It has been revealed that the Ministry of Finance is paying as salary the sum of Le3,678,352,905 to 55 individuals who are not in the database of the Ministry as employees.

This revelation was made known by the recent Audit Report which noted that the names of 63 employees were seen in the payroll vouchers who received salaries and other allowances to the tune of Le4,757,240,782 but not on the staff list provided by the Ministry of Finance.

That a comparison made during audit trail by the Audit Service showed that the names on payroll exceeds the staff list of the ministry.

“We compared the names of employees in the Ministry’s staff list with the names on monthly payrolls in 2019. We observed that the names of 63 employees were seen in the payroll vouchers who received salaries and other allowances (net pay) totaling Le4,757,240,782 but these names were not on the staff list provided by the Ministry,” the audit stated.

Responding to the issue, the Deputy Financial Secretary, Administration stated that 26 staff who received salaries which amounted to Le2,435,141,151 are MoPED staff, adding that during the split from the Ministry of Finance, the names of the staff in question inadvertently remained on the Ministry’s payroll.

The Deputy Financial Secretary, Administration added that a letter has been written to the Accountant General’s Department for the transfer of these names to MoPED’s payroll, and is available for audit verification.

“Additional 8 staff are personnel of the Ministry of Finance amounting to Le1,387,005,443. The staff list will be updated accordingly, and will be made available for audit verification. Management will take action to ensure that the remaining 29 staff amounting to Le935,094,188 whom might not be identified as staff of the Ministry are deleted from the payroll,” the Deputy Financial Secretary stated.

The Auditor General maintained that no evidence was provided by the Ministry of Finance to prove that the 26 staff in question are employees of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development (MoPED).

That there was no evidence to show that management took the necessary action of ensuring that the names of 29 ghost workers at the ministry were deleted from the payroll.

The Auditor General stated that the issues raised above remain unresolved.