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SENATE VOTES 17 AUGUST 2016 NO 70

 

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No. 70

 

PARLIAMENT

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE

 

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THIRD SESSION – EIGHTH PARLIAMENT

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WEDNESDAY, 17Th AUGUST, 2016

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Half Past Two o’clock pm.

The President of the Senate in the Chair.

 

Prayers.

 

Bhebe M,

Bhobho H,

Chabuka K,

Charumbira Chief,

Chiduku Chief,

Chifamba J,

Chimanikire A,

Chimbudzi A,

Chimhini A,

Chimutengwende  C.C.C,

Chisunga Chief,

Chitanga Chief,

Dandawa Chief,

Gampu Chief IV,

Goto R,

Gwenzi Chief,

Jadagu G.T,

Juba A,

Khumalo D.T,

Komichi M,

Machingaifa T,

Mabhugu F.E,

MakoneT,

Makore J,

Makwarimba C,

Maluleke O,

Manyeruke J,

Mapungwana V,

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,

Mumvuri D.D.E,

Muronzi M,

Murwira T,

Musaka M.B,

Musarurwa Chief,

Mutsvangwa M,

Ncube S,

Ndlovu J,

Nebiri Chief,

Nembire Chief,

Ngungumbane Chief,

Ntabeni Chief

Rt. Gen. Nyambuya M.R,

Nyamukoho Chief,

Nyangazonke Chief,

Nyathi R,

Sekeramayi T.S,

Shiri A,

Siansali Chief,

Sibanda B,

Sinampande H,

Tawengwa C.Z,

Timveos L,

 

 

Printed by Order of the Senate

 

Absent with leave

 

Hon. Sen. Chizema C, Hon. Sen. Mathuthu T.A, Hon. Sen. Muchenje V.

 

 

 

  1. The Minister of Defence, 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.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on monitoring the Executive performance in dealing with reported cases of corruption. (Adjourned 19th July, 2016 – Hon. Sen. B. Sibanda).

 

 

[Days elapsed: 11]

            Question again proposed: That this House-

 

            NOTING that corruption is now endemic in the land;

 

            ALARMED at the rate at which incidents of corruption are occurring unabated;

 

  CONCERNED at the implications that this trend has on the economic recovery; the international status of the country and its international credit ratings;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, this House calls upon:

  • Legislators to take an unequivocal stance against this scourge;
  • Legislators to closely monitor the Executive performance in dealing with reported cases for corruption; and
  • Citizens to report to law enforcement agents, and the Anti – Corruption Commission any suspected cases of corruption- Sen. B. Sibanda.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the resuscitation of the Zambezi water project (Adjourned 19th July, 2016- Hon. Sen. B. Sibanda).

 

[Days elapsed: 16]

            Question again proposed: That this House-

 

NOTING the declining rainfall pattern over the years in Zimbabwe more specifically in the central and southern regions;

            AWARE that this phenomenon is likely to persist into the foreseeable future;

CONCERNED that the people’s livelihoods, agricultural, industrial productivity and wildlife survival will be negatively affected by the scarcity of water in future;

NOW THEREFORE this House calls upon government to resuscitate the Zambezi Water Project through;

 

  • Committing specific budget allocations towards the project each financial year;

 

  • Identifying internal and external partners to team up with; and / or

 

  • Seeking partners for the build, operate and transfer option, in order to hedge the

 

nation against impending calamities. Hon. Sen. B. Sibanda.

 

Motion put and agreed to.

 

  1. The Minister of Defence, moved: That Orders of the Day Nos. 4 to 12, for today stand over until Order of the Day No. 1 has been disposed of.

 

           Motion put and agreed to.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion to congratulate His Excellency, the President Cde. R.G. Mugabe and the Government of Zimbabwe on successfully leading the African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) as Chairperson. (Adjourned 19th, July, 2016 – Sen. Chief Musarurwa).

 

[Days elapsed: 22] 

 

            Question again proposed: That this House-

 

CONGRATULATES His Excellency the President, Cde. Robert Gabriel Mugabe and the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe for successfully leading the African Union as its Chairperson;

 

WARMLY APPRECIATES his distinguished leadership qualities during his tenure in Office, an achievement that has earned the Nation pride;

 

NOW THEREFORE, resolves that this House conveys its gratitude and sentiments to His Excellency and the Nation as a whole and wishes our President many more years of good leadership and wise counsel.- Hon. Sen. Chief Musarurwa.  

 

 Motion put and agreed to.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Report of the Thematic Committee on Gender and Development on Early Child Marriages (Adjourned 16th August, 2016 - Sen. Makore).

 

  [Days elapsed: 4]

 

Question again 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.

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Makore, seconded by Hon. Sen. Marava: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

  1. On the motion of Hon. Sen. Masuku, seconded by Hon. Sen. Marava: The Senate adjourned at twenty-five minutes past four o’clock pm.

 

 

  1. MADZONGWE,

President of the Senate.

 

THURSDAY, 18TH AUGUST, 2016

 

 

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

 

  • QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

* QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.                                                               

 

*1.       Hon. Sen. Chimhini:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain the measures the Ministry has in place to ensure that every person who is on ART can have their viral load tested at no cost to the person living with HIV as a way of achieving the 90 – 90 – 90 by 2030.     

[Deferred from 7th April, 2016]

 

 

*2.       Hon. Sen. Musaka:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state  plans the Ministry has for paediatric (children) diabetes to access state of the art medication for free as is the case with paediatric HIV treatment.

[Deferred from 14th April, 2016]

 

*3.       Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain to the people of Zimbabwe why user fees are needed in hospitals.

                                                                                                           

                                                                                                            [Deferred from 21st April, 2016]

*4.       Hon. Sen. Timveos:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to apprise the House on the progress the Ministry has made to date to bring the Public Health Bill before Parliament.

 

*5.       Hon. Sen. Timveos:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to apprise the House on the progress the Ministry has made towards the National Health Insurance Scheme.

 

 

*6.       Hon. Sen. Musaka:  To ask the Minister of Rural Development and Preservation of Cultural Heritage to state the measures the Ministry is taking to address the problem of squatters in resettlement areas of Mhondoro – Ngezi and Sanyati Districts in view of the fact that the problem is now causing conflicts, environmental degradation and stifling economic development.

[Deferred from 17th March, 2016]

 

*7.       Hon. Sen. Musaka:  To ask the Minster of Rural Development and Preservation of Cultural Heritage to state the measures in place to urgently address settlement of disputes in accordance with traditional customs and culture in resettlement areas.

 

Deferred from 17th March, 2016]

           

*8.       Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Services the Ministry’s Policy regarding children in the streets who beg on road sides with their parents.

                                                                                                            [Deferred from 21st April, 2016]

 

*9.       Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Minister of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare to inform the House whether churches understand the Ministry’s policy on how they should operate.

                                                                                                            [Deferred from 21st April, 2016]

 

*10.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to inform the House on the measures in place to increase awareness to the public on the importance of observing road signs in the country.

 

                                                                                                            [Deferred from 21st April, 2016]

 

*11.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to explain how a disabled person can be identified by a driver when crossing the road.

                                                                                                            [Deferred from 21st, 2016]

                                                           

 

*10.     Hon. Sen. Chibudzi:  To ask the Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development what the Ministry’s Policy is regarding compensation for informal sector goods that are destroyed by fire, for example the case of Glen View and Mupedzanhamo.

                                                                                                            [Deferred from 21st April, 2016]

 

*12.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development whether the ministry gives its members in the informal sector opportunities to attend expos in other countries so that they learn what other countries are doing.

                                                                                                            [Deferred from 21st, 2016]

 

*13.  Hon. Sen. Musaka:  To ask the Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services to clarify the concept of Community Information Centres (CICs) and to state when these are going to be established in the following areas:

 

  1. Mamina Growth Point in Mhondoro Ngezi
  2. Doneni Growth Point in Muzvezve
  3. Nyimo Growth Point in Sanyati

                                                                                                           

                                                                                                            [Deferred from 28th, 2016]

 

*14.  Hon. Sen. Musaka:  To ask the Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services to state the Postal Services Policy and to explain the position of postal services in the country.

 

                                                                                                [Deferred from 28th, 2016]

 

*15.  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. 

                                                                                                [Transferred from 28th, 2016]

 

*16.   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 28th, 2016]

 

*17.  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.

                                                                                                [Deferred from 28th, 2016]

 

 

*18.  Hon Sen Mohadi:  To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education the Ministry’s positions on teachers that once left the service for diaspora and have now returned.

                                                                                                [Deferred from 28th, 2016]

 

*19.     Hon. Sen. Timveos:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain the measures the Ministry has put in place to prohibit the externalisation or siphoning of money by foreigners.

 

*20.     Hon. Sen. Timveos:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain the strategies in place to wade off the unrelenting economic crisis facing the nation.

 

*21.     Hon. Sen. Timveos:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain how the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio – Economic Transformation would be funded in view of the current economic woes facing the country.

 

*22.     Hon. Sen. Timveos:  To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to explain the Ministry’s position regarding police brutality on civilians who will be exercising their constitutional rights as provided by Section 59 of the Constitution on demonstrations.

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTION

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on alarming incidents of road carnage due to dilapidated infrastructure, obsolete vehicles and human error (Adjourned 19th July, 2016-Hon. Sen. Musaka).

                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                     [Days elapsed: 14]

            Question proposed: That this House-

CONCERNED at the alarming number of road carnage incidents on our roads which are as a result of dilapidated road infrastructure and obsolete motor vehicles coupled with human error due to flagrant breach of road regulations by unlicensed drivers;

 

FURTHER CONCERNED of the deterioration in the railway system in the country, a situation which is further compounded by the lack of efficient and economic air transportation system in the country;

 

ACKNOWLEDGING the need to establish a special budget / fund for upgrading and improving the transportation system in the country;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon government to-

 

  • Embark on a robust modernization infrastructure programme for roads, air and

Railways which is user friendly and accommodative of goods services and passengers at large, a situation which will eliminate road carnage substantially; and

 

  • Support the development of efficient and economic air transportation as a matter

of urgency-Hon.  Sen. Musaka.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 16th August, 2016Hon. Sen. Tawengwa).

       

 [Time elapsed: 3 hours 59 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. Tawengwa

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Report of the Thematic Committee on Gender and Development on Early Child Marriages (Adjourned 17th August, 2016 - Hon. Sen. Makore).

 

  [Days elapsed: 5]

 

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.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Peace and Security on the State of the Country’s Borders (Adjourned 16th August, 2016-Hon. Sen. Mumvuri).

 

  [Days elapsed: 6]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Peace and Security on the State of the Country’s Borders (S. C. 16, 2016) - Hon. Sen. Mumvuri.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Gender and Development on the Status of Children’s Homes (Adjourned 16th August, 2016-Hon. Sen. Makore).

 

  [Days elapsed: 5]

 

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.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Human Rights on the Human Rights Situation in Zimbabwe (Adjourned 26th July, 2016 - Hon. Sen. Mohadi).

 

  [Day elapsed: 5]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Human Rights on the Human Rights Situation in Zimbabwe (S. C. 20, 2016) - Hon. Sen. Rtd. Gen. Nyambuya.

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS on the National AIDS Council Capacity Building Workshop and Tours (Adjourned 27th July, 2016 - Hon. Sen. Mohadi.).

 

  [Days elapsed: 5]

 

           Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS on the National AIDS Council Capacity Building Workshop and Tour conducted in Chingwizi, Ngundu, and Beitbridge on TB, Malaria, HIV and AIDS and Key Populations. (S.C. 17, 2016). - Hon. Sen. Timveous.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the report on the Transformational Leadership Seminar held at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya (Adjourned 19th July, 2016-Hon. Sen. Mutsvangwa).

              [Days elapsed: 10]

           

Question proposed That this House takes note of the report on the Transformational Leadership Seminar held at Kenyatta University from 13 to 19 September 2015, in Nairobi Kenya–Hon. Sen. Mutsvangwa.  

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on the report of the First Afro-Arab Legislators and Business Summit held in Addis Ababba, Ethiopia (Adjourned 19th July, 2016-Hon. Sen. Mumvuri).

 

  [Days elapsed: 15]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the report of the delegation to the First Afro-Arab Legislators and Business Summit held at the Sheraton Addis Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 1st to 2nd August 2015-Hon. Sen. Mumvuri.

 

 

  1. Adjourned debate on motion on malnutrition among urban and rural communities (Adjourned 19th July, 2016— Hon. Sen. D.T. Khumalo).

                                                                                          

                                                                                                     [Days elapsed: 18]   

               Question proposed:  That this House-

 

NOTING that the first cluster in ZIMASSET is food security and nutrition and addresses challenges of food insecurity and under nourishment;

 

 

CONCERNED that despite government efforts to prioritise its programs and projects to address the country’s economic challenges, malnutrition is taking its toll among the urban and rural communities;

 

FURTHER CONCERNED that children of school going age are the most vulnerable as they easily fall victim to starvation thereby impacting negatively on their ability to effectively comprehend their lessons, a situation which creates nightmares for teachers;

 

COGNISANT that poor nutrition affects health of individuals and communities and retards economic growth and health standards;

 

ALARMED by lack of awareness on basic nutrition, even among leaders who do not appreciate the consequences of under nourishment in economic development;

 

NOW THEREFORE resolves that government provides adequate information to community leaders including members of Parliament on how to reduce incidents of malnutrition among children and adults in the country. -Hon. Sen. D.T. Khumalo.

 

 

  1. The Vice-President and Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs:

 

THAT WHEREAS Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that any international treaty which has been concluded or executed by, or under the authority of the President shall be subject to approval by Parliament;

 

AND WHEREAS the Protocol on the SADC Tribunal was adopted by the 34th Ordinary Session of the SADC Summit held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on 18 August 2014;

 

AND WHEREAS the entry into force of the said Protocol shall be conditional upon its ratification by the Member States in accordance with their constitutional procedures;

 

NOW THEREFORE in terms of Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, this House resolves that the aforesaid Protocol be and is hereby approved for ratification.

 

 

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