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The Mozambican state has saved about 3 billion meticais (€45 million) in salaries by striking “ghost” employees off over the past four years, Minister of State Administration and Civil Service Carmelita Namashulua has said.
Quoted on Monday by the daily Notícias, Carmelita Namashulua said that 41,000 “ghost” Civil Service employees were struck off between 2015 and 2019.
“Proof of life using biometric data has made it possible to verify more than 336,000 active state officials and agents, as well as 41,000 fake ones,” the minister said.
Namashulua said the savings from detecting false employees were channelled toward improving public service delivery and increasing staff benefits.
“These are amounts which fall into the hands of others. We are trying to turn off the tap of diversions,” she said, adding that the government had been relentless in the proof of life process.
The government has also issued a state officials identity card in its attempts to eliminate diversion of funds.
“This helps ensure that public administration will improve even further in the next five years,” Minister Namashulua added.Source: Lusa