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CHAM Retired Health Workers Receiving Meagre Pensions

Manyenje  got K2.1 million after working for 35 years at MMH Manyenje got K2.1 million after working for 35 years at MMH - pic by Hastings Jimani

Some retired health workers under Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) have expressed worries over discrepancies in administration of their pension contributions, relatively describing them as low and insignificant.

One of the affected people Norah Manyenje who retired in 2017 after working as Nurse and Midwife Technician for 35 years at Mulanje Mission Hospital has complained that she went home with a K2.1 million as retirement package.

“After this long service, this is what I received and I told my children never work and retire while in CHAM facilities to protect from facing the predicament I suffered,” lamented Manyenje.

CHAM Executive Director Happy Makala in an interview with Zodiak Online conceded the challenge which he said emanated five years ago during transition from Inde Trust, the previous pension administrator Inde Trust to the new administrator Old Mutual as some contributions could not be traced.

“Details of affected pensioners were provided and currently Old Mutual is verifying and reconciling the data and let me indicate here that a as CHAM management we also share concerns of both retired and serving employees and this is the reason we are working tirelessly to resolve the issue,” said Makala.

Currently CHAM has about 10, 000 health care workers and the association boasts of contributing 30% to the country’s health care system.

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