3 December 2012

Namibia: Home Affairs Has No Ghost Workers' Ministry

THE Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, like the agriculture ministry, says it has no ghost workers on its payroll as was asserted in the April 2011 to March 2012 annual report of the Public Service Commission (PSC).

The PSC report stated that there are 193 names on the payroll of the ministry that do not appear in its structure. Additionally, 26 staff members were reported as employed by the ministry, but do not appear on the payroll.

Minister Rosalia Nghidinwa said in Parliament last week that when the Ministry of Home Affairs was split up to create the Ministry of Safety and Security in 2005, 44 staff members appointed through the Social Integration Programme for Ex-combatants (SIPE) were placed at various police stations but remained on the Home Affairs payroll.

She said there were currently 37 staff members on the payroll of Home Affairs who still performed duties at police stations, and seven staff members had been redeployed at the ministry's sub-regional offices and hospitals.

These, she said, could not be considered as "ghost workers" because they were active civil servants.

Nghidinwa said there was continuous consultation between the two ministries on how best to address the situation.

The Home Affairs Ministry is currently filling vacancies in accordance with the approved structure. Some of these positions became vacant due to retirement, registration, transfers, discharges, or deaths.

Nghidinwa said the ministry was tightening its internal controls, and undertook that its human resources division would provide staff inventories on a quarterly basis to monitor staff movements within the ministry.

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