Po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence at Lands Depart­ment not al­low­ing it to func­tion prop­erly

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

Na­tion­al­ist MP Ryan Cal­lus yes­ter­day warned that po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence at the Lands Depart­ment is not al­low­ing it to func­tion prop­erly.

Speak­ing in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day as the House started to dis­cuss the law on Civil Code, Mr Cal­lus said that Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary Deb­o­rah Schem­bri has in­her­ited a cor­rupt sys­tem in the Lands Depart­ment.

Re­fer­ring to the Café Premier scan­dal, he said that po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence is causing the depart­ment work­ers to be afraid from tak­ing any de­ci­sion.

“Pol­i­tics has taken over the depart­ment,” he in­sisted. Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary Deb­o­rah Schem­bri called for a point of or­der and com­plained that Mr Cal­lus should sub­stan­ti­ate his claims.

He replied by re­fer­ring to the in­ter­fer­ence men­tioned in the NAO re­port as an ex­am­ple.

Ryan Cal­lus also noted that for the first time in lo­cal his­tory, the Lands Depart­ment was moved to fall un­der the di­rect re­spon­si­bil­ity of the prime min­is­ter.

“Let me be hon­est, I don’t want to be in Deb­o­rah Schem­bri’s shoes, be­cause she has to re­pair the dam­age done in three years.

“But still, one should ask how did th­ese scan­dals erupt in the last three years.”

He claimed that the gov­ern­ment cre­ated an au­thor­ity for lands to serve as spin to all the scan­dals re­lated to this sec­tor, namely the Gaf­farena scan­dal.

“The truth is that th­ese scan­dals would have been avoided if the gov­ern­ment was not oper­at­ing with a cor­rupt men­tal­ity. We were given the op­po­site of what we were promised.”

In his con­clud­ing re­marks, Mr Cal­lus said that the PN Op­po­si­tion will be vot­ing against the bill as this di­min­ishes le­gal cer­tainty and be­cause he be­lieves that the pub­lic should not be made to pay for the gov­ern­ment’s mis­takes.

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