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    Gladys Shollei: Biometric will eliminate ghost workers

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    In an interview with Citizen TV on Monday, Gladys Shollei argued that just arresting the ghost workers will not solve the problem.

    In order to get rid of “ghost workers” in government agencies, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly has instead urged for the implementation of biometric systems alongside prosecution.

    Her comments were made after an audit revealed that Ksh35 billion per year had been paid out in ghost worker salaries across most counties.

    Gladys Shollei said “Criminal penalties were not the answer to ending the practice, and that a permanent system of identifying government employees using biometrics should be implemented instead.”

    Shollei said that “ghost voters” were an issue in passed elections, but the introduction of biometric voter identification had solved the problem.

    “A full proof biometric system should be implemented in all government county offices, and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Auditor General should suggest it, to halt the payment ghost workers,” she added.

    She also revealed that it’s not just county governors that are engaged in the practice of paying “ghost” employees, rather its a chain of other officials involved.

    According to Shollei, the biometric audit of 2014 that revealed the existence of 12,000 phantom employees was an occurrence that should have been dealt with permanently and put to rest.

    It was in the recent audit of ghost workers and payroll that showed Migori county had spend Ksh60 million per year.

    An audit of the government’s payroll revealed a monthly discrepancy of Sh120 million monthly.

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