Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi

Mozambique has identified in its services for the last two years some 30,000 “ghost” officials who cost its budget 220 million euros in salaries.

An operation to verify the existence of agents registered on the lists conducted between 2015 and 2017. Allowed the authorities to detect about 30,000 ghost agents. Announced Monday the Minister of Public Service, Carmelita Namashulua.

This operation, which is carried out every two years. Has therefore reduced the official staff, of the country’s civil service to 318,000.

Mozambique, of which 55% of the budget is devoted to the payment of its agents, has been going through a difficult financial pass. For the last two years which weighs heavily on its economic performance.

In 2016, his government was forced to confess to having secretly borrowed $2 billion to buy military ships. In other to take part in the fighting against the former Renamo rebellion.

Donors sanctioned it by freezing their budget support. Maputo has since suspended its repayments to its creditors. And is seeking to renegotiate its debt.

Mozambique ranks 153 out of 180 countries in the global ranking of the perception of corruption published by the NGO Transparency International.

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