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Senate Votes 21 november 2017 no 14

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No. 14

 

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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TUESDAY, 21ST NOVEMBER 2017

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Half past two o’clock pm.

President of the Senate in the Chair.

 

 

Bhebe M,

Bhobho H,

Buka F,

Carter M.N,

Chabuka k,

Charumbira Chief,

Chiduku Chief,

Chifamba J,

Chimanikire A,

Chimbudzi A,

Chimhini D.A,

Chimutengwende C.C.C,

Chipanga T. S,

Chisunga Chief,

Chizema C

Dandawa Chief,

Gampu Chief IV,

Goto R,

Gwenzi Chief,

Hungwe J.D,

Jadagu G.T,

Khumalo D. T

Komichi M,

Mabhugu F.E,

Machingaifa T,

Makone T,

Makore J,

Makwarimba C,

Maluleke O,

Manyeruke J,

Marava M,

Marozva Chief,

Mashavakure N,

Masuku A,

Mathema C.G,

Mathuthu T.A

Matiirira A,

Mavhunga M,

Mkhwebu A,

Moeketsi V,

Mohadi T.B,

Moyo S.K,

Mtshane Chief,

Mugabe C. T.

Mumbengegwi S.S,

Mumvuri D.D.E,

Mupfumira P,

Muronzi M,

Murwira T,

Musaka M. B,

Musarurwa Chief,

Mutsvangwa M,

Muzenda T.V,

Ncube S,

Ndhlovu J,

Nebiri Chief,

Nembire Chief,

Ngungumbane Chief,

Ntabeni Chief,

Nyambuya M.R Rtd. Gen.

Nyamukoho Chief,

Nyangazonke Chief,

Nyathi R,

Parirenyatwa P.D

Shiri A,

Shoko G,

Siansali Chief,

Sibanda B,

Sinampande H,

Tawengwa C. Z,

Timveos L.

 

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

Hon.Dokora L.

 

Printed by Order of the Senate

 

 

1.                              The President of the Senate made the following announcement:

 

          INTRODUCTION

Honourable Members,

The Chair wishes to inform the House that today, 21 November 2017, the Speaker of the National Assembly received a Notice of Motion to remove the President from Office as prescribed in section 97 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.  The mover of the motion is Hon. Senator Mutsvangwa seconded by Hon. Maridadi. In terms of both substantive and procedural compliance, the Speaker have found the motion to be admissible. As you may all be aware, this Motion is unprecedented in the history of post-independence Zimbabwe. In this regard, therefore, and pursuant to the need to guide the proceedings accordingly, the Chair shall outline the fundamental Rules of Procedure that will be used in dealing with the Motion.

 

REMOVAL OF THE PRESIDENT FROM OFFICE

The Constitution of Zimbabwe, as the supreme law of the Republic of Zimbabwe as enunciated in section 2 of the same, provides as follows:

(1) This Constitution is the supreme law of Zimbabwe and any law, practice, custom or conduct inconsistent with it is invalid to the extent of the inconsistency.

(2) The obligations imposed by this Constitution are binding on every person, natural or juristic, including the State and all executive, legislative and judicial institutions and agencies of government at every level, and must be fulfilled by them.

 

In view of the above, the myself and the Speaker of the National Assembly have agreed that all processes shall be done in a manner which recognises the values of constitutional supremacy, legality and the rule of law. As such, the Chair shall proceed to outline what the law enumerates before outlining the Rules of Procedure for this Joint Sitting of the Senate and the National Assembly and the next series of Joint Sittings on the Motion to remove the President from Office.

Section 97 of the Constitution highlights the linear process which must be followed in the removal of the President from Office. Under section 97 of the Constitution, the process of removing the President from Office can be conveniently split into three distinct phases.

STAGE 1: ADOPTION OF THE MOTION STAGE TO REMOVE THE PRESDIENT FROM OFFICE

Section 97(1) of the Constitution provides that:

“The Senate and the National Assembly, by a joint resolution passed by at least one-half of their total membership may resolve that the question whether or not the President or a Vice-President should be removed from office for

(a) serious misconduct;

(b) failure to obey, uphold or defend this Constitution;

(c) wilful violation of this Constitution; or

(d) inability to perform the functions of the office because of physical or mental incapacity;

should be investigated in terms of this section”.

At this point, it is important to note that the afore-stated grounds of removal of the President from office can be singularly or severally/jointly pursued. In addition, at least 174 Members of Parliament of both Houses in the Joint Sitting of Parliament must vote in the affirmative to pass the motion to institute proceedings for the removal of the President from office.  Currently, the total Membership of Parliament is 347. The Senate has 78 Members, meaning there are two vacancies. The National Assembly has 269 Members, meaning there is one vacancy.

 

The calculation of a required threshold of numbers has been guided by section 344(4) of the Constitution which provides that Any reference to the total membership of Parliament is a reference to the total number of persons who for the time being are Members of Parliament”.

 

STAGE 2: APPOINTMENT OF A JOINT COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE THE CHARGES AGAINST THE PRESIDENT

In the event that the procedure outlined in Stage 1 has been satisfied and passed in the affirmative, the Committee of Standing Rules and Orders takes the process further. Section 97(2) of the Constitution provides that:

(2) Upon the passing of a resolution in terms of subsection (1), the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders must appoint a joint committee of the Senate and the National Assembly consisting of nine members reflecting the political composition of Parliament, to investigate the removal from office of the President or Vice-President, as the case may be.

As outlined in section 151 of the Constitution, the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders enjoys exclusive jurisdiction and supremacy in:

(a) supervising the administration of Parliament;

(b) formulating Standing Orders;

(c) considering and deciding all matters concerning Parliament; and

(d) exercising any other functions that may be conferred or imposed on the   

     committee by this Constitution or by Standing Orders or any other law.

 

STAGE 3: APPOINTMENT OF THE INVESTIGATING COMMITTEE

Accordingly, the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders shall immediately proceed to appoint a nine Member joint committee and give it its terms of reference to investigate the removal of the President.  The Chair shall announce the names of the joint committee which shall immediately starts its work.

 

STAGE 4: REPORTING AND FINAL VOTING STAGE

Section 97(3) of the Constitution provides that

“If—

(a) the joint committee appointed in terms of subsection (2) recommends the    removal from office of the President or Vice-President; and

(b) the Senate and the National Assembly, by a joint resolution passed by at least two-thirds of their total membership, resolve that the President or Vice-President, as the case may be, should be removed from office;

the President or Vice-President thereupon ceases to hold office”.

Two thirds of the current members require at least 232 Members of Parliament to vote in the affirmative.

 

RULES TO BE APPLIED ON THE MOTION TO REMOVE THE PRESIDENT FROM OFFICE

 

PART I

JOINT SITTINGS

 

1. Application

     These rules shall apply to this Joint Sitting and the next series of Joint Sittings until the motion on the removal of the President from office has been disposed of.

 

2. Calling of joint sittings

      (1) A joint sitting of the National Assembly and the Senate may be held for the purposes mentioned in section 97 of the Constitution.

      (2) The Speaker and the President of the Senate, must make the necessary  

arrangements for such a joint sitting.

 

3. Presiding officer

The Speaker, or in his absence the President of the Senate, must preside at any joint sitting of the National Assembly and the Senate.

 

4. Relief of presiding officer

An elected presiding officer of either House must take the Chair whenever requested to do so by the Speaker or the President of the Senate.

 

5. Venue

Joint sittings shall be held at any place taking into account public interest, security or convenience.

6. Quorum

The quorum of the joint sitting shall be at least one half of the total membership of  Parliament.

 

PART II

CONDUCT AND DEBATE GENERAL RULES

7. Members in House

      Unless otherwise stated in these Interim Joint Standing Orders, Rules relating to Order in the House, Rules of Debate, Divisions and any other relevant provisions in the National Assembly and Senate shall mutandis mutandis apply in the joint sitting.

 

8. Limitation of speech

      A Member must not exceed ten (10) minutes in speaking to any question before the House, except in the case of a Vice-President, Ministers and Members in moving a motion and in replying to the debate thereon:

 

9. Disorderly conduct in Joint Sitting

(1) If the Presiding Officer is of the opinion that a member is deliberately contravening a provision of these Rules, or that a member is in contempt of or is disregarding the authority of the Chair, or that a member’s conduct is grossly disorderly, he or she may order the member to withdraw immediately from the Chamber for the remainder of the sitting.

(2) The Sergeant-at-Arms must act on such orders as he or she may receive from the Chair in pursuance of this Standing Order.

 (3) Members ordered to withdraw in pursuance of this Standing Order, or who are suspended in pursuance of Standing Order 109, must immediately withdraw from the precincts of the House.

11. Power to name Member

      If o            n any occasion the Chair deems that the powers conferred under Standing Order No. 109 and Standing Order No. 107 of the National Assembly and Senate respectively, are inadequate to deal with the offence he or she may name such Member.

 

12. Temporary suspension from service of House

 

      (1)Any Member who disregards the authority of the Chair or persistently and wilfully disrupts the business of the House commits an offence for which he or she may be suspended from the service of the House.

      (2)  Any Member may move a motion in respect of which no amendment, adjournment or debate must be allowed, for the temporary suspension from the service of the House of any Member who has been named by the Chair in terms of Standing Order No. 109 and Standing Order No. 107 of the National Assembly and Senate respectively.

      (3) When the motion referred to in suborder (2) has been moved, the Speaker must immediately put the question that such Member shall be suspended from the service of the House.

      (4) If any Member is suspended in terms of this Standing Order, his or her suspension must continue on the¾

(a)    first occasion for one sitting day;

(b)   second occasion for two sitting days;

(c)    third or any subsequent occasion for three sitting days

            (6) In the event of¾

(a)    a Member being suspended from the service of the House in terms of this Standing Order he or she may submit to the Presiding a written expression of regret which must be entered in the journal of the joint sitting of both houses of Parliament and laid before the House;

(b)   a written expression of regret referred to in paragraph (a) being   laid before the joint sitting, any Member may move a motion, in respect of which no amendment, adjournment or debate shall be allowed, for a discharge of the order of suspension;

(c)    a motion referred to in paragraph (b) has been moved, the Presiding Officer must immediately put the question that such Member be readmitted to the service of the joint sitting of both Houses;

(d)   the question put in paragraph (c) passing in the affirmative, the suspension order must be discharged and the Member readmitted.

      (7) A Member who has been suspended from the joint sitting in terms of this Standing Order must immediately withdraw from the chamber and or the precincts of Parliament until such time as the period of suspension has expired or he or she has been readmitted in terms of suborder (6).

 

13. Member withdraws while conduct under debate

 

      Every Member against whom any charge by way of motion has been made and whose conduct is under debate, having been heard in his or her place, must withdraw while such charge is under debate and must take no further part in the proceedings.

 

PART III

 

GENERAL MATTERS

 

14 General

 

Upon entering the Chamber, Members shall register their attendance with the Sergeant-at-Arms by signing in the Joint Sitting Register.

 

15 Voting

 

In addition to the provisions of section 138 of the Constitution, when voting Members shall for the purposes of transparency and accountability produce their Parliament Identity Cards or a valid National Identification Document to the tellers prior to signing against the name and vote on the Division List.

 

Honourable Members,

 

What I have outlined above are the Rules that shall bind us during proceedings on this motion.  I am appealing for tolerance, calmness and recognition of the respect for the inherent dignity and worthy of every member.

 

      After consultation with the Speaker, we have agreed to convene the Joint Sitting of Parliament at the Harare International Conference Centre at 1630 hours today, Tuesday, 21 November 2017. Ordinary Sitting times for both Houses of Parliament shall not apply in respect of a motion to remove the President from Office.

 

      Members shall now proceed to the Harare International Conference Centre. All Members must be seated by 1630hrs.

 

2.         On the motion of the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services: The Senate adjourned at three o’clock pm until Tuesday, 28th November 2017 at half past two o’clock in the afternoon.

 

 

 

                                                                                    E. MADZONGWE,

                                                                                       President of the Senate.

 

 

TUESDAY, 28TH NOVEMBER 2017

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

 

1.         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.

          

2.         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.

 

3.         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.

 

4.         Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Gender and Development on Access to Safe and Clean Water in Rural Areas (Adjourned 2nd November, 2017- Hon. Chief Charumbira)

                                                                                               

                                                                                                            [Days elapsed: 2]

 

Question proposed: 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] – Hon. Sen. Makore

 

 

5.        Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Indigenisation and Empowerment on the Circumstances Surrounding the Non-Establishment of Community Share Ownership Trusts in Mudzi and Mutoko Districts.

           (S.C. 10, 2017). (Reinstated 2nd November, 2017- Hon. Sen. Masuku).

 

                                                [Days elapsed: 19]

 

           Question proposed: That this House takes note of the First Report that the Thematic Committee on Indigenisation and Empowerment on the Circumstances Surrounding

           the Non-Establishment of Community Share Ownership Trusts in Mudzi and Mutoko Districts (S.C. 10, 2017)—Hon. Sen. Tawengwa.

 

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: 27]

 

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: 15]

 

           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: 9]

 

           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.

 

 

 

 

         

THURSDAY, 30TH NOVEMBER 2017

 

    

QESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

 

        QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

  *        QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

 

*1.       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]

 

*2.       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.

 

[Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

 

*3.       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.

 

            [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

 

 

*4.       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]

 

*5.       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]

 

 

*6.       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]

 

*7.       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.

 

[Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

 

*8.       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.

 

       [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

 

*9.       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.

 

                                                                                           [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

 

*10.     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.

 

                                                                                           [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

 

*11.     Hon.Sen Chimhini: To ask the Minister of Information, Media 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.

c)  To state how the Ministry will assist musicians to receive royalties, in     view of the fact that many of them live in abject poverty.

 

                                                                                   [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

 

*12.     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.

 

                                                                                  [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

 

*13.     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.

 

                                                                                           [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

 

*14.     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.

                 

                                                                                           [Deferred from 2nd November, 2017]

 

 

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