Civil servants fret over ghost workers

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CIVIL service workers’ unions have called for the release of results of an audit conducted two years ago saying it would help address the poor remuneration of government workers.

VENERANDA LANGA

In 2011, the inclusive government undertook an audit of the civil service, which unearthed 70 000 ghost workers, but nothing has been done to remove them from the payroll.

Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association chief executive officer Sifiso Ndlovu last week said his association was yet to yet receive the results of the audit.

“We have not received the civil service audit results, but we have read from newspapers and seen reports that suggest we have thousands of ghost workers, while other reports denied that,” he said.

“There is also a query on the methodology used to identify ghost workers and now it is also difficult to know what further took place as the data collected has not been officially made public.”

Ndlovu said what is more worrying is that all ministers in the inclusive government knew the findings of the audit yet the information was not made public.

“If the audit was indeed credible, then the results should be brought to the public now,” he said. “As unions, we are worried about the silence because the audit has an impact on taxpayers’ money and improvement of civil servants’ salaries.”

Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe chief executive officer Manuel Nyawo said even in the absence of a Public Service minister who is yet to be appointed, audits could still be publicised.

“Those ghost workers translate into thousands of dollars lost which can go towards improving people’s salaries,” he said.

“We appeal to the government to expedite the process that can lead to the publication of the audit results so that we know where we are going.”

Efforts to get a comment from outgoing Public Service minister Lucia Matibenga were fruitless.