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Roundup Bulletin No. 03 - 2013
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
February 13, 2013
of Assembly debated the Report of the Portfolio Committee on
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare on the status of residential
care institutions in Zimbabwe for orphans and the elderly. The House
also debated a motion by Hon. Fred Kanzama (ZANU PF Mutare South)
to turn former detention centres into historical monuments where
nationalists were confined during the struggle for national independence.
of Assembly Plenary
Debate on the
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Committee Report on the
status of Residential Care Institutions in Zimbabwe for Orphans
and the Elderly
of the Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social
Welfare successfully moved a motion to resuscitate debate of the
Committee’s Report on the status of residential care institutions
in Zimbabwe for orphans and the elderly which had lapsed due to
the prorogation of the 4th Session of Parliament. She said the Report
lapsed before Members had the opportunity to debate it and she felt
that the Committee’s observations were very important and
required the urgent attention of Parliament.
The major observation
of the Committee was that residential care institutions for the
elderly and orphans in the country have been severely affected by
the economic situation to the extent that the most of these care
centres were failing to meet basic needs of the elderly and orphans.
The Committee further observed that the public care institutions
were in a worse off situation as compared to the privately owned.
In the light of this dire situation, the Committee recommended the
following measures to the Executive;
- Need to
resuscitate the Departments of Social Welfare Services through
injection of human and capital resources.
of children and the elderly must be the last resort. Instead,
foster care can be effective if it is adequately promoted and
funded by the government of Zimbabwe. Alternatives such as family
support services in the communities or in a family setting, kinship
care supporting child-headed house-holds and domestic adoption
are recommended care options.
should convert dormitory style institutions to family-based units
either through re-modelling of existing buildings or through construction
of new units.
should prioritize resources to these care institutions because
it is government’s primary responsibility to meet the core
minimum obligation for each child in the residential care institutions.
Non-Governmental Organizations should complement government efforts.
should be consistent in paying out per capita grants for children
and employee salary grants
must put in place structures and systems that will ensure accountability
to all resources that are channeled to residential care institutions.
- Child offenders
committing minor offences should not be placed in remand institutions
together with hard core child offenders instead they should be
integrated back into the community after going through rehabilitation.
- Old people
and children in residential care institutions should be treated
free of charge in council clinics.
should subsidize or exempt those living in residential care institutions
from paying utility bills.
on the Motion Regarding Turning Detention Centres into Historical
Hon. Fred Kanzama
moved a motion in the House urging government to accord historical
recognition of monumental status to prisons that were used by the
colonial government to detain nationalists during the struggle for
national independence, such Whahwa, Gonakudzingwa, Sikombela etc.
Hon. Kanzama noted that such a move would not only serve to honour
heroes and heroines of the liberation struggle who were detained
in those centres but will also help preserve the history of the
liberation of this country. He further argued that the country also
stood to reap economic benefits as these former detention centres
will become cultural tourist attractions as is the case in countries
such as United States of America and South Africa.
The motion received
support across the political divide. However some MPs felt that
the motion should not be selective but recognize all other centres
across the country that played the same role to reflect the national
outlook of the struggle for national independence.
from the MDC formations, appealed to government to ensure that if
such monuments were constructed, the roll call of honour should
include all the names of people were once detained in those centres
regardless of political affiliation. They accused ZANU PF for being
selective regarding in according hero and heroine status to nationalists
who participated in the liberation of the country from colonial
Major Business in Parliament
The first segment
of the sitting today is dedicated to Question and Answer Session
for both oral and written questions where backbenchers quiz Ministers
on policy issues under their purview.
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