Mozambique: Govt reveals 30,000 ghost workers on payroll.

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Mozambique has identified some 30,000 non-existent civil servants on its payroll, the Public Service ministry said on Monday.

It said the ghost workers had cost the country €220 million in salaries and wages. The fraud was detected following a two-year audit that spanned between 2015 and 2017.



Following the operation, Maputo put its public sector workforce at 318,000.

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Mozambique, which has over 50% of its budget devoted to the payment of government workers, has been going through financial difficulties over the past two years, which has weighed heavily on its economic performance.

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In 2016, president Filipe Nyusi’s government was forced to admit to secretly borrowing $2 billion to buy arms.

Donors have sanctioned it by freezing their budget support. Maputo has since suspended its payments to its creditors and is seeking to renegotiate its debt.

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