The Tanzanian government says the number of public sector "ghost" workers in the east African country reached 19,708 by Jan 31, 2017.
Angellah Kairuki, the Minister of State in the President's Office responsible for public service management and good governance, told Parliament Tuesday that flushing out the ghost workers had enabled the government to save 9.9 million US dollars of taxpayer's money which would have been spent on their salaries every month.
She said an earlier crackdown on fake certificates had identified 319 public servants who used fake secondary school and teachers training certificates or other people's documents to secure employment.
Kairuki said in August last year, the number of public ghost workers stood at 16,137, who claimed 8.0 million USD monthly in salaries.
Chief Secretary to the Government John Kijazi said recruitment of public servants had resumed following achievements recorded during the ghost worker clampdown which began in March last year.
"The government is satisfied with the crackdown that is why recruitment has resumed after a temporary stop to allow revision of public servants," Kijazi told a television station in an interview.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK