A biometric registration process conducted in conjunction with the World Bank has seen the Zimbabwean government eliminate about 10,000 ghost workers.
The Public Service Commission’s human capital development manager, Moses Mhike, is quoted as saying they worked with some government agencies in tracing non-existent ghost workers and strucking them off the payroll.
“we conducted a biometric exercise to get the data of all civil servants and comparing with the Registrar’s office. We realized that about 10,000 were not biometric compliant and traced them at each and every work station.” said Mhike.
Another senior PSC official is quoted as saying they pulled the plug at the Salary Service Bureau. “We made sure that we stopped paying those non complaint and only the legitimate ones came forward. However, the exercise should be an ongoing thing.”
The government is expected to save millions of Zimbabwe dollars following the elimination of ghost workers, who were estimated to be as many as 15,000.