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SENATE VOTES 19 DECEMBER 2018 NO 23

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No. 23

 

 

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, 19TH DECEMBER, 2018

 

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Half past two o’clock pm.

    

The President of the Senate in the Chair.

 

Prayers.

 

Chabuka K.

Charumbira Chief

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.,

Komichi M.,

Makone T. M.,

Makumbe Chief,

Maluleke O. M.,

Mapungwana Chief,

Masendu Chief,

Mavetera T.,

Mathupula Chief,

Mathuthu T.,

Matiirira, A.,

Matsiwo  Chief,

Mavima L. D.,

Mbohwa M.,

Mkhwebu A.,

Moeketsi V.,

Moyo S. K.,

Mpofu B.,

Mpofu S.,

Mtshane Chief,

Mudzuri E.,

Muronzi M.,

Mutsvangwa M.,

Muzenda V. T.,

Mwonzora T. D.,

Ncube S.,

Ndlovu M.,

Ndlovu P.,

Nembire Chief,

Ngezi Chief,

Ngungumbane Chief,

Nhema Chief,

Ntabeni Chief,

Nyangazonke Chief,

Nyathi R.,

Phuthi M.,

Rambanepasi C.,

Rwambiwa E.,

Sekeramayi S. T.,

Shoko G.,

Shumba C.,

Siansali Chief,

Sinampande H.,

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

Hon. Sen. Mohadi T. B., Hon. Sen. Chief Nechombo

 

           

1.         The President of the Senate reminded the Senate that all Hon. Senators were requested to verify the information on their bio-data forms from 19th to 20th December, 2018 before they could be uploaded on the website and that the Public Relations Officers would be stationed in the Members Bar from 1400 hours to 1630 hours for the exercise.

 

2.         The President of the Senate informed the Senate that all Hon. Senators were advised to collect the Presidential portraits for their Constituencies from Public Relations Officers who would also be stationed in the Members Bar from 19th to 20th December, 2019, from 1400 hours to 1630 hours.

 

3.         The President of the Senate also informed the Senate of the changes to the Membership of Thematic Committees, whereby Hon. Chifamba had moved from the Thematic Committee on SDGs to the Thematic Committee on Gender and Development.

 

4.         Hon. Sen. Chief Chundu, seconded by Hon. Sen. Chief Chikwaka, moved:            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.

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

 

 

 5.        Hon. Sen. Gumpo, seconded by Hon. Sen. Tongogara, moved: 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.

 

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

 

 

6.         Hon. Sen. Timveos seconded by Hon. Sen. Dr. Mavetera, moved: 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.

 

 

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

 

 

7.         Hon. Sen. Gumpo, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mathuthu, moved: 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.

 

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

 

 

8.         Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 18th       

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

 

[Time elapsed: 3 hour 58 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 the Minister of State for Midlands Province: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

 

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

                                                                                               

                                                                        M. M. CHONOMONA,         

                                                                                                 The President of the Senate.

 

 

 

THURSDAY, 20TH DECEMBER, 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 11th October, 2018]

 

*2        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]

 

*3.       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]

 

*4.       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]

 

*5.       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.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               *6.       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.

 

[Deferred from 11th October, 2018]

 

*7.       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]

 

 

*8.       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]

 

*9.       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]

 

*10.     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]

 

*11.     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.

 

*12.     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.

 

 

*13.     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]

 

*14.     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]

 

 

 

 

*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.

           

 

*18.     HON. SEN. TIMVEOS: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to     explain whether the Ministry is aware that 90% of goods and services procured by         Mimosa Mining Company are being supplied by companies owned by its Management and if so, to state measures being taken to curb such malpractices.

  [Deferred from 1st November, 2018]

 

*19.     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]

 

*20.     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]

 

*21.     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]

 

*22.     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.  

 

*23.     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.

 

*24.     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.

 

 

 

*25.     HON. SEN. ZIVIRA:  To ask the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education,             Science and Technology Development when the lighting system around the National     University of Science Technology (NUST) Campus in Bulawayo will be improved        to curb incidents of robbery of students.

 

[Deferred from 22nd November, 2018]

 

*26.     HON. SEN. SINAMPANDE: To ask the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development to inform the House on what the Government policy is regarding the distribution of teacher training colleges in the country’s provinces and to further state when such centres will be established in Matebeleland North and Mashonaland West Provinces.

 

*27.     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]

 

*28.     HON. SEN. CHIEF CHUNDU: To ask the Minister of Information Communication     Technology and Courier Services to state measures being taken to      improve mobile           network connectivity in rural areas and whether there are any plans to  licence more       mobile network operators.

 

[Deferred from 22nd November, 2018]

 

*29.     HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation            to explain the Ministry’s plans in relation to supporting the National Football Team     in order effectively compete at African regional competitions.

 

*30.     HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation            to explain government policy regarding the promotion of arts and whether there are    adequate recreational facilities of international standards countrywide where artists     can develop their talents.

 

*31.     HON. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Industry and Commerce to explain             the successes and failures of Statutory Instrument 64 of 2017, the envisaged benefits      of Statutory Instrument 122 of 2018 and level of public receptiveness towards the   later.

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

 

 

1.         Adjourned debate on motion on the level of siltation which is threatening the         existence of most rivers and dams (Adjourned 19th December, 2018- Hon. Sen.          Chief Chundu)

           

                

[Day elapsed:  1]

                                                                                                                     

            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.

 

 2.        Adjourned debate on motion on the strategic role of tourism to the country’s         economic development (Adjourned 19th December, 2018- Hon. Sen. Gumpo).

                

[Day elapsed: 1]

                                                                                                                     

            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.

 

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

           Cricket Board dams (Adjourned 19th December, 2018- Hon. Sen. Timveos)

           

                

[Day elapsed:  1]

                                                                                                                     

           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.

 

 

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

devastating effects on the environment (Adjourned 19th December, 2018- Hon. Sen. Gumpo)

           

                

[Day elapsed:  1]

                                                                                                                     

           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.

 

5.         Adjourned debate on motion on the call to control tick borne diseases affecting     livestock in Zimbabwe (Adjourned 18th December, 2018- Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi).

               

[Days elapsed:  5]

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.

 

 

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

            Parliamentary Union (IPU), Geneva, Switzerland (Adjourned 18th December, 2018-

            Hon. Sen. Muzenda).

                

[Days elapsed:  5]

                                                                                                                     

            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.

 

 

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

             Disability Policy and review the Disabled Persons Act (Adjourned 18th December,   

            2018-Hon. Sen. Timveos).

               

[Days elapsed:  8]

Question 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

 

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

               

[Days elapsed:  13]

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.

 

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

 

[Days elapsed:  13]

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.

 

 

10.      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: 14]

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. Sen.  Timveos.

 

 

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

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

 

[Days elapsed: 14]

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;

 

      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

 

 

12.       Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 19th       

            December, 2018- 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

 

 

 

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