Watch: “The PM is not acting of his own volition” – Delia

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Leader of the Nationalist Party (PN) Adrian Delia stated that Prime Minister (PM) Robert Abela is being forced to make decisions.

Delia said this during a fundraiser for the political party. He was addressing Konrad Mizzi being expelled from the Labour Party’s (PL) Parliamentary Group following the allegations concerning the Panama Papers and 17 Black. He stated that it is clear that Abela is not making decisions of his own volition, and that he is making them when he knows that the decision is inevitable.

Delia went on to question whether Robert Abela will review the contracts signed by Mizzi, such as the Vitals Global Healthcare (VGH) contract, and the Electrogas contract.

The VGH deal had been criticised by a number of stakeholders in the healthcare sector over Steward Healthcare’s lack of experience in the field. The concession involves the running of three previously state owned hospitals: the Gozo General Hospital, Karin Grech and St Luke’s Hospital. A total of €86 million was pumped into Vitals Global Healthcare (VGH) by the government during the first two years of the company taking over the running of the hospitals, with accumulated losses amounting to €27 million by the end of 2017. 

In the case of Electrogas, Konrad Mizzi awarded it the contract for the purchase of energy. Electrogas is a consortium managed by Yorgen Fenech, and includes the Azerbaijani State energy company SOCAR which made large profits from selling Malta liquid natural gas at a price well above the market rate. Furthermore, Fenech owned the Dubai company 17 Black set to make payments of €150,000 a month to the once-secret Panama companies owned by Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Keith Schembri.

The PN’s reform

Delia went on to say that the problems encountered by the PL in November were addressed by halting parliament to hold an internal election, which only resulted in a switching of roles; the consultant became PM, and the PM became a consultant. He said that this is unlike the reform undergone by the PN.

He stated that the unanimous approval of the new statute provides a base for operations, so as for the PN to embark on a journey to change not only the party, but also the country. He mentioned that Malta has had its name dragged in the mud on an international level, and that the price is not paid by political parties, but rather by the Maltese people.

The price of corruption is paid by Malta’s people

Delia stated that Malta is fueled by its tourism and exportation, which is why commerce is affected so negatively by corruption on a political level.

He added that everyone has a personal responsibility to do their best by donating to the marathon, by speaking out and by attempting to persuade others. He also said that the Maltese must unite to be proud of the country and proud to be Maltese.