NSSF takes six more companies to court over benefits
By Staff Writer
The Arusha Chapter for the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), is in the process of taking to court six local companies due to their failure to submit monthly contributions for their employees for the last six years.
This was divulged by the Arusha branch manager of NSSF, Mathew Mwakatobe last week,
during a press conference.
According to Mwakatobe, the companies have been deducting money from their staff members’ salaries but did not forward the deductions to the Fund as required.
The NSSF branch manager named the companies as the Arusha Duty Free Store, which is said to have failed to enrol its staff since the firm went into operation in 2002 and Kijenge Animal Products which owes the Fund a total of Tsh.87.4 million in form of workers contributions.
others include Halcyon Tanzania Limited which is yet to pledge Tsh.33,483,032 for the period between September 2002 and August 2003.
Manyara Estate owes the Fund Tsh.3.4 million for the period between November 2002 and August 2003. Wananchi Arusha Limited has failed to pay Tsh.7.3 million in the same period, and Landscape Specialist which has failed to replace two dishonoured cheques amounting to Tsh.1.26 million.
NSSF had earlier sent six other local companies to court on similar charges. The cases that are currently in court, according to the manger, include those of La Fleur D’Afrique which between June 1998 and October 2003 was owed NSSF over Tsh.71.7 million, Victoria Barabara which owed Tsh.55.7 million for the period between June 2002 and April 2003 and Happy Sausages which owed Tsh.17.6 million.
Others are Meru Peak Primary which was to pay Tsh.3.04 million and Ramesh Patel Tsh.1.5 million.
Meanwhile, the NSSF has managed to pay a total of 2,982 members with their benefits amounting to Tsh.1,658,796,681.30 during its fiscal year 2003-2004.