Government of Malawi through the Department of Human Resource Development and Development undertook a personnel audit of all public servants on government payroll with an aim of ascertaining bonafide employees. The Central Internal Audit Unit was among the government departments that assisted in planning, executing and supervising the activity. Other departments involved included Ministry of Finance, National Audit Office and National Registration Bureau.

The exercise which commenced in September and ended in December, 2020 is expected to flush out ghost workers from the payroll thereby reducing the wage bill.

 The audit was made possible with financial support from the European Union.