Gambian authorities have uncovered thousands of ghost workers in its payroll, who do not exist or are no longer in the civil service.
An audit by the personnel management department of the civil service has been carried out, according to Permanent Secretary Pateh Jah, who is waiting for analysis of the findings to be completed to take action to weed out the ghost workers.
Gambia’s President Adama Barrow said the former government borrowed money from domestic banks to pay salaries but a huge junk of the money had been diverted into private accounts.
Gambia has been left heavily indebted and its domestic borrowing has reached 100% of its gross domestic products, according to IMF and World Bank data.
An audit of financial transactions in the executive office of erstwhile President Yahya Jammeh found some 150 bank accounts used to launder money from taxpayers.
Jammeh has been accused of financial mismanagement and stealing of billions by Barrow’s government. A court has put a freeze on his domestic assets and the race to have his foreign assets seized is on.
Corruption has been an issue in Jammeh’s government. His administration has jailed dozens of senior officials for graft and economic crimes.
The Gambia’s Justice Department dropped corruption and economic crimes charges against dozens of former officials, whose prosecution were seen as politically-motivated by Jammeh.