THIS IS SLAVERY :CHAMISA | HON. ADV. CHAMISA: Thank you Madam Speaker.  My supplementary question is – as I was in my communal home, I saw elderly women working for food for work projects.
THIS IS SLAVERY :CHAMISA
They were filling gulleys and others were cutting down trees.  Is this not slavery for the aged? – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] – You have heard my question?  Is this permissible in terms of our Constitution? – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

 

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order Hon.

Members.  Sometimes we waste a lot of time making a lot of noise and it deprives a lot of members from asking questions.

HON. ADV. CHAMISA: Thank you Madam Speaker.  My question is directed to the Minister as a supplementary concerning the elderly aged between 65 or even 70 years.  Is that within the rights enshrined in the Constitution because the elderly should be given these rights that are in the Constitution?  Are we not violating the Constitution and are we not being cruel to the elderly?  Is this not slavery in our own country?  I want to understand what Government policy is because it is quite painful for the elderly to work in Government or community programmes.  I thank you.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: Hon. Chamisa, your question is not emanating from the original question.

HON. ADV. CHAMISA: It is on the part of the vulnerable – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible
interjections.] –

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order Hon. Members, can we have order please.  The first question had to do with the vulnerable, the elderly that were cutting down trees and those that are aged and are at work.  That is not emanating from the original question.

HON. ADV. CHAMISA: Please, do not be concerned Madam Speaker.

HON. ENG. MATANGAIDZE: Thank you Madam Speaker.  I thank Hon. Chamisa for his question, a Pastor and an Advocate – [HON. ZWIZWAI: We are not in church too.] –

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order Hon. Zwizwai, I do not want to send you out, that is too much.  I think you must behave yourself as a Member of Parliament.

HON. ENG. MATANGAIDZE:  The duty of selecting the vulnerable members of the community is entrusted with the community.  When we come up with food for work programmes, it is people who are able-bodied who can work.  The elderly would have been screened by ward, district and provincial committees who then put these people in categories that certain persons are able to work and others not.

The committee includes the elders in the communities, church elders, the traditional healers and Social Welfare officers meet and decide on those that are able to work and those that are unable to do so.  As a result, some of these people will be placed on food for work programmes.

If Hon. Chamisa has people who are working who are not capable of working, you should inform us so that we can rectify that anomaly in order that the member cannot be on food for work.  I thank you.

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