No ghost workers in civil service: Minister


Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare deputy minister Tapiwa Matangaidze has claimed there are no ghost workers in the civil service despite numerous reports that thousands of mostly Zanu PF youths are being paid by the government for doing nothing.



Matangaidze told Parliament on Wednesday that a civil service audit conducted by his ministry this year showed that there were 188 000 posts in the public service with 157 000 workers having been physically counted during the assessment.

“The number that could not tally is a figure slightly over 3 500. Yes, some of those people were not on their posts, but have since come forward with proof that for genuine reasons, they were absent from their posts when the audit was carried out. So, that verification exercise is ongoing as we speak right now,” Matangaidze said.

This was in contrast to the results of an audit conducted in 2011 which revealed that the State’s payroll was overstaffed by over 75 000 ghost workers who were supposed to be axed as the wage bill had become unsustainable, with Treasury increasingly battling to pay civil servants and pensioners.

Most of the ghost workers were reportedly unqualified Zanu PF militias and supporters.

They were allegedly unearthed in the civil service through a comprehensive payroll and skills audit done by Ernst & Young (India) on behalf of the Public Service ministry in 2011.

The ghost workers included 6 861 employed in one day in a single ministry.

But Matangaidze said as far as he was concerned, there were no ghost workers and MDC-T MP Trevor Saruwaka, who had posed the question, was misinformed.

“If my memory serves me right, the ghost workers that the Honourale Member is alluding to, they are certainly not in the report we are talking about. That report, I can tell you, was extremely detailed,” he said.

Saruwaka, however, challenged Matangaidze, arguing his boss, Prisca Mupfumira, had previously indicated that there were more than 550 000 civil servants.


  1. Tapiwa Matangaidze must be hallucinating. It has been common knowledge since the GNU days that the civil service is overloaded with Zanu pf gravy train free loaders.
    Typically these are today’s version of the green bombers.
    Also there are many well positioned civil servants who supplement their incomes using fictitious identities.
    An audit of civil servants bank accounts will tell a big story.
    Naturally several banks are complicit in this theft of state assets.

  2. Nxa he must be mad this one.Why dont you provide us with a reporting facility tikupei mazita nemastation enevanhu vanotambira mari vakagara. what he forgets is that we stay with these people in the communities.

  3. Why dont they speak the same language. Mupfumira mentions another number of total civil servants whilst Matangaidze talks of another figure. Finance Minister admitted there are ghost workers so who is telling the truth and who is lying. But even if you lie its nobody’s problem but the government’s coz they are the ones to look for money to pay all the civil servants including the ghost workers. And mari inongotambirwa tivete zvedu.

  4. It is good that he mention that the audit was carried by his ministry. He, as the boss can be in a position to manipulate the figures. He is reviewing his own work. How can we believe him? Is taking people for granted.

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