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SENATE VOTES 01 NOVEMBER 2017 NO 12

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No. 12

 

PARLIAMENT

 

OF

 

ZIMBABWE

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VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE

 

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FIFTH SESSION – EIGHTH PARLIAMENT

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WEDNESday, 1ST NOVEMBER 2017

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Half past Two o’clock pm.

President of the Senate in the Chair.

 

 

Bhobho H,

Buka F,

Carter M.N,

Charumbira Chief,

Chiduku Chief,

Chifamba J,

Chimanikire A,

Chimbudzi A,

Chimutengwende C.C.C,

Chipanga T. S,

Chisunga Chief,

Chitanga Chief,

Dandawa Chief,

Gampu Chief IV,

Goto R,

Gwenzi Chief,

Jadagu G.T,

Khumalo D. T,

Komichi M,

Mabhugu F.E,

Machingaifa T,

Makone T,

Makore J,

Maluleke O,

Manyeruke J,

Marozva Chief,

Masendu Chief,

Mashavakure N,

Matiirira A,

Mavhunga M,

Mawire J,

Mlotshwa S,

Moeketsi V,

Mohadi T.B,

Mtshane Chief,

Mugabe C. T,

Muronzi M,

Murwira T,

Musaka M.B,

Musarurwa Chief,

Mutsvangwa M,

Ndhlovu J,

Nebiri Chief,

Nembire Chief,

Ntabeni Chief,

Nyambuya M.R (Rtd. Gen.)

Nyamukoho Chief,

Nyangazonke Chief,

Nyathi R,

Shiri A,

Shoko G,

Sibanda A,

Sibanda B,

Sinampande H. M,

Tawengwa C. Z,

 

 

Printed by Order of the Senate

 

Absent with leave

 

Hon. Sen. Mathuthu T.A, Hon. Sen. Muzenda T.V.

 

1.         The President of the Senate informed the Senate that all Hon. Senators were required to complete and submit bio data forms to the Director of Public Relations in Office No. 312, Third Floor, Parliament Building or Office No. 4, Third Floor, Pax Building by Thursday 9th November, 2017. The information was required for uploading on the Parliament website and the Parliament Mobile Application.

 

2.         The President of the Senate also informed the Senate that Notice of Motion No. 1 by Hon. Sen. Makore on today’s Order Paper was not given in accordance with Standing Orders and consequently the Member was advised to give a fresh notice in consultation with Clerks-at-the-Table.

 

3.         Hon. Sen. Makore, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mlotshwa, moved: That Notice of Motion No. 2, for today, stands over until Notice of Motion No.11 has been disposed of.

 

            Motion put and agreed to.

 

4.         Hon. Sen. Mlotshwa, seconded by Hon. Sen. B. Sibanda, moved: That Notice of Motion No. 3, for today, stands over until Notice of Motion No.11 has been disposed of.

 

5.         Hon. Sen. Makore, seconded by Hon. Sen. Mlotshwa, moved: That Notice of Motion No. 4, for today, stands over until Notice of Motion No.11 has been disposed of.

 

            Motion put and agreed to.

 

6.         Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on

Sustainable Development Goals on SDG No. 3 (Adjourned 31st October, 2017- Hon. Tawengwa)

                                                                                               

                                                                                                            [Days elapsed: 24]

 

Question again proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Sustainable Development Goals on SDG No. 3: “Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-being for all at all ages”, [S. C. 8, 2017] – Hon. Sen. Chief Mtshane

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Chief Mtshane, seconded by Hon. Sen. Tawengwa: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

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

October, 2017- Hon. Sen. Tawengwa).

 

[Time elapsed: 3 hours 21 minutes]

 

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

 

May it please you, your Excellency, the President:

 

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

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira, seconded by Hon. Sen. Tawengwa: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

   8.       Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Peace and Security on the Preparedness of the Grain Marketing Board to handle the 2016/2017 Crop Deliveries and the Success of the Command Agriculture Programme (Adjourned, 31st October, 2017—Hon. Sen. Mumvuri).

 

                                                                                                            [Days elapsed: 12]

 

           Question again proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Peace and Security on the Preparedness of the Grain Marketing Board to handle the 2016/2017 Crop Deliveries and the Success of the Command Agriculture Programme (S. C. 15, 2017)- Hon. Sen. Mumvuri.

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira, seconded by Hon. Sen. Tawengwa: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

9.    Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Zimbabwe delegation to the International Conference on Promoting Stakeholder and Parliamentary Dialogue on Arms Trade Treaty (Adjourned 31st October, 2017- Hon. Sen. Tawengwa)

 

[Days elapsed: 6]

 

           Question again proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwe delegation to the International Conference on Promoting Stakeholder and Parliamentary Dialogue on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) held at Pullman Teranga Hotel in Dakar, Senegal from 13th to 14th June, 2017- Hon. Sen. Timveos.

 

On the motion of Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira, seconded by Hon. Sen. Tawengwa: Debate adjourned until tomorrow.

 

 

10.       On the motion of Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira, seconded by Hon. Sen. Tawengwa: The Senate adjourned at seven minutes past three o’clock pm.

 

 

                                                                                    E. MADZONGWE,

                                                                                       President of the Senate.

 

 

THURSDAY, 2ND NOVEMBER 2017

 

    

QESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

        QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

  *        QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

 

*1.       Hon. Sen. Timveos:  To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs;

 

(a)    Why Justice Rita Makarau plays a triple role as judge of the Supreme Court, Secretary for Judiciary Services Commission and Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

 

(b)   To further explain what role she would play in the event election results are contested.

[Deferred from 28th September, 2017]

 

*2.       Hon. Sen. Timeveos:  To ask the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to explain to the House why the Anti-Corruption Commission has no arresting powers.

[Deferred from 28th September, 2017]

 

*3.       Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development to explain:

 

(a)    Whether or not farmers in resettlement areas are insured against natural disasters;

 

(b)   How a farmer can be assisted in case of loses of one hundred and fifty or more hectares of maize crop due to veld fires.

 

 

(c)    How farmers are sensitised on setting up fireguards or fire breaks in place to avert veld fires.

 

(d)   What the Ministry’s policy is as regards the protection of farmers from unscrupulous buyers who want to cash in on maize that was harvested under the Command Agriculture Programme.

 

[Deferred from 28th September, 2017]

 

*4.       Hon. Sen. Goto:  To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development to:

a)      Inform the House what measures have been put in place to assist farmers who lost their crops due to water logging and veld fires after benefitting from the Government’s Command Agriculture Programme.

 

b)      State whether the repayment of debt to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) would not be spread over a period to allow farmers to first recover from their losses so that they may remain viable as farmers.

 

c)       Further state how farmers who could not access fertilizers would be expected to repay their loans in view of the fact that they are not be able to meet their obligations due to poor yields that they realized.

 

d)     How Government would support those farmers affected by the shortage of diesel and electricity during the winter wheat cropping season, and also in view of the fact that some farmers have abandoned their activities mid-way through the season due to lack of such resources

 

*5.       Hon. Sen. CHIMHINI: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development to explain to the house why the Mupotedzi Irrigation Scheme in Honde Valley, under Mutasa Rural District Council was abandoned considering that the Government had already spent money on irrigation pipes and the perimeter fence for the area which was allocated to beneficiaries.

 

*6.       Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House;

 

(a)    The success and failures of the 2016 budget;

 

(b)   How through the 2016 Budget the Ministry has managed to economically empower people with disabilities.

 

[Deferred from 28th September, 2017]

 

*7.       Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to inform the House what benefits the nation has realized from the Chinese people who are in business in the country.

[Deferred from 28th September, 2017]

 

 

*8.       Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi:  To ask the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development:

a)      To explain the Ministry’s policy with regards to ensuring that all imported vehicles that are currently parked in most areas of the country pay taxes to the government;

b)      To further explain why they are parked when they are already in the country;

c)      How these vehicles got into the country when they are not being used for their intended purposes.

d)     To state whether citizens are fully conversant with laws governing the importation of vehicles and the consequences of breaching such laws.

 

[Transferred 5th October, 2017]

 

*9.       Hon. Sen. Khumalo D.T.:  To ask the minister of Health and Child Care to explain why district hospitals do not have the capacity to help malnourished children, and to send them to private or mission hospitals for recovery.

 

*10.     Hon. Sen. Khumalo D.T.:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain why district and provincial hospitals managements are not aware of the one thousand nutrition days for mother and Child.

 

*11.     Hon. Sen. Khumalo D.T.:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care whether the Ministry is aware that Nutritionists are not part of the decision making team in districts and provinces yet this is where critical issue relating to Hospitals are discussed.

 

*12.     Hon. Sen. Khumalo D.T.:  To ask the Minister of Health and Child Care to explain why food nutrition is not recognized as a science subject when training nurses.

 

*13.     Hon. Sen. Khumalo D.T.:  To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to explain why schools have been instructed to purchase school buses from one supplier instead of choosing suppliers of their own choice.

 

*14.     Hon. Sen. Khumalo D.T.:  To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to explain why the authorised bus supplier is now charging the schools VAT on the cost of buses yet they should buy local buses without tax.

 

*15.     Hon. Sen. Khumalo D.T.:  To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to explain why there exist two (2) types of fee structures in government schools as is the case in some schools where they charge $10. 00 while others charge $20.00.

 

*16.     Hon. Sen. Khumalo D.T.:  To ask the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to explain why National Social Security Authority (NSSA) continues to use pensioners’ funds to construct properties that end up being utilized, thereby suffering from short changing pensioners who end up suffering from poverty.

 

*17.     Hon. Sen. Khumalo D.T.:  To ask the Minister of Lands and Resettlement why there are no written guidelines when issuing land to Hon Members of Parliament as is the case with councilors.

 

*18.     Hon. Sen. Chimhini: To ask the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education to explain to the House:

                           a) What policy is in place to ensure that grade seven pupils are productively

                              engaged after writing their grade seven examinations in October until

                              schools close in December.

 

                          b) What steps the Ministry intends to take against schools that allow grade

                              seven pupils to either stay at home after their examinations or go to school

                              to play the whole day as has been observed in some instances.

 

*19.     Hon.Sen Chimhini: To ask the Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting

            Services:

                          a) To explain the misinformation by the Ministry relating to the alleged $10                                       000,00 payments per month for what was owed to Zimbabwe Music Rights

                              Association (ZIMURA) in 2010, when in fact the Zimbabwe Broadcasting

                              Cooperation (ZBC) had only paid $30 000 as at 18 October 2017 as

                              opposed to $90 000 which should have been paid by that time.

                          b) To inform the House when the Ministry intends to clear arrears to

                   ZIMURA in excess of $650 000 which were accrued over a seven year

                  period.

 

*20.     Hon. Sen. Chimhini: To state how the Ministry will assist musicians to receive

            royalties, in view of the fact that many of them live in abject poverty.

 

*21.     Hon. Sen. Chimhini: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to explain to the House why the Ministry has failed to curb incidents of blatant infringement and flagrant breach of copyright legislation where piracy of music, books and other intellectual property rights is being conducted with impunity on daily basis as if there are no laws to stop piracy.

 

*22.     Hon. Sen.  Chimhini: To ask the Minister of Home Affairs to inform the House why there is no provision for mobile units that issue Birth Certificates and Identity Cards to institutions of Higher Learning where some students have attained 18 years and above, and would also want to register during the Biometric Voter Registration Programme since they would be in classes; and if the Ministry could consider catering for this age group in institutions of Higher Learning. 

 

 

*23.     Hon. Sen. Chimhini: To ask the Minister of State Security to inform the House what measures the Ministry is putting in place to allay fears of potential implosion emanating from frightening public utterances on the succession matrix for the state presidency following the recent televised public fights which are a cause for concern to the general public.

 

*24.     Hon.Sen. Chimhini: To ask the Minister of Defence to explain to the House the point at which the Ministry intervenes when managing acrimonious discord that may compromise the security of the nation particularly, from  threat statements by War Veterans, the Army and the Youths.

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

1.               Hon. Sen. Mavhunga

Hon. Sen. Tawengwa

 

That the Motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Indigenisation and Empowerment on the circumstances surrounding the non-establishment of the Community Share Ownership Trusts in Mudzi and Mutoko Districts, which was superceded by the end of the Fourth Session of the Eighth Parliament be restored on the Order Paper in terms of Standing Order No. 71.

 

2.        Hon. Sen. Makore

Hon. Sen. Buka

 

That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Gender and Development on Access to Safe and Clean Water in Rural Areas. [S.C. 18 2017]

 

 

3.      Hon. Sen. Makore

Hon. Sen. Buka

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the 7th Retreat of the Association of Senates, Shoora and equivalent Councils in Africa and the Arab World (ASSECAA), held form the 26th to 27th November 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

          

4.        Hon. Sen. Sinampande

Hon. Sen. Mawire

 

That this House takes note of the Report of the Parliament of Zimbabwe Delegation to the Eighth Retreat of the Association of Senates, Shoora and Equivalent Councils in Africa and the Arab World, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 20th to 21st May 2017.

 

5.         Hon. Sen. Mlotshwa

            Hon. Sen. B. Sibanda

 

            That this House:-

            DISTURBED by the lack of commitment by the Ministry of Lands and Rural       Resettlement to provide alternative resettlement areas for communities from             Zwehamba; Mahatshe; and Matankeni evicted to pave way for developmental national        projects;

            CONCERNED at the apparent lack of consideration for such communities who had to     bear the brutal brunt of oppression in 1947 when they resisted eviction;

            COGNIZANT that it is their right to enjoy the fruits and the benefits of the war of           liberation in view of their heroic exploits when they resisted colonial oppression;

            MINDFUL that such communities have to be involved in the Command Agriculture         Programme which was launched in 2016, a year which coincided with their       unscheduled evictions.

            NOW THEREFORE; calls  upon the Executive to expeditiously resolve the issue of          providing arable land to sixty two households from Zwehamba; Mahatshe; and          Matankeni areas in the Matobo District so that they can resume their farming            activities unperturbed so as to live a prosperous and stable life premised on peace and     stability which is requisite in the whole of Zimbabwe.

 

6.         Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on

Sustainable Development Goals on SDG No. 3 (Adjourned 1st November, 2017- Hon. Chief Mtshane)

                                                                                               

                                                                                                            [Days elapsed: 25]

 

Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Sustainable Development Goals on SDG No. 3: “Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-being for all at all ages”, [S. C. 8, 2017] – Hon. Sen. Chief Mtshane

 

7.        Adjourned debate on motion in reply to the Presidential Speech (Adjourned 1st

November, 2017- Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira).

 

[Time elapsed: 3 hours 36 minutes]

 

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

 

May it please you, your Excellency, the President:

 

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

 

 

   8.       Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Peace and Security on the Preparedness of the Grain Marketing Board to handle the 2016/2017 Crop Deliveries and the Success of the Command Agriculture Programme (Adjourned, 1st November, 2017—Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira).

 

                                                                                                            [Days elapsed: 13]

 

           Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Peace and Security on the Preparedness of the Grain Marketing Board to handle the 2016/2017 Crop Deliveries and the Success of the Command Agriculture Programme (S. C. 15, 2017)- Hon. Sen. Mumvuri.

 

9.    Adjourned debate on motion on the Report of the Zimbabwe delegation to the International Conference on Promoting Stakeholder and Parliamentary Dialogue on Arms Trade Treaty (Adjourned 1st November, 2017- Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira)

 

[Days elapsed: 7]

 

           Question proposed: That this House takes note of the Report of the Zimbabwe delegation to the International Conference on Promoting Stakeholder and Parliamentary Dialogue on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) held at Pullman Teranga Hotel in Dakar, Senegal from 13th to 14th June, 2017- Hon. Sen. Timveos.

 

10.      The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Services

 

            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 of governments or            International Organisations shall be subject to approval by Parliament;

 

            WHEREAS the Republic of Zimbabwe is desirous of becoming party to the          Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are blind,      visually impaired or otherwise print disabled;  

 

            WHEREAS the Marrakesh Treaty recognizes that Governmental and Non –           Governmental Organisations play an important role in providing persons with print            disabilities with access to alternative format materials;

 

            WHEREAS the Republic of Zimbabwe is desirous of ratifying the Marrakesh Treaty;

 

            WHEREAS the entry into force of the aforesaid Treaty shall be conditional upon its         ratification by the Member States in accordance with their Constitutional Procedures;

 

            NOW THEREFORE, in terms of Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of            Zimbabwe, this House resolves that the aforesaid Treaty be and is hereby     approved         for ratification.

 

11.      The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Services

 

            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 of governments or        International Organisations shall be subject to approval by Parliament;

           

            WHEREAS Zimbabwe is committed to promote and protect the social and economic            rights of its people and guarantee International Organisations and regional best practices in          the labour market;

 

            AND WHEREAS Zimbabwe approved of the SADC policies on Child Labour, Social           Security, Use of Chemicals, HIV and HIV and Decent work it remains desirous to realize the aspirations of regional cooperation and integration in the employment and    Labour sector;

            AND WHEREAS, His Excellency, the President of the republic of Zimbabwe, Cde. Robert Gabriel Mugabe on the 18th of August 2014 at Victoria Falls signed SADC    Protocol and Employment and Labour;

NOW THEREFORE, in terms of Section 327 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, this House resolves that the aforesaid Ratification of the SADC Protocol on Employment and Labour be and is hereby approved for acceptance.

12.            The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Services

 

            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 of the International Labour Organisation           and seeks to eradicate forced labour in all its forms;

 

            AND WHEREAS Cabinet approved of the Ratification of the ILO Protocol to the           Forced Labour Convention P029 on the 1st of June 2017;

 

                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.

 

 

 

MEETINGS OF COMMITTEES

 

 

 Thursday, 2nd November, 2017

 

At 0900 hours in Committee Room 4. 

 

Peace and Security: Hon. Sen.  Mumvuri D.D.E -  (Chairperson) Hon. Sen. Carter M,  Hon. Sen. Chabuka K., Hon.Sen. Charumbira Chief, Hon. Sen. Chiduku Chief, Hon. Sen. Chimbudzi A, Hon. Sen. Chipanga, Hon. Sen. Dandawa Chief, Gampu Chief, Hon. Sen. Jadagu G.T, Hon. Sen. Komichi M, Hon. Sen. Machingaifa T, Hon. Sen. Makone T, Hon. Sen. Makore J, Hon. Sen. Marava M, Hon. Sen. Mawire J, Hon. Sen. Mohadi T.B, Hon. Sen. Musaka M.B, Hon. Sen. Musarurwa Chief, Hon. Ncube S., Hon. Sen. Ngungumbane Chief, Hon. Sen. Rtd Gen. Nyambuya M, Hon. Sen. Nyamukoho Chief, Hon. Sen. Ntabeni Chief, Hon. Sen. Sibanda A, Hon. Sen. Sinampande H.M, Hon. Sen. Timveos. (Committee Clerk—Mr. A. Kunzwa)

 

 

At 1000hrs in Committee Room No. 413

 

Indigenisation and Empowerment: Hon. Sen.   Mavhunga M- (Chairperson), Hon. Sen. Bhebe M, Hon. Sen. Bhobho H. Hon. Sen. Chimanikire A, Hon. Sen. Chief Chitanga, Hon. Sen. Chizema C.F, Hon.  Sen. Dandawa Chief, Hon. Sen. Goto R, Hon. Sen. Maluleke O. M, Hon. Sen.  Marozva Chief, Hon. Sen. Mashavakure N, Hon. Sen. Matiriira A, Hon Sen. Mavhunga M, Hon. Sen. Mlotshwa S, Hon. Sen. Murwira T, Sen. Ndlovu J, Hon. Sen. Chief Nembire, Hon. Sen.  Nyamukoho Chief, Hon. Sen.  Nyangazonke Chief, Hon. Sen. Nyathi R, Hon. Sen.Tawengwa C.Z.  (Committee Clerk—Mrs. E. Mafuruse).

 

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