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Hunt for public service ghost workers stirs hornet’s nest

The Public Service Commission (PSC) started the verification of the skills and payroll last week and the exercise will run until November 15.


It is a follow up to the comprehensive audit of the civil service done by Ernest and Young (India) on behalf of the Ministry of Public Service, which exposed thousands of ghost workers.


The audit revealed that the payroll had more than 75 000 ghost workers, most of them unqualified Zanu PF militia and supporters.


It revealed that a staggering 6 861 workers were employed in one day in one ministry.


The PSC and Zanu PF heavily criticised the audit saying it was not conducted properly.


Raymond Majongwe, the secretary general of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) said although they had not been formally notified about the audit, he felt that it was unnecessary.


“I am not aware that the PSC is carrying out another audit. however, this is clear testimony that Zanu PF continues ducking and diving,” he said on Friday.


“There was an audit conducted by (the late Public Service minister Eliphas) Mukonoweshuro, why should he die and another audit starts?


“It’s a scandal being engineered by those who want to do the audit.”


Majongwe accused Zanu PF of trying to clandestinely employ people loyal to it under the guise of an audit.


“Zanu PF did create this situation where it wants to parachute people into the civil service before the pending elections so as to rig elections,” he claimed. “The whole point is to create confusion.”


Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (Zimta) president Tendai Chikowore had not even seen the Earnest and Young audit report.


“Even myself, I haven’t seen the report,” Chikowore said.


“We have not been furnished as yet with the report.”


Chikowore said the PSC audit had a number of flaws.


Teachers from Midlands province have complained that PSC officials failed to turn up for meetings they organised.


“As for the way the audit is being done, if it’s true that there is no PSC staff to interview them then that is irregular. That is not the way it should be done,” she said.


Public Service minister Lucia Matibenga refused to comment on the matter referring all questions to PSC chairman Mariyawanda Nzuwa, who was not available for comment.

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