Ministry to weed out ghost workers

Ministry to weed out ghost workers

MASERU – THE spokesperson of the Ministry of Public Service ‘Mamakhoa Molapo says her ministry has embarked on an aggressive programme to weed out ghost employees.
She said this would help them trace why the wage bill is surprisingly and stubbornly high.
“We have just started moving to districts to gather data that would able us to assess if we are paying the real civil servants or ghosts. We want to establish why the wage bill is staggeringly highly,” Molapo said.

She said the process has already started in the four districts of Leribe, Berea, Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek.
But they are facing a challenge of civil servants who do not have Identity Documents.
She said in a bid to get the desired results, they want the civil servants to produce their educational qualifications and their engagement dates at work.

Molapo said they look for information that would help them achieve desired results and that would include the promotion dates of the civil servants.
She said they are working together with the Ministry of Home Affairs to help them capture and trace pictures and fingerprints where they encounter some shortfalls.
The audit of the civil service came into being after the former Minister of Health Nyapane Kaya’s disclosure before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that he worked as a principal of Khukhune High School until March 2015.

Kaya is a Member of Parliament for Mechechane constituency.
Kaya earlier told the PAC that he was shocked to learn this year that his name still appeared on the ministry’s payroll along with that of Vuyali Tyhali, an official at the Lesotho consulate in Gauteng province.

He said it was unfortunate that officials of the Education Ministry were giving Minister Ntoi Rapapa false information regarding the issue of ghost workers within the ministry.
“Every time the minister (Prof Rapapa) issues official statements concerning ghost workers, I just feel sympathy for him because he is being misled by the civil servants,” Kaya said.
“I am a ghost worker in the Ministry of Education. In March 2015, I left the teaching service to join politics and I formally resigned as a teacher,” he said.
He said he was stunned to find out that his pay slips are being printed each month since March 2015.

However, Kaya said although he was on the payroll, he was not earning a salary as it was probably being paid to someone else.
The counting process kicks off after three teachers’ associations, Lesotho Teachers’ Trade Union (LTTU), Lesotho Association of Teachers (LAT) and the Lesotho Principals Association (LESPA) have outlined in their array of complaints that there are lots of ghost employees in the Ministry of Education.

Nkheli Liphoto

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