20,000 ghost workers discovered in Tanzania public service

Tanzania government is losing at least Sh19.8 billion (8.9 million USD) in salaries every month as the number of ghost workers in public sector rise to 19,708 in January 2017.

Public sector ghost workers stood at 16,137 in August 2016, which meant the government had a dent of 16.1 billion (7.2 million USD) monthly due to the fake salaries processed.

Tanzanian Chief Secretary John Kijazi said during an interview aired by the state-owned TV Station that the recruitment of public servants is back on following the successful campaign of removing ghost workers that commenced in March last year.

“The government is satisfied with the crackdown that is why recruitment has resumed after a temporary ban in order to audit public servants available and as I am speaking some sectors have already made recruitments,” said Kijazi

Mr Kijazi further added that the Tanzanian government had suspended transfers from one department to another in order to verify Form Four, Six and teachers training certificates following exposure of some public servants using fake certificates. According to the Citizen, at least 319 public servants were found with fake secondary school and teachers training certificates or had used education documents that did not belong to them.



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