The wage bill for Tanzania’s public sector has escalated sharply over the past few years.
Among other reasons for the increase, the numbers of people registering fake names to collect extra wages being prominent.
A 2015 audit found the government had paid 141.4 billion shillings to ghost workers over that year.
Tanzanian authorities have launched a national audit to find “ghost workers” and remove them from civil service payrolls under a corruption crackdown ordered by the president.
Angellah Kairuki, the Minister for Public Service Management said,
“We are conducting an audit of employees across the entire civil service to establish the scale of the problem and cut ghost workers from the payroll,”
Last month, the government spent 573.7 billion Tanzanian shillings to pay the salaries of 556,418 civil servants.
This is equivalent to more than half of the government revenues taken in over the same period used to pay salaries.