Zimbabwe resumes pensions to Malawian ex-miners .

Zimbabwe has resumed payment of pensions to Malawians who worked in that country’s mines in the past.

Harare suspended the payments in 2000 due to financial woes affecting that country.

Malawi’s commissioner of labour Elias Zirikudondo confirmed the development in an interview on Thursday. He said the process will start with verification of particulars of the pensioners.

"First of all, the pensioners are required to complete a Life Certificate Form to show that they are still alive while those who died will still continue to get the money through their next of kin or [spouse] after producing a death certificate or other relevant documents," said Zirikudondo.

He said the payments will start as soon as the verification exercise finishes.

According to a press statement monitored on MBC Radio on Thursday, the Ministry of Labour is requesting all pensioners to complete and sign the Life Certificate Form at their nearest labour offices.

John Mawango, a workers’ compensation commissioner in the Ministry of Labour, said the completed Life Certificate Forms should be sent to the ministry which, in return, will forward them to the Malawi Embassy in Zimbabwe.

He said so far, there are 497 Malawians who are on pension after working in the Zimbabwe mines while some more pensioners from other sectors had their pensions resumed last year.

Among them are ex-workers from the Government of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Postal Services, the Local Government, the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Company, City of Harare and the Railways of Zimbabwe.

He could not say how much is expected to be remitted every month, saying initially the pensioners were being paid directly through their bank accounts and the payments varied. – The Nation News