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No. 31

 

 

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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TUESDAY, 12TH FEBRUARY, 2019

 

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Half past two o’clock pm.

    

The President of the Senate in the Chair.

 

Prayers.

Members Present

Chabuka K.,

Charumbira 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.,

Gweshe K.,

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.,

Mavima L. D.,

Mbohwa M.,

Mkhwebu A.,

Moeketsi V.,

Mohadi T. B.,

Moyo S. K.

Mpofu B.,

Mpofu S.,

Mudzuri E.,

Munzverengwi A.,

Muronzi M.,

Mtshane Chief,

Muzenda T. V.,

Mwonzora T. D.,

Ncube S.,

Ndlovu M.,

Ndlovu P.,

Nechombo Chief,

Nembire Chief,

Ngezi Chief,

Ngungumbane Chief,

Nhema Chief,

Ntabeni Chief,

Nyambuya M. R. Lt. (Rtd.),

Nyankazonke Chief,

Nyathi R.,

Parirenyatwa P. D.,

Phuthi M.,

Rambanepasi C.,

Rwambiwa E.,

Sekeramayi S. T.,

Shoko G.,

Shumba C.,

Siansali Chief,

Sinampande H. M.,

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

          

Printed by Order of the Senate

 

Absent with leave

 

1.         Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 6th       

            February, 2019- The Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Province).

 

[Time elapsed: 4 hour 18 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. Minister of State for Midlands Province: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

2.         Hon Sen. Chidawu seconded by Hon. Sen. Chief Mathuphula, moved: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Human Rights on the Zimbabwe Human Rights Annual Report of the year ended December 2017 (S.C.1, 2019).

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Chidawu seconded by Hon. Sen. Chief Makumbe: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

3.            Hon. Sen. S. Ncube, seconded by Hon. Sen. Shoko, moved: That Notice of Motion No. 3, for today, stands over until Order of the day No. 15, has been disposed of.

            Motion put and agreed to.

4.         Adjourned debate on motion on the need to educate the nation on the importance of intercropping and growing of small grains (Adjourned 7th February, 2019- Hon. Sen. Tongogara).

           

                

[Days elapsed:  3]

                                                                                                                     

            Question again proposed: That this House-

 

RECALLING that before independence, people used to engage in traditional ways of farming called intercropping which ensured the harvesting of a variety of crops and prevention of malnutrition;

 

            RECOGNISING that with the ushering in of new and modern farming methods of           cash crops, the growing of small grains and intercropping have diminished;

 

CONCERNED that since the phenomenon of climate change, cash crops are not         performing well in all    regions without irrigation infrastructure;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon government to educate the nation on the       importance of intercropping and growing of small grains especially in drought-stricken areas – Hon. Sen. Tongogara.

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Tongogara, seconded by Hon. Sen. Muzenda: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

5.           Adjourned debate on motion on the level of siltation which is threatening the         existence of most rivers and dams (Adjourned 6th February, 2019- Hon. Sen. Chief   

            Chundu).

           

                

[Days elapsed:  8]

                                                                                                                     

            Question again proposed: That this House-

 

            DEEPLY CONCERNED with the level of siltation which is threatening the          existence of most of our rivers and dams, with the water holding capacity of most of      them having been reduced to 40 or 60 percent thereby threatening the lives of          people, livestock and wild animals as they are being denied access to the precious             commodity, water;

            ALSO CONCERNED by the rise of incidents of human and wild life conflict as animals stray into settlements surrounding National Parks in search of drinking           water;             

            AWARE of the vast economic benefits of our water bodies through the support of            agriculture, fishery and tourism activities;

            WORRIED that current government efforts to revive the agriculture sector through           the Command Agriculture Strategy will not bear the expected results without harnessing water bodies for irrigation purposes.

            NOW, THEREFORE, calls for concerted efforts by the Ministry of Lands,            Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement, to reclaim our rivers, dams and streams      that have been affected by siltation over the years- Hon. Sen Chief Chundu.

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Chundu, seconded by Hon. Sen. Chief Nhema: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

6.        Adjourned debate on motion on the allegations of corruption by the Zimbabwe

  Cricket Board dams (Adjourned 6th February, 2019- The Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Province).

           

                

[Days elapsed: 8]

                                                                                                                     

           Question again proposed: That this House:

 

 

            CONCERNED with the allegations of corruption by the Zimbabwe Cricket Board            whose affairs are currently managed by the Chairman of the Board;

 

            COGNISANT of the need to restore the integrity and ensure good corporate         governance and professionalism by the Board;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation          to ensure:

 

i) there are mechanisms in place to prevent abuse of the funds of the Board by its 

    Management; and.

 

      ii) elections of officials to the Board are conducted in a transparent manner-Hon.   Sen. Timveos.

 

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

 

7.         Adjourned debate on motion on the recurrence of outbreaks of veld fires with

devastating effects on the environment (Adjourned 6th February, 2019- Hon. Sen. Gumpo).

           

[Days elapsed:  8]

                                                                                                                     

           Question again proposed: That this House-

           

            CONCERNED by the recurrence of outbreaks of veld fires with devastating effects         on the environment such as deforestation, land degradation and siltation of rivers             which in turn affects agricultural production and ultimately the economy;

 

            ENCOURAGED by His Excellency, the President’s call for good environmental   management practices in His Official Opening Speech of the Ninth Parliament;

 

            WORRIED that the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) and other           responsible authorities of Government are failing to control the outbreak of veld           fires;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon-

 

            a)  the Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry in collaboration                 with the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing; and        Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture to intensify awareness campaigns on the            effects of veld fires and ensure stringent penalties in relevant legislation against          perpetrators; and

 

            b) inculcate the dangers of veld fires from primary education level with a broader                  view of fostering cultural change- Hon. Sen. Gumpo.

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Gumpo, seconded by Hon. Sen. Chidawu: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

8.         Adjourned debate on motion on the call to control tick borne diseases affecting     livestock in Zimbabwe (Adjourned 6th February, 2019- Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi).

               

[Days elapsed:  12]

Question again proposed: That this House:

      AWARE that 70% of the diseases affecting cattle in Zimbabwe such as babesiosis,          anaplasmosis and theileriosis are caused by ticks;

 

            ALSO AWARE that tick borne diseases cause weight loss and consequently impact          negatively on livestock production;

 

             FURTHER AWARE that the Animal Health Act [Chapter 19:01] and Statutory Instrument No. 250 of 1993 provide for dipping of livestock, especially cattle, to           protect them against tick borne diseases;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE; calls upon the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate        and Rural Settlements to:

     (a) ensure proper maintenance of dip tanks and increase the number of dip tanks in                areas mostly affected by tick-borne diseases;

            (b) enforce registration of calves within the stipulated period of two weeks;

            (c)  monitor and control movement of livestock; and

            (d) encourage farmers to regularly dip their livestock in order to prevent tick-borne                  diseases- Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi.

 

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

 

9.         Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 139th Assembly of the Inter-  

            Parliamentary Union (IPU), held in Geneva, Switzerland (Adjourned 6th February,           2019- The Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Province).

                

[Days elapsed: 12]

                                                                                                                     

            Question again proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the 139tht   Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Geneva, Switzerland held from    14th to 18th November, 2018- Hon. Sen. Muzenda.

 

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

 

10.       Adjourned debate on motion on the strategic role of tourism to the country’s         economic development (Adjourned 29th January, 2019- Hon. Sen. Gumpo).

                

[Days elapsed: 8]

                                                                                                                     

            Question again proposed: That this House-

 

            COGNISANT of the strategic role of tourism to the country’s economic    development, both as a major foreign currency earner and a source of employment;

 

            CONCERNED by the decline of Kariba Town as a tourist destination leading to high             unemployment levels;

 

            ALSO CONCERNED by delays in the construction of a new airport in Kariba,     which is critical for revival of the tourism industry in the town;

 

            FURTHER CONCERNED by the decline in the wild animal population which is a           major tourist attraction to the resort town;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon the Government to-

 

            a)  expeditiously provide financial resources for construction of a new airport in                      Kariba and upgrading of tourist facilities to international standards;

 

            b)  control the movement of wild animals into Kariba Town and poaching activities;               and

 

            c)  designate Kariba Town a Special Economic Zone status in order to unlock its                     great economic potential- Hon. Sen. Gumpo.

 

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

 

11.         Adjourned debate on motion on the need to formulate a comprehensive National       

             Disability Policy and review the Disabled Persons Act (Adjourned 29th January,   

            2019-Hon. Sen. Shoko).

               

[Days elapsed:  15]

Question again proposed: 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. -Hon. Sen.Timveos.

Motion put and agreed to.

 

12.       Adjourned debate on motion on the call for devolution (Adjourned 18th December, 2018- Hon. Sen. Mwonzora).

               

[Days elapsed:  20]

Question again 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.

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

 

13.        Adjourned debate on motion on the call to solve the cash crisis in the country (Adjourned 18th December, 2018- Hon. Sen. Timveos).

 

[Days elapsed:  20]

Question again 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.

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Shoko, seconded by Hon. Sen. Rambanepasi: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

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

     to effectively regulate drug use. (Adjourned 18th December, 2018- Hon. Sen.         Timveos).

 

[Days elapsed: 21]

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 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.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

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

    vending. (Adjourned 18th December, 2018- Hon. Sen. Chabuka).

 

[Days elapsed: 21]

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 find a

           lasting solution to the problems of vending; and

 

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

           

Motion put and agreed to.

 

16.       On the motion of Hon. Minister of State for Midlands Province.: The Senate adjourned at five minutes past four o’clock pm.

 

                                                                                                                

                                                                        M. M. CHINOMONA,

                                                                                                 President of the Senate.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 13TH FEBRUARY, 2019

 

ORDER OF THE DAY AND NOTICE OF MOTION

1.         Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 12th       

            February, 2019- The Minister of State for Midlands Province).

 

[Time elapsed: 4 hour 18 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.

 

 

2.         Hon. Sen. S. Ncube

              Hon. Sen. Shoko

 

            That this House –

COGNISANT that Sections 48 and 52 of Zimbabwe’s Constitution guarantee the rights to life and security;

 

DISTURBED by the unabated gross human rights violations suffered by women, men and children occasioned by the unstable and difficulty social, economic and political hardship;

 

CONCERNED with the rampant violence perpetrated by some artisanal miners in mining areas resulting in the unnecessary loss of lives;

 

ALSO CONCERNED with the high number of cases of sexual abuse committed by some men against women and children;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon-

 

i)  Parliament to unequivocally condemn all forms of violence; and

 

ii)  Government to indiscriminately ensure that all perpetrators of violence are brought

      to book.

 

3.         Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Human Rights on the Zimbabwe Human Rights Annual Report (Adjourned 12th February, 2019- Hon. Sen. Chidawu)..

 

[Days elapsed:  1]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Human Rights on the Zimbabwe Human Rights Annual Report of the year ended December 2017 (S.C.1, 2019)- Hon Sen. Chidawu

 

4.         Adjourned debate on motion on the need to educate the nation on the importance of intercropping and growing of small grains (Adjourned 12th February, 2019- Hon. Sen. Tongogara).

           

                

[Days elapsed:  4]

                                                                                                                     

            Question proposed: That this House-

 

RECALLING that before independence, people used to engage in traditional ways of farming called intercropping which ensured the harvesting of a variety of crops and prevention of malnutrition;

 

            RECOGNISING that with the ushering in of new and modern farming methods of           cash crops, the growing of small grains and intercropping have diminished;

 

CONCERNED that since the phenomenon of climate change, cash crops are not         performing well in all    regions without irrigation infrastructure;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon government to educate the nation on the       importance of intercropping and growing of small grains especially in drought-stricken areas – Hon. Sen. Tongogara.

 

5.           Adjourned debate on motion on the level of siltation which is threatening the         existence of most rivers and dams (Adjourned 12th February, 2019- Hon. Sen.           Chief Chundu).

           

                

[Days elapsed:  9]

                                                                                                                     

            Question proposed: That this House-

 

            DEEPLY CONCERNED with the level of siltation which is threatening the          existence of most of our rivers and dams, with the water holding capacity of most of      them having been reduced to 40 or 60 percent thereby threatening the lives of          people, livestock and wild animals as they are being denied access to the precious             commodity, water;

            ALSO CONCERNED by the rise of incidents of human and wild life conflict as animals stray into settlements surrounding National Parks in search of drinking           water;             

            AWARE of the vast economic benefits of our water bodies through the support of            agriculture, fishery and tourism activities;

            WORRIED that current government efforts to revive the agriculture sector through           the Command Agriculture Strategy will not bear the expected results without harnessing water bodies for irrigation purposes.

            NOW, THEREFORE, calls for concerted efforts by the Ministry of Lands,            Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement, to reclaim our rivers, dams and streams      that have been affected by siltation over the years- Hon. Sen Chief Chundu).

6.        Adjourned debate on motion on the allegations of corruption by the Zimbabwe

  Cricket Board dams (Adjourned 12th February, 2019- Hon. Sen. Timveos).

           

                

[Days elapsed: 9]

                                                                                                                     

           Question proposed: That this House:

 

 

            CONCERNED with the allegations of corruption by the Zimbabwe Cricket Board            whose affairs are currently managed by the Chairman of the Board;

 

            COGNISANT of the need to restore the integrity and ensure good corporate         governance and professionalism by the Board;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation          to ensure:

 

i) there are mechanisms in place to prevent abuse of the funds of the Board by its 

    Management; and.

 

      ii) elections of officials to the Board are conducted in a transparent manner-Hon.   Sen. Timveos.

 

7.         Adjourned debate on motion on the recurrence of outbreaks of veld fires with

devastating effects on the environment (Adjourned 12th February, 2019- Hon. Sen. Gumpo).

           

[Days elapsed:  9]

                                                                                                                     

           Question proposed: That this House-

           

            CONCERNED by the recurrence of outbreaks of veld fires with devastating effects         on the environment such as deforestation, land degradation and siltation of rivers             which in turn affects agricultural production and ultimately the economy;

 

            ENCOURAGED by His Excellency, the President’s call for good environmental   management practices in His Official Opening Speech of the Ninth Parliament;

 

            WORRIED that the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) and other           responsible authorities of Government are failing to control the outbreak of veld           fires;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon-

 

            a)  the Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry in collaboration                 with the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing; and        Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture to intensify awareness campaigns on the            effects of veld fires and ensure stringent penalties in relevant legislation against          perpetrators; and

 

            b) inculcate the dangers of veld fires from primary education level with a broader                  view of fostering cultural change- Hon. Sen. Gumpo.

 

8.         Adjourned debate on motion on the call to control tick borne diseases affecting     livestock in Zimbabwe (Adjourned 12th February, 2019- Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi).

               

[Days elapsed:  13]

Question proposed: That this House:

      AWARE that 70% of the diseases affecting cattle in Zimbabwe such as babesiosis,          anaplasmosis and theileriosis are caused by ticks;

 

            ALSO AWARE that tick borne diseases cause weight loss and consequently impact          negatively on livestock production;

 

             FURTHER AWARE that the Animal Health Act [Chapter 19:01] and Statutory Instrument No. 250 of 1993 provide for dipping of livestock, especially cattle, to           protect them against tick borne diseases;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE; calls upon the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate        and Rural Settlements to:

     (a) ensure proper maintenance of dip tanks and increase the number of dip tanks in                areas mostly affected by tick-borne diseases;

            (b) enforce registration of calves within the stipulated period of two weeks;

            (c)  monitor and control movement of livestock; and

            (d) encourage farmers to regularly dip their livestock in order to prevent tick-borne                  diseases- Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi.

 

9.         Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the 139th Assembly of the Inter-  

            Parliamentary Union (IPU), held in Geneva, Switzerland (Adjourned 12th February,         2019- Hon. Sen. Muzenda).

                

[Days elapsed: 13]

                                                                                                                     

            Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the 139tht Assembly  

of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Geneva, Switzerland held from 14th to 18th  

November, 2018- Hon. Sen. Muzenda.

 

10.         Adjourned debate on motion on the strategic role of tourism to the country’s       economic development (Adjourned 12th February, 2019- Hon. Sen. Gumpo).

                

[Days elapsed: 9]

                                                                                                                     

            Question proposed: That this House-

 

            COGNISANT of the strategic role of tourism to the country’s economic    development, both as a major foreign currency earner and a source of employment;

 

            CONCERNED by the decline of Kariba Town as a tourist destination leading to high             unemployment levels;

 

            ALSO CONCERNED by delays in the construction of a new airport in Kariba,     which is critical for revival of the tourism industry in the town;

 

            FURTHER CONCERNED by the decline in the wild animal population which is a           major tourist attraction to the resort town;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon the Government to-

 

            a)  expeditiously provide financial resources for construction of a new airport in                      Kariba and upgrading of tourist facilities to international standards;

 

            b)  control the movement of wild animals into Kariba Town and poaching activities;               and

 

            c)  designate Kariba Town a Special Economic Zone status in order to unlock its                     great economic potential- Hon. Sen. Gumpo.

 

11        Adjourned debate on motion on the call for devolution (Adjourned 12th February, 2019- Hon. Sen. Mwonzora).

               

[Days elapsed:  21]

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.

12.        Adjourned debate on motion on the call to solve the cash crisis in the country (Adjourned 12th February, 2019- Hon. Sen. Shoko).

 

[Days elapsed:  21]

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.

           

 

 

 

THURSDAY, 14TH FEBRUARY, 2019

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS.

 

* QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

 

*1.       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]

 

*2.       Hon. SEN. Tongogara: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House on Government policy and measures being taken to curb the foreign currency “black market” which is currently destabilising the economy.

 

[Deferred from 22nd November, 2018]

 

*3.       Hon. Sen. Tongogara: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain how persons with disability will access funding from the Women’s Bank.

 

                                                                                     [Deferred from 22nd November, 2018]

 

*4.       HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain measures being taken to deal with businesses which are demanding payments for goods and services in foreign currency.

 

               [Deferred from 20th December, 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. 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]

 

*7.       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]

 

*8.       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]

 

*9.       HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain            the causes of blindness and jaundice in human beings and measures being taken to          raise awareness in that regard.

 

[Deferred from 20th December, 2018]

 

*10.     HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain            measures being taken to raise public awareness in relation to the provision of free      blood transfusion services in both public and private hospitals.

 

[Deferred from 20th December, 2018]

 

*11.     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]

 

*12.     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]

 

*13.     HON. SEN. MPOFU S: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to clarify        whether Nyamandlovu Clinic in Matebeleland North Province is a district hospital   or health service centre and if it is a district hospital to explain why it has no resident      doctor.

  [Deferred from 31st January, 2019]

 

*14.     HON. SEN. MPOFU S: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state when a            mortuary and staff houses will be constructed at Nyamandlovu Clinic in        Matebeleland North Province.

 

[Deferred from 31st January, 2019]

 

*15.     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]

 

*16.     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]

 

*17.     HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry to explain measures being taken by the Ministry protect            communities near game reserves from stray wild animals and whether there is any        form of compensation in the event of an attack.

           

[Deferred from 20th December, 2018]

 

*18.     HON. SEN. CHIEF CHUNDU: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water,       Climate and Rural Resettlement to explain to the House measures being taken to          control the spread of cattle diseases in rural communities in Chegutu and      Mhondoro areas.

 

[Deferred from 22nd November, 2018]

 

*19.     HON. SEN. CHIEF CHUNDU: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water,       Climate and Rural Resettlement to inform the House the current wheat buying prices   and payment modalities.

 

[Deferred from 22nd November, 2018]

 

*20.     HON. SEN. CHIEF CHUNDU: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water,       Climate and Rural Settlement to apprise the House when the reconstruction of dam     walls which were destroyed during the previous rain season will commence.

 

[Deferred from 22nd November, 2018]

 

*21.     HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate            and Rural Resettlement to state when the Ministry will resuscitate sand abstraction in

            Mukumbura River in order to provide a constant water supply to Mukumbura        Growth Point.  

 

[Deferred from 20th December, 2018]

 

*22.     HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate            and Rural Resettlement whether the Ministry has any plans to restock livestock in      resettlement areas and to clarify whether it is permissible for AI farmers to breed       goats.

 

[Deferred from 20th December, 2018]

 

*23.     HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate            and Rural Settlement to advise when the Ministry would resume the Water and          Sanitation Programme under which wells were dug in rural areas, thereby improving       access to clean water.

 

[Deferred from 20th December, 2018]

 

*24.     Hon. SEN. gumpo: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to inform the House when people living in shanty houses in Mahombekombe Township, Kariba will be relocated considering that their exposposure to the risk of high voltage electricity transmission power lines.

 

[Deferred from 22nd November, 2018]

 

 

 

MEETINGS OF COMMITTEES

 

Tuesday, 12th February, 2019

 

At 1000 hours in Committee Room No. 413

 

            Sustainable Development Goals: Hon Sen. Chief Khumalo M.      (Chairperson);             Hon. Sen. Chidawu O; Hon. Sen. Chinake V; Hon. Sen. Chief Chundu; Hon.             Sen. Gweshe K; Hon. Sen.  Hungwe O. S; Hon. Sen. Khupe W; Hon. Sen.          Maluleke         O. M; Hon. Sen. Chief Masendu; Hon. Sen.Chief Mathupula; Hon. Sen. Moeketsi V;           Hon. Sen. Mpofu B; Hon. Sen. Mudzuri E; Hon. Sen. Muzenda T.V; Hon. Sen.        Chief Nechombo; Hon. Sen. Rwambiwa E; Hon. Sen. Shoko G; Hon.             Sen.Shumba C; Hon. Sen.Timire R;   Hon. Sen. Tongogara A. K; Hon. Sen.           Wunganayi T.

 

 

 

Thursday, 7th February, 2019

 

At 1000 hours in Committee Room 3

 

            Indigenisation and Empowerment: Hon. Sen. Mbohwa M. (Chairperson); Hon. Sen. Chirongoma J. M; Hon. Chief Chitanga, Hon. Sen. Chief Chikwaka; Hon. Sen.      Chief Chundu; Hon. Sen. Dube A; Hon. Sen. Femai M; Hon. Sen. Komichi M;            Hon. Sen. Khupe W;   Hon. Sen. Makone T; Hon. Malinga J. T; Hon. Sen Mpofu B;    Hon. Sen. Ndlovu P; Hon. Sen. Chief Nechombo; Hon. Chief Nembire; Hon. Sen.             Chief Nhema; Hon. Sen. Chief  Nyangazonke; Hon. Sen. Phuti M; Hon. Sen.         Rambanepasi C; Hon. Sen. Tsomondo B; Hon. Sen. Zivira H. (Committee Clerk—    Mr. C. Ratsakatika)

At 1000 hours in Committee Room 4

 

            Peace and Security: Hon. Sen. Dr. Parirenyatwa P. D. (Chairperson); Hon. Sen.   Chabuka K; Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira; Hon. Sen. Chifamba J; Hon. Sen.    Chimbudzi A; Hon. Sen. Dube M. R; Hon. Sen. Komichi M; Hon. Sen. Makone T;      Hon. Sen. Chief Makumbe; Hon. Sen. Chief Mapungwana; Hon. Sen. Mathuthu T;    Hon. Sen. Matiirira A; Hon. Sen. Chief Matsiwo; Hon. Sen. Mkhwebu A; Hon.     Sen. Mohadi T. B; Hon. Sen. Moyo S. K; Hon. Sen. Mudzuri E; Hon. Sen.          Mwonzora D; Hon. Sen. Ncube S; Hon. Sen. Ndlovu M; Hon. Sen. Chief Ngezi;        Hon.    Sen. Chief Ngungumbane; Hon. Sen. Chief Ntabeni; Hon. Sen. Nyathi R;            Hon. Sen. Chief Siansali; Hon. Sen. Sinampande H. M; Hon. Sen. Timveos L.             (Committee Clerk—Ms. E. Masara)

 

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