The Public Service Commission (PSC) has extended the deadline for the biometric registration of civil servants by one month to the 31st of October 2019. Initially, the exercise was set to be completed on 30 September 2019.
In a statement on Monday, PSC chairman Vincent Hungwe outlined the reasons for the extension. He said:
Further to our previous Press statement published on the 22nd of September, 2019, the Public Service Commission in conjunction with its technical partner, would like to update our members and stakeholders as follows; the majority of the public service members have now been registered for the biometric authentication project and the mop-up exercise has been extended to 31st October 2019.
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The extension has been necessitated by the ongoing end of year school examinations, which are being supervised by school teachers, some of whom are still to regularise their registration on the database.
The biometric registration of civil servants is meant to deal with the scourge of ghost workers who gobble millions of taxpayers money annually.