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SENATE VOTES 31 SEPTEMBER 2018 NO 14

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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, 31ST OCTOBER, 2018

 

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Half past two o’clock pm.

    

The President of the Senate in the Chair.

 

Prayers.

 

Chabuka K.,

Chidawu O.,

Chifamba J.,

      Chimbudzi A.,

       Chimutengwende C.,

      Chinake V.,

     Chirongoma  J. M.,

     Chitanga Chief,

     Chundu Chief,

      Dube A.,

Dube M. R.,

Gumpo, S.,

Gweshe K.,

Hungwe S. O.,

Khupe W.,

Komichi M.,

Makone T. M.,

Malinga J. T.,

Maluleke O. M.,

Masendu Chief,

Mavetera T.,

Mathupula Chief.,

Mathuthu T.,

Matiirira, A.,

Matsiwo Chief.,

Mbowa M.,

Mkwebu, A.,

Moeketsi V.,

Mohadi T. B.,

Mpofu B,

Mtshane Chief,

Mudzuri E,

Muronzi M.,

Muzenda V. T.,

Mwonzora T. D.,

Ncube S.,

Ndlovu M.,

Ndlovu P.,

Nechombo Chief.,

Ngezi Chief,

Ngungumbane Chief,

Nhema Chief,

Ntabeni Chief.,

Nyambuya M. R.,

Nyathi R.,

Parirenyatwa D. P.,

Phuthi M.,

Rambanepasi C.,

Rwambiwa E.,

Sekeramayi S. T.,

Shoko G.,

Shumba C.,

Timire R.,

Timveos L.,

Tongogara A. K.,

Tsomondo B.,

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. Chief Charumbira, Hon. Sen. Gwaradzimba E, Hon. Sen. Chief Makumbe.

 

1.         The President of the Senate reminded all Senators from Harare, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West and Manicaland to confirm with the Public Relations Officers their flight arrangements to and from the 2019 Pre-Budget Seminar to be held at Holiday Inn Bulawayo from 7th to 11th November, 2018.

 

2.         Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 30th   

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

 

[Time elapsed: 2 hour 39 minutes]

Question again proposed: That a respectful address be presented to the President of Zimbabwe as follows: –

May it please you, your Excellency, the President:

We, the Members of Parliament of Zimbabwe desire to express our loyalty to Zimbabwe and beg leave to offer our respectful thanks for the speech, which you have been pleased to address to Parliament- Hon. Sen. S. K. Moyo.

 

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

 

3.          Adjourned debate on motion on the call for devolution (Adjourned 30th October, 2018- Hon. Sen. Mwonzora).

 

[Day elapsed:  3]

Question again proposed:       That this House:

 

RECALLING that during the historic constitution making process and the subsequent constitutional referendum in 2013, the people of Zimbabwe unequivocally endorsed the principle of devolution of power and the transformation of the Zimbabwean State from a two tier to a three tier state.

 

NOTING that our Constitution makes provision for the election of Provincial Councils as well as the specific manner of the election of the Provincial Council leadership.

 

ACKNOWLEDGING that the current government has stated at least on paper that it is committed to implementing devolution in the current dispensation.

 

RECOGNISING the fundamental constitutional principle of the sovereignty of the people and the important fact that devolution is widely regarded by Zimbabweans as the answer to uneven regional development in the country.

 

ALSO RECOGNISING that the people of Zimbabwe elected their Members of the Provincial Councils on the 30th of July, 2018, which Members are yet to be sworn into office.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, Calls upon the Government to:

 

(a)          Urgently bring a bill to provide for the Devolution, inter alia to provide

  for the key administrative and other processes in the Provincial Councils    

 including the election for the heads of those Councils within 2 months.

 

(b)         Abolish the post of Minister of State for Provincial Affairs as they

        compromise the full implementation of devolution of power.

 

(c)          Swear into office all the members of the provincial councils immediately

and define their conditions of service and other mechanisms to make them more functionally efficient.

                         

                 (d)   Provide budgetary support to the Provincial Councils –Hon. Sen. Mwonzora.

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

 

4.         Adjourned debate on motion on the call to solve the cash crisis in the country

            (Adjourned 30th October, 2018- Hon. Sen. Shoko).

 

[Days elapsed:  3]

Question again proposed:       That this House:

 

            NOTING the debilitating liquidity crisis facing the country;

 

CONCERNED that the introduction of Bond Notes has failed to improve the cash crisis;

 

AWARE that the cash crisis has affected procurement of essential goods and commodities that drive our economy;

 

NOW, THEREFORE calls upon the Executive to urgently find ways of improving the cash situation in the country – Hon. Sen. Shoko.

 

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

 

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

     to effectively regulate drug use. (Adjourned 30th October, 2018- Hon. Sen. Timveos).

 

[Days elapsed: 4]

Question again proposed: That this House:

 

NOTING that a National Drug Policy is critical in ensuring that all drugs in the national drug distribution system are safe, efficacious, effective and of good quality whilst it also strengthens administrative, and regulatory controls of the same;

 

 

CONCERNED that the existing legal framework, such as the Criminal Law (Codification & Reform), the Dangerous Drugs Act and the Medicines and Allied Substances Act are either outdated and do not sufficiently provide for procurement and use of drugs;

 

 

NOTING that these current laws criminalize drug and substance use resulting in drug users fearing to seek treatment for TB and HIV infections;

 

 

AWARE that, decriminalization of drug use and drug policy reform as adopted globally by other countries are vital strategies to addressing the drug problem;

 

 

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon Government to come up with a national drug policy and legislative framework that is grounded in science, public health and human rights to effectively minimize the effects of drug use within communities-Hon. Sen.  Timveos.

 

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

 

 

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

    vending. (Adjourned 30th October, 2018- Hon. Sen. Chabuka).

 

[Days elapsed: 4]

Question again proposed: That this House:

 

NOTING that vending has since become the main source of livelihood due to high levels of unemployment in the country;

 

SADDENED by the heavy handedness on vendors by armed police which has not spared the general public going about their businesses especially in the central business district in urban areas;

 

Now, therefore, calls upon Government;

 

(a)    To engage in dialogue with vendors and their associations in an effort to find a lasting solution to the problems of vending; and

 

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

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Chabuka, seconded by Hon. Sen. Ncube: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

     

7.         On the motion of Hon. Sen. Muzenda, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mohadi: The Senate adjourned at twenty-six minutes to four o’clock pm.

                                                                                                    

 

                                                                                                              M. M. CHINOMONA,

                                                                                                              President of the Senate.

 

THURSDAY, 1ST NOVEMBER, 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.  CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Women Affairs,   Community,    Small and Medium Enterprises Development to explain the         national           achievements and failures of the Beijing Platform of 1995.

 

[Deferred from 11th October, 2018]]

 

*3.  Hon. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Women Affairs, Community,            Small and Medium Enterprises Development to advise on           government policy      regarding small and medium enterprises that have         been affected by veld fires.

 

[Deferred from 11th October, 2018]

 

*4.       HON. SEN. TIMVEOS: To ask the Minister of Women Affairs, Community,           Small   and Medium Enterprises Development to-

 

a)   inform the Senate of   measures being taken by the Ministry to ensure equal                     representation of gender  in all institutions of government, including               

membership in independent commissions and other elective and appointed             bodies.

 

            b)   state steps taken to redress gender imbalances resulting from past                    

                  malpractices.

 

[Deferred from 11th October, 2018]

 

*5.       Hon. SEN. CHIMBUDZI: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic        Development to inform the Senate whether there are strategies in place to           economically empower women who   constitute the majority of the population.

 

  [Deferred from 11th October, 2018]

 

*6.       Hon Maluleke: To ask the Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and          Medium Enterprises Development to state measures being taken to decentralise the           Women's Bank throughout the country.

 

*7.       Hon Sen Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic development to         state measures being taken to reduce bank charges for the banking public.

*8.       Hon Sen Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development             whether the Ministry could consider allocating adequate budget to Parliament during    the 2019 National Budget to ensure achievement of institutional goals and            objectives.

*9        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.

*10.     HON. SEN. TIMVEOS: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development        to advise whether way bills for all chrome ore exports are verified before the consignments leave the country’s exits points.

*11.     Hon. SEN. Shoko:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development    when the other Commission of Inquiry that looks at the payment modalities for      persons and insurance losses incurred during the economic meltdown of 2005 –      2008 will be constituted as recommended by the first commission of inquiry        report.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          *12.     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]

 

*13.     Hon. SEN.  Mohadi: To ask the minister of Transport and Infrastructural   Development to state when the dualisation of the Beitbridge-Harare- Chirundu   road would commence and whether funding for the project has been secured in     view of the inordinate delays on the same.

*14.     Hon. SEN. Mohadi: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural   Development to advise on progress made on fencing the Bulawayo- Beitbridge road.

 

*15.     Hon. SEN. Shoko:  To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural    Development   when   the expansion of the Chirundu-Masvingo-Beitbridge      Highway will resume.

 

*16.     HON. SEN. TIMVEOS:  To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to state whether government would provide funding for    rehabilitation of the dilapidated Harare City Council sewer infrastructure since the    City is owed huge arrears in outstanding rate payments by government.

 

[Deferred from 11th October, 2018]

 

*17.     Hon. Sen. O. Hungwe: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and        National Housing to explain measures being taken to facilitate access to public          buildings by physically challenged persons.

*18.     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]

 

*19.     Hon. SEN. Mohadi: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and           Rural Settlements to advise whether there are plans to assist farmers in Matebeleland      South   Province with supplementary livestock feeding.

*20.     Hon. SEN. Mohadi: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and           Rural Settlements to explain measures being taken to assist farmers in       Matelebeleland Province to complete the installation of centre pivots irrigation             systems.

*21.     Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate             and Rural Settlements measures being taken to stop desertification by tobacco            growers particularly in the resettlement areas.

*22.     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.

*23.     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.

*24      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.

 

*25.     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.

*26.     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.

*27.     Hon. Sen. O. Hungwe: To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social   Welfare to state mechanisms currently in place to educate citizens on the proposed   National Health Insurance Scheme.

*28.     HON. SEN. TIMVEOS: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mineral 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.

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

 

 

1.          Adjourned debate on motion on the call for devolution (Adjourned 31st October, 2018- Hon. Sen. Mwonzora).

 

[Days elapsed:  4]

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.

 

2.          Adjourned debate on motion on the call to solve the cash crisis in the country (Adjourned 31st October, 2018- Hon. Sen. Shoko).

 

[Days elapsed:  4]

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.

 

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

     to effectively regulate drug use. (Adjourned 31st October, 2018- Hon. Sen. Timveos).

 

[Days elapsed: 5]

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.

 

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

    vending. (Adjourned 31st October, 2018- Hon. Sen. Chabuka).

 

[Days elapsed: 5]

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;

 

(d)   To engage in dialogue with vendors and their associations in an effort to find a lasting solution to the problems of vending; and

 

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

 

5.         Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 31st   

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

 

[Time elapsed: 2 hour 39 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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