The Malta Independent 14 July 2020, Tuesday

Government delay to remove Konrad Mizzi cost the country millions – Adrian Delia

Shona Berger Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 18:03 Last update: about 19 days ago

Opposition Leader Adrian Delia said that the decision to remove Konrad Mizzi should have been taken years ago, as it would have saved the country millions of euro lost through shady deals.

Mizzi was kicked out of the PL Parliamentary Group on Tuesday evening.

In Parliament on Wednesday Delia said the PL had kicked Mizzi out because the party did not want him tarnishing its reputation, "however, the name of our country and its reputation has long been tarnished."

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"Had the decision to remove Mizzi been taken before, the country would have gone through the Electrogas and Montenegro scandals."

He Mizzi been removed earlier, the Maltese would not have been robbed of millions on energy bills and would not have had to buy oil and gas from a subsidiary company in Azerbaijan.

Because of the deals negotiated by Mizzi,

taxpayers were paying an extra €96 million per year for electricity, he said. Delia also referred to the hospitals concession agreement, which is costing the taxpayer €90 million annually. The government, he said, faces a €100 million penalty if it backs out of the deal.

Delia said that, when asked on Tuesday evening, the Prime Minister said he would not kick Joseph Muscat out because his "sin" is completely different.

"Abela gave his absolute trust to Muscat, but now he is saying that Muscat made a mistake by not removing Mizzi at the opportune time," Delia said.

He said unemployment is on the rise and this is happening because the government is too busy protecting corrupt deals and persons.

He also asked when Abela would take action and stop the Vitals contract, when he would examine and publish the Electrogas contract and when the PM Abela would place the interests of the Maltese before the interests of corrupt individuals.

"With each passing day we will continue to press the government to give back what it took from the people. A PN government will make sure to investigate everyone involved, and ensure that whoever stole from the people will give everything back," Delia said.

 


 

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