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Kenya probes giant government salary scam

20 November 2014, 22:55

Nairobi - Kenya ordered a probe on Thursday after more than 12,000 fake names were found on the government payrolls and then struck off.

The fictitious names were discovered after the introduction of biometric registration of government employees in September.

Also read: Uhuru orders probe into 12,000 ghost workers scam

"Cabinet directed immediate investigations following revelations, there were in excess of 12,000 staff who were unaccounted for," a cabinet statement read.

Detectives, officials from the anti-corruption commission and specialist bank fraud officers will take part in investigations, it added.

Kenya is ranked 136 out of 177 nations on graft watchdog Transparency International's perception of corruption index.


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