28 December 2012

Zambia: Napsa, Workers' Compensation Board Members Named

THE National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) and Workers' Compensation Fund Control Board (WCFCB) boards have been constituted with Government calling for efficiency in the two institutions.

Labour and Social Security Minister Fackson Shamenda announced the names of the board members during a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday at which he urged new members to ensure efficiency and quality service delivery.

The NAPSA board will be chaired by Joseph Chikolwa, who is Zambia National Building Society managing director.

Other members of the board are Chishimba Yumbe, who is director of finance at the Bank of Zambia, Bankers Association of Zambia chief executive officer David Chewe, Peter Chupa, Lusa Mulanda, Andrew Chisala, Michelo Silungwe and Trevor Kaunda.

The WCFCB would be chaired by Alec Chirwa, who is former Labour Permanent Secretary and also served as Zambia Congress of Trade Unions secretary general.

Former National Union of Communication Workers general secretary Wellingtone Chella will also sit on the board and so will Federation of Free Trade Unions of Zambia executive secretary , Lyson Mando and Rameshwar Gupta.

Others are Betty Mutambo, Tyson Chisambo and hotelier Guaudenzio Rossi.

The rest are Sepiso Kabalanyana, Copperbelt Permanent Secretary Stanford Mschili and Moya Lumamba

Mr Shamenda said Government attached importance to the two institutions because they were players in the social security landscape of the country.

He said the two boards were coming at a time when Government was critically reflecting on the options available in reforming the social security system.

"The boards will therefore be expected to play a key advisory role in this process to ensure that the two institutions become efficient and effective than ever before," he said.

The minister said the primary role of the boards would be to oversee the functions of the two organisations and ensure that they continue to operate in the interest of stakeholders.

He said that the boards should not be rubberstamps but act as strategic assets for the two institutions.

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