THE Lusaka Magistrates Court has ordered the director of Merit Engineering Services Limited to pay K26,590 in instalments of K3,000 per month to Workers Compensation Control Board as statutory assessment for eligible workers.
John Musonda was fined by Magistrate Muzambalika Simwatachela after he admitted failing to pay the assessments for six years. Musonda told the court that he understood the charges which were levelled against him and admitted failing to pay the board. In fining him, Mr Simwatachela said he had taken note that Musonda was the first offender who readily admitted the charge without wasting the court’s time and that for that reason he was entitled to leniency.
He however warned Musonda not to ever default to pay for his eligible workers the statutory assessment fees as it was by law that the fees should be paid.
Mr Simwatachela said next time Musonda appears in court with the similar offence he would not hesitate to penalise him by giving a huge fine.
Musonda was facing four counts of failing to pay statutory assessments to the WCCB during the financial period 2010 to 2016. He admitted all the four counts as charged.