[Deferred from 8th October, 2015]

 

*3.       Hon. Sen. Mashavakure: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care as to when a church hospital is made a district hospital, more specifically, does it become a government institution or is it run as a government institution for the purpose of being a district health institutions. Does it adopt the title of “District Hospital” in titular terms only.

[Deferred from 8th October, 2015]

 

*4.       Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain to the House the role played by traditional leaders in supporting HIV / AIDS programmes in their communities.

[Deferred from 22nd October, 2015]

 

 

*5.       Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House the strategies that the Ministry has put in place to support people living with HIV / AIDS in the event that Global Fund and other donors withdraw their support.

 

[Deferred from 22nd October, 2015]

 

*6.       Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain to the House whether the Ministry has any plans to establish a disease control centre to mitigate the challenges of HIV / AIDS.

[Deferred from 22nd October, 2015]

 

*7.       Hon. Sen. Sibanda B: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain why some Medical Aid Societies do not accept clients who are in the age group 60 to 65 years and to further state whether this practice is not discriminatory in view of the retirement age currently pegged at 65.

[Deferred from 22nd October, 2015]

 

*8.       Hon. Sen. Chimhini: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House;

 

  • What measures the Ministry is putting in place to effectively curb the abuse of scarce public funds, particularly in government ministries and parastatals as qualified in the Auditor General’s reports;

 

  • Which Ministries and parastatals if any, have been sanctioned for such improprieties and to state the nature of penalties applied if any, as a way of showing government seriousness to stop the rot.

[Deferred from 8th October 2015]

 

*9.       Hon. Sen. Mashavakure: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to state whether it is legal for police officers at road blocks to refuse to display or disclose their Force numbers by, for example, covering them with jerseys.

 

[Deferred from 8th October, 2015]

 

*10.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to state the Ministry’s plans regarding the normalization of relations with neighboring countries that are deporting Zimbabweans for no apparent reason.

[Deferred from 19th November, 2015]

 

*11.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to state when the Ministry will electrify Beitbridge Boarder Post to enable the scanning machines work as expected.

[Deferred from 19th November, 2015]

 

*12.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to state the measures that the Ministry has put in place to curb corruption at Beitbridge and Plumtree border posts.

[Deferred from 19th November, 2015]

 

*13.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to state the steps that the Ministry is taking to deal with human trafficking at our borders.

 

[Deferred from 19th November, 2015]

 

*14.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce to explain

  • The advantages of the market research;
  • And to further explain why market research is indispensable; and
  • How market research assists in the monitoring of growth of companies as well as that of competitors.

                                                                                       [Transferred from 19th November, 2015]

 

*15.     Hon. Sen. Chimhini: To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs what the Ministry is doing as a way of ensuring the following:

 

  • That the Anti-Corruption Commission effectively conducts its constitutional mandate and produces tangible results to instill public confidence in its work; and

 

  • That the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission maintains its independence thereby avoiding situations such as the one experienced in the 10 June 2013 By – Election in Hurungwe where the Commission investigated and confirmed incidences of political violence by some politicians but could not act on the findings.

 

[Deferred from 8th October, 2015]

 

*16.     Hon. Sen. Chimhini: To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to clarify the position regarding the voting by chiefs where there are divisions in the Senate on purely political lines and to state whether the whipping system is correct, in view of the fact that Section 28 (2a – c) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe stipulates that traditional leaders must not act in any partisan manner.

 

[Deferred from 8th October, 2015]

 

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*17.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate the progress that the Ministry has made to educate the nation on the effects of climate change.

[Deferred from 19th November, 2015]

 

*18.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Sports and Recreation to explain the measures that the Ministry has put in place to ensure that children living with disabilities are not discriminated against in sporting activities.

[Deferred from 19th November, 2015]

 

*19.     Hon. Sen. Goto: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to explain the Ministry’s Policy regarding fuel pricing in Zimbabwe.

 

[Deferred from 19th November, 2015]

 

*20.     Hon. Sen. Sinampande: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to explain the Government’s policy on the removal of transformers from Chief’s homesteads by the Rural Electrification Agency.

[Deferred from 19th November, 2015]

 

*21.     Hon. Sen. Sinampande: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to inform the House on the Ministry’s plans to resuscitate Kamativi and Mashava mines.

                                                                                               

                                                                                           [Deferred from 19th November 2015]

 

 

  

ORDERS OF THE DAY

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the socio-economic conditions in the country

           (Adjourned 3 rd February , 2016- Hon. Sen. B. Sibanda).

 

[Days elapsed: 6]

 

Question proposed: That this House -

                                                              

CONCERNED about the socio – economic conditions in the nation which are direct

result of:

(a) A heavily underperforming agricultural sector;

(b) A collapsed and continually collapsing industrial sector;

(c) Unchecked corruption perpetrated at the higher echelons of society;

 

NOTING that there have been no concerted and consistent efforts over the past 20 years to stem economic decline, except during the brief period of the inclusive government, in spite the numerous economic blueprints produced by government including ZIMASSET;

 

WORRIED about the looming food shortages especially in the southern and eastern regions as a result of inter alia, continued poor performance in the agricultural sector;

 

ALARMED by the number of organisations, including the private sector, parastatal and government itself, that are either downsizing or downright closing down;

 

FURTHER CONCERNED about the collapse of the formal sector and close to total substitution of this sector by the informal sector;

 

            NOW THEREFORE calls upon government to;

 

  • Convene a national stake holders Indaba to address these critical national

   economic challenges;

(b) Stop high level corruption which will emasculate recovery programs;

(c) Make concerted efforts to resuscitate international FDI and domestic investment

     to jump start the economy; and

(d) Improve domestic productivity through export incentive and productivity based

remuneration.- Hon. B. Sibanda

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Parliament of Zimbabwe Delegation to the

7th World Water Conference (Adjourned 3rd February, 2015- Hon. Sen. Mlotshwa).

 

[Days elapsed: 7]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Parliament of Zimbabwe

Delegation to the 7th World Water Conference held in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea from the

13th to 16th April 2015- Hon. Sen. Mlotshwa.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 2nd February, 2016- Hon. Deputy Minister for Media Information and Broadcasting Services)

 

[Time elapsed: 3 hours 22 minutes]

 

Question proposed: That a respectful address be presented to the President of

Zimbabwe as follows: -

 

May it please you, Your Excellency, the President:

 

We, the Members of Parliament of Zimbabwe, desire to express our loyalty to Zimbabwe and beg leave to offer our respectful thanks for the speech, which you have been pleased to address to Parliament – Hon. Sen. Tawengwa.

 

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