24 January 2014

Kenya: Government Losing U.S.$21.1 Million Annually to Ghost Workers, Kenyatta Says

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday (January 23rd) ordered an independent comprehensive audit of all ministries after a partial audit revealed that the government could be losing 1.8 billion shillings ($21.1 million) annually in payments to ghost workers.

An initial audit of eight ministries revealed that the government was losing 70 million shillings ($819,000) in irregular payments to non-existent civil servants, Kenya's Daily Nation reported.

"If this were to be extrapolated to all 18 national government ministries, assuming the same trend holds, we are likely to save about 150 million shillings ($1.8 million) monthly and approximately 1.8 billion shillings ($21.1 million) annually," Kenyatta said in a statement.

Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Devolution and Planning and the National Treasury to outsource the audit and submit a report to him within three months.

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