Miners’ widows get compensation

THE Workers’ Compensation Fund Control Board (WCFCB) has paid injury benefits of K18,759 to families of the four miners who died in an underground mine accident at Mopani Copper Mines (MCM)’s South Ore Body two months ago.
WCFCB chief executive officer Elizabeth Nkumbula, who presented the cheques on Monday to the families of the miners, said the board would continue to support the widows and children in accordance with the stipulated guidelines of the institution.
“We shall continue to support your children until they attain the age of 18 years and should they wish to stay in school longer than that, you can still come to our offices to let us know. As for the spouses, we shall continue paying you until you die or decide to get married again,” Dr Nkumbula said.
She urged the widows to use the money in a prudent manner and ensure that their children complete their education.
Dr Nkumbula said the board is committed to ensuring that its clients’ families are well-taken care of.
She, however, said it is important for companies to submit documents on time once an employee dies from an accident for the board to quickly pay the benefits to the families.
“The challenge that we face is that some companies do not submit the necessary documents on time, but where all the documents are available, it is easy for us to process everything on time,” Dr Nkumbula said.
And Grace, widow of Abel Mambwe, one of the miners who died in the mine accident, thanked WCFCB for the support.
“I don’t know much about Workers Compensation Fund Control Board, but I am happy that you are here to give us the benefits of our late husbands,” Ms Mambwe said.
Other miners who died in the rock fall underground are Emmanuel Kyongola, Honest Mushota and Abel Munthali.

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