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STERN action should be taken against human resource officers who are placing ghost workers on Government payroll, says Governance, Elections, Advocacy, Research Services (GEARS) Executive Director McDonald Chipenzi.

Mr Chipenzi said the country had continued losing huge sums of money to unscrupulous human resource officers in Government departments.

He said his organisation was aware that the Public Service Pension Fund (PSPF) had been struggling to pay pensioners and retirees their monthly rations due to inadequate funds.

Mr Chipenzi said therefore that it was unacceptable to allow the culture of ghost workers to continue in the country.

“In light of the exposé of the 4,000 plus ghost workers on the Government payroll on the Copperbelt and assuming that the 4,000 were  getting K3,500 minimum monthly each, then Government is losing over K14 million per month, just in one Province,” said Mr. Chipenzi.

He said it was a huge amount that could be used to pay retirees and pensioners that had not been paid their money for many years. 

“Now that Government has discovered this hidden treasure in ghost workers, the savings should therefore be used to pay out our pensioners and retirees who gave great service to this country,” he said.   Mr Chipenzi said Government should consider channelling the saved money from ghost workers to PSPF.

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