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SENATE HANSARD 31 MAY 2018 VOL 27 NO 46

PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE

Thursday, 31st May, 2018

The Senate met at Half-past Two o’clock p. m.

PRAYERS

(THE HON. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE in the Chair)

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE HON. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

BILL RECEIVED FROM THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

          THE HON. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE:  I have to inform the Senate that I have received the Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill [H. B. 19A, 2015] from the National Assembly.

MOTION

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

          HON. SEN. TAWENGWA: Madam President, I move that Questions Without Notice and Questions With Notice be stood over until the rest of the Orders of the Day, on today’s Order Paper have been disposed of.

          HON. SEN. MOHADI:  I second.

          Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

HON. SEN. MOHADI: Madam President, I move that Order No. 1 be stood over until the rest of the Orders of the Day, on today’s Order Paper have been disposed of.

HON. SEN. TAWENGWA:  I second.

          Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

DEVOLUTION AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

          Second Order read:  Adjourned debate on motion on cultural development as being key to economic development.

          Question again proposed.

          HON. SEN. KHUMALO: Madam President, I move that the debate do now adjourn.

          HON. SEN. B. SIBANDA:  I second.

          Motion put and agreed to.

          Debate to resume: Tuesday, 5th June, 2018.

MOTION

ICT LITERACY PROGRAMME

          Third Order read: Adjourned debate on motion on need to address the ICT divide between the rural, urban, young and old in the country.

          Question again proposed.

*HON. SEN. MANYERUKE: Thank you Madam President for giving me the opportunity to add my voice to the motion that was raised by Hon. Sen. Mavhunga and the seconder.

I would like to believe that Zimbabwe should be a global village just like some other countries in terms of ICT and communication.  I think ICT is very important in the movement of communication but we have problems in rural areas. We are encouraging Government to work on improving ICT in rural areas.  As far as we are concerned, we have noticed that learners in urban areas have easy access to ICT as compared to their counterparts in rural areas. 

If my memory serves me well, when electrification was introduced in rural areas so that electricity could be put in those areas including schools and clinics, what surprised us was that other items like the poles were put in those areas but they were not mounted.  This means that the learners in rural areas are deprived of getting access to ICT because there is no electricity and nothing has been done about that.  Consequently, we are pleading with the Government to work on the rural electrification because if we do not do that, we will have a situation whereby parents will have to migrate learners from rural to urban so that they can move in tandem with their counterparts.

I am fortunate in that I am a well travelled Member of Parliament.  I once went to China and I was very much impressed by what I saw in China; ICT is the way to go.  That is why we are saying ICT should be introduced in rural areas so that people catch up with the technology and they can even access technology such as in the purchase and auction of tobacco.  Farmers may want to have the technology in their hands and need to communicate using their gadgets but there is a problem. 

We are saying that the rural areas are trailing behind in terms of electrification.  There is need for a bias for rural areas so that the learners may be able to get advantage and benefit from technology.  Electricity should be introduced in all these areas.  With these few words, I thank you Madam President for giving me the opportunity to debate as one of the Senators in rural areas.

HON. SEN. MAVHUNGA:  I move that the debate do now adjourn.

HON. SEN. MUMVURI:  I second.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Tuesday, 5th June, 2018.

MOTION

PROVISION OF ALTERNATIVE RESETTLEMENT AREAS FOR ZWEHAMBA, MAHATSHE AND MATANKENI COMMUNITIES

          Fourth Order read:  Adjourned debate on motion on the call on the Executive to provide alternative resettlement areas for communities from Zvehamba, Mahatshe and Matankeni.

          Question again proposed.

HON. SEN. CHIEF CHARUMBIRA:  I move that the debate do now adjourn.

HON. SEN. TAWENGWA:  I second.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume: Tuesday, 5th June, 2018.

MOTION

REPORT OF THE DELEGATION TO THE WORLD PARLIAMENTARY FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

          Fifth Order read:  Adjourned debate on motion on the report of the delegation to the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development.

          Question again proposed.

          HON. SEN. CHIEF MTSHANE: Thank you Madam President for the opportunity that you have given me.  Please allow me to thank all Hon. Members who contributed to this motion on the delegation to the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development which was held in Bali, Indonesia from the 6th to the 7th September, 2017. 

          Madam President, having said that, can you allow me therefore to move that the motion 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 be now adopted.

          Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

FIRST REPORT OF THE THEMATIC COMMITTEE ON INDIGENISATION AND EMPOWERMENT ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE NON-ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COMMUNITY SHARE OWNERSHIP TRUSTS

Sixth Order read:  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.

HON. SEN. TAWENGWA: Thank you Madam President.  Noting that there is no response from the Ministers and that this item was debated extensively, I will wind up this motion next week.  I therefore, move that the debate do now adjourn.

HON. SEN. MOHADI:  I second.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume:  Tuesday, 5th June, 2018.

MOTION

FIRST REPORT OF THE THEMATIC COMMITTEE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS ON SDG NO. 3

Seventh Order read:  Adjourned debate on motion on the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Sustainable Development Goals on SDG No. 3.

Question again proposed.

HON. SEN. CHIEF MTSHANE:  Thank you once again Madam President for giving me the opportunity to thank again all the Hon. Senators who contributed to the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Sustainable Development Goal SDG No. 3 that reads:  Ensure health lives and promote wellbeing for all at all times.  I had hoped Madam President that the Minister would respond to this motion but to no avail.  So I have decided once again to move that the motion be removed from the Order Paper. 

THE HON. PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE:  Hon. Senators, when it is the Committee Report, we do not move for removal from the Order Paper, we move for adoption. 

HON. SEN. CHIEF MTSHANE:  Thank you for that correction Madam President.  I move for adoption of the motion of the First Report of the Thematic Committee on Sustainable Development Goals on SDG No. 3.

Motion with leave, adopted.

MOTION

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

Eighth Order read:  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. 

Question again proposed.

HON. SEN. MUMVURI:  Thank you Madam President.  Like the other two Senators, we have noticed with dismay that the Ministers are not coming to respond to our reports.  I thought this one was a favourable report which would give them mileage but since they have not come, I have no option that next week, I will wind up this debate and move for its adoption until next week. Madam President, I therefore move that the debate do now adjourn.

HON. SEN. TAWENGWA:  I second.

Motion put and agreed to.

Debate to resume:  Tuesday, 5th June, 2018.

On the motion of HON. SEN. CHIEF CHARUMBIRA, seconded by HON. SEN. TAWENGWA, the Senate adjourned at Three Minutes to Four o’clock p.m. until Tuesday, 5th June, 2018.

 

 

 

 

Senate Hansard SENATE HANSARD 31 MAY 2018 VOL 27 NO 46