Gov’t pays Shs 1.4 billion to suspected ghost workers

About Shs 1.4 billion is paid out every month to suspected ghost workers contrary to the Public Service standing orders, the Auditor General has noted.

According to audit report for the financial year that ended on June 30, 2018, the Auditor General John Muwanga noted that despite government’s making substantial progress in reducing the ghost pensioners, there were still gaps in the processing of government employee emoluments.

“I noted that 1674 staff from the June 2018 payroll deemed to have reached the mandatory retirement age were still on the active payroll and were paid a total of Shs 1.4 billion during the month of June alone in form of salaries and allowances contrary to Public Standing Orders,” stated the Auditor General.

Auditor General John Muwanga presenting the Audit report to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga

The Audit report which was formally tabled before Parliament on Thursday also shows that the payroll of June 2018 alone revealed that there were pensioners in various government entities who were employed on contract terms but without evidence indicating that their job positions required special skills.

“Some of the positions in question include; drivers, plant operators, accountants, administrative assistants, askaris and special constables which positions can easily be filled from the existing job market. Irregular employment of pensioners results into excess expenditure by Government and denies the unemployed access to government jobs,” Muwanga stated.

He further noted that the system being used to manage the pension failed to generate automatic notifications of the retirement due dates.

He also noted delays in solving queried files as 931 files were queried and stored at the Ministry of Public Service awaiting collection by the respective vote human resource officers for further action.

He also noted that government had failed to fill up about 34% of critical jobs across ministries and local governments.

“Out of the total government staff establishment of 469,216 positions, only 311,987 positions had been filled leaving a gap of 157,229 representing 34% of vacant posts across Ministries, Departments and Agencies/Local Governments. This affects service delivery as a majority of these are critical jobs like Doctors, Clinical Officers, Professors, commissioners. Public Universities and Local government districts were most affected,” Muwanga noted.