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Parliamentary Roundup Bulletin No. 18 - 2011
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
June 14, 2011

Introduction

The House of Assembly resumed business yesterday after a three week break necessitated by COPAC Thematic Committee meetings.

Plenary Business

Yesterday, the House only debated the condolence motion on Welshman Mabhena, the former Governor and Resident Minister of Matabeleland North Province who died on 24 October 2010. The motion was introduced in the House by Hon. Reggie Moyo, Member of Parliament for Luveve Constituency (MDC-T). He was seconded by Hon. Harrison Mudzuri (MDC-T Zaka Central Constituency).

In introducing his motion, Hon. Moyo said Mabhena’s heroic contribution to the liberation struggle and his post independence record on national development spoke for themselves. Thus, his hero’s status was unquestionable. Hon. Moyo also narrated the trials and tribulations that Mabhena went through after independence during the political tension between PF ZAPU and ZANU PF, often referred to as the “Gukurahundi atrocities”, where PF ZAPU supporters were persecuted by the 5th Brigade. This did not go down well with some ZANU PF MPs, who heckled Hon. Moyo and accused him of “opening old wounds”.

Although Mabhena was declared a National Hero, his family refused to have him interred at the National Shrine as per his wish.

While the House was generally agreed that the national hero’s status conferred on Welshman Mabhena’s was a befitting tribute by the nation, Members differed on the criterion used. MDC Members argued that the National Heros Acre was a national monument and hence those buried there should be selected in a non-partisan manner to ensure that people buried at the shrine were men and women of integrity.

Forth-Coming Motions

  • Hon. Jorum Gumbo (ZANU PF Chief Whip) gave notice to introduce a condolence motion in the House on the death of Edgar Tekere on Wednesday 15 June 2011.
  • Hon. Seiso Moyo gave notice of a presentation of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Media on the state of the public media on Wednesday 15 June 2011.
  • Hon. Moses Jiri gave notice of a presentation of the First Report of the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land s and water Resources on the plight of tobacco farmers on Wednesday 15 June 2011.

The first half of today’s sitting will be preceded by the Question and Answer Session before private members’ motions.

Legislation Update

Status of Bills As At June 15, 2011

Title of Bill Ministry Bill number Status Gazetted
Public Order and
Security
Amendment

Hon Gonese
Private Members
H.B. 11A, 2009 Transmitted to Senate for
2nd Reading-08/12/10
11/12/09
*Deposit Protection
Corporation

Finance H.B 7A, 2010 Transmitted to Senate for
2nd Reading-01/06/11
22/10/10
*Small Enterprises
Development
Corporation
(Amendment), 2010
Small and
Medium
Enterprises and
Cooperative
Development
H.B.9,2010 Transmitted to Senate for
2nd Reading-05/04/11
05/11/10
*National Incomes
and Pricing
Commission
(Amendment)

Ministry of
Industry and
Commerce
H.B.10, 2010 Awaiting Second Reading
in the Housing Of
Assembly
05/11/10
Older Persons Bill Labour and
Social Services
H. B.1, 2011

Proofs sent to the AG'S Office-10/05/11

Not yet
Zimbabwe Human
Rights Commission
Bill,2011
Justice and Legal
Affairs
H. B. 2,2011 Copies yet to be delivered
to parliament
10/06/11
Electoral
Amendment Bill,
2011
Justice and Legal
Affairs
H. B. 3,2011 Proofs sent to the AG'S
Office-09/06/11
Not yet

Senate

Senate is on recess until 5 July 2011.

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