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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY HANSARD 07 MARCH 2018 VOL 44 NO 44

PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE

Wednesday, 7th March, 2018

The National Assembly met at a Quarter-past Two o’clock p. m.

PRAYERS

(THE HON. SPEAKER in the Chair)

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE HON. SPEAKER

VISITORS IN THE SPEAKER’S GALLERY

THE HON. SPEAKER: I have to acknowledge the presence in the Speaker’s Gallery, students and teachers from Msasa Industrial College in Harare. You are most welcome [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] –

APOLOGIES RECEIVED FROM MINISTERS

THE HON. SPEAKER:  I have the following apologies from Cabinet Ministers:-

1.    Hon. Vice President Rtd General Chiwenga;

2.    Hon. Vice President Mohadi;

3.    Hon. Chitando;

4.    Hon. Nyoni;

5.    Hon. Mupfumira;

6.    Hon. Chinamasa;

7.    Hon. Mushowe;

8.    Hon. Dr. Mpofu; 

9.    Hon. Muchinguri-Kashiri; and

10.     Hon. Deputy Minister Marapira.

SUBMMISSION OF CDF RETURNS

           THE HON. SPEAKER: I have to inform the House that Hon. Members who have received CDF Funds for Constituency projects are reminded to submit their monthly, quarterly and annual returns to Parliament Management Committee in terms of Article 524 of the Accounting Officers Instructions.  The documents to be submitted include but are not limited to:-

a)    returns of expenditure;

b)   returns of bank reconciliation statements;

c)    returns of assets purchased; and

d)   project job cards.

     – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] – Order, order, please refer to Article 524 of the Accounting Officers’ Instruction for more details on that. 

     HON. MUDZURI: On the CDF Mr. Speaker Sir, on the accounting manual and on the process of running this account there is no room for employing an accounting officer.  You will find out that the Member of Parliament becomes the accounting officer.  There is no one to do the errands and there is no room even to buy fuel or telephone allowances.  There must be that allowance where you have to allow for employment of somebody who runs the accounts.  It is very difficult for non-accounting officers to be able to do it. 

          HON. MATANGIRA:  The Constituency Development Fund, small as it is in a constituency; when we talk about a job card, what it means is, you will have to engage people who will do the job.  It will cost more than the $50 000 that we are getting as a development fund.  It is going to be done by the communities for them to feel that they own it.  So, the job card part, I think must fall off.  Thank you Mr. Speaker.

          THE HON. SPEAKER:  Yes, I will look into the matter with the committee – [HON. MEMBERS:  Hear, hear.] –

          HON. GONESE:  Thank you Mr. Speaker.  I am just rising on a point of clarification in relation to the announcement that you made regarding the Hon. Ministers who have sought leave of absence.  I just wanted to seek clarification because I note that in terms of the list which you announced, about nine or ten Hon. Ministers and one Deputy Minister have sought leave of absence.  I just wanted to request that perhaps it will be more useful when Hon. Ministers seek leave of absence to indicate the reason why they are unable to be in Parliament so that as Hon. Members, we are well informed and aware as to why a particular Hon. Minister is not available on a particular date. 

          In addition Mr. Speaker Sir, I also note that we have a lot of other Ministers who have not been mentioned who are not present and are not on your list.  Previously, we have heard these announcements but I think what has been lacking is a follow up so that we ascertain why a particular Minister was not present during Question Time when it is actually a requirement in terms of the Constitution.  I believe that it will be more useful for us as an institution – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] -

          THE HON. SPEAKER:  Order!  We need to hear the Hon. Member.  Please can you conclude?

HON. GONESE:  Yes, I am concluding Mr. Speaker.  I think it will be more useful for us as an institution to have a follow up so that those truant Ministers who would have neither sought leave of absence nor attended Question Time, appropriate measures are taken to ensure compliance.  This is the point that I am rising on Mr. Speaker to ensure that we have modicum of order in our institution.  These are my submissions Mr. Speaker. 

          THE HON. SPEAKER:  Thank you very much.  I will ask the staff to note those Hon. Ministers who did not give any apology and we shall censure accordingly.  Let me indicate this, I was in the Politburo of ZANU PF.  We finished at exactly 1 o’clock and His Excellency, the President said all Ministers must proceed to Parliament.  That was His Excellency’s instruction.  I am very surprised why these Ministers who were in the Politburo did not turn up. 

          HON. MLISWA:  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank you for making it clear that it is not really to do with the Politburo meeting that the Ministers are not here.  You recall the last time Hon. Ziyambi was dealing with the question of finance and we agreed that it was important that the Minister of Finance himself comes and respond to that.  It has been three weeks to a month, so has been taken over by events. To me we have a Cabinet which has no Deputy Ministers, so for us, with the 100 day plan that the President talks about, how do we evaluate?  Our job as Members of Parliament is to evaluate on the aspect of oversight; whether the 100 days is working or not.  Now, it is probably 100 and something days and we cannot even talk about issues which are arising on the ground. 

It is important Mr. Speaker Sir, that Ministers respect this House.  No wonder why when they are before Portfolio Committees, when we invite them, they have no respect for us.  They do not respond because they go on with great impunity as if they cannot be censured by anybody.  The President is the Head of State, which means he is responsible for three institutions; Parliament, Judiciary and the Executive.  By not listening to the President, you are equally undermining the very same authority that gave you a job.  It is important now that we invite the President to this House to respond to why his Ministers that he appoints never listen to him because he is the last port of call.  I think it is important to take this seriously because we have people coming from all over for Question Time, when they go back, they have learnt nothing.  It is very hard for these people in the Gallery to get here.  It is a school that has budgeted a lot of money and now they are losing money because as Parliament – [HON. MATANGIRA:  Point of order!] - we cannot seem to be doing our job.  I thank you.

THE HON. SPEAKER:  Order, order!  Hon. Matangira, when your colleague has raised a point of order, you wait for the ruling of the Chair.  Hon. Mliswa, your point is taken and we shall react accordingly.

          HON. MUTSEYAMI:  Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir, my issue is to do with myself as being a member of one of those who are for the Welfare Committee.

          THE HON. SPEAKER:  Who have what?

          HON. MUTSEYAMI:  Who are for the Welfare Committee for Members of Parliament.  Well, our term is coming to an end Mr. Speaker Sir and I request your esteemed office, as the Chairperson and Speaker of the National Assembly, to facilitate for us as Members of Parliament to hold an urgent joint caucus so that we deliberate on issues to do with our welfare and outstanding issues that have not been addressed to date.

          We have Hon. Members who have been given numbers with regard to stands yet there is no offer letter or anything – they are just numbers.  We have had Hon. Members who have just been promised orally and nothing has been done.  So we need to make sure that we put this thing to an end, then we see who is playing games with who and how? Then we come up with a solution. – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] – Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir, hence I request your office to make sure that we have a slotted date whereby we are going to have a joint caucus.

          THE HON. SPEAKER:  Order, order, the point is taken and I will discuss with the Whips so that an arrangement is made at the earliest possible time – perhaps next Wednesday, alright? – [HON. MEMBERS: Yes!] -  Thank you.

          *HON. ADV. CHAMISA:  Thank you Mr. Speaker.  The words that I stood up to say are in connection with the rights that are provided for in the Standing Orders.  I stood up to give strong words to you Mr. Speaker and also extend those words to the President of the nation.  I say these words concerning what befell us as a nation a few weeks ago after losing our former Prime Minister, Mr. Tsvangirai who was also the leader of the MDC-T.

          Mr. Speaker, this was an event that befell us whilst we were unawares.  So I stood up to say that as a party that is in this august House and well known in this august House which is the Movement for Democratic Change that I lead.  – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

          Mr. Speaker I wish to say these words expressing my gratitude especially to Parliament which is headed by you and also all the other parliamentarians.  We saw us coming together to unite and go through the bereavement of Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai. There was no partisanship in this event and you also said a lot Mr. Speaker when you attended the funeral.  We know there are two parties MDC-T and ZANU PF in Parliament.  We are two parties that are well known to be part of Government.  We also want to thank His Excellency the President for the words that he gave.

          It is important that we emulate this in Parliament because we are in Parliament.  His Excellency the President came, the Hon. Vice President came and also Hon. S. K. Moyo even when the body of the late arrived, we realised that there is nothing that stops us from working as a team in Zimbabwe.  I am sure this will be extended throughout the elections and we received a lot of assistance from the Government.  On behalf of the Movement for Democratic Change, I want to thank you.  We hope that such events can unite the people. 

As a leader who was given this position, I also hope that we will have a new dispensation that where we are heading, the way we are going to proceed should be to unite our nation.  We might differ in terms of views and perspectives, but the country is the same.  Where we are heading, we should not think that this person does not deserve this anymore.  We want our country to develop and not look at the issue of party; we should not be partisan in rebuilding our nation.  I thank you. – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

          THE HON. SPEAKER:  Order, order Hon. Members.

          HON. CHASI:  Thank you very much Mr. Speaker.  I want to thank Hon. Chamisa for the expression of gratitude to the leadership of Government and the treatment that was given to the late Mr. Tsvangirai on his bereavement.  It is indeed gratifying that Government gave him such a treatment and I was personally and I think everyone in the country acknowledged that he was a leader of great note.  But I think the story would not be complete without making reference to the violence that took place at that funeral. – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] –

          It would be extremely remiss of this House for it not to abhor the treatment that was given to some of the leaders of the opposition, in particular, Dr. Khupe. – [AN HON. MEMBER: Wanga uriko here iwe!] -  I also want to make reference to the violence that took place in Bulawayo last week or so – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –   We must, and I cannot be shut down – [AN HON. MEMER:  Ngaataure nezve Gukurahundi!] -  I need to be protected as I make reference to the violence that took place in Bulawayo last week when old people were assaulted with stones.  This is pre-election violence and we must make reference to it and abhor it.  It does not matter who it is that causes violence in this country.  We are going towards a very important election and as in the past when violence has been condemned, the violence that took place in Bulawayo must similarly be condemned – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –         Our friends on the opposite side must not pretend that violence did not happen and I want to say that this House must condemn that violence.  I thank you. – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

          THE HON. SPEAKER: Order, order! I thought we are here to build each other for a peaceful nation.  I accept the expression of gratitude expressed by Hon. Adv. Chamisa and the observation by Hon. Chasi. 

FIRST READING

ZIMBABWE IRON AND STEEL COMPANY (DEPT ASSUMPTION) BILL [H.B. 2, 2018]

          THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE, LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (HON. ZIYAMBI) (On behalf of) THE MINISTER OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT presented the Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company (Dept Assumption Bill [H.B. 2, 2018].

          Bill read the first time.

          Bill referred to the Parliamentary Legal Committee.

ORAL ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

          HON. MARIDADI: Thank you Mr. Speaker.  My question goes to the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Hon. Prof. Murwira. Mr. Speaker I wish to ask the Hon. Minister to kindly furnish the nation with what has been put in place to ensure that the awarding of university degrees is protected. I am saying this in relation to the PhD awarded to Mrs. Grace Mugabe by the University of Zimbabwe when she did not earn it. Hon. Minister, please respond to that and tell us also what you have done to withdraw that university degree from Mrs. Grace Mugabe.

          THE MINISTER OF HIGHER AND TERTIARY EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT (HON. PROF. MURWIRA): Mr. Speaker Sir, the question of the Hon. Member is noted, but I will not respond to the question because it is sub judice, the issue is before the courts.

          HON. MARIDADI: On a follow up, the second part could have been sub judice concerning the First Lady’s fake PhD.  I am talking of the general principle of ensuring that universities do not give degrees to people that have not earned them.  That is not sub judice.

          HON. PROF. MURWIRA: Hon. Speaker, on the issue of university degrees, they are issued through appropriate means.  What that basically means is that university degrees are issued by academic institutions following academic rules and these rules are followed by Senate, Council and then awarded by the Chancellor. So, the issue of issuing degrees is basically an academic matter and it is dealt with adequately using academic regulations at different institutions.

          HON. NDUNA: Thank you Mr. Speaker, recently the Hon. Minister made an announcement regarding grants that are now going to be resuscitated for children leaving form 6 for tertiary education. Attached to that, would he elaborate as to how this can be accessed?

          THE HON. SPEAKER: Order, Hon. Nduna I did not get the first part of your question.

          HON. NDUNA: Mr. Speaker Sir, children leaving form 6 for university tertiary education, I would want the Minister to elaborate or elucidate as to how the grants are now going to be accessed by those children before they enter tertiary education for those degrees that have been talked about by Hon. Maridadi – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

          HON. SPEAKER:  Hon. Member, you are such an experienced Hon. Member, that question does not follow on policy on the issuance of degrees.

          HON. NDUNA: Mr. Speaker I seek...

          THE HON. SPEAKER: Order, I have ruled.

          HON. NDUNA: Sorry Mr. Speaker, I seek your indulgence.

          THE HON. SPEAKER: Hon. Nduna, I said I have ruled can you sit down – [AN. HON. MEMBER: Do not test the Speaker’s patience.] -

          HON. WATSON: Thank you Hon. Speaker. My question is directed to the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development.  Could the Minister explain the Government’s position on students at universities where full fees payment is demanded, yet lecturers go on strike unnoticed, and if students complain and voice their discontent,  Government in collaboration with Zimbabwe Republic Police and the university punish them. I thank you.

          THE MINISTER OF HIGHER AND TERTIARY EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT (HON. PROF. MURWIRA):  Hon. Speaker, I did not get the first part of the question.

          HON. WATSON: Could the Minister explain Government’s position on students at universities where full fees payment is demanded, yet lecturers are on strike unnoticed; if students complain and voice they just content.  Governments in collaboration with the university use the Zimbabwe Republic Police to punish the students. 

          HON. PROF. MURWIRA: The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development’s focus is students. Without students, this Ministry is irrelevant.  The Ministry’s policy is to protect, educate and mentor students.  When lecturers go on strike, of course we know that sometimes it is their constitutional right to go on strike, but this should be done legally and it should be done respecting the rights of the students. 

On the question of the Government collaborating with the ZRP and Universities to punish the students, I have not heard anything of that sort.  However, I think you are referring to an incident that occurred at the National University of Science and Technology.  The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development was in touch with both the students and the members of staff as soon as that disturbance was heard and on that day, the problem was stopped.  Thank you.

HON. HOLDER:  Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir.  In view of the fact that the President is preaching peace and ZINASU has threatened to cause disturbances, what precaution have they put in place regarding to that – [AN HON. MEMBER:  Is that policy?]-  Mr. Speaker, ZINASU has threatened to cause a strike if Chamisa is not voted for and we are saying, what have they put in place regarding this threat – [Laughter.]-

THE HON. SPEAKER: Order, order.

THE MINISTER OF HIGHER AND TERTIARY EDUCATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT (HON. PROF. MURWIRA):  Thank you Hon. Speaker.  My answer to the Hon. Member is that I have not received any official information from ZINASU threatening to strike.  I am in touch with all students.  My office is open.  We have an open door policy because we have said our existence is because of the students.  So, I have not heard officially any student who came to my office or any written information about a student or a group of students who are threatening to cause disruptions.  We know for sure that there can be statements in the press, but I do not think that we have to live by that.  Thank you.

HON. HOLDER:  Supplementary, Mr. Speaker.

THE HON. SPEAKER:  Order, you cannot ask a supplementary over another supplementary.

HON. GONESE:  Thank you Mr. Speaker.  Can the Hon. Minister clarify what the Government’s position is regarding the time which would have been lost by the students in relation to the scenario where lecturers have gone on strike.  Obviously the students would have lost time during that period when the lecturers are not attending to their duties of imparting knowledge to the students and when that happens, time has been lost.  What is done to compensate the students who would have paid but would have been unable to get tuition through no fault of their own?

THE HON. SPEAKER:  Order!   Sorry Hon. Minister, that is an administrative issue.

HON. MANGAMI:  Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir.  My question is directed to the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement.  Considering that in the previous season, most of the maize crop which was delivered to GMB was actually returned because of the moisture content, what is Government policy then in assisting such farmers with dryers at GMB depots?

THE MINISTER OF LANDS, AGRICULTURE AND RURAL RESETTLEMENT (HON. RTD. AIR CHIEF MARSHALL SHIRI):  Government is looking around for dryers with an intention of installing dryers at the major GMB depots, especially those with grand silos, but we would also want to urge farmers to install their own farm dryers because Government has got limitations in terms of capacity.  So farmers should assist by taking the initiative.  Thank you.

HON. ZINDI:  Hon. Speaker, my question is a follow up and it is directed to the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development.

THE HON. SPEAKER:  It is what?  I did not hear?  It is a follow up?

HON. ZINDI:  I raised this question last year.

THE HON. SPEAKER:  So it is a follow up to what?

HON. ZINDI:  So it is a follow up question on the policy to do with payment of tuition fees by students.

THE HON. SPEAKER:  No, order.  Hon. Member, you cannot go back again to that issue.  We are on agriculture.  I thought you were standing up for an agriculture supplementary question.

HON. ZINDI:  It is a new question not a follow up.  I did not say supplementary.

THE HON. SPEAKER:  But you said it is a follow up.

HON. ZINDI:  Sorry I misdirected you Hon. Speaker.

THE HON. SPEAKER:  You withdraw the follow up.

HON. ZINDI:  Okay, I misdirected you Hon. Speaker.  Hon. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development and this is to do with the policy direction in relation to students having to pay full tuition fees when they are on attachments and yet perhaps, they have only two monitoring visits by the lecturers.  What is the policy direction in as far as full tuition payment is concerned looking at the economic hardships most parents are experiencing.

THE MINISTER OF HIGHER AND TERTIARY EDUCATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT (HON. PROF. MURWIRA):  This issue, we are looking at it in two ways.  The first way is to recognise that there are limited financial resources to the students.  In this regard, we are pursuing the issue of student loans and we have been in contact with a lot of financial institutions because we want to address the root problem.  The root problem is limited financial resources which we are going to tackle that way.

The next one is the issue of the practicality of full fees during attachments.  This was started in 1997, but I want to tell the Hon. Member that we have studied this situation since 4th December and we will be making an announcement very soon.  Thank you Mr. Speaker.

          HON. NDUNA:  I have a follow up question…

          THE HON. SPEAKER:  Order, order!  Hon. Nduna, the Hon. Minister has said that he will make a statement to clarify issues.  So, until that statement is made. We cannot go into supplementary questions.

          HON. NDUNA: Mr. Speaker, I would ask that in that statement he is talking about, he should elaborate exactly as to how the students can access that money.

          THE HON. SPEAKER:  Can you wait for the Minister’s statement? – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] -

HON. MHLANGA: My policy question goes to the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education.  Hon. Minister, the nation would like to know pertaining to the technology policy if our institutions of higher learning and universities hold any patents. If they do, which ones are they?

          THE MINISTER OF HIGHER AND TERTIARY EDUCATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT (HON. PROF. MURWIRA):  I have to acknowledge that the Higher and Tertiary Education sector of my Ministry has been doing everything that is well known. The Science and Technology part of my Ministry has been going through growing pains.  However, I want to tell the Hon. Member that we have started the programme of building innovation hubs at the universities to strengthen the science and technology sector. 

We are going to start with six innovation hubs at the University of Zimbabwe, National University of Science and Technology, Harare Institute of Technology, Midlands State University and Chinhoyi University of Technology.  The purpose of these hubs is to do exactly what the Hon. Member is asking about – translating knowledge into goods and services, providing legal services and marketing services as well as launching spin off industries.  This is where the patenting is going to be done.

We have already disbursed $800 000.00 to start the process.  Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir.

HON. MHLANGA:  How soon can we expect these inventions?

HON. PROF. MURWIRA: You must expect action very soon – starting from today – [HON. MEMBERS:  Aaah!] - 

HON. CHAKONA:  I would like to ask the Minister that there are already inventions in universities like albino creams – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] -

 THE HON. SPEAKER:  Order, order!  Can you start again?

HON. CHAKONA:  I was saying that there are already inventions that have come out of universities.  What has been done to protect those trademarks and innovations?

HON. PROF. MURWIRA:  We are actually encouraging all our universities to register any inventions. We are aware of many inventions that have been made.  In actual fact, what we are saying is, when these innovation hubs are there and the procedures are there, we are going to make sure that these inventions and innovations are protected and by not naming each one of these inventions, I am actually protecting them.

HON. CHIMANIKIRE:  My question is directed to the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Rtd. Air Chief Marshall Perrance Shiri.  In view of the conclusion of the land audit, there is multi-farm ownership pronounced.  What is your Ministry going to do where 99 year leases have been issued to those who own multiple farms in terms of land redistribution?

THE MINISTER OF LANDS, AGRICULTURE AND RURAL RESETTLEMENT (HON. RTD. AIR CHIEF MARSHALL SHIRI):  Hon. Member, to the best of my knowledge, land audit is still underway.  It has not been completed. Once it is completed, the findings shall be made available and we shall respond accordingly. 

HON. MLISWA:  My question is directed to the Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation, Hon. Kazembe.  Sport has not been doing well despite a policy that we have. The predecessor Hon. Hlongwane then had said that there was a sporting policy in the country which would be at Ward level …..

THE HON. SPEAKER:  Can the Hon. Member go straight to the question?

HON. MLISWA:  What sports policy is in place as a result of the performance of our national teams in the country where they have been performing badly?

THE MINISTER OF SPORT, ARTS AND RECREATION (HON. KAZEMBE):  With your indulgence Hon. Speaker Sir, may he clarify which sport exactly is not doing well because we are doing very well in other sports.  As I am speaking right now, we have just won our second match in cricket – the world cup qualifiers.

THE HON. SPEAKER:  Hon. Member, can you be more specific in terms of areas of deficiencies.

HON. MLISWA:  First of all, Zimbabwe never used to play Afghanistan in cricket.  For us to play Afghanistan, it means we are in a lower grade.  We used to be in the top ICC where we used to play England and we no longer play England as a result of the bad sport that we have done.

Afghanistan is not known for sport and so we are lower than that.  We have now been put in a class where we are contesting with teams which are in the B grades and not in the A grades.  Zimbabwe used to play Australia and New Zealand.  I now need to get him to understand those divisions in cricket because he wanted that. If you talk about the A division of cricket, we talk about New Zealand, Australia, India, Pakistan or South Africa.  We even played the B side of South Africa.  I thought I would clarify to the Minister that we went down.  What policy is in place to ensure that our national teams, soccer as well –we have failed to qualify for major African tournaments in soccer?  We have even failed to qualify for the world cup hockey.  We have even failed to qualify for rugby.  Can I go on Minister?

THE HON. SPEAKER:  I think it is enough.

HON. MLISWA:  Because the only way you measure the success of a nation is when they take part in the World Cup.  Zimbabwe Rugby has not been in the World Cup for a very long time as a result of poor performance.  So, the question that I am asking the Minister is what policies are in place to ensure that sport gets back to what it was because they talked about the ward level participation which then escalates to constituency, to provincial and national and that is not in place.  The role of the SRC as an Act of Parliament in terms of building sport - what role are they playing?  So, these are the issues that the Minister must respond to.

          THE HON. SPEAKER:  Hon. Minister, I am sure that it is clear now.

HON. KAZEMBE:  Yes Mr. Speaker Sir.  May I start by making a correction?  The qualifiers that we are hosting in this country are ICC World Cup qualifiers.  So, we are indeed playing in those ICC tournaments.  That is a correction.  So, as Zimbabwe, we actually belong in that league and in fact, Mr. Speaker Sir, we have countries like Scotland, Ireland and the West Indies participating in this tournament that I am referring to, the one that we are hosting.  So, we are in the league that the Hon. Member wants us to be in - but anyway, with regards to the policy that the Hon. Member wants to know about, as a Ministry we have a national policy which we are going to be launching very soon. 

We are trying to review it so that it addresses certain issues that came up when we had interactive meetings with stakeholders; but over and above that, the Hon. Member seems to be very much aware of the interventions that the Ministry is making.  He spoke about the community club systems.  I want to actually confirm that we have indeed started these club community systems.  They are in place and in fact, as I am speaking right now, we have over 1 000 community club systems.  So, it is a strategy that we are already implementing and we do have them.  I can bring a list next week.

We have a club system that I can bring details on.  Like I mentioned earlier on, we do have community club systems in place and the next thing is that our approach is twofold in that you have to have a system.  What is lacking to answer what the Hon. Member is asking about is that we do not have a continuous conveyor belt, if you like, between grassroots and podium performance.  This is the reason why some of our teams are not doing that well Madam Speaker Ma’am.  It is because all we are concerned about is when players are playing at the national level.  What we have discovered is that, there is no system in place because people seem to have forgotten about junior policy and that is what we are trying to address as a Ministry.  To do that, we are trying to enlarge the pool from which we can identify talent and then nurture it until we get to podium performance.  How are we doing that? 

We have to put systems in place first.  That we have done Madam Speaker Ma’am and you can have clubs at ward and at district level but without the facilities, it will not be helpful.  So, the next step is to ensure that we have facilities all over the country.  What we are doing now as a Ministry is to identify those sporting facilities that are dilapidated with a view of resuscitating them or refurbishing them.  We have that within our 100 day period and we have made a lot of progress in that regard –[HON. CHIBAYA: Inaudible interjection.]-

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order Hon. Chibaya.

HON. KAZEMBE:  Madam Speaker Ma’am, we have identified sporting facilities like in Mutare for example, we are working on Chikanga – we want to refurbish that.  We have also identified sports centres for example in Mazowe, there is Concession Country Club, in Shamva, there is Shamva Country Club, in Muzarabani, there is Centenary Country Club.  We have done this throughout all the ten provinces.  We are trying to resuscitate –[HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Can we have order Hon. Members.  You will have time to put a supplementary question, can you leave the Hon. Minister to explain then you will come up with your supplementary question. 

HON. KAZEMBE: Thank you Madam Speaker Ma’am.  This exercise is extending to all provinces and in fact what I can do is, I can actually prepare a statement which I can present in this House with regards to the progress that we have made in that regard.  I thank you.

HON. MLISWA:  On a matter of clarity, Madam Speaker, I think that it is important that the Minister understands that I have a degree in sport and I understand what sport is.  What I want to say to the Minister is: first of all Minister: I want to correct you by saying that when you are in the top echelons of sport, you are automatic qualifiers.  When you are down there, you play qualifying to get in.  So, I wanted to correct that.  You said that I was wrong. 

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order, order Hon. Member.

HON. MLISWA:  I am trying to clarify something.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order, order, can we have order in the House. Order Hon. Member.  You cannot ask what you know.  You have to ask what you do not know and not to teach the Minister here.

HON. MLISWA:  Madam Speaker, I asked the Minister about the qualifying matches and I am trying to assist the Minister in telling him that when you are in the top echelons of the sporting nations, you do not qualify – it is automatic that if you are in the big gate, you qualify to get in.  So I am trying to correct the Minister to understand how it works.  So the Minister is wrong.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Thank you Hon. Mliswa.

HON. MLISWA:  So it was important that the Minister does not misinform the House by saying that you have already qualified.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order Hon. Mliswa.  I think I told you.

HON. MLISWA:  He is misinforming the House by saying that because of qualifying we must have proper facts pertaining to that Hon. Speaker.  The supplementary question I have for the Minister is that the Minister has gone on to…

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  That is not a supplementary question, please, bring up a supplementary question.

HON. MLISWA:  My question is as a result of the Minister’s – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] – Can I be protected?

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  I want the supplementary question and not to teach the Hon. Minister here.

HON. MLISWA:  Can I be protected?  Hon. Chinotimba is standing there and he might just throw a stone at me.

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: Hon. Mliswa, I do not want to send you out.

          HON. MLISWA:  My question to the Minister is that, the programme that he is talking about at club level and my supplementary question to the Minister is: may the Minister tell us how much money he has put in in the programme that he has spoken about from club level so that we know that they are happening?  How much money have you put in?

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  It is a new question.  Can you please take your seat?

          HON. MLISWA:  No but Madam Speaker, he spoke about development at club level, so how has he supported it?

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order Hon. Mliswa, go and take a seat.

          HON. MLISWA:  Madam Speaker, how has he supported it when the Ministry has no money?  He is talking about club level.

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order Hon. Mliswa, go and take a seat.

          HON. ZINDI:  Thank you Madam Speaker.  My supplementary question is on the matter to do with addressing the racial imbalance that is reflective in international games for example, cricket, hockey, rugby and swimming.  What is the Minister – [HON. MLISWA:  You only know soccer.] –

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Hon. Mliswa, do not make yourself the class monitor of this House.

          HON. ZINDI:  Thank you Madam Speaker.  I was just about to conclude.  I was actually asking – what is the policy direction to address the racial imbalance in international representation of games.

          Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga having passed between the Speaker and the Hon. Member on the floor.

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order Hon. Misihairabwi.  Please take your seat.

          HON. ZINDI:  I was saying on the racial imbalance, what is the policy direction in hockey, tennis, swimming, rugby and cricket.  What is the policy direction in order to address that racial imbalance?  That is not reflective of the population, particularly on the black side in those international games.

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  While I am giving him time to answer you, I heard the Minister saying they are looking into the policy – [HON. MLISWA:  Inaudible interjections.] -  Hon. Mliswa please, I do not want to send you out.  I cannot hear your voice only in this House as if you are the only Hon. Member.    

          THE MINISTER OF SPORT AND RECREATION (HON. KAZEMBE):  Thank you Madam Speaker.  I would like to thank the Hon. Member for such a pertinent question.  Yes, we are equally concerned as a Ministry that there are certain sport codes that appear to be elite.  We have a deliberate policy to ensure that the imbalance is taken care of.  Madam Speaker, our Constitution is very clear.  It actually tries to ensure that there is no discrimination.  In fact, everyone is allowed to play any sport in this country, but what we have noticed is that some sport codes are not that particular. Maybe it is because accessibility to the facilities is limited.  This is why we are trying to demystify those so called elite sports by ensuring that we encourage mass participation by taking those sport disciplines to the masses. 

An example in point Madam Speaker is, tennis is one such example as well.  It is a programme that we have already started where we are encouraging schools, institutions to build low cost tennis courts.  To date, 20 to 30, if not more tennis courts being constructed in various areas in rural areas.  We are indeed concerned and we are doing our utmost to ensure that we encourage mass participation.  I thank you.

+HON. B. TSHUMA:  Madam Speaker, I will ask you to find me a translator.  I am going to follow my rights in the Constitution so I will speak in Nambya.  You might look for volunteers here to translate for the Minister.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  The Minister of Mines and Mining Development is not here.

+HON. B. TSHUMA:  I will direct my question to the Leader of Government Business. 

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Before you proceed, Minister do you have anyone who is translating to you. 

+HON. B. TSHUMA:  May I ask Hon. Gabbuza to assist you. 

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Hon. Member, while I agree with you that it is your right to speak in the language you want, Parliament at the moment has no translators for that language.  Can you please help us so that the Minister understands what you are saying?  I am appealing to you.  May I ask Hon. Gabbuza to sit near the Minister?  You can proceed Hon. Member.

The Hon. Member asked his question in Nambya. 

THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE, LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (HON. ZIYAMBI):  Thank you very much Madam Speaker.  I would like to thank the Hon. Member for the question which relates to workers at Hwange Colliery.  I acknowledge the question which is very specific to the plight of the workers at Hwange.  What I would request is perhaps if he can put that question in writing.  However, I will relay the question to the relevant Minister with a view of him coming here with an answer, because it is very specific.  I would not be able to know specific details of steps that are being taken as regards to that particular issue.  I thank you. 

HON. MLISWA:  Madam Speaker, as Chairman for Mines and Energy, we went to Hwange.  This situation is serious; it cannot be delayed further.  I am trying to emphasise on the timing of it.  I think it is important that the Leader of the House speak to the Minister, and goes to see the Head of State, His Excellency, Cde. Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.  He is the best person to deal with this, because it needs him to be involved.  I think Ministers’ shoes and feet are a bit small for this.  We really need the President to be involved.  Thank you very much. 

HON. GONESE:  Thank you very much Madam Speaker.  In relation to what has just happened, it is an issue which has been raised before regarding the issue of interpreters and I want to ask your office as to whether any steps are being taken to ensure that all Hon. Members are able to speak in the language of their choice; any of the official languages.  As it stands Madam Speaker, what we had where Hon. Gabbuza had to go and translate, it is something which is not desirable.  In most institutions in other countries, we do have a situation where there are official languages, then we must have translators who are able to translate for the benefit of the august House.  As a matter of fact, only the Hon. Minister could hear the question through Hon. Gabbuza’s translation and the rest of us were at sea because ideally, we would then need to have facilities put in place.  So that is my question as to whether any steps are being taken?

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Thank you Hon. Gonese. While we are taking that up – [AN HON. MEMBER: Inaudible interjections.] – Can you please wait for me?  Whilst we are taking that up and since you are also a member of the Standing Rules and Orders of Parliament, I think we are going to help each other to work towards this.

          HON. MUTSEYAMI:  Madam Speaker, I think it is important to note to the Hon. Leader of the House that when we went to Hwange as a Committee – I was part of the team.  It has to be noted through you Hon. Speaker that amongst the people doing the demonstrations, we have the girl child and women who are well above 400 who are staying overnight at the tent on daily basis.  Nowadays it is raining, they will be straddling babies on their backs and they have nothing to eat there.  They have not been paid their salaries for almost five years now and the situation is so sad.  If the Hon. Minister can raise this to come to this House and probably issue a Statement, then the Hon. Members will come in and if ever they can deal with this as a matter of urgency.  This is really sad, it is so sad and critical.  I thank.

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEKAER:  Thank you Hon. Member.  I think the Hon. Minister said that he is going to take this up – [AN HON. MEMBER: It is for re-enforcement!] – I am afraid that we may now debate questions as motions in this House.  Could we please continue with Questions Without Notice?

          HON. MACHINGURA:  Thank you Madam Speaker.  I am very happy that we have heard quite a mouthful from the Hon. Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education.  I am actually directing my question to him.

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order, order! Could you please raise your voice so that we hear you.

          HON. MACHINGURA:  I am directing my question to him as regards Parliamentarians.  What is the Hon. Minister doing to conscientise Parliamentarians on the importance of science and technology and the policies that Government is embarking on?  Also on the promise made by previous Minister or Ministers that Parliament should be paperless by this time?  We are actually surprised that we are approaching elections and Parliament is not yet paperless.  When are we getting the computers and capacity building activities that were promised to Hon. Members of Parliament?  I thank you.

          THE MINISTER OF HIGHER AND TERTIARY EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT (HON. PROF. MURWIRA):  Sorry I did not get the question Madam Speaker.

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  You did not hear him?

          HON. PROF. MURWIRA:  Sorry, Madam Speaker, I did not hear him.

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Hon. Machingura, the Minister did not hear your question.  May you please come closer. –[HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] – Hon. Members please, even myself, I did not hear what he was saying.  This is the reason why I was asking him to raise his voice.  Anyway he is now close, may you please resume your seat Hon. Minister.

          *HON. MACHINGURA: Hon. Minister, the previous Minister on Information Communication and Technology said that Hon. Members would be capacitated in science and technology innovation in Zimbabwe but that has not happened.  In line with that commitment, every Hon. Member of Parliament was promised a computer and that was discussed and agreed that it would be done in conjunction with another Ministry but now we have reached a point whereby we will be going for elections.  Hon. Members of Parliament know that they come here and get Order Papers in hard copy.  So our request is that workshops be held in line with science and technology that we were promised – that is what we want know if this will take place and when?  - [AN HON. MEMBER: Inaudible interjections.] -

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order, order Hon. Member, you know that after a question is brought up, the Minister comes up and gives an answer.

          THE MINISTER OF HIGHER AND TERTIARY EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT (HON. PROF. MURWIRA):  Thank you very much Madam Speaker and thank you Hon. Member.  I am very happy to hear that there was a promise for training in science and technology and innovation.  I think this is quite a very good attitude.

          I did not know about that but I now know about that kind of interest in science and technology for the modernization, industrialization of this country. It is a good move.  However, I cannot promise when this one can be done but this is quite a humbling question.  I thank you.

          *HON. MARIDADI:  On a point of order, Hon. Machingura asked on Members being capacitated in information, communication technology.  I wanted to say that us from the MDC-T are already computer literate and if the capacity building is going to be done, it should be done for ZANU PF members.  We just want the laptops as members of the MDC-T.  I thank you.

          *HON. MASHONGANYIKA:  My question is directed to the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development.  Hon. Minister, I would want to find out what Government policy is concerning the rains that are befalling us.  We are getting a lot of rains and potholes are increasing. Do you have any measures in place to address the issues of potholes because peoples’ suspensions are being affected by the potholes and ball joints being destroyed thus causing many accidents?  I thank you.

          *THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Hon. Member, I think your question is more inclined to climate change.  Anyway, Hon. Minister, may you proceed and respond to the question?

          THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT (HON. DR. GUMBO):  Thank you for the question that was posed by the Hon. Member.  I want to thank God for the rains that have befallen us because farmers need rain but whatever blessing we get also comes with other eventualities because when you eat too much, you may end up suffering from a stomach problem.

          So it is the same, if the rains are too much, we get potholes.  Government policy is that if there are too many potholes or problems with our roads, we are supposed to address that.  Yes, indeed potholes cause accidents but the challenge that we have is that at the moment, we are unable to address these roads everywhere because with the current rains in the country; we cannot address the issue of potholes in all areas because we cannot be there at the same time but we are doing our best.

          Secondly, our financing is also not much but we are doing our best.  In terms of the rainfall, we thank God for the rains that he has given us.  I thank you.

          *HON. CHINOTIMBA:  Minister, I thank you for what you said but we have other roads that are highways like the Masvingo road whereby we are paying money at the toll gate.  I used that road and it is being patched but the manpower is limited.  What are you saying because if people are paying money on tollgates and they see just one team working on potholes, that does not seem consistent with what we are paying?  My question is why are you not increasing the manpower since people are paying tollgate fees?

          *THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: What is your question Hon. Member?

          *HON.CHINOTIMBA: What I am saying is that why not increase the manpower dealing with the issue of potholes on highways such as the Masvingo road because it is a major road that leads to South Africa and brings goods into Zimbabwe. I thank you.

          HON. DR. J. GUMBO: Thank you Madam Speaker, I want to thank Hon. Chinotimba for his question which is a supplementary to his initial question.  Madam Speaker, we are trying all we can to address the issue. I want to thank Hon. Chinotimba that he witnessed some teams that are working on the road. On Sunday, I used that road, we had five teams along the highway and we got these people from different provinces.  We cannot only address one highway, we have a lot of roads that people use, and the others are Masvingo to Mutare and Beitbridge to Victoria Falls.  These teams cannot be found everywhere whenever a problem arise and cannot attend to all the potholes at once but we are trying out best.

          Hon. Mliswa having stood up to ask a question.

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: Hon. Mliswa, there are other Members of Parliament please.

          *HON. MACHINGAUTA: Thank you Madam Speaker.  My supplementary question to the Minister is the Minister said our teams cannot be found on every road.  Minister, is it not a good idea that where you are not available, you can avail monies to local authorities because already they have employees and department of Roads to work on these issues.  This will be in line with the Constitution.  Is it not possible that we work that way?  If you are limited in terms of human resources, the issue of roads should still be addressed.

          HON. DR. J. GUMBO: Madam Speaker, all Members of Parliament know that I went round on tours in their constituencies.  We gave local authorities funds.  If they are in urban areas, I gave urban authorities money, the same with the rural areas. I say that the areas that they are working on will be funded by the local authority.  The road that Hon. Chinotimba mentioned is a major road that is done by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development. Your local authorities have money to address the roads in your respective places.  I gave money to the Councils including Gweru City Council where I come from.

          Questions Without Notice were interrupted by THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER in terms of Standing Order No. 64.

          HON. MARIDADI: I wish to move for the extension of time for Questions Without Notice. -[HON. MEMBERS: We object.] –

          THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: So we proceed to Questions With Notice.

ORAL ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

COMPLETION OF RIMUKA PRIMARY SCHOOL

          5.  HON. PHIRI asked the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to inform the House when the Rimuka Primary School is going to be completed.

          THE MINISTER OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION (HON. PROF. MAVIMA): Thank you Hon. Speaker.  I thank Hon. Phiri for his question with regards to Rimuka Primary School and the answer is Rimuka Primary School is a Public Sector Investment Project (PSIP) which commenced in 2014.  The progress that has been made to date is that 2 x 4 classroom blocks have been constructed and completed.  An ablution block has also been constructed and completed.  An administration block is yet to be constructed. The school is ready to open and register but there are delays in the connection of the school sewer line to the main Municipality sewer line.   The Municipality of Kadoma cannot connect to the identified connection point by the department of Public Works because it prefers a winding sewer line so as to accommodate other connections.  Government has committed US$800 towards the suggested connection point but the Municipality of Kadoma is reluctant to take action.  The school is therefore ready to open as soon as the sewer is functional. 

          Hon. Speaker, I have talked with the Hon. Member before and asked for his assistance to unlock this impasse between Government and the Municipality of Kadoma.  I thank you.

          HON. PHIRI: Thank you very much Hon. Speaker.  Yes, after talking to the Minister, we agreed but the problem is that children have already started school but they have been placed in other schools.  The school was supposed to have opened on 9th January.  So, children have already started school but they are in other schools and they are overcrowded.  If Council, Kadoma Municipality is failing to provide whatever assistance, what is the Minister doing with regards to that school and communicating with his counterpart in the Ministry of Local Government so that the Council itself is made to do its own work.

          HON. PROF. MAVIMA: Thank you Madam Speaker. When I referred to my discussion with the Hon. Member, it was because I indicated to him as a local Member of Parliament that he could help us also in unlocking this impasse between Government and the Municipality of Kadoma. I have since talked with the Municipality to say they should expedite this issue and also to the individual Councillors so that this is expedited because we have to address this problem. In the first place, the school was constructed with Government funds for purposes of de-congesting schools around it and council is the only stumbling block right now to that process and we are urging the council to expedite the connection so that the learners can be brought to their rightful school.

HON. GABBUZA:  Madam Speaker, I am impressed that the Minister is saying that Rimuka will open.  As soon as the sewer system is sorted out they will be able to open and register, but we have schools in the rural areas where there is no need for sewer at all, but they are failing to register their schools and are writing examinations away from their schools and the pass rate has gone down.  What is the Minister doing to assist those schools because they are being asked to look for physical planning and physical planning has no vehicles to go and survey those schools even if they have been completed.

THE MINISTER OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION (HON. PROF. MAVIMA):  Thank you Madam Speaker.  I really would like to thank the Hon. Member for that intervention.  I have had a number of Hon. Members come to me with similar problems identifying the specific schools where we have had problems.  In each and every one of those cases I have made interventions to make sure that those schools are registered, working out some of the bureaucratic problems that may be there.  So, I would like to urge the Hon. Member and any other Hon. Member who may be facing a similar problem to specify the schools so that we can intervene to have them opened so that we can provide quality education.  Thank you.

FINDINGS OF THE COMMISSION OF ENQUIRY ON EROSION OF INSURANCE POLICIES AND PENSION PLANS

9.  HON. GONESE asked the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to disclose to the House the findings of the Commission of Enquiry headed by the Retired Judge Smith regarding the erosion of the Insurance Policies and Pension Funds due to the dollarisation and demonisation of the Zimbabwe currency.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  The Minister is not here, so we defer the question.

HON. GONESE:  Yes, but Madam Speaker, if you just take note that this question has been deferred from 6th December last year.  We have actually come to Parliament on several occasions.  This is a written question.  Madam Speaker, the Hon. Minister does not have to be present.  All the Ministry officials have to do is to attend to the question and prepare a written response and give to any of the other Hon. Ministers who are here present.  So, I would like to raise that point, Madam Speaker, if the administration of Parliament can point this out to the Hon. Ministers that if they are not present for written questions, they should prepare answers which can then be read out by their colleagues who will be in the House.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: You are very right Hon. Member.  I think administration, you are going to help us write to the Minister.

HON. MLISWA:  On a point of order Madam Speaker.  Order 56 (1) of the Standing Rules on decorum - Madam Speaker the Ministers are sitting here, they are ready to answer.  There are no Members of Parliament here, once again a waste of tax payer’s money.  As a result, the Chief Whips must be able to do their work to ensure that tax payer’s money is worthy.  There is so much this country needs to hear from us in terms of our role of oversight and we cannot continue operating like this.  It is always me who is independent who is always getting things going, yet these political parties are busy making noise, intra-party violence and so on.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Hon. Mliswa, thank you. 

[Bells rung.]

[Quorum formed.]

CONTROL OF UNKNOWN DISEASE CAUSING LOSS OF LIVESTOCK IN CHIKOMBA CENTRAL CONSTITUENCY

19.  HON. MHONA asked the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement to state measures being taken by the Ministry to control an unknown disease that is causing loss of livestock at an alarming rate in the following wards in Chikomba Central Constituency.

THE MINISTER OF LANDS, AGRICULTURE AND RURAL RESETTLEMENT (HON. RTD. AIR CHIEF MARSHALL SHIRI):  Hon. Member, investigations to ascertain the cause of livestock deaths in Chikomba have been undertaken. The disease has been confirmed to be a tick borne disease called theileriosis (January disease) which is prevalent during the rainy season.

THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER (HON. MARUMAHOKO): Order Hon. Minister.  May you resume your seat?  Hon Members just by my side here, can you go outside and attend to your Whatsapp? – [AN. HON. MEMBER:  Inaudible interjections.] – No, no, no. Please can you switch off your cellphones?

You may proceed Hon. Minister.

HON. RTD. AIR CHIEF MARSHALL SHIRI: Investigations to ascertain the cause of livestock deaths in Chikomba have been undertaken.  The disease has been confirmed to be a tick borne disease called theileriosis (January disease) which is prevalent during the rainy season.

Government is mobilising more acaricides and channeling them to Chikomba and other districts where there is high risk of such diseases.  The move is meant to improve the dipping frequency to once a week as a measure to control the diseases.  Thank you Mr. Speaker.

*HON. MUKWANGWARIWA:  I would like to know the steps that you are taking to alert people so that they do not consume carcasses of animals that are affected by this disease?

*HON. RTD. AIR CHIEF MARSHALL SHIRI: There are Agritex officers in all wards in this country where animals are kept.  I think we have about three or four Agritex officers per ward who meet with farmers and tell them what is to be done concerning animals affected by disease.  We always speak through these officers to tell people not to eat meat from affected animals as they will get infected with the disease that affected the animal. The Ministry of Health also educates people on this particular issue.

We expect that every Zimbabwean by now know that infected animals are not for consumption.

*HON. MATANGIRA:  Since we have this problem in Mazvaremhaka, Mupatsi and Sengwe.  Is it possible that people be assisted in terms of getting tractors to plough the fields since people do not have cattle anymore.

*HON. RTD. AIR CHIEF MARSHALL SHIRI: The programme that deals with that is under DDF which is under another Ministry.  We encourage them to assist people but I cannot confirm that people will be able to access tractors.  That will have to be clarified by the responsible Ministry –[HON. MLISWA:  Inaudible interjections.] –

THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER:  Order, Hon. Independent Member Mliswa.

PROVISION OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND EQUIPMENT FOR IRRIGATION SCHEMES IN CHIKOMBA CENTRAL CONSTITUENCY

20.  HON. MHONA asked the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement to state    the Ministry’s plans to provide infrastructure and equipment to the following irrigation schemes in Chikomba Central Constituency in line with what is envisaged in the ZIM ASSET;

a)    Chikwezvero Irrigation in Ward 23;

b)   Nyahoni Irrigation in Ward 20; and

c)    Sachipiri Irrigation in Ward 18.

THE MINISTER OF LANDS, AGRICULTURE AND RURAL RESETTLEMENT (HON. RTD. AIR CHIEF MARSHALL SHIRI):  Hon. Member, Chikwezvero Irrigation Scheme is earmarked for extension from 12 to 30 hectares this year.  Surveys for the extension are already in progress.

Nyahoni Irrigation Scheme will be rehabilitated this year. Costing of rehabilitation requirements is underway.

The dam at Sachipiri Irrigation Scheme breached.  My Ministry will liaise with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate for construction of the dam on a new site.  Meanwhile, costing for the rehabilitation of canals is ongoing.

PROVISION OF INTERNET INFRASTRUCTURE IN BUHERA DISTRICT

24. HON MUDEREDZWA asked the Minister of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security to indicate when TelOne would put up internet infrastructure in Ward 18 in Buhera District to provide internet connectivity to Nyashanu High School which is offering Computer Programming as one of its subjects.

THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND CYBER SECURITY (HON. MANDIWANZIRA): Thank you very much Mr. Speaker Sir.  Allow me to thank the Hon. Member for the question.  I want to begin by saying that TelOne as a Government company is in business and has several technologies that it uses to provide connectivity to its clients across the country.  These technologies include fibre, satellite, copper bagged ADSL and these technologies are used depending on the location and the budget of a specific client. 

Currently, in Ward 18, Buhera District, there is no TelOne fibre and there are no ADSL services.  Connectivity for clients in the area that include Nyashanu High School is therefore offered via satellite KU band.  TelOne is therefore ready to offer this service to Nyashanu High School and will immediately engage the school.  Depending on the readiness of the school, service can be availed within seven days upon TelOne receiving payment.

Schools form a key part of the TelOne client base and the company is looking to grow its business in this space and is excited at the prospect of having Nyashanu High School as its client.  I thank you.

          HON. ZINDI:  Thank you Hon. Speaker.  My supplementary is to do with the fibre grounding works that took place.  We need to find out how far that fibre grounding has gone countrywide because the last time we heard about this project, it was I think before the World Cup or something like that; it was supposed to be connecting Beira.  So, how far have they gone and also, is it connecting the areas for example Penhalonga, the schools along the highway and so on or is it just along the highway?  Thank you.

          THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND CYBER SECURITY (HON. MANDIWANZIRA):  Thank you Mr. Speaker, and let me thank Hon. Zindi for the follow up question.  I do not have the specific kilometers that have been done and it is something that I can be able to bring to Parliament later.  But, what I would like to say is that, there is a massive deployment of fibre optic cable across the country and this is being done by various companies.  TelOne is one of them; Liquid Telecomms is another; Telecontract is another; Africom is another; Powertel is another and several other smaller companies that are providing last mile connectivity, again, using fibre.

          The TelOne’s strategy has been to deploy a national fibre backbone connecting all the country’s major districts to fibre optic cable.  The major projects that it is implementing at the moment are putting fibre between Beitbridge and Harare.  I can tell you Mr. Speaker Sir and particularly for the interest of the Hon. Member that we are almost complete in terms of implementation of the project between Harare and Beitbridge.  This is very important because there has not been any Government company or Government fibre between Harare and Beitbridge.  There has been reliance on one supplier who is Liquid.

Sometime last year, there was an accident in South Africa that ripped the fibre optic cable that was coming to Zimbabwe and the whole country had an internet blackout simply because we did not have redundancy.  So, we believe that TelOne is implementing the Beitbridge to Harare fibre optic cable that provide redundancy to the service that is already offered by Liquid Telecom.  We believe that with resources being made available, every district must be connected to a national fibre backbone.  I thank you Mr. Speaker Sir.

HON. NDUNA:  I thank you Mr. Speaker.  The Hon. Minister’s last intervention really bolsters my follow up question to the effect that how far are we in terms of infrastructure sharing.  The last time before PTC was christened TelOne, we used to call PTC pese tino chera but, the issue of infrastructure sharing speaks to and about the trenching in an integrated manner as opposed to a disintegrated manner in the installation of the mass, also could this be done effectively and efficiently.  If we have infrastructure sharing then we can also domesticate and migrate from …

THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER (HON. MARUMAHOKO):  Order Hon. Member.  Can you just ask your question?

HON. NDUNA:  Thank you Mr. Speaker.  The issue really borders on infrastructure sharing.  How far is he in terms of infrastructure sharing?

HON. MANDIWANZIRA:  Thank you very much Mr. Speaker Sir and I want to thank the Hon. Member for asking a very important question.  It is true that for a very long time, operators in the mobile space and fibre space have been duplicating or triplicating infrastructure as he mentioned that there was digging everywhere.  That was particularly because Government was not clear in terms of policy regarding infrastructure sharing.

I am glad to say that last year, we put in place regulations for infrastructure sharing where we have now made it mandatory that for any company that is building a mobile phone tower, it must build a tower whose specifications allow for a minimum of three players to sit on that tower.  Even if they do not want to share, their infrastructure must meet that basic standard so that we do not continue to spend hard currency on importing than we actually should be importing.  So that, we do not import electricity to power three towers than we actually should be importing and so that we do not import more diesel for three generators when one generator is sufficient.  I am very glad that there is quite some extensive co-operation between the operators in our country in terms of infrastructure sharing.

When we pronounced the policy of infrastructure sharing, there were fears especially by one of the operators that the intention was to grab their infrastructure for the benefit of Government owned companies.  But in actual fact, they have become the biggest beneficiary of infrastructure sharing.  To give you an example, Liquid Telecom is part of the Econet Group and they are one of the biggest beneficiaries of infrastructure sharing.  Today, they are laying their fibre optic cable on overhead pylons that are built by ZESA or by the ZETDC.  That is in essence infrastructure sharing.  Today, Telecel and NetOne are sharing towers and providing services to our people – that is infrastructure sharing.  Econet is sharing towers that are owned by TelOne and that is infrastructure sharing. 

On the issue of digging everywhere, we have insisted that when you dig, you must put in place infrastructure where other operators may just come and blow in their fibre and do not have to dig again and that policy is already being implemented.  So, I am glad to say that the policy of infrastructure sharing is bearing fruit.  I thank you.

HON. NDEBELE:  Hon. Speaker, my question arises from the initial question relating to Nyashanu High School connectivity.  I kindly request the Minister to update this House on the programme that POTRAZ is carrying out to connect a school, thereby connect a community to the internet.  It will also be refreshing if the Minister assures this House that he has his eyes right on that fund to make sure that there is no unnecessary virementing.  While at that, could the Minister favour us with progress in respect of building more internet kiosks?  I thank you. 

HON. MANDIWANZIRA: Thank you very much Hon. Speaker and thank you Hon. Member for those key questions.  First of all, it is the ‘connect a school, connect a community’ initiative; where are we with that.  I am glad to say that just this morning, I and the Hon. Minister of Sport and Recreation were in Madziva in Mashonaland Central where we were handing over, over 200 computers to one school.  The computers were donated by His Excellency the President.  But more importantly, in relation to his question, we have an initiative that is being implemented by ZARNET.  ZARNET is a company that is under the Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security.  It is connecting internet to 1 300 schools.  These schools have been identified by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and Centre Zimbabwe Africa High School. Where we were is actually one of the schools which have been identified for that internet connection.  That connection is actually taking place as we speak. 

So, there are 1 300 schools currently being connected to the internet in line with ‘connect a school, connect a community’ initiative and I must say this is one of our deliverables under the 100 Day Rapid Results Initiative that was launched by His Excellency the President, Emmerson Mnangagwa.  So, we are delivering 1 300 schools right now across the country.

In terms of the initiative by POTRAZ, the biggest challenge has been to procure computers.  They have gone to tender to look for companies that can supply computers but the companies are hamstrung by the non-availability of currency in nostro accounts.  There are 4000 computers that have been tendered for that and the authority is waiting for delivery.  Once these computers have come, 200 schools will benefit with computers and also internet connectivity.  You cannot just give computers to schools without the internet connection.

          He also mentioned whether we are keeping an eye on the fund to ensure that it is only used for its purposes.  That is exactly what we are doing.  We are also grateful to Parliament that it has that oversight role in terms of the resources that are within POTRAZ and how they are used.  We thank the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on ICTs that is also specifically looking at how we use these resources.  A few weeks ago, I appeared before that Committee.  There were a lot of questions regarding how resources have been used.  I think we were able to explain quite adequately how we have used those resources.  I thank you Mr. Speaker Sir. 

          HON. NDEBELE:  Hon. Minister, the former President donated several computers to schools that exist in very poor communities.  I could cite Nhlambabaloyi as an example.  For lack of teachers, those computers were never used and now a good number of these computers are obsolete so to speak. Could there be a plan in place to replace these computers and assist the affected communities? 

          HON. MANDIWANZIRA:  Thank you Mr. Speaker and thank you to the Hon. Member for a very important question.  I am just reminded that in his earlier question, he also wanted to know how far we have gone in establishing the community information centres which he called kiosks, which makes sense still. 

As part of our 100 day Initiative of Rapid Results, we set ourselves as a Ministry to deliver 60 new community information centres across the country.  We are always very mindful that when we deploy these, they must be equitably distributed across the ten provinces of our country.  I am very glad to say that all of them have been completed but a number of them are still missing the computers and other equipment that must be installed.  Again the problem being the lack of nostro funding for those that are importing the computers.  That is why as part of the Special Economic Zones, as a Ministry we are trying to promote investment in the manufacturing or assembly of devices in our own country so that we do not have to be importing all the time.  If we have to import, we do not import finished products; we stretch our dollar to import components that can be assembled by our people and create local employment.

Going to his question right now which was, the former President donated computers that became obsolete before they were actually used, it is true that in a number of circumstances, the schools lacked the initiative themselves either to buy a small generator so that they could use these computers or put up solar infrastructure so that they could power the computers.  I think there was dependency syndrome that you have to wait for Government to deliver everything but I think we have seen in a number of societies or communities, the SDAs have been very innovative.  They have mobilised funds to buy generators or to invest in other forms of power to power these computers.  Schools are able to buy buses but sometimes you see these buses are not even used on a daily basis and they do not benefit the students on a daily basis.  They buy buses and the parents contribute to buy these buses.  We believe that if they prioritise also putting up power in order to power these computers so that kids can learn computers on a daily basis, that would actually be very helpful. 

What we have done is that as we work with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, we have said as we are putting computers and internet to these schools, can you identify those schools that already have electricity connection or those that have their capacity to build their own power supply as a first priority as we roll out and as the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, through the Rural Electrification Agency also rolls out connecting other schools.  So, the plan is to firstly encourage schools that when Government has given you computers, do not just wait for Government to do everything. At least parents can come together and buy a small generator to power these.  Secondly, we are also now more targeted in terms of the schools that we are supporting with computers and internet connectivity, particularly that they must have power available.  Thirdly, that the whole objective of computerisation is an important one but it must not be left to Government alone.  We are encouraging former students associations to make sure that they also support these schools with building their own computer labs. 

I think if we go back to all students who went to a particular school and say donate a computer, we can build more computer labs at our schools than Government can actually do from its current resources.  I thank you Mr. Speaker Sir.

HON. MLISWA:  I think the Minister must be commended for such a programme but I think what is important about these programmes is also what the Ministry is doing in terms of also working with the Ministry of Energy in terms of power.  We do not want to have a repeat of the former President who gave computers to schools that did not have electricity.  If you look at Norton for example, there is Chitenderano.  It is important that they actually work together to try and complement each other because it does not make sense for them putting this yet there is no power.  It is a right Hon. Minister for people to have electricity, so it is not the schools that must find money to put electricity.  It is like water, it is a right that they have it.  So, Government must also ensure …

THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER (HON. MARUMAHOKO):  What is your question Hon. Mliswa?

HON. MLISWA:  The question that I am asking is that, has the Minister communicated with the Ministry of Energy and Power Development in terms of power in these areas?  Secondly, the Minister has alluded to the fact that he was in Mazowe yesterday and today in Hon. Kazembe’s constituency of Shamva which is great but it seems as if these programmes are only aligned to ZANU PF Ministers.  When are they going to be open to everyone because internet is for everyone?  It is a very good programme but when are they also going to put this connectivity in our constituencies like the independent state of Norton and others. 

More importantly, can we also not have a situation where we associate these programmes with interfaces and all that.  We saw that in the last interfaces that were held, you were having a kiosk there.  They are always aligned to politics.  Let it be a right for everyone to have internet.  So Minister, what is your position of stopping politicizing these internet connectivity. 

HON. MANDIWANZIRA:  Thank you very much Mr. Speaker Sir for the opportunity.  I want to thank Hon. Mliswa for the two very important questions.  On the first one, I do agree with the Hon. Member that there is need for more collaboration between the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of ICT so that we are deploying ICT infrastructure to schools that are already connected.  If they are not connected to power, we encourage them to connect power.  I think that cooperation is happening but I think we can enhance it. 

The second point, I do disagree with the Hon. Member if he suggests that our programmes are politically driven.  They are absolutely not politically driven.  Unfortunately, the ruling party is also the party in Government and it does appear where I am it is ZANU PF.  Unfortunately, it is very difficult to distinguish myself separately from the party that I represent but I do not just go to events or push connectivity in areas where ZANU PF has MPs or has a strong hold.  Just two weeks ago, I was touring Sakubva Post Office and Pocklington Post Office to check on the progress of the community information centres we are putting up on those two locations and that is a constituency held by the MDC.  Similarly, the schools that we are giving do not recruit students on the basis of political affiliation.  All students who go there, we do not even know their parents’ political affiliations.

                    So I think that it is a bit unfair to suggest that what we are doing is politically driven.  Yes, the Government of the day is spearheading the progress that we are making and it is alright for them to get credit.  I can assure you that on our part, we are under no instruction and there is no intention to discriminate in terms of implementation of these projects.  I thank you. – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

                    HON. MARIDADI:  On a point of order, I think this initiative by the Hon. Minister is highly commendable.  It is a fantastic initiative but I think we also need to be honest because when those kiosks opened, they were only opened where the former President and First Lady had had interfaces in Masvingo …

                    THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER:  Order, order, is that the clarification you were seeking?

                    HON. MARIDADI:  It is clarification Mr. Speaker.  So Hon. Minister I am saying, in the new dispensation and going forward, do not politicise it please.  No rally, just go there into constituencies blindly and set up these kiosks so that we all benefit.  I thank you. – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

REPAIRING OF A ZESA TRANSFORMER IN WARD 22, BUHERA CENTRAL CONSTITUENCY

25.    HON. MUDEREDZWA asked the Minister of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security to indicate when TelOne would put up internet infrastructure in Ward 18 in Buhera District to provide internet connectivity to Nyashanu High School which is offering Computer Programming as one of its subjects.

          THE MINISTER OF ENERGY AND POWER DEVELOPMENT (HON. S. K. MOYO):  Thank you Mr. Speaker, my friend who asked the question, I do not know when he was last in his constituency but all I want to say on his good question is that - the ZETDC as he has asked, he would be pleased to know that we have already replaced the transformer for Gudo Rural Service Centre in Ward 22 on 23rd February, 2018.  So that is done.

          THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER (HON. MARUMAHOKO):  Are you satisfied Hon. Muderedzwa?

          HON. MUDEREDZWA:  Thank you very much Mr. Speaker.  The issue was addressed.

          THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER:  So what would you want to say on an issue that was addressed?

          HON. S. K. MOYO:  I think he wanted to thank me.

          HON. NDEBELE:  I have a related question on transformers.  I remember politely imploring the Hon. Minister to look into the Shashane transformer which broke down nearly six years ago to a point that the only teacher for computers had to be removed from the school because the need did not arise.  To date the transformer is still down and I find it shocking that one that broke down in 2017 has been fixed already although I am happy with that.

          THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER:  Hon. Member, did you put your question in writing because that is a particular area and issue?

          HON. NDEBELE:  I did then and it is on record.

          HON. S. K. MOYO:  Mr. Speaker, when we talk of breakdowns, there are degrees of any breakdown.  So it depends to what extent the breakdown of the transformer that the Hon. Member is referring to.  All I said at that time was that we were short of transformers due to the foreign currency element.  The few which are done here or made here by ZENT are totally inadequate in terms of being disbursed to various needy areas but the one I just referred to my Hon. colleague there did not have to wait for another two to three years because the degree of damage to it was quite minimum.  I thank you.

          THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER:  I cannot give you another supplementary question Hon. Member.

          HON. NDEBELE:  I came to Harare to do my work and it is what I am doing Mr. Speaker Sir.

          THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER:  No, but I cannot allow you to ask another question.  You may put it in writing if you are not satisfied.  All I can say is, Hon. Minister of Energy and Power Development, this transformer issue is across the country.  I know there is a shortage but as ZESA, you have a workshop that can repair all the broken down transformers.  I know you may not have sufficient foreign currency but I think it would be incumbent upon your Ministry to try and assist in that regard.  Thank you.

          HON. NDEBELE:  Thank you Hon. Speaker.

INSTALLATION OF POWER LINES IN VIRIRI AREA, BUHERA DISTRICT

          26. HON. MUDEREDZWA asked the Minister of Energy and Power Development to state when a Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) transformer which had a       breakdown in March   2017 whilst ZESA was attending an electricity fault at Gudo Rural       Service Centre in Ward 22 in        Buhera Central Constituency, would be repaired.

          THE MINISTER OF ENERGY AND POWER DEVELOPMENT (HON. MOYO): Mr. Speaker, I would like to inform the Hon. Member that the project is being implemented by the Government through the Rural Electrification Fund (REF).  This project involves constructing 18 km of 11kV line and constructing four secondary substations.  REF has highlighted that the project is progressing satisfactorily and now is at 60% completion level.  Outstanding works include the stringing of the 11 k of the 11 kV line and construction of four substations.

          The project is expected to be completed by the end of May 2018, subject to availability of outstanding transformers which we hope will arrive in due course.  I thank you.

 

TARRING OF MURAMBINDA TO BIRCHENOUGH BRIDGE ROAD

27.   HON. MUDEREDZWA asked the Minister of the

Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to state when the Murambinda to Birchenough Bridge road would be tarred given that the project was allocated funding in the 2018 National Budget.

     THE MINISTER OF THE MINISTER OF

TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT (HON. DR. GUMBO):  Mr. Speaker Sir, the road from Murambinda to Birchenough Bridge has been in the ministry’s construction plans for a long time and for as long as I remember when Hon. Kangai was alive, it was allocated some money and nothing happened.  We completed the construction of a 5 km section of this road in recent years and this year the project has been allocated only $3 million.  The money, when released which means it is not yet released by Treasury, will be enough to complete construction of at least 3 km.  I thank you.

          *HON. PHIRI:  My supplementary question is, Hon. Minister nothing is being done with the majority of the allocations that you have done because a single company called Bitumen or something like that is supposed to be doing it.  Do you have any other plans to ensure that the councils can now start their work? 

          I am saying so because the majority of the urban councils belong to the opposition therefore they might not want any work to be done.  Am I lying or I am merely stating facts.

          HON. A. NDEBELE: I rise to contest Mr. Speaker he has to withdraw that statement.

          THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER (HON. MARUMAHOKO): I agree with you, may you withdraw that statement that the towns are being run by opposition.

          HON. PHIRI: Mr. Speaker Sir, I withdraw that part, but it is a reality – [HON. A. NDEBELE: He belongs to the old dispensation, he is the one who helped pull President Mugabe down.  These are the things you teach your children, it is very bad.] –

          HON. MARUMAHOKO: Order Hon. Member that is enough.

          THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT (HON. DR. J. GUMBO): In response to the question which is actually not a follow up question to the question which was asked by Hon. Muderedzwa, I just want to inform colleague members who are present in the House.  The allocations that were made to local authorities were made in February and the disbursement started last week, I think they will complete disbursing this week.   There was a delay by a week because of the collections of the money.  As a Ministry Hon. Speaker Sir, we are apolitical, we look at developing Zimbabwe and we do not get influenced by politics.  We look at politics only when we go for elections and after elections we look at developing the country. I thank you very much.

          HON. NDUNA: Supplementary Mr. Speaker.

          HON. MARUMAHOKO: Hon. Nduna that is enough.  You will lose nothing by sitting down and let the business of the House proceed.  You may proceed.

          HON. NDUNA: Mr. Speaker I would want to know from the Hon. Minister, it was spoken about before the state of Birchenough Bridge, what is the state now?  Are there any funds that have been channeled towards the rehabilitation of the bridge itself, I see in this question it is at the tail end of that ...

          HON. MARUMAHOKO:  Which bridge is that now?

          HON. NDUNA: Birchenough Bridge.

          HON. MARUMAHOKO: Is the question about Birchenough Bridge.

          HON. NDUNA: It is about the road Birchenough Bridge to Viriri, it is along Birchenough Bridge – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

          HON. MARUMAHOKO: Order this question does not arise as a supplementary question.  

WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS TO QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

POSITION REGARDING BOARDING SCHOOLS FORCING PARENTS TO BUY EXPENSIVE UNIFORMS AT SCHOOLS

6.  HON. BUDHA-MASARA asked the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to state the Ministry’s policy position regarding boarding schools forcing parents to buy uniforms at schools at exorbitant prices whilst depriving them of buying elsewhere.

THE MINISTER OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION (HON. PROF. MAVIMA):  The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is cognisant of the right to education for our citizens and will do everything possible to facilitate the realisation of that right.

The Ministry’s position regarding the purchase of uniforms is that the parents or guardians must purchase to best advantage.  Those who are forcing students to purchase uniforms at schools have no legal basis and my Ministry is sending out a reminder to all schools, given some recent experiences, to ensure that parents buy to best advantage.

EQUALITY BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN IN THE SPORTING FIELD IN TERMS OF PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES AND REMUNERATION

17.  HON. MAJOME asked the Minister of Sports, Arts and Recreation to state measures being taken in ensuring equality between men and women in the sporting field in terms of promotional activated and remuneration considering that the Warriors were paid $40 000 each for participating in the Africa Cup of National while Mighty Warriors were paid $500 for participating in similar games.

THE MINISTER OF SPORTS, ARTS AND RECREATION (HON. KAZEMBE): 

a)               Remuneration Measures

The Ministry through its Parastatal, the Sport and Recreation Commission, will ensure that there is an equity policy in place for National Sport Associations.  There should be a contract between the athlete and the Association clearly spelling out what each part will get.  In this regard, the Ministry will ensure that there would also be a remuneration policy which promotes fairness based on performance and not gender that will reward both male and female teams equally for the same competitions.

b)               Promotional Activities

In an effort to envisage the equality in sport, the Ministry has come up with the Community Sport Club System which among other objectives is meant to create equal opportunities for both male and female participants.  This initiative is community based and participants who excel will go up the ladder.  As they do so, the Ministry will ensure that whatever opportunities that arise, the participants will be treated equally irrespective of their sex.  Furthermore, there is deliberate equality as far as promotional activities are concerned in all the registered National Associations, a drive being spearheaded by the SRC.

Africa Cup of Nations Disparities

The AFCON Tournament for Men is sponsored by Total whereas the women have no sponsorship in the same tournament.  The same scenario subsists at COSAFA level where men’s teams are sponsored by Castle and again, the Women have no sponsorship.  The disparity, as explained above, clearly starts at the International Sport Federation.  This scenario is also caused by the sponsors across the world that seem to favour the male teams as opposed to the female participants.  However, as the Ministry, we are working flat out to put in place a policy which will address this anomaly.

AWARDING OF RESIDENTIAL STANDS TO THE MIGHTY WARRIORS TEAM BY ZIFA

18.  HON. MAJOME asked the Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation to state when ZIFA would fulfill its promise to award residential stands to the Mighty Warriors Team which participated in the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon in 2015 and the 2015 Olympics in Brazil.

THE MINISTER OF SPORTS, ARTS AND RECREATION (HON. KAZEMBE):  My Ministry back then engaged the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing who indicated that they were going to offer the stands in Harare, Bulawayo or Mutare.  The Mighty Warriors identified their preferred locations and we have since submitted to the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing and we await their responses

          On the motion of THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE, LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (HON. ZIYAMBI), the House adjourned at Eleven Minutes to Five o’clock p.m.

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