Government MPs vote to keep Electrogas contracts secret

Miguela Xuereb

The opposition’s request to publish all contracts related to the power station built and operated by the Electrogas consortium was unsuccessful after all government MPs on the Public Accounts Committee voted to keep them secret

The request was made by MP Karol Aquilina in a committee meeting which focused on the Auditor General’s inquiry into the controversial project. But the vote was split on party lines, with Beppe Fenech Adami and Ryan Callus backing Aquilina’s request while Labour MPs Glenn Bedingfield, Alex Muscat, Clayton Bartolo and Ian Castaldi Paris shot it down.

The three PN MPs on the committee condemned their Labour colleagues for their vote in a statement to the press.

“The position taken by the government MPs confirms once more that the Labour government wishes to conceal the corruption involved in the Electrogas power station project,” they said, adding that the project “was rife with endless scandals involving illegalities, abuse of power and corruption with the involvement of people in the highest positions and businessmen which are close to them and to the Labour Party.”