Government sets sights on ghost workers

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By Staff Reporter

THE government is working hard to root out ‘ghost workers’ form the civil service, Public Service Commission (PSC) chairperson Vincent Hungwe has said.

He was speaking earlier this week on the side-lines of an induction workshop for senior State bureaucrats and admitted rules had been broken in employing some people.
“It is true that there are instances where people have been employed outside the rules and procedures of the Public Service Commission,” said the PSC boss.

“The PSC has dealt with such issues and we continue to identify them and get rid of them.

“But in instances where we have more personnel than is institutionally required, that does not render the person a ghost worker.

“It’s only that our systems have not been efficient and effective enough in terms of making sure that there is resonance between what we require and the numbers we hire.”

An external audit never made public revealed former president Robert Mugabe’s government had hired nearly 80,000 officers from the national youth training program without following procedures leading to a ballooning of the wage bill.

New president Emmerson Mnangagwa is battling to rationalise.
Hungwe also revealed there are too many bosses in the civil service.

“There has always been a tendency to assume that the overall size of the civil service in Zimbabwe is too big,” he explained

“There are certain areas in respect of certain levels where there are more people than required and that has tended to be the case at the highest level of the civil service like permanent secretaries and principle directors.

“But this does not in aggregate terms imply that the civil service is too big.”

He added that the PSC is working at reducing incidences where there are “square pegs in round holes” and make sure people are deployed in areas where their competencies benefit government more.