Zimbabwe considers biometric system for civil servants
12 October 2017 16:40 GMT

Zimbabwean officials have confirmed the government is considering registering all civil servants on the biometric system as a way of weeding out ghost workers.

On Wednesday, the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Cde Prisca Mupfumira, said biometric registration was the way to go to curb corruption. 

She said NSSA has introduced biometric registration of pensioners to remove fake entrants.

"This programme that we have started on pensioners will extend to all NSSA contributors as they are expected to be registered biometrically. We are looking forward that this programme which we have started with NSSA pensioners, will be extended to our Government workers," said Cde Mupfumira. 

'We also want to reach the vulnerable, those who are over 70 and those who live with disability, we are moving forward with this programme so that everyone should be captured so that we know the number of people that we have who want to be helped." 
The Minister said NSSA embarked on biometric registration to avoid releasing money to "non-existent people." 

"The issue at hand is that people who were getting their pensions from NSSA, we know that some of them are dead and some may be ghost pensioners. Moving with time, we are engaging into biometrics so that with time, everyone who gets their pension from NSSA is registered," she said.