If any concrete information is had on the theft of equipment from Castille, the various ministries or any other government entities, then the persons in the know are keeping the knowledge close to their chests.
The Malta Independent requested information from the Police as to whether any reports of theft had been filed for office equipment going missing during the handover between administrations.
The Police’s media relations unit today confirmed to The Malta Independent online that “to-date the Police did not receive any reports.”
A blog on one online portal accosted Opposition leader Lawrence Gonzi “for the items that his party stole from the Maltese State last week,” claiming that a “few tens of thousands' worth of office equipment” had gone missing.
As reported by this paper on Monday, all such equipment is inventoried. Therefore verifying any alleged theft should be as simple as undertaking a physical audit of the equipment present against the official manifest.
One such case hitting the headlines was Casa Leone in St Venera. The parliamentary secretary for Agriculture Roderick Galdes circulated pictures of the Casa Leone office void of all equipment.
The staff of one government entity formerly based at Casa Leone were ordered to clear their desks on 13 March, the very day that the new Cabinet was sworn-in. They were shifted to a nearby school on a temporary basis, office equipment and all. This would go some way in explaining the absence of equipment in certain offices at Case Leone.
A civil service source speaking to The Malta Independent also explained how a lot of the equipment used in the various ministries and government entities are actually on lease. The equipment in question was then duly returned during the handover between administrations.