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SENATE VOTES 03 MAY 2017 NO 50

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No. 50

                                                    

PARLIAMENT

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

 

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE

 

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FOURTH SESSION – EIGHTH PARLIAMENT

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wednESDAY, 3RD MAY, 2017

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                                                      Half past Two o’clock pm.

 

President of the Senate in the Chair.

    

Bhebe M,

Bhobho H,

Chabuka K,

Chiduku Chief,

Chifamba J,

Chimanikire A,

Chimbudzi A,

Chimhini D.A,

Chimutengwende C.C.C,

Chipanga T.S.

Chisunga Chief

Dandawa Chief,

Gampu Chief

Goto R,

Gwenzi Chief,

Hungwe J.D,

Jadagu G.T,

Juba A,

Khumalo D.T,

Komichi M,

Machingaifa T,

Mabhugu F,

Makone T,

Makore J,

Makwarimba C,

Maluleke Muhlawa O,

Manyeruke J,

Masendu Chief,

Mashavakure N,

Masuku A,

Mathuthu T.A,

Matiirira A,

Mavhunga M,

Mawire J,

Mkhwebu A,

Moeketsi V

Mohadi T.B,

Mtshane Chief,

Mugabe C.T,

Mumvuri D.D.E,

Muronzi M,

Murwira T,

Musaka M.B,

Musarurwa Chief E.M,

Mutsvangwa M,

Ncube S,

Ndlovu J,

Nebiri Chief,

Nembire Chief,

Ngungumbane Chief,

Ntabeni Chief,

Rtd. Gen. Nyambuya M.R,

Nyamukoho Chief,

Nyangazonke Chief,

Nyathi R,

Sekeramayi T.S,

Shiri A,

Siansali Chief,

Sibanda B,

Sinampande H,

Tawengwa C.Z,

Timveous L,

 

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

 

Printed by Order of the Senate

 

Absent with Leave

 Hon. Sen. Chizema C.

 

 

 

 

 

1.         The President of the Senate informed the House that all Members of the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus were being urged to attend an Annual General Meeting to be held on Friday, 5th May, 2017, at 0900 hours, in the Senate Chamber. She further informed the House that all documents pertaining to the meeting were placed in the Members’ pigeon holes.

 

2.         The President of the Senate also informed the House that the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders had appointed Hon. Sen. Mavhunga as the Chairperson of the Thematic Committee on Indigenisation and Empowerment.

 

3.         The Minister of Defence moved: That Notice of Motion No. 1 and Orders of the Day Nos. 2 to 3, for today, stand over until Order No. 14 has been disposed of.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

4.         Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the State of the Nation Address – (Adjourned 2nd May, 2017-The Deputy Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services)

 

                                                                                                          [Days elapsed: 24]

 

Question again proposed: That this House conveys its profound gratitude to His Excellency, the President Cde. R. G. Mugabe for addressing a joint sitting of Parliament on the State of the Nation.

 

Expresses its commitment to and support for the views contained in his address; and that a respectful address be presented to His Excellency the President, informing him

       of the sentiments of the House – Hon. Sen. Chipanga.

 

On the motion of the Deputy Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

 5.        Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech-(Adjourned 2nd May, 2017 – The Deputy Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services).

                                                                        [Time elapsed: 2 hrs. 11 minutes]

 

Question again proposed: That a respectful address be presented to the President of Zimbabwe as follows –

 

May it please you, your Excellency 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. Rtd. Gen. Nyambuya

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Rtd Gen. Nyambuya, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mumvuri: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

6.         Hon. Sen. Timveos, seconded by Hon. Sen. Masuku, moved:  That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS on HIV and AIDS in Institutions of Higher Learning in Zimbabwe. [S.C. 7, 2017].

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Timveos, seconded by Hon. Sen. B. Sibanda: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

7.         The Minister of Information, Communication, Technology, Postal and Courier Services moved: That the House reverts to Notice of Motion of the day No. 1.

 

            Motion put and agreed to.

 

8.         The Minister of Information, Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services on behalf of the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate moved:

 

THAT WHEREAS Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that any convention, treaty or agreement acceded to, concluded or executed by or under the authority of the President with one or more foreign states or governments or international Organisations shall be subject to approval by parliament;

 

WHEREAS Zimbabwe signed a Bilateral Agreement with Mozambique on the Pungwe Watercourse on 11 July 2016;

 

AND WHEREAS Article 22 (1) of the Agreement provides it shall enter into force thirty (30) days after the deposit of the instrument of ratification by the parties;

 

NOW THEREFORE, in terms of Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, this House resolves that the aforesaid Bilateral Agreement between Zimbabwe and Mozambique on the Pungwe Watercourse be and is hereby approved for acceptance.

 

            Motion put and agreed to.

 

9.         On the motion of the Minister of Information Communication, Technology, Postal and Courier Services: The Senate adjourned at four o’clock p.m.

                                                                                         

                                                                                                E. MADZONGWE                                                                                                                President of the Senate.

                                      

 

 

THURSDAY, 4TH MAY, 2017

 

 

QESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

                                                                                             

       QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

*          QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

 

*1.       Hon. Sen. Timveos:  To ask Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain:

(a)    Whether any money has been budgeted to cater for the Shabanie Mine workers who have not been paid for the past eight years, considering that the mine managers in charge of affairs are dismissing the workers.

(b)   What criteria is being used to pay fifty dollars a month for some of the workers who are still at Shabanie Mine.

(c)    Whether money paid by Midlands State University students who are renting the mine houses goes to Treasury and if so, why is it not being used to cater for the workers’ salaries.

[Deferred from 16th February, 2017]

 

*2.       Hon. Sen. Timveos :To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House what plans are in place to alleviate challenges posed by lack of point of sale fiscal machines in view of the fact that such machines are not readily available in the country, a situation that has affected business.

[Transferred on 23rd February 2017]

*3.       Hon. Sen. Mashavakure:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain to the House the status of the Sovereign Wealth Fund since its inception and to state whether any financial resources have been injected to it.

 

*4.       Hon. Sen. Mashavakure:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House whether or not it would make economic sense to broaden the Sovereign Fund resource base by including non – mineral income such as funds sourced from agriculture and tourism.

 

*5.       Hon. Sen. Mashavakure:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain what would be good for the country in respect of Sovereign Wealth as International Best Practices to make an Annual Budget allocation to Sovereign Wealth Fund or to put all state revenue inflows into the Sovereign Wealth Fund from which periodic withdrawals would be made by finance Annual National Budget requirements at the appropriate time in the fiscal year.

 

*6.      Hon. Sen. Mashavakure:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic and Economic Development to;

(a)    Update the nation on the progress made in as far as the work of government appointed commission of inquiry into the conversion process of pension and insurance benefits after dollarization in 2009 is concerned.

(b)   Indicate to the House how those who were compelled to take up paltry terminal pay cuts from insurance companies before 2009 and way before the maturity dates of their policies would be assisted by the work of the Justice George Smith Commission.

(c)    To inform the House what steps government and other authorities would take to assist contributors who are being forced to continue making monthly contributions to some funeral assurance houses even though the initial agreements entered into before dollarization stated what contributions would be for ten years only.

(d)   To explain to the house whether or not it is true that, at law, retirement annuity policies have the status of pension polices and to further celebrate the legality of their unilaterally terminated by some insurance companies in the period prior to dollarization

i.e. 2004 – 08.

 

*7.       Hon. Sen. Nyathi:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development

(a)    Indicate when the banks would be in a position to allow depositors to withdraw any amount of money from their bank accounts without limits

(b)   To state measures in place to ensure that people do not spend their productive time in long queues just to withdraw money which is as little as US$50.00 per day

 

*8.       Hon. Sen. Timveos:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain why the Ministry is not acquiring more machines to assist in clearing trucks at Boarder Posts as some are now avoiding passing through Zimbabwe thereby resulting in less of revenue amounting to even twenty billion dollars.

 

*9.       Hon. Sen. Timveos: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain to the House the measures taken by the Ministry to curb corruption as that the economy recovers.

 

*10.     Hon. Sen. Timveos:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House whether the Committee to investigate the disappearance of $15 Billion was set up and to further state when its findings would be brought before Parliament.

 

*11.    Hon. Sen. Timveos: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House what plans  the Ministry has  in place to save lives that are frequently lost due  to prohibitive costs of blood which requires as much as one hundred and twenty dollars a pint to buy.

[Deferred from 16th February, 2017]

 

*12.     Hon. Sen. Chimhini: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care, to give a progress report on Chiramba Clinic in Ward 4, Chimanimani West which was constructed through CDF Program in 2011 and to clarify why the clinic is still not operational thereby disadvantaging the community which contributed its labour and local material for their benefit.

[Deferred from 16th March, 2017]

 

*13.     Hon. Sen. Goto: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care, to inform the House the measure in place to assist those school children who have developed anemia after donating their blood.

[Deferred from 16th March, 2017]

 

14.       Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain how the information on HIV / AIDS is disseminated to disabled people to enable every citizen in the country to be taken abroad.

 

*15.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care

(a)    Whether the Ministry consults people living with disabilities when formulating policies on HIV / AIDS and

(b)   Whether people with disabilities are aware of policies on HIV / AIDS and whether they are user friendly.

*16.     Hon. Sen. Timveos: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House whether cervical cancer screening was being done in every district and if not, to state when this would be done.

 

*17.     Hon. Sen. Timveos:  To ask the Minister of Heath and Child Care

(a)    Whether the government has any programmes in place to educate women on cancer.

(b)   Whether CD4 count machines are now available in every district.

(c)    What policies are in place to reduce the spreading of TB throughout the country on adults and children with TB.

(d)   Whether there are programmes in place for information dissemination on TB nationwide.

(e)    What the Ministry is doing to reduce incidents of cancer prevalence and also to make drugs affordable to the patients.

(f)    Whether stateless people have access to ARVs and if so, how do they get them since they have no identification particulars.

(g)   To further state how successful PMTCT has been throughout the country and whether male partners have been involved in such programmes.

 

*18.     Hon Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development to explain the Ministry’s position regarding the implementation of policy on HIV/AIDS at institutions of higher learning in the country.                          

                                                                                          [Deferred from 2nd February, 2017]

 

*19.     Hon. Sen. Mohadi:  To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development whether

   the Ministry has plans to revive the Thuli Coal Mine in Beitbridge West.    

  

[Deferred from 16th March, 2017]

                                                              

*20.     Hon. Sen. Mohadi:  To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to explain:

(a)    the measures the Ministry is taking to ensure that mining firms rehabilitate the environment degraded by mining operations.

(b)   what the Ministry is planning about Chitulipasi Coal Mine in Beitbridge East Constituency.

[Deferred from 16th March, 2017]

 

*21.     Hon. Sen. Chimhini: To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce, to inform the House the sectors of the economy which are performing above expectations given the fact that there is no tangible economic growth in the face of continued company closures in all urban centres.

[Deferred from 16th March, 2017]

 

*22.     Hon. Sen. Goto: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development,

a)      To inform the House what plans the Ministry has in place to provide adequate transport to Agriculture Extension Officers in order to enable them to monitor command agriculture, in view of the fact that the current fleet is inadequate.

b)      To state the steps taken by the Ministry to ensure adequate provision of stationary to the Agriculture Extension Officers.

 

[Deferred from 16th March, 2017]

 

*23.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development to explain the following:

 

a)      Plans in place to boot Agricultural production in rural areas.

 

b)      Measures in place to capacitate the local fertilizer companies so that they are fully operationally.

 

c)      How people in communal areas benefit from Command Agriculture Programmes are going to benefit people living with disabilities.

 

d)     Whether the Ministry has any plans aimed at training rural people in obtaining Master Farmer certificates as was the issue earlier on.

 

e)      Whether the Ministry has any plans of resuscitating the District Development Fund        (DDF) Tillage Unit to boost tillage programmes in the country.

 

f)       What the Ministry intends to do with obsolete equipment as a way of ensuring that it does not fall into wrong hands.

 

*24.     Hon. Sen. Buka: To ask the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development, to state the measures in place to ensure that women in both urban and rural areas are knowledgeable of the women’s socio-economic and political rights as enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

[Deferred from 16th March, 2017]

 

*25.     Hon. Sen. Timveos:  To ask the Minister of Women Affairs and Gender Development to inform the House on the progress made in implanting the recommendations by the Thematic Committee on Gender Development Government should regulate registration and operation of churches participation in the legislation to curb violence on women and girls in churches.

 

*26.     Hon Sen. Timveos:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain why Zvishavane and the surrounding districts do not have a New Start Centre.

 

*27.     Hon. Sen. Mashavakure:  To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to update the House on the progress made in the alignment of the Disabled Persons Act (Cap 17:01) 1992, with the current Constitution following nationwide consultations made by the Ministry on the Act since 2016.

 

*28.     Hon. Sen. Mashavakure:  To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to inform the House what measures the Ministry is taking to domesticate the U.N. Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities either through the alignment of the Disabled Persons Act of 1992 to the Constitution so that it incorporates the convention into the National Law or to alternatively domesticate the UNCRPD separately.

 

*29.     Hon. Sen. Mashavakure:  To ask the Minister of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare to inform the House the progress made in the formulation and establishment of a National Disability Policy.

 

*30.     Hon. Sen. Shiri:  To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to explain the circumstances where a group of disabled persons were in violation of Constitution evicted from Leonard Cheshire Institution where they had been residing for more than thirty years and if the Ministry could inform the House what measures had been put in place to assist these people.

 

*31.     Hon Sen. Timveos: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare whether male partners attend antennal and post natal care, in view of the fact that many children are orphaned, and if not to state how they are encouraged to do so.

 

*32.     Hon. Sen. Mashavakure:  To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education  to clarify whether in the implementation of the new curriculum there are any core subjects which are obligatory for all ‘O’ Level students and to further explain whether all subjects are now optional such that each student chooses his / her own combination.

 

*33.     Hon. Sen. Mashavakure: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to explain the impact made by the acquisition of a printing press by ZIMSEC on the level or amount of fees paid by each student particularly those writing public examinations at end of year.

 

*34.     Hon. Sen. Mashavakure:  To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education whether the Ministry intends to develop Special Needs Education Policy and law in line with the recommendations of Nziramasanga Commission Report.

 

*35.    Hon. Sen. Mashavakure:  To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to explain to the House whether the operationalization of the new curriculum at both primary and secondary schools takes into consideration capacities and alteration span of students involved, considering that some practitioners in the education sector claim that the time frame needed by each student would cover from 7 a.m. to 5 ‘o’ clock p.m.

 

*36.     Hon. Sen. Mashavakure: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to state whether it would be prudent  to discard Physical Education (P.E.) from the school time table since all students would be required to take part in same form of sporting discipline at some point each week.

 

*37.    Hon. Sen. Mashavakure:  To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to explain  to the House whether Maths and Science textbooks in schools are adequate, in their content and approach including what the new curriculum aims to instill to the leaners with regards to the STEM concept.

 

*38.     Hon. Sen. Mashavakure: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to appraise the House on the measures that government is taking to bridge the resource gap between rural , urban schools and those run by churches in terms of a balanced implementation without disadvantaging any learners throughout the country

 

*39.        Hon. Sen. Chimhini:  To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education;

a)      To explain the policy regarding the use of school buses bought by the School Development Association in view of the fact that in some schools buses are used for political party related functions where hiring fees are not paid to the schools concerned.

 

b)      To explain what action can be taken by School Heads and School Development Associations in the event that they are coerced to release their school buses without payment

 

*40.     Hon. Sen. Mashavakure: To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to inform the House when government intends to ratify the Marakesh
Treaty so that the blind and print disabled persons in the country can benefit with
from easy access to published works.

 

*41.     Hon. Sen. Chimhini:  To ask the Minster of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to indicate when a badly constructed storm drain at House No. 254 Clee Drive, Prospect, Waterfalls, in Harare would be attended to in view of the fact that stagnant water in that the place has become a breeding area for mosquitoes and despite that this case was reported to both the city of Harare and the Civil Protection Department.

 

*42.     Hon. Sen. Chimhini:  To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to state the Ministry’s plans to tame the traffic jungle caused by kombi drivers and illegal taxi operators in urban centers who flagrantly break traffic rules with impurity and no immediate corrective measures have been taken by both the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Municipal Police.

 

*43.     Hon. Sen. Timveos:  To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to:

(a)    Inform the House why Zimbabwe continues to be classified a problem country despite the signing of the Human Trafficking Act.

(b)   To state Government Policy on the implementation of the provision of the Human Trafficking Act that was signed by the President.

 

*44.     Hon. Sen. Timveos:  To ask the Minister for Home Affairs to state the number of people living at Tongogara Refugee Camp and to form the House whether their children are given primary documents.    

 

*45.     Hon. Sen. Chimhini:  To ask the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services to give a progress report regarding the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation payment of royalties to Zimbabwe Music Rights Association for the period 2010 to 2017 amounting to US$593 089.00, considering that the non-payment of royalties adversely affects the livelihood of musicians who rely on such royalties.

 

*46.     Hon. Sen. Chimhini:  To ask the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services to explain:

(a)    When the envisaged digitalization would be completed since the current analogue system entails that programme logging be done manually.

(b)    Explain how the Ministry intends to deal with the following challenges to assist artists;

(i)                 The handling of some information which would be left out when manual logging is done.

(ii)               Handwriting can be illegible, disadvantaging the artists.

(iii)             Ensuring that Log sheets submission to Zimbabwe Music Rights Association may be too faint to read do not further disadvantage the artist.

(iv)             Ensuring some programmes are that completely left out, particularly during night programmes by the Zimbabwe Television. 

 

*47.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Minister of Sports and Recreation to inform the House;

(a)    About the policy of the Ministry aimed at spreading and promoting sports in rural areas so as to benefit the talented school leavers.

(b)   How helpful, friendly matches are in improving sports in the country.

(c)    Whether there are any prominent sporting personalities outside the country who only emerge when the country is confronted with crucial matches against strong teams in the region.

 

*48.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Minister of Sports Recreation whether the Ministry has any plans to award best sports people of the year with trophies as a way of incentivising and promoting sport in the country.

 

 

*49.     Hon.  Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Minister of Rural Development preservation and Culture Heritage the measures taken by the Ministry to educate the people about culture so that they are well informed.

 

50.       Hon. Sen. Maluleke:  To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development t explain to the House what plans the Ministry has put in place to install the solar system in the rural areas on Masvingo, particularly Chiredzi and to further elaborate when the rural electrification programme roll out would be extended cover the whole country in view of the fact that people in rural areas cannot afford to pay requisite ZESA fees which have to be paid in advance.

 

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

1.         Hon. Sen. Timveos

            Hon. Sen. Chimhini

           

            That this House;

 

RECALLING ongoing efforts of the African Union to move towards the adoption of a Draft “Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Right to Nationality and the Eradication of Stateless in Africa:,

 

TAKING NOTE of the conclusions and Recommendations on statelessness adopted by the SADC “Technical Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa Addressing Mixed Migration in Southern Africa: Linking Protection, Immigration, Border Management and Labour Migration, Gaborone, Botswana from 16-18 August 2016”,

 

ACKNOWLEDGING the Conclusions of the “Conference on Ensuring Everyone’s Right to Nationality: The Role of Parliaments in Preventing and Ending Statelessness, Co-organised by the Parliament of South Africa, the inter Parliamentary Union and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, from 26 to 27 November 2015”;

 

RECOGNISING the requirement by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) endorsed by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2015, in particular SDG target 16,9 to provide by 2030 legal identity for all, including birth registration;

 

FURTHER RECOGNISING the numerous formal pledges of SADC Member States to accede to the 1954 UN Convection relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 UN Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and the Recommendations from the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review to the same effect.

 

COGNISANT that the Zimbabwe National Constitution provides for Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms incorporating the right of children to a name and provision of identity documents;

 

NOW THEREFORE calls upon the Government to:

i)                    Resolve any existing situations of statelessness within our own country;

ii)                  Review the legislative frameworks and administrative practices in nationality matters with a view to ensure their consistency with the Zimbabwe Constitution and International standards on the prevention and resolution of statelessness, as well as on protection of stateless persons;

iii)                Initiate legislative reforms which address any identifies gaps or challenges, including any discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion or gender, thereby helping to prevent statelessness;

iv)                Ensure gender equality as regards the equal right of men and women to pass on their nationality to their children and spouses and to change or retain their nationality.

v)                  Expedite the implementation of Article 6(4) of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, thereby preventing childhood statelessness;

vi)                Establish and maintain comprehensive birth registration and civil registration systems within Zimbabwe with a view to prevent statelessness;

vii)              Accede to the 1954 UN Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, the 1961 UN Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and the 1990 UN Convention on the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.

viii)            Support the drafting, adoption and ratification of a Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Right to Nationality and the Eradication of Stateless in Africa.”

 

2.         Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS on HIV and AIDS in Institutions of Higher Learning in Zimbabwe. (Adjourned 3rd May, 2017 – Hon. Sen. Timveos).

 

[Day elapsed: 1]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS on HIV and AIDS in Institutions of Higher Learning in Zimbabwe. [S.C. 7, 2017].

 

3.         Adjourned debate on motion on stray dogs and other domestic animals (Adjourned

2nd May, 2017 – Hon. Sen. Mawire).

                                                                        [Days elapsed: 11]

 

           Question proposed: That this House -

 

DISTURBED by the persistent problems posed by stray dogs and other domestic animals to their surrounding neighborhood and communities countrywide;

 

 

COGNIZANT that all animals are protected under the laws of the country;

 

CONCERNED that owners of such stray animals denigrate on their responsibilities to look after them, thereby bestowing the onus to do so on other members of the community;

                                        

INCENSED by the fact that some people have suffered from bites inflicted on them by rabid dogs and have faced challenges in getting proper medication while others have been involved in fatal accidents caused by such animals;

 

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon the Local Authorities and the Society for Prevention of cruelty to Animals to:

 

a) Enforce laws that do not only protect the stray animals but also safeguard the lives of people;

b) Prosecute owners of stray animals and also ensure that proper facilities are constructed for the safe custody of such animals- Hon Sen Mawire

 

4.         Adjourned debate on motion on alignment of the Electoral Act to the Constitution

(Adjourned 2nd May, 2017 – Hon Sen Timveos)

 

[Days elapsed: 16] 

            Question proposed:  That this House:

 

ACKNOWLEDGING the progress made by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission(ZEC) towards assuming its Constitutional mandate of ensuring that elections are conducted efficiently ,freely, fairly, transparently and in accordance with the law;

 

FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGING the financial restrictions facing ZEC due to scarcity of resources allocated by the Treasury and the interest from the international donors, including UNDP, to assist in supporting ZEC as a key pillar of democracy;

 

AWARE that the desire by government to engage the International Community as  economic partners for the development of Zimbabwe will also be enhanced by inviting the widest range of international players to observe and monitor  our national  elections;

 

AWARE that the holding of a transparent, free and fair election in 2018 will depend on the integrity of the voters roll as well as an enabling environment;

 

NOTING the slow process of aligning the Electoral Act to the constitution means that there are areas wherein ZEC is acting unconstitutionally and that there have been actions by ZEC which have not been aligned even to the Electoral Act;

 

NOW, THERFORE, calls upon

 

a) The Government to expeditiously align the provisions on ZEC to the Constitution;

b) ZEC to urgently engage with partners to implement the biometric voters roll in order to fulfill the Constitutional mandate;

c) Government to align the Electoral Act with the Constitution and crate an electoral environment that complies with Article 17 of the African Union Charter on free and fair elections – Hon. Sen. Timveos

5.         Adjourned debate on motion on SADC Model law on eradicating Child Marriages (Adjourned 2nd, 2017- Hon Sen Mohadi)

 

[Days elapsed: 18]

Question proposed: That this House:

 

            MINDFUL that the SADC Model Law is a milestone in eradicating the matrimony of the children and also in protecting those who are already in marriage;

 

APPRECIATIVE that the Model Law embraces all concepts on the prohibition of child marriages as adopted in Swaziland in 2016;

 

DESIROUS to see the end to child marriages as well as any retrogressive measures and hurdles that mitigate against the eradication of such unions;

 

NOW, THERFORE calls upon Government to domesticate provisions of the Model Law as part of our statutes-Hon Sen. Mohadi.

             

6.         Adjourned debate on motion on advocating for unequivocal support for the National 

School Pledge by all Members of Parliament- (Adjourned 2nd May, 2017- Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi)

                                                                                                     

  [Days elapsed: 24]

           Question proposed: That this House:

 

APPLAUDING the noble initiatives by the Government to inculcate a culture of patriotism, unity of purpose and common desire for equality and justice as mandated by the Constitution.

 

DETERMINED to overcome any challenges that impede our resolve to cherish and uphold the fruits of our hard won independence;

 

COMMITTED to building a united and prosperous nation founded on core values of integrity and hard work anchored on the Constitution as the supreme law of the land,

 

DESIROUS to foster a strong sense of patriotism among school children as is the traditional practice in the global village.

 

NOW THEREFORE, strongly advocates for unequivocal support for the National School Pledge by all Members of Parliament- Hon Sen. Chimbudzi. 

 

7.         Adjourned debate on motion on violence that had become a socio-political way of life among the people of Zimbabwe- (Adjourned 2nd May, 2017- Hon. Sen.  B Sibanda)

                                                                                                      

  [Days elapsed: 24] 

 

           Question proposed: That this House:

 

NOTING that violence has become an integral part of our socio- 

           political way of life;

 

CONCERNED that we cannot build a progressive developmental nation within a violent environment;

 

CONCERNED about the violence oriented and negative legacy we are developing as a nation;

 

NOW THEREFORE calls upon this House:

a) To denounce all forms of violence being perpetrated upon and among the

people of Zimbabwe;

 

b) To call upon the law enforcement arms of government to enforce law and order without fear or favour;

 

c) To admonish political parties so that they desist from the use of violence in order to impose their will on the people of Zimbabwe.

 

d) To challenge the executive to fulfill its constitutional obligation by respecting human rights in terms of section 48-78 of the constitution of Zimbabwe. –Hon. Sen. B. Sibanda.

8.       Adjourned debate on motion on Zimbabwe’s low population (Adjourned 2nd May, 2017- Hon. Sen.  Musaka )

 

  [Days elapsed: 19] 

 

 Question proposed: That this House: -

           

CONCERNED with difficulties to attract effective investors to Zimbabwe for sustainable profitable investment due to Zimbabwe’s low population;

 

FURTHER CONCERNED that most non-governmental Organizations diligently promote birth control down wards instead of encouraging family planning for prolife that is population growth;

 

CURRENT world trend in population are to encourage large families so as to grow market for products;

 

Now therefore, this House resolves that the Zimbabwe Government should encourage large families as follows;

 

a) Give incentives to families to have a minimum of eight children;

b) NGOs and Organisation promoting birth control should now be requested to promote family growth-Hon. Sen. Makore

 

9.        Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Report of the Thematic Committee on

Gender and Development on Early Child Marriages- (Adjourned 2nd May, 2017- Hon Sen. Masuku).  

[Days elapsed: 40]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Second Report of the Thematic Committee on Gender and Development on Early Child Marriages (S. C. 11, 2016) Hon. Sen. Makore.

 

10.       Second Reading: National Competitiveness Commission Bill, (H.B.6, 2016)—The Minister of Industry and Commerce

 

 

11.       Committee:  To resume on consideration of an adverse report by the Parliamentary Legal Committee on the Land Commission Bill (H.B. 2A, 2016) (Progress reported 5th April, 2017)-Hon Samukange

 

 

12.       Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the State of the Nation Address – (Adjourned 3rd May, 2017—The Deputy Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services).).

 

                                                                                                          [Days elapsed: 25]

 

Question proposed: That this House conveys its profound gratitude to His Excellency,

 the President Cde. R. G. Mugabe for addressing a joint sitting of Parliament on the

State of the Nation.

 

Expresses its commitment to and support for the views contained in his address; and that a respectful address be presented to His Excellency the President, informing him

       of the sentiments of the House – Hon. Sen. Chipanga.

 

 13.      Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech-(Adjourned 3rd May, 2017 – Hon. Sen. Rtd. Gen. Nyambuya).

                                                                        [Time elapsed: 2 hrs. 11 minutes]

 

Question proposed: That a respectful address be presented to the President of Zimbabwe as follows –

 

May it please you, your Excellency 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. Rtd. Gen. Nyambuya

 

 

 

MEETINGS OF COMMITTEES

                

 

 

Thursday, 4th May, 2017

 

At 0900 hours in Committee Room 4. 

 

Peace and Security: Hon. Sen.  Mumvuri D.D.E -  (Chairperson) Hon. Sen. Carter M,  Hon. Sen. Chabuka K., Hon.Sen. Charumbira Chief, Hon. Sen. Chiduku Chief, Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi A, Hon. Sen. Chipanga, Hon. Sen. Dandawa Chief, Gampu Chief, Hon. Sen. Jadagu G.T, Hon. Sen. Komichi M, Hon. Sen. Machingaifa T, Hon. Sen. Makone T, Hon. Sen. Makore J, Hon. Sen. Marava M, Hon. Sen. Mawire J, Hon. Sen. Mohadi T.B, Hon. Sen. Musaka M.B, Hon. Sen. Musarurwa Chief, Hon. Ncube S., Hon. Sen. Nembire Chief, Hon. Sen. Ngungumbane Chief, Hon. Sen. Rtd Gen. Nyambuya M, Hon. Sen. Nyamukoho Chief, Hon. Sen. Ntabeni Chief, Hon. Sen. Sibanda A, Hon. Sen. Sinampande H.M, Hon. Sen. Timveos. (Committee Clerk—Mr. A. Kunzwa)

 

At 1000 hours in Committee Room No. 413

 

Indigenisation and Empowerment: Hon Sen. Mavhunga M.- (Chairperson), Hon. Sen. Bhebe M, Hon. Sen. Bhobho  H. Hon. Sen. Chimanikire A, Hon. Sen. Chief Chitanga, Hon. Sen.   Chizema C,  Hon.  Sen. Dandawa Chief,  Hon. Sen. Goto R, Hon. Sen. Juba A, Hon. Sen. Maluleke O. M, Hon. Sen.  Marozva Chief, Hon. Sen. Mashavakure N, Hon. Sen. Matiriira A,  M, Hon. Sen. Mlotshwa S, Hon. Sen. Murwira T, Sen. Ndlovu J,  Hon. Sen. Chief Nembire, Hon. Sen.  Nyamukoho Chief, Hon. Sen.  Nyangazonke Chief, Hon. Sen. Nyathi R, Hon. Sen.Tawengwa C.Z.  (Committee Clerk—Mrs. E. Mafuruse)

 

 

 

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