May 19, 2016Michael Sutherland-Shaw
Corruption can rear its ugly head in many forms, and in some cases it can even hide in plain sight.
Earlier this week, it was announced Tanzania removed more than 10,000 “ghost workers” from its public sector payroll.
Payments to these non-existent employees had been costing the government more than $2 million a month, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office.
Tanzania spends more than $260 million a month paying the salaries of its estimated 550,000 public workers, according to Reuters.
As authorities continue to audit the public payroll, more “ghost workers” are expected to be found and unfortunately, Tanzania won’t be the last. Many countries across the continent have been hit by this scam in recent years.
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