Tanzania's Sh387m ghost workers wage bill

Tanzania's President John Magufuli delivers a speech during his swearing in ceremony in Dar es Salaam, on November 5, 2015. The Tanzanian government has paid over TSh7.5 billion (Sh387m) of taxpayers’ money to 7,795 ghost workers in the local government since January, a Cabinet minister revealed on Tuesday. PHOTO | DANIEL HAYDUK |

What you need to know:

  • The Tanzania government has paid over TSh7.5 billion (Sh387m) of taxpayers’ money to 7,795 ghost workers in the local government since January, a Cabinet minister revealed on Tuesday.
  • Deputy minister of State in the President’s Office (Public Service Management and Good Governance) Angela Kairuki said the ongoing drive to identify phantom workers has detected 7,795 since January to April 3.
  • According to the minister, the number drastically shot from mid last month following a directive from President John Magufuli during the swearing-in of RCs that all local authorities must eliminate phantom workers.
  • She said the government will conduct audit at all public institutions in regions to check compliance of the president’s order. “Any officer who fails to adhere to governments’ instructions will be held accountable,” she said.
  • The government spends about TSh5.5 trillion annually on salaries. The amount is equivalent to 51 per cent of the country’s revenues.

DAR ES SALAAM, Wednesday

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