The Malta Independent 5 March 2024, Tuesday
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PN says Transport Malta workers were told to lie under oath in RHIBs scandal

Friday, 9 February 2024, 15:46 Last update: about 24 days ago

The Nationalist Party has said that some Transport Malta workers were told to lie under oath when testifying about the RHIBs scandal which afflicted the authority last summer.

The PN said that it exposed a scandal last June wherein RHIBs - Rigid-Hull inflatable Boats newly acquired for use by Transport Malta were not properly certified for sea use, prompting action by the party to halt their use.

“These RHIBS not only lacked proper sea certification but were also never registered, yet they were still being used up to that time,” read the statement.

It said that to date, “the outcome of the internal investigation requested by the Nationalist Party to identify how these were accepted by Transport Malta and what action the Government will take remains unknown.”

Since then, the PN has called for accountability, as well as for Maritime Enforcement officials to be provided with the necessary resources to perform their duties.

“Because these have been halted, our country is currently in a state where Transport Malta is not overseeing Maltese waters. This section within Transport Malta remains without the necessary resources to carry out their work, resulting in 18 employees awaiting resources to perform their duties,” it said.

This also means that currently, no enforcement is taking place on Maltese waters, leading to a lack of safety.

The Nationalist Party is demanding that information be made public about whether during the internal investigation more scandals were uncovered. Therefore, it is also questioning whether there were scandals related to contraventions which were never paid or whether they were left pending with the intention of being processed, and whether there was also abuse in the same section.

The Nationalist Party is also requesting clarification on whether those being investigated are still in contact with witnesses and/or whether they have access to evidence.

“All of this could affect the success of the investigation,” it said.

“Following the publication of the Public Contracts report issued by the National Audit Office for the year 2022, the Nationalist Party insists that this case be investigated by the Police without further delay.”

When it comes to this section within Transport Malta, the Nationalist Party has evidence that an internal inquiry began after a report was made by some Transport Malta employees who were working with the RHIBS that were not registered according to the law.

“This same evidence is also in the hands of the Police - yet so far, no action has been taken. The Nationalist Party's possession of this information indicates how these employees were asked to lie under oath, and were even asked to arrange some citations.”

The PN said that this is another case where those in the heart of the Labour government are pigging out, and the public is left to pay for it.

The statement was signed by PN MPs Ivan Castillo, Darren Carabott, and Mark Anthony Sammut.

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