Zambia Daily Mail by Online Editor on 5/19/13
By MONICA KAYOMBO
THE Workers Compensation Fund Control Board (WCFCB) has witnessed a high incidence of fraud in the recent past, especially among inspectors in key branches.
WCFCB commissioner Elizabeth Nkumbula said this on Friday evening during the Fund’s Labour Day celebrations at Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Ndola.
“Many of you will agree that the culture of fraud currently obtaining in some of our operational areas is likely to derail the attainment of our mission,’’ Dr Nkumbula said.
She warned that the Fund’s management will ensure that anyone involved in the vice is severely punished.
“I wish to give you a timely warning to desist from fraudulent activities,’’ Dr Nkumbula said.
She urged workers to embrace the Performance Management System (PMS) to enhance the work culture.
She said the system will enable workers to apply themselves to the best of their ability.
Dr Nkumbula also said improving conditions of service for unionised and senior members of staff is critical to the transformation of the Fund.
The transformation includes job creation, labour law reforms, better conditions of service and improving the work culture.
“We are aware that a poor work culture, if tolerated, will impede the attainment of our goals,’’ Dr Nkumbula said.
At the same function, ZUFIAW (Zambia Union of Financial and Allied Workers) Workers compensation branch chairperson Christopher Mukangwe commended the management of the Fund for the early conclusion of the bargaining unit.
He also commended management for the various achievements including the leasing of the Kafubu mall under construction in Ndola.
“We believe that this is the best way at the moment to utilise this land… it will bring in revenue and contribute to the coffers of the Fund,’’ Mr Mukangwe said.
On PMS, Mr Mukangwe cautioned management not to use the tool to victimise employees.
He regretted the incidence of fraud and called on workers to avoid the illegality.
Several workers were presented with certificates and awards for making positive contributions towards the growth of the Fund.
The awards were presented to Kingwell Simukoko and Mike Muchinga, the longest-serving employees, Michael Chandwila and Christopher Chipili from the Accounts department received awards for being the most hard -working, Samuel Musamba and Kaluba Nyambe received awards for being the most improved workers while the most safety conscious award went to Jason Mwengani, a driver.