Busuttil takes Bartolo to task about Cachia Caruana

Updated 08:45 PM

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

In a post on Facebook, Simon Busuttil, the former leader of the Partit Nazzjonalista took Education Minister Evarist Bartolo to task stating that it is unacceptable to compare Richard Cachia Caruana to Keith Schembri.

Sunday morning Bartolo asked whether a Prime Minister should have a Chief of Staff that becomes Chief of Government. He stressed that there should be only one Prime Minister at Castille, the Prime Minister’s Office, and this should be the one elected democratically.

Cachia Caruana served his country – Busuttil

Simon Busuttil wrote that while Cachia Caruana will go down in history as one who served very well Malta, Schembri will go down in history as a criminal.

Busuttil reminded Bartolo that Cachia Caruana helped Eddie Fenech Adami modernise Malta, together with former Foreign Minister Joe Borg negotiated a very good package for Malta’s accession to the EU, and with Lawrence Gonzi negotiated a financial package of two and a half billion from the EU.

Busuttil wrote that while Schembri is allegedly somewhat involved in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Cachia Caruana was a victim of an assassination attempt.

This final point was also made by Prof Arnold Cassola in a Facebook post.

Schembri was arrested twice

During the current political turmoil, Bartolo has taken to Facebook to write vague posts referring to the situation. The Education Minister said that two of the last three Chief of Staff ‘were too strong’. He was referring to Richard Cachia Caruana who served when Eddie Fenech Adami was Prime Minister and Keith Schembri who resigned last month.

Schembri has been named both by self-confessed middleman Melvin Theuma and Yorgen Fenech who faces charges in connection to Caruana Galizia’s murder. The former chief of staff was arrested twice, one in connection to the murder only to be released without a charge and a second time over Theuma’s phantom job. Schembri was also named in the Panama Papers, having opened an offshore company in Panama and trusts in New Zealand after the 2013 general election. Schembri’s Panamanian company, Tillgate, had two target clients – 17 Black and MacBridge. The former belongs to Yorgen Fenech. Fenech was a shareholder and director in Electrogas, the consortium that was awarded the multi-million power station contract. In court it emerged that Schembri kept Fenech continually updated on the progress of the murder investigation.

‘The Prime Minister should have one Cabinet’ – Bartolo

Writing on Facebook, Bartolo said that while a Prime Minister requires a person of trust to help them carry out their duties, the Prime Minister should be the person who is democratically elected.

‘Nobody should be allowed to build an informal web of power spread over various sectors which ends up being stronger than the country’s institution,’ the post reads. He noted that this is not good for democracy and even the prime minister himself.

Bartolo further said that the Prime Minister should have one cabinet and this should consist of individuals which were elected and took their oath to office, the cabinet should be scrutinized by Parliament, the media and civil society.

‘Any other power, secret and hidden, can only cause harm,’ Bartolo wrote.

‘There should be only one Prime Minister at Castille’

Education Minister Evarist Bartolo asked whether a Prime Minister should have a Chief of Staff that becomes Chief of Government. He stressed that there should be only one Prime Minister at Castille, the Prime Minister’s Office, and this should be the one elected democratically.

During the current political turmoil, Bartolo has taken to Facebook to write vague posts referring to the situation. The Education Minister said that two of the last three Chief of Staff ‘were too strong’. He was referring to Richard Cachia Caruana who served when Eddie Fenech Adami was Prime Minister and Keith Schembri who resigned last month.

Schembri has been named both by self-confessed middleman Melvin Theuma and Yorgen Fenech who faces charges in connection to Caruana Galizia’s murder. The former chief of staff was arrested twice, one in connection to the murder only to be released without a charge and a second time over Theuma’s phantom job. Schembri was also named in the Panama Papers, having opened an offshore company in Panama and trusts in New Zealand after the 2013 general election. Schembri’s Panamanian company, Tillgate, had two target clients – 17 Black and MacBridge. The former belongs to Yorgen Fenech. Fenech was a shareholder and director in Electrogas, the consortium that was awarded the multi-million power station contract. In court it emerged that Schembri kept Fenech continually updated on the progress of the murder investigation.

Writing on Facebook, Bartolo said that while a Prime Minister requires a person of trust to help them carry out their duties, the Prime Minister should be the person who is democratically elected.

‘Nobody should be allowed to build an informal web of power spread over various sectors which ends up being stronger than the country’s institution,’ the post reads. He noted that this is not good for democracy and even the prime minister himself.

‘The Prime Minister should have one Cabinet’

Bartolo further said that the Prime Minister should have one cabinet and this should consist of individuals which were elected and took their oath to office, the cabinet should be scrutinized by Parliament, the media and civil society.

‘Any other power, secret and hidden, can only cause harm,’ Bartolo wrote.