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SENATE VOTES 10 OCTOBER 2018 NO 11

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No. 11

 

 

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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WEDNESDAY, 10TH OCTOBER, 2018

 

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Half past two o’clock pm.

    

The President of the Senate in the Chair.

Prayers.

Chabuka K,

Charumbira C. Chief,

Chidawu O,

Chifamba J,

Chikwaka Chief,

      Chimbudzi A,

      Chinake V,

     Chirongoma  J.M,

    Chitanga Chief,

     Chundu Chief,

     Dube A,

Dube M. R,

Femai M.,

Gumpo, S.,

Gwaradzimba E.,

Gweshe K.,

Hungwe S. O.,

Khupe W,

Komichi M.,

Makone T. M.,

Makumbe Chief,

Maluleke O. M,

Mapungwana Chief,

Masendu Chief,

Matevera T.,

Mathupula Chief.,

Mathuthu T,

Matiirira, A,

Matsiwo Chief,

Mavhunga M.,

Mbowa M,

Mkwebu, A,

Moeketsi V,

Mohadi T. B,

Moyo S. K,

Mpofu B,

Mudzuri E,

Munzverengwi A.,

Muronzi M,,

Muzenda V. T,

Mtshane Chief,

Mwonzora T. D.,

Ncube S,

Ndlovu M,

Ndlovu P,

Nechombo Chief.,

Ngezi Chief,

Ngungumbane Chief,

Nhema Chief,

Ntabeni Chief.,

Nyambuya M. R.,

Nyangazonke Chief,

Nyathi R,

Phuthi M,

Rambanepasi C,

Rwambiwa E,

Shoko G,

Shumba C,

Sinampande H. M,

Timire R,

Timveos L,

Tongogara A. K,

Tsomondo B,

Wunganayi T,

Zivira H,

Printed by Order of the Senate

Absent with leave

Hon. Sen. Air Chief Marshal Shiri (Rtd); Hon Chief Siansali, Hon. Sen. Malinga, Hon. Sen. Sekeramayi.

 

1.      The President of the Senate reminded Senators that the Oral Cholera Vaccination exercise would continue on Thursday, 11th October, 2018, starting with a presentation in the National Assembly, at 0900 hours.

 

2.      Hon. Sen. Shoko, seconded by Hon. Sen.  Timveos, moved: That Notice of Motion No.1, for today, stands over until Order of the Day No. 4 has been disposed of.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

           

           

3.      Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 9th October, 2018- Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Province).

 

[Time elapsed: 2 hour 06 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. S. K. Moyo.

 

            On the motion of Hon. Sen. S. K. Moyo, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

4.      Adjourned debate on motion on the National Drug Policy and legislative framework to effectively regulate drug use. (Adjourned 9th October, 2018- Hon. Timveos).

 

[Day elapsed:  1]

Question again 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 or 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 Timveos.

 

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

 

5.      Adjourned debate on motion on finding solutions to challenges associated with vending. (Adjourned 9th October, 2018- Hon Chabuka).

 

[Day elapsed:  1]

Question again 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 finding a lasting solution to the problems of vending; and

 

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

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

 

6.      Hon. Sen. Mwonzora, seconded by Hon. Sen. Shoko, moved: 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.

 

            On the motion of Hon. Sen. Mwonzora, seconded by Hon. Sen. Chinake: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

           7.   On the motion of the Minister of State for Mashonaland East Province: The Senate adjourned at twenty-one minutes past four o’clock pm.

 

                                                                                                    

 

                                                                                                      M. M. CHINOMONA,

                                                                                                     President of the Senate.

 

 

THURSDAY, 11TH OCTOBER, 2018

    

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

        QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

  *        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 27th September, 2018]

 

*2.       Hon. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural           Heritage to state measures being taken to encourage people to report cases     of incest. 

 

  [Deferred from 27th September, 2018]

 

*3.       Hon. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Women Affairs,    Community,    Small and Medium Enterprises Development to explain the         national           achievements and failures of the Beijing Platform of 1995.

 

  [Deferred from 27th September, 2018]

 

*4.  Hon. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Women Affairs, Community,            Small and Medium Enterprises Development to advise on           government policy      regarding small and medium enterprises that have         been affected by veld fires.

 

 

 

  [Deferred from 27th September, 2018]

 

 

*5.       HON. SEN. TIMVEOS: To ask the Minister of Women Affairs,     Community,    Small   and Medium Enterprises Development to-

 

a)   inform the Senate of   measures being taken by the Ministry to ensure equal                     representation of gender  in all institutions of government, including               

membership in independent commissions and other elective and appointed             bodies.

 

            b)   state steps taken to redress gender imbalances resulting from past                    

                  malpractices.

 

 

*6.       Hon. SEN CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and            Social Welfare to explain measures being implemented to end the        stigmatisation of

children with disability.

 

  [Deferred from 27th September, 2018]

 

*7.       Hon. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic      Development to inform the Senate whether there are strategies in place to           economically empower women who   constitute the majority of the population.

 

  [Deferred from 27th September, 2018]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    *8.       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.

 

*9.       HON. SEN. TIMVEOS:  To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public            Works and National Housing to state whether government would provide           funding for

the rehabilitation of the dilapidated Harare City Council sewer infrastructure since

the City is owed huge arrears in outstanding rate payments by government.

 

*10.     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.

 

*11.     HON. SEN. CHIEF CHIKWAKA:  To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement what the government’s policy is regarding assistance to farmers in the form of mechanized equipment such as tractors, ploughs and disc harrows since agriculture is the backbone of             the nation’s economy.

 

*12.     HON. SEN. NCUBE:  To ask the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and         Recreation to give a breakdown of Youth Training Centres in Zimbabwe province by province.

 

 

     ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICE OF MOTION

 

1.      Hon. Sen. Shoko

      Hon. Sen. Timveos

 

            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.

 

 

2.          Adjourned debate on motion on the call for devolution (Adjourned 10th October, 2018- Hon. Sen. Mwonzora).

 

[Day elapsed:  1]

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.

 

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

     to effectively regulate drug use. (Adjourned 10th October, 2018- Hon. Sen. Timveos).

 

[Days elapsed:  2]

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 Timveos.

 

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

    vending. (Adjourned 10th October, 2018- Hon Chabuka).

 

[Days elapsed:  2]

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;

 

(b)   To engage in dialogue with vendors and their associations in an effort to finding a lasting solution to the problems of vending; and

 

(c)    To construct proper vending stalls at easily accessible sites-Hon. Chabuka.

 

5.                  Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 10th    

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

 

[Time elapsed: 2 hour 21 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.

 

 

                                                                                                

   

 

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