Treasury to conduct headcount to weed out ghost pensioners

The Treasury is next week expected to roll out a headcount of retired civil servants in a census intended to weed out thousands of ghost pensioners that could be siphoning millions of shillings monthly.

The headcount will require all the 300,000 retirees on the government payroll to present themselves at Huduma Centres countrywide.

It is intended to curb the government’s ballooning pension bill that is expected to surpass the 100 billion shillings mark next year.

The Pensions Department estimates that taxpayers are paying relatives and dependents of dead people retirement benefits, helped by the growing use of ATM cards and mobile banking, which do not require the physical presence of beneficiaries in banking halls.

In an advert placed on the local dailies the vetting will start on February 11th and end on 3rd May this year.

The pensioners will have a month to appear in person to present their identity cards and bank slips at their nearest Huduma Centres.

The Treasury plans to stop wiring cash to the bank accounts of retirees who fail to show up for vetting.


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