We inherited a failed social security – Shamenda

GOVERNMENT says the current social security system which it inherited has failed to meet the aspirations of citizens in eliminating poverty and destitution among beneficiaries.

And government says it is committed towards reforming the current social security system.

Labour and Social Security Minster, Fackson Shamenda observed that the  delivery of social justice is highly dependent on a well-functioning social security system, hence the urgent need to reform the current system.

Mr. Shamenda said the current levels of occupational injury are shockingly low which has led to claimants being subjected to unnecessary delays and denial of justice.

ZANIS reports that the Labour minister said this  during the installation of a new Workers Compensation Fund Control Tribunal in Ndola today.

The Minster said it is for this reason that government has committed itself to reforming the social security system.

“We want a social security system that will adhere to tenets of social justice and help eliminate poverty and destitution among our people,” he said.

Mr. Shamenda commended the tribunal for taking up their positions, urging them to be diligent in performing their duty. He charged the new members to exercise independence, diligence, and fairness in discharging their duties.

And Workers Compensation Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Nkumbula congratulated the newly appointed tribunal.

Dr. Nkumbula urged the tribunal to work hard and take the commission’s dealings with pensioners and other customers to another level.