Kenya launches biometric registration to target gov’t “ghost workers”

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Kenya has started biometric registration of all civil servants in an attempt to remove “ghost workers” from the government’s payroll.

Employees who fail to register over the next two weeks would no longer be paid, a government statement said.

The government suspects that thousands of people continue to receive salaries after leaving the civil service.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was the first person to register.

An audit earlier this year found that at least $1m (£700,000) a month was lost in payments to “ghost workers” and other financial malpractice.

Credit: BBC