Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia insisted that government MPs had to decide whether to keep supporting a government that protected criminals or act in the national interest in a parliamentary speech on Monday afternoon.
Delia was speaking during debate on the financial estimates of the Water Services Corporation, but as he often does when he feels there are more pressing issues, Delia referred to the topic only tangentially.
He noted that the WSC’s expenditure on electricity amounted to 10 million, “coincidentally the same amount stolen from the Maltese to make a fictitious investment in Montenegro, so that 17 Black could make millions.” With that out of the way, Delia continued to speak about revelations that murder suspect Yorgen Fenech made millions off Enemalta’s purchase of a Montenegrin wind farm.
Abela knew of scandal ‘since November’
The PN leader reiterated his claim that despite his denials, Prime Minister Robert Abela had known about the scandal since November, when it was brought up in Cabinet.
Back then, Abela was a consultant to his predecessor Joseph Muscat, with Delia pointing out that their roles have now been switched “just like Russia, where Putin is at times President and at times Prime Minister.”
Back when Labour was preparing to choose Muscat’s successor, Abela had warned of a “diabolical pact” through which the party would rally around a chosen successor, but Delia said that it was clear how this pact had turned out. Abela had promised continuity, and in doing so assured that those who had been protected by the government continued receiving this protection, he added.
At this point, Delia insisted that government MPs needed to make a choice.
“If you believe in ‘Malta l-ewwel u qabel kollox,’ you cannot keep backing a Prime Minister who protects criminals,” Delia said, quoting Dom Mintoff’s famous slogan.
The PN leader said that he knew that a number of government MPs were not comfortable with seeing Malta facing ridicule overseas.
“The consequences are not just political. You cannot keep providing shelter to corruption,” Delia said.