13 thousand fictitious workers have been discovered on the state payroll in Mali. The workers haves costed the government up to 50 million dollars every year. Most of the employees either moved on to work for international organisations, or they died.
Mali, a major gold exporter, has battled endemic corruption and economic instability over the years. Striking ghost workers off the payroll is one of the requirements of Mali’s programme with the International Monetary Fund. In June this year, the fund approved a one-year extension of Mali’s credit facility, worth about 26-point-9 million dollars.