Maputo, 9 Feb (AIM) – Mozambique’s National Social Security Institute (INSS) launched on Wednesday the annual “Proof of Life” mechanism in order to register and certify the existence of pensioners in the system.
The Annual Proof of Life, which will cover over 120,000 pensioners from the INSS across the country, will take place between 8 February and 10 May. It aims to stop payments to any “ghost pensioners” in the system.
According to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Emídio Vicente Mavila, “this year, there are 124,598 pensioners from the INSS. They will have to prove their physical existence at the INSS offices throughout the country.”
Mavila explained that the measure makes it possible to periodically update the register of pensioners, which avoids undue payments.
He called on pensioners “to take part in the exercise as a way of guaranteeing the payment of their pensions. Let’s avoid pension interruptions due to failure to provide proof of life”, he said.
For his part, the Chairperson of the INSS Board of Directors, Kabir Ibrahimo, said that proof of life is “an essential practice to guarantee the integrity and regularity of our social security services”.
In order to carry out the proof of life, pensioners will present themselves at the locations previously indicated by the INSS, namely the provincial and district offices, the district representations and the service points. Pensioners who have difficulty travelling due to illness will be assisted at home by brigades consisting of INSS technical staff.