National Audit officials have confirmed that the head count in civil service has finally finished but have kept under lock and key its report.
Lawrence Chinkhunda, spokesperson for the National Audit could not say if the exercise smoked out ghost workers.
“It is unethical for us to divulge information on the report before we present it to those who commissioned it,” said Chinkhunda.
Donors, including the IMF say the civil service is bloated by 67 percent with a more than life league of principal secretaries most of them appointed on political grounds.
Chikhuntha could not give a time frame as to when the report would be released, saying soon. He said there were a few civil servants who were not cooperative but said over all the exercise was a success.
The National Audit Office embarked on headcount and payroll audits for all civil servants, in what is arguably one of the massive exercises under the Public Service Reforms.
Preliminary reports indicate ministries of health and education are under employed with teachers and health workers respectively.
The government halted or new recruitments in government except in ministry of health where over 300 nurses and midwives have just been recruited.
During the opening of the 46th Session of Parliament, President Peter Mutharika observed that the headcount audit was one way of eliminating ghost workers who are inflating government’s wage bill.