NICO General Insurance Company Limited on Friday bade farewell to its Mzuzu branch manager Mathole Khumalo who is heading to Blantyre to take the position of assistant underwriting manager.

Khumalo has been replaced by Frank Gomani.

Speaking at his farewell cocktail party on Friday, Khumalo said the insurance firm’s customer base and revenue in the Northern Region has grown in the past seven years.

“In the Northern Region, there has been much of awareness to the public on the importance of insuring property. For example, I can assure you that almost all hectarage of tobacco in the North is insured,” he said.

Khumalo said they insure tobacco from Chitipa, Rumphi and Mzimba through Alliance One (Malawi) Limited, JTI Leaf Malawi Limited and Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company Malawi Limited.

“We have paid huge claims in terms of floods into tobacco fields, fire and hailstorm. The farmers themselves have actually realised the importance of insurance because without it, they lose out in times of calamity,” he said.

On his part, Gomani assured customers in the Northern Region of continued, good customer services, saying he has taken to Mzuzu 23 years of experience in the insurance industry.

“I am glad to be here in Mzuzu. As an incoming manager, I will continue from where my colleague has left, more especially with tailor-made insurance policies that target tobacco growers,” he said.

NICO General Insurance chief executive officer Eric Chapola said Mzuzu is a training ground for the company’s growing managers.

He said Khumalo is now developed to take up greater tasks whereas Gomani has been given a chance to manage a branch.

By John Chirwa – The Nation