Shs3b recovered from ghost staff in Iganga

IGANGA.

Iganga District authorities have recovered more than Shs3 billion that was paid to ghost employees in form of salaries last year.

The chief administrative officer, Mr Joseph Maira Mukasa, told journalists in Iganga Town on Tuesday that the money was recovered during an internal audit that discovered several ghost workers on the district payroll.

Mr Mukasa declined to reveal the exact number of ghosts on the payroll, but a source told Daily Monitor that the payroll contained 220 ghost names that are said to have earned salary for about four years.

“During our cleanup exercise, all those claiming to be staff of Iganga were required to re-submit their documents and that is when we discovered that some had appointment letters, but had not passed through the District Service Commission,” Mr Mukasa said.

Several cases of forged academic papers were referred to the CIID headquarters in Iganga for further action.

The district CIID officer, Mr Mathew Ottu, confirmed they were investigating fraud and forgery allegations and that they had already quizzed some district officials.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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