State Enterprises and Parastatals minister Gorden Moyo on Friday told Bulawayo residents although the government had successfully unearthed about 70 000 ghost workers Zanu PF was allegedly blocking attempts to eject them from the public service payroll.
Speaking at a public meeting organised by the Bulawayo Agenda at the Small City Hall, Moyo said it was not easy for a policy or ideology to be adopted and implemented without any resistance from other partners in the inclusive government.
“You know the current government is run by three political parties. If one partner refuses to have a policy implemented, there is no way others can force the implementation,” he said.
“As a current government we have failed to remove the ghost workers due to disagreement among partners over the issue.”
The ghost workers were exposed during a public service audit commissioned by the late Public Service minister, Eliphas Mukonoweshuro, which revealed they were gobbling $14 million in salaries and allowances each month.
But Public Service deputy minister Andrew Langa (Zanu PF) dismissed Moyo as incompetent to comment on public service issues.
“The only official statement about the ghost workers will come from the Ministry of Public Service. We are still compiling information and when the process is complete the announcement will be done.
“It is not for Moyo to issue a statement about public service matters,” he said.
Mukonoweshuro died on Friday at the age of 58 in South Africa where he had gone for an operation.