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National Assembly Votes 13 February 2018 No 40

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No. 40

PARLIAMENT

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

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FIFTH SESSION – EIGHTH PARLIAMENT

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TUESDAY, 13TH FEBRUARY, 2018

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Quarter past two o’clock p.m.

The Speaker in the Chair.

Prayers.

 

Members Present

Budha - Masara

Chabaya B.

Chakona P

Chamisa N

Chapfika D

Chasi F

Chibagu G

Chibaya A

Chidhakwa S

Chigudu M

Chikomba L

Chikuni E

Chikwama B

Chikwinya N

Chimanikire G

Chimwamurombe A

Chinamasa P

Chinanzvavana C

Chingosho C.P.M

Chinomona M M

Chipato A

Chirisa F

Chitindi C

Chitura L

Chiwetu J Z

Cross E G

Damasane S A.E;

Dhewa W

Dutiro P.

Dube T.J

Dziva T M

Gandawa G

Gangarahwe G.

Gezi T

Goche N

Gonese I.T

Gwanetsa K K

Guzha N.K.

Haritatos P

Holder J

Hungwa G

Kachepa N

Kadungure D A

Kanhanga E W

Karoro D

Katsiru L.

Kaundikiza M

Khumalo T

Labode M R

Langa A

Machingauta C

Machingura R

Mackenzie I

Madanha M

Maduza T.

Madondo T

Madubeko J

Madzinga P

Mahiya M

Majaya B

Majome F J

Makari Z.

Makoni R R

Makonya J

Makunde T

Makweya M

Mandipaka O

Mangami D

Mangwende S

Maondera W

Maridadi J

Marumahoko R

Masamvu L

Mashakada T

Mashonganyika D

Matambanadzo M

Matangira T R

Mataruse P

Matienga M

Matiza B J

Matsikenyere N

Matuke L

Mavenyengwa R

Mawere M D V

Mawere M RN S

Maziwisa P.

Mbwembwe E

Mguni O

Mguni N.

Mhlanga N J

Mhona F T

Mkandla M

Mlilo N.

Mliswa P.T.

Mombeshora D T

Moyo E N

Mpala M.

Mpariwa P

Mpofu B

Mpofu M M

Mpofu R

Mpofu S

Mtingwende T

Muchenje M S

Mudambo T

Mudau M

Muderedzwa R

Mudzuri E

Mudyiwa M.

Mufunga A

Mugidho M.

Muguti R.

Muponora N

Mukwangwariwa F G

Mukwena R

Munengami F

Munochinzwa M.

Mupfumi I F

Murai E

Musanhi K S

Musundire A L

Mutomba W

Mutseyami P C

Muzenda T M

Ncube D M

Ncube H

Ncube S

Ndhlovu Alice

Ndlovu D M;

Ndlovu M S

Ndlovu N

Ndoro L F

Nduna D

Nhema C F.D.;

Nkatazo M M

Nkomo Mail

Nkomo Malachi

Nleya L

Nyamupinga B B

Nyanhongo M

Nyere C

Nyoni S G G

Omar J.

Paradza K

Passade J

Pemhenayi B

Phiri F P

Porusingazi E

Rudzirwayi J M

Runesu B

Rungani A

Samkange J T

Sansole T W

Saruwaka T J.L.;

Seremwe B.

Shava J.

Shongedza E

Sibanda D

Sibanda D P

Sibanda K.

Sibanda L

Sibanda M

Sithole G K

Simbanegavi Y

Sindi C

Sipani – Hungwe O.

Tarusenga U D

Thembani S Z

Toffa J

Tongofa M

Tshuma J.

Tsomondo C

Uta K.

Vutete M

Wadyajena J M

Watson N J

Zemura L

Zhou P

Zhou T

Zindi I

Ziyambi Z

Zvidzai S

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

 

Hon. July Moyo

Hon. Moyo S.K.

 

 

 

 

Printed by Order of the House

Absent with leave

Hon. Mlambo;.

1. The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, for the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development presented a Bill to amend the Civil Aviation Act [Chapter 13:16] (No. 7 of 1998); to provide for the spinning of certain functions of the Authority to a new entity called the Airports Company of Zimbabwe (Private) Limited; and to provide for matters connected with or incidental thereto - Civil Aviation Bill (H.B. 4, 2017)

Bill read the first time. Referred to the Parliamentary Legal Committee.

 

2. The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, moved: That Orders of the Day Nos. 1 to 4, and Notices of Motions 5 to 7, for today, stand over until Order of the Day No. 8 has been disposed of.

Motion put and agreed to.

3. Committee: Public Entities Corporate Governance Bill – (H.B. 5, 2017)The Minister of Finance and Economic Development) .

 

(House in Committee)

Clause 1, put and agree to.

On Clause 2,

The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, moved:

Between lines 41 and 43 on page 5 of the Bill, in the definition of “executive member”, delete the words “in relation to the board of a public entity, refers either to” and replace with the word “means”.

Between lines 24 and 26 on page 6 of the Bill, in the definition of “non-executive member”, delete the words “in relation to the board of a public entity,” and replace with the word “means”.

Amendment put and agree to.

Clause 2, as amended, put and agreed to.

Clauses 3 to 11, put and agreed to.

On Clause 12,

The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, moved:

Between lines 20 and 24 on page 13 of the Bill, delete subclause (8) and substitute with the following:

“(8) Any contract or arrangement under which a non-executive member receives remuneration or a benefit in excess of an applicable standard fixed in terms of subsection (1) shall be void unless the President has approved it in terms of subsection (6), and if the member has received any remuneration or benefit under such a contract or arrangement he or she shall reimburse the entity or return any benefit, as the case may be, to the extent that it exceeds the applicable standard.”.

Amendment put and agree to.

Clause 12, as amended, put and agreed to.

Clause 13, put and agreed to.

On Clause 14,

The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, moved:

Between lines 12 and 21 on page 15 of the Bill, delete subclauses (4) and (5) and substitute them with the following subclauses:

“(4) No public entity shall—

(a) extend any loan or credit to; or

(b) enter into or facilitate any transaction whose net effect is substantially similar to extending a loan or credit to;

a member of the entity’s board or to an associate of a board member.

(5) Any—

(a) board member of a public entity who knowingly authorises a loan, extension of credit

or transaction in contravention of subsection (4); or

(b) board member who knowingly accepts, on his or her own behalf or on behalf of an

associate, a loan, extension of credit or transaction in contravention of subsection (4);

shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level ten or to imprisonment

for a period not exceeding one year or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

(2) In addition and independently of the institution of any criminal or civil penalty proceedings, any property of any description obtained by means of an extension of credit, or a loan, or any other such transaction whose net effect is substantially similar to an extension of credit or a loan, made in contravention of this section, shall be deemed to be “tainted property” resulting from the commission of a “serious offence” for the purposes of section 80 (“Civil forfeiture orders”) of the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act [Chapter 9:24] (No. 4 of 2013), and may be recovered at the instance of the Attorney- General or Prosecutor-General in terms of that section.

(6) No public entity shall pay a member of its board a sitting allowance or other amount in respect of attendance at a meeting unless the meeting has been held and the member has attended it:

Provided that an appropriate amount may be paid to a member who attends at the venue of a meeting which is subsequently postponed or cancelled.

(7) This section shall not limit the obligation of an accounting officer or member of the Civil Service employed in a line Ministry to comply with section 51A (“Separation of roles of appropriate Ministries and public entities”) of the Public Finance Management Act [Chapter 22:19] that is, to seek clearance from the Treasury before approving the remuneration or allowance of any member of a public entity.

(8) Unless prompt voluntary reimbursement is made of any remuneration, allowance, benefit or payment made in contravention of subsection (4) or (6), without prejudice to any other remedies that may be available in terms of this Act, the recipient shall be subject to a surcharge levied in accordance with the Third Schedule for the recovery of the amount he or she was paid or benefited from the contravention.”.

Amendment put and agree to.

Clause 14, as amended, put and agreed to.

Clauses 15 and 16, put and agreed to.

On Clause 17,

The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, moved:

In line 9 on page 17 of the Bill, to insert after “board of the entity” the words “and with the approval of the President”.

Between lines 23 and 24 on page 17 of the Bill, to add the following paragraph after paragraph (c) of subclause (3):

“and

(d) obtain the President’s approval of the candidate selected in terms of paragraph (c).”.

Amendment put and agreed to.

Clause 17, as amended put and agreed to.

Clauses 18 and 19, put and agreed to.

On Clause 20,

The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, moved:

Between lines 18 and 21 on page 20 of the Bill, to delete subclause (4) and to substitute the following subclauses:

“(4) No public entity shall—

(a) extend any loan or credit to; or

(b) enter into or facilitate any transaction whose net effect is substantially similar to extending a loan or credit to;

a senior staff member of the entity or to an associate of a senior staff member, except in such circumstances, and on such terms and conditions, as are permitted by conditions of service that are applicable to the member and to all other employees of the entity.

(5) Any—

a) board member of a public entity who knowingly authorises a loan, extension of credit or transaction in contravention of subsection (4); or

(b) senior staff member who knowingly accepts, on his or her own behalf or on behalf of an associate, a loan, extension of credit or transaction in contravention of subsection (4);

shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level ten or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

(2) In addition and independently of the institution of any criminal or civil penalty proceedings, any property of any description obtained by means of an extension of credit, or a loan, or any other such transaction whose net effect is substantially similar to an extension of credit or a loan, made in contravention of this section, shall be deemed to be “tainted property” resulting from the commission of a “serious offence” for the purposes of section 80 (“Civil forfeiture orders”) of the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act [Chapter 9:24] (No. 4 of 2013), and may be recovered at the instance of the Attorney- General or Prosecutor-General in terms of that section.

(6) Unless prompt voluntary reimbursement is made of any remuneration, allowance, benefit or payment resulting from a contravention of subsection (3) or (4), without prejudice to any other remedies that may be available in terms of this Act, the recipient shall be subject to a surcharge levied in accordance with the Third Schedule for the recovery of the amount he or she was paid or benefited from the contravention.”.

Amendment put and agree to.

Clause 20, as amended, put and agreed to.

Clauses 21 to 23, put and agreed to.

On Clause 24,

The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, moved:

On page 22 of the Bill, delete subclauses (3) to (5) and substitute the following subclauses, the remaining subclause being renumbered accordingly:

“(3) Where the board of a public entity is required by its enabling instrument to submit an annual report to Parliament, the board shall submit the report to its line Minister within three months after the end of the entity’s financial year.

(4) Where a public entity is not required by its enabling instrument to submit an annual report to Parliament, its board shall, within three months after the end of the entity’s financial year, submit a report to the entity’s line Minister outlining the entity’s activities during that financial year.

(5) Together with the reports referred to in subsections (3) and (4), the board of every public entity shall submit to its line Minister—

(a) a copy of the entity’s current strategic plan; and

(b) copies of current performance contracts with the entity’s senior staff members; and

(c) the results of the latest reviews of the strategic plan and the performance contracts

conducted in terms of subsection (2); and

(d) such other documents and information as may be prescribed.

(6) A line Minister shall cause every report submitted to him or her in terms of subsection (3) to be laid before the Senate and the National Assembly without delay and in any event within the next ten days on which the Houses sit after he or she received it.”.

Amendment put and agree to.

Clause 24, as amended, put and agreed to.

On Clause 25,

The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, moved:

In line 12 on page 24 of the Bill, to delete “Office of the President and Cabinet” and to substitute “Unit”.

Amendment put and agree to.

Clause 25, as amended, put and agreed to.

Clauses 26 to 49, put and agreed to.

On Clause 40,

The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, moved:

Between lines 17 and 21 of page 32 of the Bill, to delete the clause.

Amendment, put and agree to.

Clause 40, deleted.

Clauses 41 to 44, put and agreed to.

On Clause 45,

The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, moved:

Between lines 5 and 6 on page 37 of the Bill, to insert the following paragraph, the existing paragraph (m) being renumbered accordingly:

“(m) the regular rating of public entities for their corporate governance and the publication of

such ratings and the criteria by which the entities are rated;”.

Amendment, put and agree to.

Clause 45, as amended put and agreed to.

Clauses 46 and 47 and First to Third Schedules, put and agreed to.

Bill to be reported with amendments.

(House resumed)

Bill reported with amendments - Referred to the Parliamentary Legal Committee.

4. Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Reading of theInsolvency Bill – (H.B. 11, 2016) – (Adjourned 3rd October 2017 – The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs) .

[Days elapsed: 26]

Question again proposed: That the Insolvency Bill (H.B.11, 2016) be now read a second time – The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs .

On the motion of the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

5. The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, moved that the House reverts to Order of the Day No. 6.

Motion put and agreed to.

6. Hon. Maridadi, seconded by Hon. Nduna, moved: WHEREAS the Constitution of Zimbabwe in Section 73 establishes “Environmental Rights” as part of the “Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms” which form Part Two of Declaration of Rights in Chapter Four of the country’s governing Chapter;

WHEREAS several statutes among them the Water Act (Chapter 20:24), and Environmental Management Act (Chapter 20:27), were brought into existence for the protection of the environment of which wetlands are arguably the most important as they are a source of drinking water hence life itself;

CONCERNED that very little regard is given by those in authority to protect wetlands and thus preserve the ecosystem that generates water for the livelihoods of both flora and fauna;

WORRIED that Zimbabwe in general, and Harare in particular, has no other natural sources of drinking water except wetlands.

ALARMED at the rate at which wetlands are being destroyed for agricultural purposes and for the construction of brick and mortar structures that permanently destroy ecosystems which generate water;

NOW THEREFORE resolves that this House calls upon the Executive and all agencies of Government and the State at every level to;

(a) Stop construction and development on Wetlands;

(b) Stop using wetlands for agriculture purposes; and

(c) Put in place mechanisms for the protection and preservation of wetlands.

On the motion of Hon. Rungani, seconded by Hon. D. Sibanda: Debate adjourned until

tomorrow.

7. On the motion of Hon. Rungani, seconded by Hon. D. Sibanda: The House adjourned at nineteen minutes to six o’clock pm.

ADVOCATE. J. F. MUDENDA,

Speaker

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WEDNESDAY, 14TH FEBRUARY, 2018

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS .

 

t QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

* QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE .

 

*1. Hon S. Mangwende: To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to state the plans that the Ministry has put in place to avail clinical cancer testing centres across the country to ensure early detection of breast cancer.

[Deferred from 6th December, 2017]

*2. Hon. Majome: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to state whether the proposal by the Harare Wetland Trust for the City of Harare to be awarded the Ramsar Wetland City status would assist the City in securing funding for the provision of water in the City.

[Deferred from 24th January, 2018]

*3. Hon Majome: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to inform the House when the Ministry would gazette the new Harare Wetland Map that was produced by the Environmental Management Agency as well as the National Action Plan.

 

[Deferred from 24th January, 2018]

*4. Hon Majome: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to state measures being taken to curb illegal occupation and farming on wetlands.

 

[Deferred from 24th January, 2018]

*5. Hon. Majome: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to state whether the Ministry has approved the development activities taking place on Ashbrittle Vlei near Borrowdale, since it is a wetland and if so, whether the Environmental Management Agency had approved the Environmental Impact Assessment for such developments.

 

[Deferred from 24th January, 2018]

 

*6. Hon. Mhona: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to explain why it has taken long to rehabilitate Sachipiri Dam in Ward 18 and Maringobwe Dam in Ward 17 dam in Chikomba Central Constituency.

*7. Hon. Muderedzwa: To ask the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate to state when the Ruti Dam in Ward 19 in Buhera District would be considered for a major fish breeding project.

 

*8. Hon Phiri F.: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to inform the House the RBZ loan beneficiaries in Kadoma, especially Kadoma Central Constituency.

[Deferred from 10th January, 2017]

 

*9. Hon Nduna: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to state measures being put in place to cede the 300 Zimbabwe Mining Development Company Ward 10 houses to former and current employees of Elvington Mine in Chegutu, in accordance with the agreement entered into by the mining company and employees more than 10 years ago.

[Deferred from 24th January, 2018]

*10. Hon Nduna: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to:

a) state whether there are plans in place to give former Broken Hill Proprietary (BHP) Company Limited houses in Ward 11 in Muvovo District in Chegutu West Constituency to the former employees of the BHP, now ZIMPLATS.

b) Clarify the position of the Zibagwe Trust which is claiming ownership and rentals of houses by the former BHP employer to the employees.

c) state the amount left to the Zibagwe Trust in monetary terms, for the benefit of the former employees

[Deferred from 24th January, 2018]

 

*11. Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Mines and Mining Development to:

a) State the method of mining being used at RioZim Mine in Eiffel Flats, Kadoma;

b) disclose the amount of gold being produced on a monthly basis;

c) indicate whether the Ministry would consider relocating the residents, school, and a hospital that are near the mine in view of the fact that blasting activities have devastating effects to both humans and property; and to further state whether the Ministry would consider terminating the operations at RioZim until relocation of people is carried out.

[Deferred from 7th February, 2018]

 

*12. Hon. Phiri F.: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to inform the house when the Rimuka Primary School is going to be completed.

[Deferred from 6th December, 2017]

 

*13. Hon Budha – Masara: To ask 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 .

[Deferred from 7th February, 2018]

*14. Hon Phiri F.: To ask the Vice President and Minister responsible for Defence, Security and War Veterans Affairs to inform the House

a) What the Ministry is doing to assist War Veterans businesses that are facing financial challenges.

b) How much the Ministry has given to the Tinzweiwo Bus Company (Kadoma).

c) Which projects are being supported by the Ministry in Kadoma.

[Deferred from 6th December, 2017]

 

*15. Hon. Nduna: To ask the Vice President and Minister responsible for Defence, Security and War Veterans

a) Progress made in demining land mines in the Eastern Highlands and other affected areas throughout the country;

b) The size of land which still require demining and;

c) The amount of resources required, human and financial and the contribution of the Zimbabwe government and development partners involved.

 

[Deferred from 7th February, 2018]

*16. Hon. Gonese: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning 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 Plans due to the

dollarization and demonetization of the Zimbabwean currency.

[Deferred from 6th December, 2017]

 

*17. Hon Majome: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain why the Office of the Auditor General continue to subcontract audit work to small private firms when it has qualified chartered accountants and is financially constrained.

*18. Hon. Majome: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House when the Audit Office Board will be constituted more than seven years after Audit Office Act was enacted and to state when the Ministry would review the conditions of service for the Audit Office in the absence of such a Board.

*19. Hon Majome: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to explain why the Office of the Auditor General is not independent in terms of its operational budget in line with best regional and international practices.

*20. Hon Mangami: To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to state when the Justice George Smith Commission Report on Insurance and Pension funds will be published and to advise on its findings on insurance and pensions pay out.

*21. Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development to inform the House on the impact of S.I. 64 of 2016 in terms of promoting local production and enhancing capacity utilisation.

[Deferred from 6th December, 2017]

*22. Hon. Nduna: To ask the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development what progress has been made towards the disposal of IDC’s loss making units and reversal to its core function of venture capitalist.

[Deferred from 6th December, 2017]

*23. Hon: Chikomba L. To ask the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development to explain to the House, Government’s position regarding prosecution of companies such as Ok Mart in Bulawayo which have two different pricing system, e.g. the shelf price and the till price.

[Deferred from 6th December, 2017]

 

*24. Hon. Majome: To ask 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 activities and remuneration, considering that the Warriors were paid $40 000 each for participating in the Africa Cup of Nations while Might Warriors were paid $500 for participating in similar games.

*25. Hon. Majome: To ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Recreation to state when ZIFA would fulfil 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 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

*26. Hon. Saruwaka: To ask the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement to:

a) explain the discrepancies observed in the distribution of inputs under the Presidential Inputs Scheme considering that, some beneficiaries in some districts and wards are allocated more inputs compared to others from other districts and others receive the inputs at the onset of the planting season while others at the middle or towards the harvest time.

b) provide a schedule showing quantities of inputs allocated each district throughout the country, the number of targeted beneficiaries in each district and the dates on which they received their allocations.

*27. Hon. Mhona: To ask 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:

a) Wazvaremhaka in Ward 18;

b) Msasa in Ward 17;

c) Unyetu in Ward 21;

d) Dambatsoko in Ward 22; and

e) Manyanga in Ward 23.

*28. Hon. Mhona: To ask 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 ZIMASSET;

a) Chikwezvero Irrigation in Ward 23;

b) Nyahoni Irrigation in Ward 20; and

c) Sachipiri Irrigation in Ward 18.

*29. Hon. Mhona: To ask 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 ZIMASSET;

a) Chikwezvero Irrigation in Ward 23;

b) Nyahoni Irrigation in Ward 20; and

c) Sachipiri Irrigation in Ward 18.

*30. Hon. Majome: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to provide statistics on prosecution of crimes related to traffic accidents in Harare West Constituency from 2013 to date.

*31. Hon. Machingauta: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to state when the City of Harare would have a substantive Town Clerk.

*32. Hon. Machingauta: To ask the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to state when the following roads in Budiriro Constituency would be repaired:

a) High Glen through Mic – Jop Shopping Center up to Budiriro 3 turn off;

b) Budiriro 5 OK Shops turn off up to Current Shopping Centre; and

c) Current Shopping Centre up to Ngungunyana Housing Cooperative.

*33. Hon Muderedzwa: To ask 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.

*34. Hon. Muderedzwa: To ask 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.

*35. Hon. Muderedzwa: To ask the Minister of Energy and Power Development to state when the installation of power lines in Viriri area in Ward 17 in Buhera District, would be completed.

*36. Hon. Muderedzwa: To ask the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to state when the Murambinda to Birchnough Bridge road would be tarred given that the project was allocated funding in the 2018 National Budget.

*37. Hon. Machingauta: To ask the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare to indicate when Mr Luke Chitsike whose National Identity Number No. 63 – 053618 O 42 and was formerly employed by Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation from 1974 to December 2003, would receive his pension after submitting the application in 2004

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

1. Hon. Majome

Hon. Saruwaka

That this House-

DEEPLY CONCERNED by the failure of Government to timeously disburse funding for the 460 students on Bilateral Scholarship in Algeria as well as for other students in Russia and Cyprus;

ALSO CONCERNED that the former Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, after making an undertaking to pay $3000.00 per student per year to respective universities, had failed to do so with only 25% having been paid in 2015;

DISCONCERTED that the students are currently starving and living in destitution since their semester break starting from 19th December 2017;

WORRIED that the students have no means of returning back home and some were arrested after engaging in demonstrations against their poor living conditions;

DISAPPOINTED by the lack of response by the relevant government departments;

NOW, THEREFORE, resolves that;

a) The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in liaison with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant government departments disburse funds for the stranded students as a matter of urgency;

b) The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development report to the House how his ministry intends to rescue the stranded students;

c) The Portfolio Committee on Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development urgently inquire into the status and living conditions of Zimbabwe Students on bilateral scholarships in Algeria, Russia, Cyprus and other destinations and report its findings to the House.

2. Hon. Mangami

Hon. Chidhakwa

That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Small and Medium Enterprise and Cooperative Development on the State of Financial Inclusion of Small and Medium Enterprises, Cooperatives and other challenges affecting this sector in Zimbabwe. (S.C. 19, 2017).

 

3. Hon. Chamisa

Hon. Mlilo

That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Information Technology, Communication, Postal and Courier Services on the State of the Postal and Telecommunications Sector and the Regulatory Environment.

4. Hon. Chasi

Hon. Gonese

That this House takes note of the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs on the Petition by the Election Resource Centre. (S.C. 22, 2017).

5. Hon. Dr. Mataruse

Hon. Chakona

That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development on the projects funded by Zimbabwe manpower Development Fund in Tertiary Institutions (ZIMDEF).

6. Hon. Dutiro

hon chinanzvavana

That this House takes note of the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environment, Water, Tourism and Hospitality Industry on the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Marrakesh, Morocco from the 7th to 18th November, 2016.

7. Hon. Nyamupinga

Hon. Mangwende

That this House takes note of the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development on the Living Conditions of Female Prisoners at Chikurubi Female Prison (S. C. 17, 2017)

8. Hon. Dhewa

Hon. Maridadi

That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and Broadcasting Services on the Operations of Local Commercial Radio Stations in Zimbabwe.

9. Hon. Mlilo

Hon. Mpala

That this House -

MINDFUL that Section 35 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides for citizenship by birth, descent or registration;

AWARE that Zimbabwean citizens are entitled to the rights, privileges and benefits of citizenship accruing from them being citizens;

RECOGNISING that there are duties and obligations that go with being citizens;

COGNISANT that provisions of the Constitution that entitle citizens to dual citizenship, can be easily circumvented by citizens claiming their foreign nationality and yet benefitting from the protection, travel documents and any other primary documents accorded to them through citizenship;

DISTURBED that dual citizenship can be abused;

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon;

(a) The Executive to amend the Constitution so that dual citizenship by descent and registration is completely abolished; and

(b) The Registrar General to sensitize the Nation on the compelling need to amend the provisions of the Constitution so as to do away with dual citizenship altogether and to further explain the implications and benefits of such actions to the majority of Zimbabwean nationals who do not have dual citizenship status and allegiance to other countries.

10. Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga

Hon. Mliswa

ENCOURAGED by the spirit of nationalism that was demonstrated in the historic people’s march of the 18th November, 2017;

ACKNOWLEDGING the Preamble of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which among other endeavours to commit ourselves to build a united, just prosperous nation, founded on the values of transparency, equality, freedom, fairness and the dignity of hard work;

NOTING the unfinished business of national healing and reconciliation which can now be fully pursued with vigour in the spirit of a new beginning and a united front in national consensus building.

NOW THEREFORE, resolves that this House;

(a) congratulate the people of Zimbabwe for their conduct before and during the transition to the new government;

(b) Applaud the people of Zimbabwe for demonstrating their support for a democratic change;

(c) Implore the new President of the Republic of Zimbabwe to inculcate a tone of a reconciled nation and that he personally espouses the principle of reconciliation, unity and the value of Ubuntu;

(d) Thank the Speaker of the National Assembly for steering the transition and respecting the Constitution; and

(e) Invoke Section 140 (3) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe and invites the new President to attend Parliament to answer questions relating to the transition.

11. Hon. Nduna

Hon. Mapiki

That this House:

COGNISANT that Section 77 of our Constitution provides that “Every person has the right to safe, clean and potable water” thus making the right to water an inalienable right for all citizens of Zimbabwe;

AWARE that Zimbabwe is a signatory to and has committed itself to attaining the Sustainable Development Goals and in particular, SDG 6 “Clean Water and Sanitation”;

RECOGNISING that one of the key drivers and assumptions of ZIMASSET is increased investment in water and sanitation infrastructure;

DEEPLY CONCERNED that the majority of the urban Zimbabwean populace in general either do not have access to clean water at all or are accessing unclean and unsafe water;

ALARMED that a National level water bodies have not been fully utilized;

WORRIED that the current sewer reticulation system in towns and cities has outlived its lifespan and has been overtaken by the population balance;

MINDFUL that during the period 2009 to 2011 over 700 people were hospitalized and more than 274 lost their lives due to the cholera epidemic nationally;

COGNISANT that clean and safe water is a prerequisite for the realization of other fundamental human rights such as the right to health and the right to a clean and safe environment.

FURTHER COGNISANT that Section 77 enjoins the State to take reasonable legislative and other measures to achieve the progressive realization of the right to safe, clean and potable water;

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon the relevant Ministries to:

a) Prioritize investment in water and sanitation infrastructure countrywide;

b) Take appropriate measures to ensure that every citizen in Zimbabwe has access to safe, clean and potable water;

c) Remove and replace most councils which have continued to charge exorbitant rates to citizens for water which is not readily supplied and continually abuse such funds at the expense of the health of unsuspecting citizens; and

d) Immediately take advantage of the copious amount of water bodies around the country which require minimum amount of chemicals to treat, in order that they provide portable.

12. Hon. Majome

Hon. Mpala

That this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwe delegation on the bilateral visit to Cuba held from 22nd to 20th October, 2017.

13. Hon. A. Mnangagwa

Hon. Toffa

DEEPLY CONCERNED with the hardships affecting orphans and vulnerable children in institutions and in Zimbabwean society in general;

APPLAUDING the great efforts that some Children’s Homes are doing, given the prevailing difficult socio-economic environment;

NOTING WITH CONCERN the cultural barriers that discourage the practice of adoption of orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe, and the apparent lack of clear policies and legal framework for adoption of these children;

COGNISANT that Zimbabwe is a signatory to regional and international instruments (African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child; and the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child) that recognises the right to a name and identity as one of the fundamental human rights.

FURTHER COGNISANT that these rights are also enshrined in Section 81 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe;

DISAPPOINTED that in spite of the existence of these instruments, that protect and uphold the rights of the children, orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe continue to face challenges in the acquisition of birth certificates.

DISHEARTENED that the withholding of birth records by hospitals due to outstanding maternal user fees, coupled with the prohibitive provisions in the current outdated Birth Registration Act, inhibit acquisition of birth certificates for children in difficult circumstances;

NOW THEREFORE, this House calls upon;

a) The Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to urgently review the legislation relating to child adoption and acquisition of birth certificates;

b) The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and the Juvenile Courts to remove all bureaucracy associated with child adoption procedures.

c) The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare to ensure timeous disbursement of grants to Children’s Homes;

d) Churches, Traditional Leaders and Members of Parliament to champion the child adoption cause by making efforts to change people’s attitudes and mind sets.

e) The Ministry of Health and Child Care to stop forthwith the withholding of birth records for non-payment of maternity fees;

f) The Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture to closely monitor and supervise the operations Registrar General’s Office to ensure effective and diligent service delivery to the nation and to replicate the Electronic Queue Management System, currently found at the Registrar General’s Office in Harare, to other centres especially the remote areas.

g) Government to consider amnesty for birth certificate registration for all children in Zimbabwe without birth certificates for various reasons.

14. Hon. Toffa

Hon. GONESE

That this House takes notes of the Report of the delegation to the 41st Plenary Assembly of the SADC- Plenary Forum held in Mahe, Seychelles from 4th to 15th July, 2017.

15. Hon. Chakona

Hon. Machingura

That this House takes note of the Report of the delegation to the 136th Assembly of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 1st to 5th April, 2017.

16. Hon. Dr. Khupe

Hon. Mguni N.

That this House takes note of the Report of the delegation to the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development held in Bali, Indonesia from 6th to 7th September 2017.

17. Hon. Nduna

Hon. Ndoro

That this House;

MINDFUL that the World Radio Day is celebrated through the bringing together of Community radio enthusiasts to share best practices, exhibit and exchange ideas among professionals of the radio industry;

COGNIZANT that the radio promotes the diversity of cultures and continues to play a pivotal role as it did during the days of our liberation struggle where broadcasts completely defeated enemy propaganda;

ACKNOWLEDGING that the radio is not just a means of communication but is an emotional, spiritual and physical nourishment to the generality of the population all over the world;

FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGING that the World Radio Day was successfully celebrated in Zimbabwe on behalf of the entire SADC Region on 13 February, 2017 under the theme “Radio is You”

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon this House to

(a) Congratulate the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services,

ZBC, Star F.M., Zi F.M. and all other stakeholders for successfully

celebrating World Radio Day;

(b) Applaud Government’s progressive policy which encourages 75% local

content thereby motivating promoting and empowering our local artists;

(c) Embrace all modern technology that enhances digitalization.

18. Hon. Majome

Hon Maondera

That this House -

RECALLING THAT on 5 February 2014 I moved a motion for stiff mandatory sentences for rape and other gender based violence crimes, scientific investigation of rape and the implementation of the National Gender Based Violence Strategy.

DISMAYED that only the Ministers of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development responded to the motion, while the Ministers of 1) Health and Child Care, 2) Home Affairs, 3)Finance and Economic Development and 4) Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development did not respond to the motion, causing me to move to re-instate it on the Order Paper upon its lapse with the prorogation of 2 sessions.

NOTING THAT the 16 days of activism against gender based violence began on 25 November and ended on 10 December 2015, the International Human Rights Day whose theme was ‘ From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education safe for all’;

STILL DISTURBED by the high rate of gender based violence in Zimbabwe, i.e. against women and girls who have been raped from 2013-2015;

STILL CONCERNED by the low rate of apprehension, conviction and sentencing of perpetrators of gender based violence;

STILL CONCERNED by the absence and lack of crime forensic experts in Zimbabwe, as well as the lack of forensic rape investigation kits;

COGNISANT that at the launch of the 16 days of activism campaign of 2012

government launched the National Gender Based Violence Strategy 2012-2015

whose four key result areas are Prevention, Service Provision, Research,

Documentation, Evaluation and Coordination;

Now therefore resolve that;

(a) There be legislated a mandatory sentence for rape, including statutory rape, of not less than thirty years and appropriate sentences for other forms of gender based violence.

(b) The government immediately engages adequate services of forensic scientists

for purposes of investigating rape.

(c) The government immediately and continually equip all police stations with

forensic investigation rape kits.

(d) The government immediately implements with stakeholders the “Zimbabwe National Gender Based Violence Strategy: 2012-2015".

19. Adjourned debate on motion on the protection of wetlands (Adjourned 13th February, 2018 – Hon. Rungani)

[Day elapsed: 1]

Question proposed : That this House;

WHEREAS the Constitution of Zimbabwe in Section 73 establishes “Environmental Rights” as part of the “Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms” which form Part Two of Declaration of Rights in Chapter Four of the country’s governing Chapter;

WHEREAS several statutes among them the Water Act (Chapter 20:24), and Environmental Management Act (Chapter 20:27), were brought into existence for the protection of the environment of which wetlands are arguably the most important as they are a source of drinking water hence life itself;

CONCERNED that very little regard is given by those in authority to protect wetlands and thus preserve the ecosystem that generates water for the livelihoods of both flora and fauna;

WORRIED that Zimbabwe in general, and Harare in particular, has no other natural sources of drinking water except wetlands.

ALARMED at the rate at which wetlands are being destroyed for agricultural purposes and for the construction of brick and mortar structures that permanently destroy ecosystems which generate water;

NOW THEREFORE resolves that this House calls upon the Executive and all agencies of Government and the State at every level to;

(a) Stop construction and development on Wetlands;

(b) Stop using wetlands for agriculture purposes; and

(c) Put in place mechanisms for the protection and preservation of wetlands – Hon. Maridadi

20. Resumption of debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on

Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services on Service Delivery by the Registrar General’s Department (Reinstated 6th February, 2018 – Hon. Col. (Rtd) T. Dube )

[Days elapsed: 37]

Question proposed : That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services on Service Delivery by the Registrar General’s Department (S.C. 18, 2016)- Hon. A. Mnangagwa

21. Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development on Service Delivery by Local Authorities. (Reinstated 6th February, 2018 – Hon. Madanha).

[Days elapsed: 56]

Question proposed : That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development on Service Delivery by Local Authorities. (S.C. 23, 2016)-Hon. Zindi.

22. Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development on the Inquiry into the Aviation Industry in Zimbabwe (S. C. 3, 2017). (Reinstated 6th February, 2018 – Hon. Nduna )

 

[Days elapsed: 33]

Question proposed : That this House adopts the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development on the enquiry into the Aviation Industry in Zimbabwe (S. C. 3, 2017).- Hon. Nduna .

23. Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on

Transport and Infrastructural Development on the Familiarisation Tour of Victoria Falls and Harare Airports and the Plumtree-Mutare Road Project. (Reinstated 6th February, 2018 – Hon. Nduna)

 

[Days elapsed: 36]

Question proposed : That this House adopts the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development on the Familiarisation Tour of Victoria Falls and Harare Airports and the Plumtree-Mutare Road Project (S.C. 25, 2016)- Hon. Nduna.

24. Adjourned debate on motion on the State of Harare and other urban roads (Reinstated 6th February, 2018 – Hon. Majome)

[Days elapsed: 33]

Question proposed : That this House;

CONCERNED that the state of the capital city Harare’s and other urban roads are in an appallingly dilapidated state that is not only car-worthy but is hazardous to life, limb and property.

RECALLING that the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA) took over from Harare City Council and other municipalities the collection of termly vehicle licensing fees, 10% of which revenue would be retained by municipalities for road maintenance.

FURTHER recalling that municipalities were able to fund the maintenance of roads then, but disconcerted that the state of municipal roads deteriorated steadily since ZINARA took over the revenue collection, and even more sharply in the last four years.

CONCERNED that ZINARA fails to disburse to Harare City Council sufficient money to maintain roads, despite the bulk of the nation’s vehicle fleet being domiciled in Harare.

FURTHER disturbed by the lack of transparency, inequity in disbursement and misappropriation of revenues from motorists by ZINARA, which is not in the national interest, as exemplified by the recent purchase of snow ploughs.

AFFIRMING and encouraged by the imperative in Section 264(f) of the Constitution to ‘transfer responsibilities and resources from national government in order to establish a sound financial base for each provincial council and local authority’ and

MANDATED by the duty of Parliament in Section 119(2) of the Constitution to, ‘ ensure that the provisions of this Constitution are upheld and that the State and all its institutions and agencies of government at every level act constitutionally and in the national interest

NOW THEREFORE this house resolves that;

(a) ZINARA ceases to collect termly motor vehicle licence fees thereby restoring that function to Harare City Council and all other respective municipalities and local authorities.

(b) Harare City Council and the respective municipalities and other local authorities

retain 100% of the resultant revenues from termly motor vehicle licences and suspend remittances to ZINARA until all their roads are in a demonstrably recovered state.

(c) ZINARA disburses to Harare City Council by July 2017 all the arrears it had

undertaken to pay, and by December 2017 to all other local authorities.

(d) ZINARA accounts be audited for the past 5 years for its revenues and comparative

disbursements to local authorities and its expenditure, and such audit be tabled to the Public Accounts Committee. – Hon. Majome

25. Adjourned debate on the Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Ministry of Health and Child Care on the 2015 Appropriation and the 2011 to 2014 Fund Accounts - (Adjourned 6th February, 2018 - Hon. Rungani).

[Day elapsed: 4)

 

Question proposed: That this House adopts the Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Ministry of Health and Child Care on the 2015 Appropriation and the 2011 to 2014 Fund Accounts (S.C. 20, 2017). –Hon. Mpariwa .

26. Adjourned debate on the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development, on the Enquiry into the Remittances to the Traffic Safety Council from Third Party Insurance payments. -(Adjourned 6th February, 2018 - Hon. Rungani).

[Day elapsed: 4)

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development, on the Enquiry into the remittances to the Traffic Safety Council from Third Party Insurance payments. (S.C. 5, 2017). –Hon. Nduna.

27. Adjourned debate on the Second Report of Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development on Agricultural Colleges and Command Agriculture -(Adjourned 30th November, 2017 - Hon. Rungani).

[Days elapsed: 16)

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Second Report of Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development on Agricultural Colleges and Command Agriculture. [S.C. 11, 2017]) – Hon. Chitindi.

28. Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care on the Fact Finding Mission to Zambia on Cancer Management and Blood Services -(Adjourned 5th December, 2017Hon. Rungani).

[Days elapsed: 15]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care on the Fact Finding Mission to Zambia on Cancer Management and Blood Services (S.C.23, 2017)- Hon. Mahiya.

29.Adjourned debate on the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and

Infrastructural Development on the Inquiry into the Turnaround Strategy for the National

Railways of Zimbabwe -(Adjourned 28th November, 2017 - Hon Rungani).

[Days elapsed: 17]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Portfolio

Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development on the Inquiry into the Turnaround Strategy for the National Railways of Zimbabwe. (S.C. 13, 2017). -Hon Nduna

30. Adjourned debate on the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development on the Inquiry into the Turnaround Strategy for the Central Mechanical Equipment Department (C.M.E.D.) (S.C. 14, 2017). – (Adjourned 29th November, 2017- Hon. Rungani)

[Days elapsed: 16]

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Second Report of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development on the Inquiry into the Turnaround Strategy for the Central Mechanical Equipment Department (C.M.E.D.) (S.C. 14, 2017). - Hon. Nduna

31. Adjourned debate on the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development on the Women Development Fund (WDF) projects. (Adjourned 29th November, 2017 – Hon. Rungani)

[Days elapsed: 16]

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development on the Women Development Fund (WDF) projects. (S.C. 16, 2017). – Hon. Nyamupinga

 

32. Adjourned debate on motion on the high cost of sanitary wear – (Adjourned 9th January, 2018- Hon. Rungani)

[Days elapsed: 13]

Question proposed: That this House-

ALARMED by the high cost of sanitary wear which has made it almost inaccessible to the majority of girls and women;

CONCERNED that the main producer of sanitary wear is faced with imminent closure;

FURTHER CONCERNED that schools are about to open and parents have to buy sanitary wear for their girl children;

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon the Executive;

(a) To immediately and urgently give a directive to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to provide the required foreign currency to the main producer of sanitary wear so as to avert the closure;

(b) To allow traders to import sanitary wear duty free as a short term solution;

(c) To allow the dispensation for duty free importation of the material used to produce sanitary wear as provided for in the last budget; and

(d) To implore upon the Non-Governmental Organisations and the donor community to assist in provision of sanitary wear to the less privileged womenfolk- Hon. Misihairabwi -Mushonga.

33. Adjourned debate on motion on appreciation and support for the measures being taken by H.E. the President E.D. Mnangagwa to rebuild Zimbabwe. ( Adjourned 11th January 2018 – Hon. Matuke)

[Days elapsed: 11]

Q uestion proposed: That this House:

INSPIRED by His Excellency, The President E. D. Mnangagwa’s sterling inaugural address to the nation on Friday 24 November 2017 at the National Sports Stadium, envisaging a new dispensation;

ACKNOWLEDGING the measures already taken such as:

(a) Efforts to stamp out corruption at all levels as demonstrated by the 90-day moratorium on those who externalized cash and assets, and

(a) the meetings held with Permanent Secretaries and Public Service Commission highlighting the need to downsize government structures and appoint a lean cabinet, and retiring civil servants who have reached their retirement age.

FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGING the need to strengthen institutions of governance through separation of powers among the three arms of the State namely; the Judiciary, the Legislature and the Executive;

COGNISANT of the call by His Excellency to shun any forms of retribution and divisions as a way of fostering unity among Zimbabweans regardless of colour, creed, gender and ethnicity;

MINDFUL of His Excellency, the President’s desire to revive the economy leading to the creation of jobs;

APPLAUDING the sentiments expressed towards restoration of international relations through engaging the international community;

Now, therefore, expresses its unequivocal and deepest appreciation and support for the measures being taken to rebuild Zimbabwe. - Hon. Zindi

34. Adjourned debate on motion on working towards objective Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and meeting requirements of the 2030 Agenda for SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement ( Adjourned 31st October, 2017- Hon. Matuke)

 

[Days elapsed: 21]

Question proposed: That this House-

DISTURBED by under representation and deprivation of women in socioeconomic issues and decision making;

FURTHER DISTURBED by the Executive has failed to implement gender equality and equitability on access to energy services and supplies;

NOTING WITH CONCERN that the Executive has failed to conduct an analysis on gender sensitive strategies and mobilisation of resources for purposes of boosting energy renewal and combating Climate change.

COGNISANT that the country as a member state that participates in International and Regional forums is a signatory and has ratified most instruments and Protocols at that level and is therefore obligated to provide basic services such as energy, water, roads and infrastructure to marginalised communities.

NOW THEREFORE, calls upon the Executive;

(a) To work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and meeting requirements of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris climate agreement which emphasise the acceleration of private public cooperation under the deployment of new technology on Gender Inclusion in Renewable Energy;

(b) To make available equal opportunities to both men and women in their involvement in government policies and programmes related to Gender Inclusion Renewable Energy;

(c) To explore further advancement of technology on Gender Inclusion Renewable Energy; and

(d) That the Executive works closely with organisation and institutions responsible for renewable energy so that they share best practices. - Hon. Chirisa

35. Adjourned debate on motion on Code of Ethics and Conduct for Members of Parliament-(Adjourned 17th October, 2017- Hon. Chamisa).

[Days elapsed: 24]

 

Question proposed: That this House -

RECOGNIZING that in 1999, Parliament adopted the final report of the Parliamentary

Reform Committee (PRC); and one of the recommendations contained in the report

was that of establishing a Code of Conduct and Ethics and Implementation Register

for Members of Parliament.

ACKNOWLEDGING that the Constitution of Zimbabwe, in section 198 provides for the enactment of an Act of Parliament which must provide measures to enforce the provisions of principles of public administration and leadership, including measures to―

(a) require public officers to make regular disclosures of their assets;

(b) establish codes of conduct to be observed by public officers; and

(c) provide for the disciplining of persons who contravene the provisions of Chapter 9 of the Constitution or any code of conduct or standard so established.

NOTING that the recommendation by the PRC and the requirement by the Constitution culminated in Standing Order 49 of the Standing Rules and Orders of the National Assembly.

COGNISANT OF the approval of the Code of Conduct and Ethics and Implementation Register by the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders on 21 st of April,

2016.

NOW, THEREFORE, resolves that the Code of Conduct and Ethics and Implementation Register be adopted. – Hon Chamisa

36. Adjourned debate on motion on regional and gender imbalances in society -(Adjourned 3rd October, 2017- The Minister of State in the Vice President and Minister of National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation) .

[Days elapsed: 31]

 

Question proposed: That this House -

ACKNOWLEDGING that Section 18 of the Constitution provides for regional equality and states “The state must promote the fair representation of all Zimbabwe’s regions in all institutions and agencies of government at every level;

FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGING that Section 17 provides that “The State must promote full gender balance in Zimbabwean society, and in particular the state must promote the full participation of women in all spheres of Zimbabwean society on the basis of equality with men;

NOTING that both Section 18 and Section 17 place obligations on the state to take specific measures to rectify both regional and gender imbalances in society;

CONCERNED that the process of identifying providers of government services and government tenders are violating Section 17 and Section 18;

NOW THEREFORE resolves to call upon the Executive to ensure that:

(a) All processes of identifying providers of services to government are

conducted in a transparent and accountable manner;

(b) Awarding of government and parastatal tenders promotes fair regional

representation; and

(c) A 30% quota of all government tenders are reserved for women. – Hon

Misihairabwi-Mushonga .

37. Adjourned debate on motion on the closed Shabani – Mashava Mines (SMM) (Re - instated 3rd October, 2017 –Hon. Holder).

[Days elapsed: 58]

Question proposed : That this House:

RECALLING that the Shabani – Mashava Mines (SMM) closed more than 15 year ago and prejudiced over two thousand employees due to non-payment of salaries and wages, poor service delivery as well as deteriorating living standards as a result of poor maintenance of basic facilities such as sanitation, sewer and water reticulation system, roads and infrastructure among others;

NOTING that the credit status of the company has been getting worse since the closure of the mine;

COGNISANT that the company was a big contributor to the economy and that it is deteriorating;

CONCERNED at the consequences of not been reopened

WORRIED that the workers may never get what is due to them and also that the prospects of the re – opening of the mine may never dawn;

NOW, THEREFORE, this House resolves that:

(a) Through the government, a board be set to run the affairs of the Mines

(b) The board secures a new investor to resuscitate the Mines and that it be

revived in line with dictates of the ZIMASSET Blueprint;

(c) The welfare of the Mining community and the workers of these mines be improved; and

(d) The flagship of the town be raised- Hon. Holder.

38. Adjourned debate on motion on stiffer custodial sentences for people who start veld fires-

(Adjourned 5th October, 2017– Hon. Rungani)

[Days elapsed: 28]

Question proposed: That this House:

AWARE that the veld fire season runs from the end of July to the end of October;

MINDFUL that frequent burning has serious implications on the environment, wildlife habitat, human health and livelihoods;

RECALLING that the impacts of veld fires range from severe environmental degradation to loss of property and life;

COGNISANT that Zimbabwe has received normal to above normal rainfall during the 2016/17 season;

NOTING that the growth of vegetation countrywide translates to high fuel load with a high probability of veld fire outbreaks during the dry season;

ACKNOWLEDGING that the fire prediction for 2017 season indicates 80% of high to extreme fire risk;

CONCERNED that human activities increase the frequency, extent and pattern of veld fires;

NOW, THEREFORE, calls upon the Executive to-

(a) Amend the legislative framework that deals with veld fires so that it provides for stiffer custodial sentences for people who start fires; and

(b) Take steps to ensure that court cases on environmental crimes are resolved speedily – Hon Mudyiwa.

39. Adjourned debate on motion on the Second Reading of theInsolvency Bill – (H.B. 11, 2016) – (Adjourned 13th February 2018 – The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs) .

 

[Days elapsed: 27]

Question proposed: That the Insolvency Bill (H.B.11, 2016) be now read a second time – The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs .

40. Second Reading: Electoral Amendment Bill (H.B.6, 2017) – The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

41. Second Reading: Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill (H.B. 19, 2015) The Minister of Mines and Mining Development.

42. Adjourned debate on motion on the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the WTO Agreement. (Adjourned 3rd October, 2017 – Hon. Minister of Industry, Commerce and Industry Development)

[Days elapsed: 25]

 

Question proposed: THAT WHEREAS, Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of

Zimbabwe provides that any convention, treaty or agreement acceded to, concluded or

executed by or under the authority of the President with one or more foreign states or

governments or international Organisations shall be subject to approval by

Parliament;

WHEREAS Zimbabwe is a member State to the World Trade Organisations (WTO) since 5 March 1995. In December 2013, WTO member states concluded negotiations on a new agreement, the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), at Bali Ministerial Conference;

WHEREAS the Member states adopted a protocol of amendment to insert the new agreement into Annex 1A of the WTO Agreement. In accordance with Article 10 (3) of the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the WTO Agreement; any new Agreement negotiated will enter into force once two thirds (2/3) of the WTO member states complete the domestication processes and submit Instruments of Acceptance / Ratification.

WHILST Zimbabwe was in the midst of finalizing its internal processes, on the 22nd February 2017, the number of other WTO member states reached the required threshold of two thirds (2/3) instigating the Protocol to enter into force;

AND WHEREAS the Protocol has to pass through Parliament for approval and Presidential assent before the instrument of Acceptance is submitted to the WTO secretariat, Zimbabwe as a member of the WTO is supposed to accept the Protocol of Amendment;

NOW THEREFORE, in terms of section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, this House resolves that the aforesaid Protocol be and is hereby approved for acceptance. – Hon. Minister of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development).

 

43. Committee: To resume on Consideration of an Adverse Report by the Parliamentary Legal Committee on theShop Licences Amendment Bill (H.B. 10, 2016) – Hon. Samukange.

 

44. Committee: To resume on Consideration of an Adverse Report by the Parliamentary Legal Committee on Statutory Instrument No. 74 of 2017 Police (Association) Regulations, 2017 published in the Government Gazette during the month of July 2017. – Hon. Samukange.

 

45. Committee: Consideration of an Adverse Report by the Parliamentary Legal Committee on Statutory Instrument No. 79 of 2017 Agricultural Marketing Authority (Command Agriculture Scheme for Domestic Crop, Livestock and Fisheries production) Regulations, 2017. – Hon. Samukange.

46. Committee: Consideration of an Adverse Report by the Parliamentary Legal Committee on Statutory Instrument No. 110 of 2017. Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) (Extension of State Liabilities Act to the Assets of Chitungwiza Municipality) Regulations, 2017. – Hon. Samukange.

 

47. Committee of Supply.

 

BILLS UNDER CONSIDERATION BY THE PARLIAMENTARY LEGAL COMMITTEE

1. Public Health Bill (H.B. 7, 2017) The Minister of Health and Child Care. - ( Referred 11th January, 2018).

2. Public Entities Corporate Governance Bill – (H.B. 5A, 2017)The Minister of Finance and Economic Development) – (Referred 13 February, 2018).

3. Civil Aviation Bill – (H.B. 4, 2017)The Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development ( Referred 13th February, 2018)

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