Public Service Commission to remove workers on payroll

The Public Service Commission says it is working closely with Smart Zambia to ensure ghost workers are removed from the payroll.

Commission Secretary Geoffrey Kamfwa said the Commission has discovered that some civil servants on the Copperbelt are drawing more than one salary from different pay points.

Speaking in Pretoria, South Africa when he paid a courtesy call on Zambia’s High Commissioner to that country Major General Jackson Miti, Mr Kamfwa said the on-going payroll cleanup for the Copperbelt province has revealed a lot of anomalies.

He mentioned that further discoveries have shown that some civil servant were also drawing allowances such as rural hardship which they were not entitled to as they were serving in urban areas.

Mr Kamfwa said government would roll out a payroll clean up exercise countrywide to ensure it does not waste money.

He said the 4000 salaries accounts that have been blocked on the Copperbelt would remain suspended until the owners were clearly identified and validated.

Mr Kamfwa denied claims that the cleanup exercise was meant to victimize some workers but clarified that it was meant to save money which government was losing.

He said the saved resources would be channeled towards the provision of social, health and economic services to members of the public in various parts of the country.

The Zambian Public Service Commission is in South Africa for the Association of African Public Service Commission (AAPSCOMS) consultative meetings.

This is contained in a statement by Naomi Nyawali First Secretary Press and Public Relations Zambia High Commission Pretoria South Africa.