Minister of State in the President's Office (Public Service and Good Governance) George Mkuchika pointed out yesterday when responding to various issues raised by legislators when contributing to the 2018/19 budget speech.
According to Mkuchika, the government has started to employ new servants after completion of the verification exercise which was aimed to identify ghost workers and those with fake academic certificates.
“We will employ 22,150 servants by end of June this year, more employment opportunities will be announced in the coming fiscal year as the verification exercise is complete,” said the minister noting that of the number 7,000 are teachers and 8,000 health workers.
He explained that verification exercise was meant to ensure good governance and proper expenditure of public funds. He said during the exercise 19,708 servants had fake academic certificates while 14,409 others were ghost workers.
He said the new health workers will be posted at various dispensary and health centres across the country.
“All the recently constructed health centres will get professional medical doctors and nurses,” said Mkuchika.
On salary increment, the minister asserted that the government had not announced the increment, but it made annual salary increment to all civil servants in the 2017/18 financial year. He said the same will be done in the coming 2018/19 fiscal year.
Mkuchika noted that since the government is implementing some major development projects, it will announce salary increase whenever it is satisfied with its revenue collection and progress implementation of the projects which are geared to boost economic growth.
Meanwhile, Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Prof Joyce Ndalichako said the government has disbursed 3.2bn/- for eight research projects. She said the researches are on health and agricultural matters including how to improve grape farming and the livestock sector.
Prof Ndalichako informed that the fifth phase government has recorded a number of progress in the education sector such as construction of 1,907 new classes, 4,501 pit latrines and 338 dormitories.