Act on pension values, Mthuli Ncube told

Source: Act on pension values, Mthuli Ncube told –Newsday Zimbabwe

Mthuli Ncube

HARARE East legislator, Tendai Biti has implored Finance minister Mthuli Ncube to craft a law that will operationalise the Justice Smith Commission of Inquiry into the loss of value of pensions.

The Justice Smith Commission, set up in 2015, was led by retired judge Justice George Smith to inquire into the loss of pension values and propose remedies to the crisis.

On Tuesday, Biti raised a matter of national interest in the National Assembly, calling on Ncube to implement the Justice Smith Commission’s recommendations with urgency.

“In March 2007 the Justice Smith Commission of Inquiry presented its report, which made several recommendations after finding that Zimbabwe lost pensions of a total value of US$5,8 billion as a result of a weak regulatory framework by the Insurance and Pensions Commission (Ipec), the scandalous and greedy behaviour of insurance houses, and the terrible macroeconomic environment,” Biti said.

“There is also a second group of pensioners, these are people who saved their money  from 2009, paid their pensions in USD  when the economy had dollarised, but suddenly with the enactment of Statutory Instrument  33 of 2019, greedy pension houses  are  paying those  pensioners in paltry Zimbabwean dollars. The Finance minister must as a matter of urgency come up with a law that puts into effect the Justice Smith Commission of inquiry recommendations.”

Deputy speaker of the National Assembly Tsitsi Gezi ruled that the issue raised by Biti was very important, but said it should be introduced as a motion in the House.

Pensioners who had worked for several years had their pension values reduced to measly amounts, of up to US$0,80c. They have not been compensated for the pension losses incurred during the inflationary period of 2008/9.

Dzamara was abducted in 2015 at a barbershop in Glen View, Harare. His whereabouts are still unknown.

Madzimure demanded that Home Affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe should issue a ministerial statement on the investigations into Dzamara’s disappearance in order to put closure to the issue.