Kenyan minister re-appoints dead man for high profile post; ghost workers on government payroll

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In Summary

  • Until his death, the late Robert Kochalle had a successful career in public service, with his highest appointment being Tourism and Wildlife assistant minister.
  • Kochalle’s appointment exposes one of the routes ghost workers use to land on the public service payroll—poor vetting or just lack of it.
  • Following public uproar, the minister on Friday replaced Kochalle with his widow Charity.

Kenya’s Information and Communication Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru is on the spot after he re-appointed a dead man to occupy a top seat at a film body.

In a gazette notice dated October 16, Mr Mucheru picked the late Robert Kochalle, who died on May 28, 2018, as a board member of the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB).

Until his death, Kochalle had had a successful career in public service, with his highest appointment being Tourism and Wildlife assistant minister.

But on Tuesday, he was re-appointed to help regulate the film industry in Kenya for three years.

According to Mr Mucheru, Kochalle was supposed to take up his post and earn a salary from Monday, October 21.

His appointment exposes one of the routes ghost workers use to land on the public service payroll—poor vetting or just lack of it.

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