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No. 21

 

 

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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THURSDAY, 22ND NOVEMBER, 2018

 

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Half past two o’clock pm.

    

The President of the Senate in the Chair.

 

Prayers.

 

Chabuka K.

Charumbira Chief

Chidawu O.,

Chifamba J.,

Chikwaka Chief,

      Chimbudzi A.,

       Chinake V.,

     Chundu Chief,

Dube M. R.,

Femai M.,

Gumpo, S.,

Gweshe K.,

Hungwe S. O.,

Khupe W.,

Makone T. M.,

Malinga J. T.,

Maluleke O. M.,

Mapungwana Chief,

Mathema N. C. G.,

Mavetera T.,

Mathupula Chief,

Mathuthu T.,

Matiirira, A.,

Matsiwo  Chief,

Moeketsi V.,

Mohadi T. B.,

Mudzuri E.,

Munzverengwi A.,

Mpofu S.,

Mtshane Chief,

Muronzi M.,

Mwonzora T. D.

Muzenda V. T.,

Ncube S.,

Ndlovu M.,

Ndlovu P.,

Nechombo Chief,

Ngezi Chief,

Nhema Chief,

Nyambuy M. R.,

Nyathi R.,

Phuthi M.,

Rambanepasi C.,

Rwambiwa E.,

Sekeramayi S. T.

Shoko G.,

Shumba C.,

Sinampande H.,

Timire R.,

Timveos L.,

Tongogara A. K.,

Wunganayi T.,

Zivira H.

 

In attendance in terms of section 138(2) and (3) and section 104(3) of the Constitution

Hon. Coventry K.,  Hon. Kazembe K., Hon. P. Mupfumira 

             

Printed by Order of the Senate

Absent with leave

Hon. Sen. Chirongoma, Hon. Sen. Chief Chitanga, Hon. Sen. Chief  Ntabeni, Hon. Sen. Chief Makumbe, Hon. Sen. Chief Siansali

 

1.         The President of the Senate informed the Senate that Hon. Sen. Lt. Gen. Rtd. Nyambuya, the Deputy President of the Senate and herself, accompanied by their proposers and seconders and other Senators would present themselves to His Excellency, The President E. D. Mnangagwa at State House on Monday, 26th November 2018, at 0900 hours.

 

2.         The President of the Senate also informed the Senate that the Minister of Finance and Economic Development would present the 2019 National Budget in the National Assembly at 1445 hours and that Honourable Senators would follow the proceedings on monitors in the Senate Chamber.

 

3.         The President of the Senate further informed the Senate that there would be a Post-Budget Analysis Training Workshop for all Committee Chairpersons on Friday, 23rd November 2018, at Rainbow Towers Hotel, in Harare at 0800 hours.

 

4.         The President of the Senate advised the Senate that all Hon. Members were invited to a Post-Budget Seminar on Monday, 26th November 2018 at Rainbow Towers Hotel, in Harare at 0800 hours. It would be followed by post-budget consultations by Portfolio Committees from Tuesday, 27th to Friday 30th November 2018 and Hon. Senators were expected to attend Committees of their choice.

 

5.         The President of the Senate also advised Hon. Senators who required letters to facilitate their enrolment at local universities to seek assistance from Mr Chingoma, the Director - Human Resources, in Office No. 406, on the Fourth Floor,         at Parliament Building.

 

6.         The President of the Senate reminded the Senate that all Senators were invited to a lighting ceremony in commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against         Gender Based Violence on Monday, 26th November 2018, at 1830 hours, at Parliament Building, along Nelson Mandela Avenue.

 

7.         The President of the Senate also reminded the Senate that there would be a            ground-breaking ceremony for the New Parliament Building at the site in Mt             Hampden on 30th November 2018, at 1000 hours and that all Hon. Members           were invited to attend.

 

8.         On the motion of Hon. Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage: The Senate adjourned at twenty-two minutes to three o’clock pm until Tuesday, 18th December, 2018 at half past two o’clock in the afternoon.

                                                                                               

                                                                        M. M. CHONOMONA,         

                                                                                                 The President of the Senate.

 

 

 

TUESDAY, 18TH DECEMBER, 2018

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

 

 1.     Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 20th       

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

 

[Time elapsed: 3 hour 58 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.         Adjourned debate on motion on the call to control tick borne diseases affecting     livestock in Zimbabwe (Adjourned 21st November, 2018- Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi).

               

[Days elapsed:  3]

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.

 

 

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

            Parliamentary Union (IPU), Geneva, Switzerland (Adjourned 21st November, 2018-

            Hon. Sen. Muzenda).

                

[Days elapsed:  3]

                                                                                                                     

            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.

 

 

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

             Disability Policy and review the Disabled Persons Act (Adjourned 21st November,   

            2018-Hon. Sen. Timveos).

               

[Days elapsed:  6]

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

 

5.         Adjourned debate on motion on the call for devolution (Adjourned 21st November, 2018- Hon. Sen. Mwonzora).

               

[Days elapsed:  11]

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.

 

6.          Adjourned debate on motion on the call to solve the cash crisis in the country (Adjourned 21st November, 2018- Hon. Sen. Sinampande).

 

[Days elapsed:  11]

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.

 

 

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

     to effectively regulate drug use. (Adjourned 20th November, 2018- Hon. Sen.         Sinampande).

 

[Days elapsed: 12]

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.

 

 

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

    vending. (Adjourned 20th November, 2018- Hon. Sen. Chabuka).

 

[Days elapsed: 12]

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

           

 

 

 

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.

 

*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.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  *5.       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]

 

*6.       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]

 

 

*7.       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]

 

*8.       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]

 

*9.       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]

 

*10.     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]

 

 

*11.     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]

 

*12.     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]

 

*13.     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]

 

*14.     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]

 

*15.     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.

 

*16.     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.

 

*17.     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.

 

*18.     Hon. SEN. SINAMPANDE: To ask the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation to state when the Ministry will establish vocational training centres in Matebeleland North and Mashonaland West Provinces.

 

*19.     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.

 

 

*20.     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.

 

*21.     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.

 

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