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Roundup Bulletin No. 06 - 8th Parliament - 2013
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
November 11, 2013
Last week saw
the reinstatement of Hon Munyaradzi Kereke to his seat in Parliament.
This was in line with the Constitutional Court’s ruling which
nullified his expulsion from Parliament.
Hon. Kereke will serve on the Portfolio Committees on Budget Finance
and Economic Planning and the Mines, Energy and Power Development.
Members raised pertinent policy issues to the Cabinet Ministers
on Wednesday during the Question and Answer session.
to the portfolio committees
announced the following changes in Portfolio Committee Membership;
- Hon. Fanny
Chirisa will no longer serve on the Portfolio Committee on Youth,
Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment as she already serves
in other two Committees.
- Hon. Thokozani
Khupe will serve on the Finance and Economic Planning Committee,
- Hon. Brian
Tshuma will move from the Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs
Committee to the Media, Information and Broadcasting Services
- Hon. Alexio
Musundire will serve on the Public Accounts Committee and the
Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs,
- Hon. Dingilizwe
Tshuma will serve on the Portfolio Committees on Health and Childcare
and Education, Sports and Culture.
Etiquette and Decorum
urged Members of Parliament to observe established rules and customs
relating to decorum and the precedence of the Speaker or other presiding
ruling on Hon. Matambanadzo’s unparliamentary utterances
made a ruling regarding utterances by Hon. Matambanadzo’s
in which he accused MDC-T MPs “for urinating on pots and plates”
when they were students at the University of Zimbabwe. MDC-T MPs
had objected to the utterances and asked the Speaker to rule Hon.
Matambanadzo out of order. At the time the utterances were made,
the Speaker said he needed time to read the hansard so as to be
able to make his ruling. On Thursday last week, the Speaker ruled
that Hon. Masango Matambanadzo’s utterances constituted unparliamentary
language. Thus, Hon. Matambanadzo was ordered to withdraw his statement
and apologize to the House, which he duly did.
inquiry into the power sector in Zimbabwe
that the farming sector is facing challenges as a result of the
power outages; farmers can no longer irrigate their crops as the
supply of power has now become erratic in most areas. During the
course of the debate, Hon. Masango Matambanadzo caused a stir when
he said the MDC-T Members of Parliament had labelled him uneducated
but with all their degrees had failed to notice that sanctions had
destroyed ZESA. The debate on the motion strayed into the sanctions
issue with counter accusations form the two main political parties
in the House. This plunged the House into commotion and as a result
the Deputy Minister of Agriculture Hon. Marapira had to adjourn
the debate to restore sanity in the House.
did not go down well with MDC-T Members who still wanted to debate
the motion. The MDC-T Chief Whip Hon. Innocent Gonese protested
saying that according to the House procedures if a Member still
wanted to debate they should be allowed to do so. The House had
to be divided in order to vote on whether Hon Gonese was to be allowed
to debate on the motion; the votes were MDC-T 27 and Zanu-PF 91.
and Answer Session
Mahlangu asked the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development
what Government policy was towards setting up tollgates in towns.
In response, Minister Dr. Obert Mpofu said that consultations were
being conducted in order to come up with a policy on the establishment
of tollgates in towns.
During the question
and answer session, the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate,
Hon. Saviour Kasukuwere said that Zimbabwe was beginning to experience
the effects of climate change. He said government was busy working
on the National Strategic Plan in order to mitigate the problems
that come with climate change. He went on to say that Government
will build more dams to ensure that farmers were not affected by
climate change. He was responding to a question by Hon. Annastancia
of Metropolitan and Provincial Councils
Hon. Sesel Zvidzai
asked why the Metropolitan and Provincial Councils had not been
institutionalised and constituted, eight months after the new constitution
came into force and three months after the formation of the Government.
In response the Acting Leader of the House, Hon. Patrick Chinamasa
said there was need for institutional and legal framework thereafter
the relevant ministries could be in a position to set up such Councils.
Monetary Fund (IMF)
Cross asked the Finance Minister if Zimbabwe was on a staff monitored
programme with the IMF. The Minister of Finance, Hon. Patrick Chinamasa
pointed out that Zimbabwe was indeed under a staff-monitored Programme
which looks at the soundness of the country's macro-economic policies.
He also went on to say that the IMF delegation was currently in
the country to review the country’s economic progress.
On establishment of a women’s bank
last week, Hon. Thokozani Khupe (MDC-T) seconded by Hon. Dorcas
Sibanda introduced a motion in the National Assembly calling for
the introduction of the establishment of a women’s bank. Hon
Khupe highlighted the problems faced by women when they try to access
loans to do their projects. She called the House to support her
motion arguing that women constituted 52% of the national population
in Zimbabwe. She noted that women contributed 82% to the GDP in
Zimbabwe and therefore there was needs for a bank that catered for
their needs since greater percentage of them work in the informal
sector. Hon Majome supported the motion saying it was a noble and
bold motion which sought to do things in a different way. She gave
an example of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh which has implemented a
similar model of a women’s bank. She argued that statistics
have shown that women repay their debts at a faster rate than men
do. She pointed out that in order to end the vicious cycle of poverty
there was a need to empower women by developing a banking model
and a bank where women were subjected to appropriate mechanisms
to enable them to borrow without collateral. The motion received
a lot of support from the male Parliamentarians who felt it was
a noble idea to raise such an issue. Hon Haritatos said women were
the back bone of development and so needed favourable terms to support
their efforts as they contributed to the development of the nation.
Hon Mukwena urged women to unite despite their different political
affiliations and fight against sanctions. Hon S. Chikwinya said
women have been historically disadvantaged and there was a need
to address such issues. Hon Chinotimba said he was impressed with
the motion and added that issues of sanctions should be dealt with
in order for the banking sector not to be affected negatively.
bearers of the Zimbabwe Women’s Parliamentary Caucus
members were elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the
Zimbabwe Women’s Parliamentary Caucus as follows:
- Hon. Senator
Mutsvangwa - Chairperson
- Hon. Mpariwa
- Deputy Chairperson
- Hon. M. Dziva
- Hon. Senator.
Mahofa - Treasurer, Hon. Mahoka - Committee member
- Hon. Senator
Shiri - Committee member
Hon Dorcas Sibanda
(MDC T) and Hon. Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga (MDC) pointed out
that their parties did not take part in the selection process of
the Women’s Caucus and therefore their parties did not recognise
those elected. The Speaker said the House could not entertain such
a complaint as the election was conducted outside the House. He
advised the complainants to go back to the Women’s Caucus
forum to resolve their disagreements.
on lifting of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe
The motion calling
for the lifting of “sanctions” imposed on Zimbabwe by
western countries continued this week as it had been interrupted
by automatic adjournment of the House on 16 October. The motion
was introduced by Hon. Makhosini Hlongwane (Zanu-PF Mberengwa East)
seconded by Hon. Paul Mavima (Zanu-PF Gokwe Sengwa). Hon. Hlongwane
called upon the European Union, Australia, New Zealand and United
States of America to “lift all forms of sanctions they imposed
on Zimbabwe”. Hon Chikwinya (MDC-T, Mbizo Constituency) tabled
a paper to the Hansard Officers and read part of it saying he wanted
to prove that Zimbabwe was trading with the Government of Zimbabwe.
He pointed out that between 2011 and 2015, the UK government through
the Department for International Development (DFID), expects to
provide over US$ 700 million development assistance. Their top priorities
are strengthening democracy, including constitutional reform and
they have already done that through assisting the constitution making
process. Results so far are that during the financial year of 2012
to 2013, the DFID office provided approximately US$125 million in
support of vulnerable Zimbabweans. He also went on to say Zimbabwe
was still importing from the UK. This year as of August, Zimbabwe
has imported goods amounting to US$35 million. Exports from Zimbabwe
to UK amount to US$14 million, simply because of our incapacity
to produce. He pointed out to the House that he wanted to give the
Honourable MPs a document that showed that Zimbabwe has no restrictive
measures with regard to trade. Concerning corruption he said Zimbabwe
ranks 163 out of 176 on the Corruption Perception Index. He pointed
out that there was need for a ‘Whistle Blowers’ Act’
to protect whistle blowers against powerful politicians who are
in the majority of committing crimes. Hon. Oliver Mandipaka (Zanu-PF,
Buhera West Constituency) joined the debate on sanctions and pointed
out that on paper it says Zimbabwe firms not connected to Government
leaders are free to do business with American firms. At the same
time, American firms are free to invest and trade with Zimbabwe
as long as they avoid business deals with top Zanu-PF officials.
In reality however, a number of companies from Zimbabwe, whether
or not linked to Zanu-PF have been experiencing serious problems
in obtaining offshore financing or credit guarantees, just for being
Zimbabwean operations. Other members who debated on the motion were
Hon. Misihairambwi-Mushonga (MDC), Hon Mukwangwariwa (Zanu-PF),
Hon. G Moyo (MDC-T), Hon. Matangira (Zanu-PF), Hon. Matambanadzo
(Zanu-PF) and Ms Chikwinya (Zanu-PF). There was so much interest
on the motion that the time period for adjournment was waivered
in order for members to continue the debate on sanctions.
of Committee Business
announced that all business of committees of Parliament would be
suspended until 15th November 2013.
Assembly adjourned to 19 November 2013. The Senate did not seat
last week and resumes business on 19 November 2013 as well.
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