Zimbabwean state media reported Wednesday that the Public Service Commission has completed a study of government payrolls including a skills audit that is said to offer conclusions opposite to those reached by Ernst & Young of India.
The state-controlled Herald newspaper said the Public Service Commission audit report dismisses the 2010 Ernst & Young led report which found 70,000 ghost workers on state payrolls, saying its own research found only minor irregularities.
The paper quoted the Public Service Commission report as saying those irregularities occurred in the recruitment of 6,000 youth officers by the Ministry of Youth.
The Public Service Commission disputed the findings of the 2010 Ernst & Young survey of state workers on its release. The Cabinet told the commission to check the findings.
An official reached at the commission refused to confirm the report in the Herald.
Public Service Minister Lucia Matibenga said she does not know of any completed report, telling VOA reporter Tatenda Gumbo that any reports - including the original audit of state payrolls by Ernst & Young - must first go to the Cabinet.
Secretary General Raymond Majongwe of the Progressive Teachers Union said ghost workers cannot be disputed and the commission is trying to cover up.