MPs to discuss Ħamrun building collapse

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Parliament will hold a debate on the Ħamrun building collapse which led to the death of Miriam Pace who was inside her family home when the incident happened.

The collapse happened at around 2.15pm when the house collapsed into an adjacent site where excavation works were ongoing.

Pace’s body was found around 10pm on Monday evening and extracted at around 10.30pm, after an eight hour search and rescue operation.

Opposition Leader Adrian Delia writing on Twitter said that he wrote to the Speaker of the House Anglu Farrugia asking for all the house business to be suspended following the tragic death of 54-year-old Miriam Pace and requesting parliament to urgently discuss the tragedy.

The speaker later on confirmed that the debate on the tragedy will be held in a statement. Farrugia said that an agreement had been reached for statements to be made by the Prime Minister and the leader of the Opposition on the matter.

The House would then adjourn as a sign of respect towards the victim.

In a statement on Monday, Partit Nazzjonalista said that no more lives could be lost in such incidents. The Opposition urged for less words and more action. In the statement, the Nationalist leader was quoted saying that the tragedy had angered and concerned people and that parliament should send a clear signal that it was willing to take the tragedy seriously.

Parliament should show that it intended to introduce real reform for the people’s safety and peace of mind, Delia said, with stiff fines and punishment for abusers and those who did not consider the people’s safety during construction works.

A total of six individuals were arrested in relation to the case.

The police were called to the site on Triq Antonio Miruzzi at around 2.15pm on Monday.

Moviment Graffitti call for a protest

A silent protest will be held today and which is being organised by rule of law NGO Repubblika.

Meanwhile activist group, Moviment Graffitti called a protest for Saturday.