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SENATE VOTES 01 NOVEMBER 2018 NO 15

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No. 15

 

 

PARLIAMENT

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE

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FIRST SESSION - NINTH PARLIAMENT

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THURSDAY, 1ST NOVEMBER, 2018

 

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Half past two o’clock pm.

    

The President of the Senate in the Chair.

 

Prayers.

 

Chabuka K.,

Chidawu O.,

Chifamba J.,

Chikwaka Chief,

      Chimbudzi A.,

        Chinake V.,

     Chirongoma  J. M.,

     Chitanga Chief,

     Chundu Chief,

      Dube A.,

Dube M. R.,

Gumpo, S.,

Gweshe K.,

Hungwe J. D.,

Hungwe S. O.,

Khupe W.,

Komichi M.,

Makone T. M.,

Makumbe Chief,

Malinga J. T.,

Maluleke O. M.,

Mapungwana Chief,

Masendu Chief,

Mavetera T.,

Mathupula Chief,

Mathuthu T.,

Matiirira, A.,

Matsiwo Chief,

Mavhunga M.;

Mkwebu, A.,

Moeketsi V.,

Mohadi T. B.,

Moyo S. K.;

Mpofu B,

Mudzuri E,

Muronzi M.,

Mutsvangwa M.,

Muzenda V. T.,

Ncube S.,

Ndlovu M.,

Ndlovu P.,

Nechombo Chief,

Nembire Chief,

Ngezi Chief,

Ngungumbane Chief,

Nhema Chief,

Nyambuya M. R.,

Nyathi R.,

Phuthi M.,

Rambanepasi C.,

Rwambiwa E.,

Sekeramayi S. T.,

Shiri P.,

Shoko G.,

Shumba C.,

Timire R.,

Timveos L.,

Tongogara A. K.,

Tsomondo B.,

Wunganayi T.,

Zivira H.

 

In attendance in terms of section 138(2) and (3) and section 104(3) of the Constitution

Hon. Haritatos V, Hon. Kambamura P, Hon. Matemadanda V, Hon. Mhlanga J, Hon. Murwira A, Hon. Mutodi E, Hon. Ncube M, Hon. Nyoni S, Hon. S. Nzenza

 

Printed by Order of the Senate

Absent with leave

Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira,

 

1.         Questions without notice.

2.         Questions with notice.

3.            The Minister of Finance and Economic Development made a Ministerial Statement on the state of the economy in the country.

 

4.         On the motion of the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement: The Senate adjourned at ten minutes to six o’clock pm until Tuesday, 13th November, 2018 at half past two o’clock in the afternoon.

                                                                                                    

 

                                                                                                              M. M. CHINOMONA,

                                                                                                              President of the Senate.

 

 

 

TUESDAY, 13TH NOVEMBER, 2018

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICE OF MOTION

 

1.         HON. SEN.TIMVEOS

            HON. SEN. SHOKO

 

            That this House-

            COGNISANT that Zimbabwe enacted the Disabled Persons Act [Chapter 17:01] in 1992;

            ALSO COGNISANT that Zimbabwe ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights    of Persons with Disabilities and enacted Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20)           Act in 2013;

            CONCERNED that no efforts have been made to domesticate the United Nations      Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and also to align the Disabled Persons       Act [Chapter 17:01] to the Constitution of Zimbabwe leading to a piece-meal  approach to          disability issues;

            ALSO CONCERNED by the absence of a comprehensive National Disability Policy in         Zimbabwe, resulting in the continuous marginalisation of people with disability in national          development issues;

            NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon Government to urgently formulate a comprehensive            National Disability Policy and review the Disabled Persons Act [Chapter 17:01] in line with   provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and     the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20) Act.

2.         Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 31st   

      October, 2018- Hon. Sen. S. K. Moyo).

 

[Time elapsed: 2 hour 39 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. S. K. Moyo

 

3.          Adjourned debate on motion on the call for devolution (Adjourned 31st October, 2018- Hon. Sen. Mwonzora).

               

[Days elapsed:  5]

Question proposed:     That this House:

 

RECALLING that during the historic constitution making process and the subsequent constitutional referendum in 2013, the people of Zimbabwe unequivocally endorsed the principle of devolution of power and the transformation of the Zimbabwean State from a two tier to a three tier state.

 

NOTING that our Constitution makes provision for the election of Provincial Councils as well as the specific manner of the election of the Provincial Council leadership.

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that the current government has stated at least on paper that it is committed to implementing devolution in the current dispensation.

 

RECOGNISING the fundamental constitutional principle of the sovereignty of the people and the important fact that devolution is widely regarded by Zimbabweans as the answer to uneven regional development in the country.

 

ALSO RECOGNISING that the people of Zimbabwe elected their Members of the Provincial Councils on the 30th of July, 2018, which Members are yet to be sworn into office.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, Calls upon the Government to:

 

a) Urgently bring a bill to provide for the Devolution, inter alia to provide for the

    key administrative and other processes in the Provincial Councils including the

    election for the heads of those Councils within 2 months.

 

      b) Abolish the post of Minister of State for Provincial Affairs as they compromise

          the full implementation of devolution of power.

 

      c) Swear into office all the members of the provincial councils immediately and

          define their conditions of service and other mechanisms to make them more

          functionally efficient.

                         

            d) Provide budgetary support to the Provincial Councils –Hon. Sen. Mwonzora.

 

4.          Adjourned debate on motion on the call to solve the cash crisis in the country (Adjourned 31st October, 2018- Hon. Sen. Shoko).

 

[Days elapsed:  5]

Question proposed:     That this House:

 

            NOTING the debilitating liquidity crisis facing the country;

 

CONCERNED that the introduction of Bond Notes has failed to improve the cash crisis;

 

AWARE that the cash crisis has affected procurement of essential goods and commodities that drive our economy;

 

NOW, THEREFORE calls upon the Executive to urgently find ways of improving the cash situation in the country – Hon. Sen. Shoko.

 

5.         Adjourned debate on motion on National Drug Policy and legislative framework

     to effectively regulate drug use. (Adjourned 31st October, 2018- Hon. Sen.             Timveos).

 

[Days elapsed: 6]

Question proposed: That this House:

 

NOTING that a National Drug Policy is critical in ensuring that all drugs in the national drug distribution system are safe, efficacious, effective and of good quality whilst it also strengthens administrative, and regulatory controls of the same;

 

 

CONCERNED that the existing legal framework, such as the Criminal Law (Codification & Reform), the Dangerous Drugs Act and the Medicines and Allied Substances Act are either outdated and do not sufficiently provide for procurement and use of drugs;

 

 

NOTING that these current laws criminalize drug and substance use resulting in drug users fearing to seek treatment for TB and HIV infections;

 

 

AWARE that, decriminalization of drug use and drug policy reform as adopted globally by other countries are vital strategies to addressing the drug problem;

 

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon Government to come up with a national drug policy and legislative framework that is grounded in science, public health and human rights to effectively minimize the effects of drug use within communities-Hon. Sen.  Timveos.

 

6.       Adjourned debate on motion on finding solutions to challenges associated with   

    vending. (Adjourned 31st October, 2018- Hon. Sen. Chabuka).

 

[Days elapsed: 6]

Question proposed: That this House:

 

NOTING that vending has since become the main source of livelihood due to high levels of unemployment in the country;

 

SADDENED by the heavy handedness on vendors by armed police which has not spared the general public going about their businesses especially in the central business district in urban areas;

 

Now, therefore, calls upon Government;

 

      a) To engage in dialogue with vendors and their associations in an effort to find a

           lasting solution to the problems of vending; and

 

      b) To construct proper vending stalls at easily accessible sites - Hon. Sen. Chabuka

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY, 15TH NOVEMBER, 2018

    

* QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

 

*1.       Hon. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and    Parliamentary Affairs to provide statistics of court cases relating to violation of provisions of the Marriage Act [Chapter 5:11].

 

  [Deferred from 11th October, 2018]

 

*2        HON. SEN. TIMVEOS: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development        to state whether Chinese businesses operating in the mining sector are paying any   royalties to Government and if so, to advise on the total amount paid in 2017.

 

  [Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  *3.       HON. SEN. TIMVEOS: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural          Development to state     measures being taken to clear outstanding salary arrears for National Railways of Zimbabwe employees dating back to 2008.

 

[Deferred from 11th October, 2018]

 

*4.       Hon. SEN.  Mohadi: To ask the minister of Transport and Infrastructural   Development to state when the dualisation of the Beitbridge-Harare- Chirundu   road would commence and whether funding for the project has been secured in     view of the inordinate delays on the same.

  [Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

 

*5.       Hon. SEN. Mohadi: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural   Development to advise on progress made on fencing the Bulawayo- Beitbridge road.

 

 [Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

 

*6.       Hon. SEN. Shoko:  To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural    Development   when   the expansion of the Chirundu-Masvingo-Beitbridge      Highway will resume.

  [Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

 

*7.       HON. SEN. CHIEF CHIKWAKA: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary

Education to advise on government’s policy regarding students who dropped out of school due to the fact that their parents could not afford to pay incentives that were required by teachers before the year 2013, resulting in such students being a menace to the communities.

 

[Deferred from 11th October, 2018]

 

*8.       Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state         measures being taken to provide health care centres at institutions of higher learning           to ensure access to Anti-Retroviral Drugs by students without disruption of classes.

  [Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

 

*9.       Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state         measures being taken to educate people in the rural areas on water borne diseases.

  [Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

 

*10.     HON. SEN. MALULEKE: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state       measures the Ministry is taking to ensure that rural clinics and pharmacies are        stocked with drugs so that patients do not walk long distances to access drugs.

  [Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

 

*11.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi : To ask the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage           to state measures being taken to protect the Zimbabwe Republic Police officers      against armed criminals.

  [Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

 

*12.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Environment, Tourism and   Hospitality Industry to state measures being taken to safeguard wild animals from   veld fires.

  [Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

 

*13.     Hon. Sen. O. Hungwe: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state        mechanisms currently in place to educate citizens on the proposed           National Health           Insurance Scheme.

  [Transferred on 1st November, 2018]

 

*14.     HON. SEN. TIMVEOS: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mineral Development to   explain whether the Ministry is aware that 90% of goods and services procured by         Mimosa Mining Company are being supplied by companies owned by its Management and if so, to state measures being taken to curb such malpractices.

  [Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

 

 

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