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SENATE VOTES 15 FEBRUARY 2017 NO 29

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No. 29

 

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, 15TH FEBRUARY, 2017

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Half past Two o’clock pm.

Deputy President of the Senate in the Chair.

    

Bhebhe M,

Bhobho H,

Buka F,

Carter M.N,

Charumbira Chief,

Chiduku Chief R M

Chifamba J,

Chimanikire A,

Chimbudzi A,

Chimutengwende C. C. C.

Chipanga T S

Chisunga Chief,

Chitanga Chief,

Gampu IV Chief,

Goto R,

Gwenzi Chief,

Jadagu G.T,

Juba A,

Khumalo D.T.

Machingaifa T,

Mabugu F.E,

Makone T

Makore J,

Makwarimba C,

Maluleke O,

Manyeruke J

Marava M,

Marozva Chief

Masendu Chief

Mashavakure N

Masuku A,

Matiirira A,

Mavhunga M,

Mawire J,

Mkhwebu A,

Mlotshwa S,

Moeketsi V,

Mohadi T B,

Mtshane Chief L K,

Mumvuri D. D. E,

Muronzi M,

Murwira T,

Musaka M.B.

Musarurwa Chief E. M,

Mutsvangwa M,

Ncube S,

Ndlovu J,

Nembire Chief,

Ngungumbane Chief,

Ntambeni Chief,

Rtd. Gen. Nyambuya M,

Nyathi R,

Shiri A,

Sibanda A.

Sibanda B,

Sinampande H,

Tawengwa C.Z.

           

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

 

 

 

Printed by Order of the Senate

 

Absent with Leave

 

Hon. Sen. Chimhini D.A, Hon. Sen. Chizema C, Hon. Sen. Moyo S. K,  , Hon. Sen. Nyamukoho Chief, Hon. Sen. Siansali Chief.

 

1.         Hon. Sen. Mohadi, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mumvuri moved:  That Order of the Day No.1, for today, stands over until Order of the Day No. 12 has been disposed of.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

2.         Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the State of the Nation Address(Adjourned 14th February, 2017 The Deputy Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting  Services).

 

                                                                                                          [Days elapsed: 6]

 

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 Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi: Debate   adjourned until tomorrow.

 

3.         Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech-(Adjourned 14th      February, 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. Chief Charumbira, seconded by Hon. Sen. Marava: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

4.         Hon. Sen. Marava, seconded by Hon. Sen. B. Sibanda moved: That Notice of Motion No. 4, for today, stand over until Order of the Day No. 6 has been disposed of.

 

            Motion put and agreed to.

 

5.         Hon. Sen. Mohadi, seconded by Hon. Sen. Chipanga, moved:

 

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.

 

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

 

6.         On the motion of Hon Sen. Masuku, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi: The Senate adjourned at a quarter past four o’clock pm.

 

                                                                                                   C.C.C. CHIMUTENGWENDE

                                                                                                   Deputy President of the Senate.

 

 

THURSDAY, 16TH FEBRUARY, 2017

 

 

      QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

*          QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

 

 

*1.       Hon. Sen. Mlotshwa: To ask the Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement to inform the House why government is violently evicting communities from farming and grazing lands in the Zvehamba, Matankeni, Mahetshe villages of Matobo District at the behest of Trek/ARDA Project which is enforcing a 1947 plan, which does not recognize that these families have been residing in these areas since 1912.

                                                                                          

                                                                                          [Deferred from 2nd February, 2017]

 

*2.       Hon. Sen. Sibanda B: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to provide the House with detailed figures as at 30 September, 2016 of:

 

a)      The comprehensive foreign debt inclusive of interest accrued;

b)      Domestic loans debt and who these are owed to;

c)      Parastals debts that government has committed to take over;

d)     Individuals and or company debts covered by ZAMCO to date;

e)      Treasury Bills commitments including any that may have been rolled over; and

f)       Any other debt owed by government not covered by these specified above.

 

                                                                                          [Deferred from 2nd February, 2017]

 

 

*3.       Hon. Sen. Timveous:  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.

 

*4.       Hon. Sen. Sibanda B: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to advise the House whether the Ministry has:

 

a)      Developed a water resources development strategic plan for the country in view of dwindling water levels and what timeframes have been specified for the development of extra water capacity for the main cities; and

b)      What concrete plans, if any, are in place for the construction of the Zambezi Water Project.

                                                                [Deferred from 2nd February, 2017] 

 

*5.       Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate;

a)      To state the plans in place to mitigate drought in case the country faces one.

b)      To inform the House, what measures the Ministry has put in place to safeguard people in the low lying areas in the event of floods.

c)      To inform the House, what contingent measures the government has put in place in the event that Kariba Dam does not get adequate water to generate energy for the country.

d)     To inform the House, what plans does the government have to remove weeds in most dams in our country especially Lake Chivero from which water to the locations in Harare come from.

                                                                                      [Deferred from 2nd February, 2017]                

*6.       Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to;

 

a)      Inform the House on the measures that have been put in place by the government to assist mental health institution like Ngomahuru and Igutsheni to allocate them with the requisite resources.

b)      To explain to the House, what the Ministry is doing to ensure that Ngomahuru Mental Hospital gets adequate medical supplies for the mental patients.

c)      To state the measures in place by the Ministry to ensure the availability of a clinic at Chikurubhi Maximum Prison.

d)     To inform the House what plans the ministry has in place to assist Bindura Prison to cater for the following;

                                                              i.      Transport for prisoners

                                                            ii.      Uniforms for prisoners

                                                          iii.      a borehole

                                                      [Deferred from 2nd February, 2017]

 

*7.       Hon. Sen. Khumalo. D.T: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House what measures the Ministry has taken to sensitize the Provincial and District Hospitals on the one thousand days Nutrition Days which the country embraced during the period 2010/11.

 

*8.       Hon. Sen. Khumalo. D.T: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain why to the House why Health Institutions are not utilizing the services of dieticians at their disposal to assist the malnourished children.

 

*9.       Hon. Sen. Khumalo. D.T: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain to the House why the Ministry does not provide psychological support to victims of rape and sodomised children as way of mitigating against their traumatic experiences that results in such victims being admitted in mental institutions.

 

*10.     Hon. Sen. Khumalo. D.T: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain to the House what programmes are in place to educate the people on the need to continuously take their ARVs in view of the fact that statistics shows that men are not liking their medication a situation that has led to a lot of deaths in the country.

 

*11.     Hon. Sen. Khumalo. D.T: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House what plans are in place to save lives owing to prohibitive costs of buying blood which requires as much as one hundred and twenty dollars a pint.

 

*12.     Hon. Sen. Timveous: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to inform the House whether herbs can cure cancer and HIV and, if not, to explain why herbs can continue to be sold on the market for such purposes.

 

*13.     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]

 

*14.     Hon Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development;

 

a)      To explain the real causes of early child marriages in Zimbabwe.

b)      To indicate the plans the Ministry has put in place to end early child marriages, particularly in rural areas.

c)      To inform the House whether the Ministry has embarked on education awareness in prisons where most women are incarcerated as a result of rape and theft convictions.

d)     To inform the House, what measures the ministry has put in place to make sure that women in prisons get adequate sanitary wear during their terms of saving.

 

e)      To clarify whether the Ministry has any policy relating to the monitoring of the use of condoms by females in the institutions of higher learning.

                                                                                      

                                                                                                  [Deferred 2nd February, 2017]

 

 

*15.     Hon. Sen. Khumalo. D.T: To ask the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development to inform the House when the SADC Model Law would be brought to Parliament for ratification.

 

*16.     Hon Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement;

 

a)      To state the measures that has been put in place by the Ministry to stop people from selling land to individuals.

b)      To bring to book those people who unnecessarily cause disputes in the resettlement areas.

c)      To explain the role of the traditional leadership in the resettlement areas.

                              

[Deferred 2nd February, 2017]

 

 

*17.     Hon. Sen. Mawire: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to explain to the House the following;

a)      Whether the refugees at the Tongogara Refugee Camp are from the Apostolic Sect or genuine refugees.

b)      What measures are in place to prosecute the shops that continue to sell army regalia to members of the Public

c)      What measures the Ministry has put in place to curb the rampant illegal selling of fuel in Mutare.

 

*18.     Hon. Sen. Mawire: To ask the Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees to explain to the House as to how long the War Veterans would continue to receive paltry sums of money considering that some of them were affected by chemicals during the war while some need specialist treatment and medication.

 

*19.     Hon. Sen. Khumalo. D.T: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Services to inform the House whether it is the Ministry’s policy to engage Urban District Administrators to distribute food without informing councilors and other Urban Structures.

 

*20.     Hon. Sen. Khumalo. D.T: To ask the Minister of Public Services, Labour and Social Services to inform the House what the roll of Community Coordinators in Government Schools and Clinics is and to further elaborate who supervises them and whether they do not contribute to the ballooning wage bill which is taking over 90% of the National Revenue.

 

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

 

*22.     Hon. Sen. Timveous:  To ask the Minister of Local Government Public Works and National Housing to inform the House what plans are in place to upgrade the public toilets in Mandava, Maglass, Kandodo and Niltown in Zvishavane, of the fact that communities in these areas continue to use communal toilets, thirty seven years after independence in a situation that gives rise to the spread of typhoid and other diseases which leads to unnecessary deaths.

*23.     Hon. Sen. Mohadi:  To ask the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry whether the Ministry has plans to open the Rainbow and Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Beitbridge. 

 

*24.     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.                

                                                              

*25.  Hon. Sen. Mohadi:  To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to explain the measures the Ministry is taking to ensure that mining firms rehabilitate the environment degraded by mining operations.

 

         

            ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

  1.       Hon. Sen. Timveos

Hon. Sen. Mlotshwa

 

 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.

2.         Adjourned debate on motion on SADC Model law on eradicating Child Marriages (Adjourned 15th February 2017- Hon. Sen. Mohadi)

 

[Day elapsed: 1]

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.

             

 

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

            School Pledge by all Members of Parliament- (Adjourned 2nd February, 2017- The 

            Minister of Finance and Economic Development)

                                                                                                      

  [Days elapsed: 6]

 

           Question proposed:

 

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.  

 

 

4.         Adjourned debate on motion on violence that had become a socio-political way of life among the people of Zimbabwe- (Adjourned 1st February, 2017- Hon Sen. B. Sibanda)

                                                                                                      

  [Day elapsed: 6] 

 

           Question proposed: 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.

5.      Adjourned debate on motion on Zimbabwe’s low population (Adjourned 14th February, 2017- Hon. Sen. Musaka)

  [Day elapsed: 2] 

 

 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;

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

 

6.         Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the delegation to the 68th Session of the Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union- (Adjourned 1st February, 2017 Hon. Sen. Goto).

 

 

                                                                                                                 [Days elapsed: 17]

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the delegation to the 68th Session of the Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union held from the 2nd to the 3rd of June, 2016 in Khartoum, Sudan- Hon. Sen. Goto.

 

 

7.    Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Gender and Development on the Status of Children’s Homes- (Adjourned 31st January, 2017 – Hon Sen Makore).

 

[Days elapsed: 26]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Gender and Development on the Status of Children’s Homes (S. C. 14, 2016) Hon. Sen. Makore.

 

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

Gender and Development on Early Child Marriages- (Adjourned 31st January, 2017- Hon Sen Makore).

 

[Days elapsed: 25]

 

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.

 

9.         Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the delegation to the 39th Plenary Assembly of the SADC Parliamentary Forum –(Adjourned 31st January, 2017- The Deputy Minister for Media, Information and Broadcasting Services).

 

[Days elapsed: 21]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the delegation to the 39th Plenary Assembly of the SADC Parliamentary Forum held in Ezulwini, Swaziland from 28th May to 7th June, 2016- Hon. Mohadi.

 

10. Adjourned debate on motion on the second reading of the Land Commission Bill (H.B.2A, 2016) – (Adjourned 7th February 2017- The Deputy Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement).

 

Question proposed: That the Land Commission Bill (H.B. 2A, 2016) be now read a second time- The Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement.

 

11.       Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the State of the Nation Address(Adjourned 15th February, 2017 Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira).

 

                                                                                                          [Days elapsed: 7]

 

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.

 

12.       Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech-(Adjourned 14th      February, 2017 – Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira).

 

                                                                        [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, 16th February, 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. Hlalo M, 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.   Chizema M- (Chairperson), Hon. Sen. Bhebe M,   Hon. Sen. Bhobho  H. Hon. Sen. Chimanikire A, Hon. Sen. Chief Chitanga, 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,  Hon Sen. Mavhunga 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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