Il-qrun fil-ħajja pubblika

Alfred Mifsud

L-allegazzjonijiet dwar Alfred Mifsud huma serji ħafna. Imma huma allegazzjonijiet. Huwa diffiċli ħafna biex minn dak magħruf s’issa tikkonkludi dwar dak li jista’ jikkonvinċi lil Qrati bħala li huma l-fatti.

Dak li qalet Anna Zelbst u li ġie rappurtat verbatim fil-blog ta’ Daphne Caruana Galizia irid jgħaddi mill-għarbiel tal-kontro-eżami fil-Qorti u diffiċli ħafna biex minn issa tifhem kif din ser tirreaġixxi għall-mistoqsijiet li ser isirulha. Id-dubji li ser jinżergħu għall-verżjoni tagħha tal-fatti bla dubju ser jagħtu spjegazzjoni alternattiva għal dik li twasslet s’issa.

Jibqa’ l-fatt li l-Gvern dam ħafna biex irreaġixxa għal dak li ntqal, l-istess bħalma għamel f’każi oħra biex issa qed ikun ċar iktar minn qatt qabel li l-Gvern ta’ Joseph Muscat jagħti każ ħafna iktar tal-ħbiberiji u tal-lealtà politika milli tat-tbajja’ (reali jew mhux) fuq l-integrità tal-kandidati li huwa jmexxi l-quddiem għal ħatriet ta’ importanza nazzjonali.

Kienet korretta għaldaqstant il-Membru Parlamentari Kristy Debono meta l-bieraħ fil-Parlament qalet li dan kollu jfisser ukoll li Alfred Mifsud għandu jkun sospiz mill-post l-ieħor li qed jokkupa bħalissa, dak ta’ Deputat Gvernatur tal-Bank Ċentrali.

Għal uħud jista’ jidher inġust li rapport fuq blog jingħata din l-importanza kollha u li jwassal għal dawn il-konsiderazzjonijiet. Jekk wieħed jillimita ruħu għal analiżi superfiċjali jista’ jasal għal din it-tip ta’ konklużjoni. Imma jekk taħseb ftit iktar forsi tirrealizza li dan kollu jfisser li l-Gvern ta’ Muscat m’jagħmilx eżami sewwa tal-kandidati li jkun fi ħsiebu jmexxi l-quddiem b’mod partikolari għall-karigi sensittivi u ta’ importanza nazzjonali.

Filwaqt li l-kollass ta’ relazzjonijiet personali m’humiex u m’għandhomx ikun kriterju għal dawn id-deċiżjonijiet, sfortunatament il-mod kif iġibu ruħhom persuni f’dawn iċ-ċirkustanzi joħorġu (f’mument kritiku) riflessjoni tal-karattru veru tagħhom. Għax filwaqt li l-ħajja privata tal-persuni fil-ħajja pubblika għandha tibqa’ privata tajjeb li nifhmu li s-serjetà u l-integrità tal-persuna huma riflessi ankè fil-ħajja privata tiegħu jew tagħha.

Hija din il-problema tal-ħatra ta’ persuni bħal Alfred Mifsud.

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Il-Kaz ta’ Alfred Mifsud : spjegazzjonijiet (pubbliċi) meħtieġa malajr

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Mhux Simon Busuttil biss huwa imnixef b’dak li qed jintqal fil-konfront ta’ Alfred Mifsud li hu nominat biex ikun il-Gvernatur tal-Bank Ċentrali minn l-1 ta’ Lulju 2016.

F’kummenti ippubblikati band’oħra Alfred Mifsud qal li l-allegazzjonijiet (li dwarhom qal li ppreżenta libel) huma frott strateġija ta’ tpattija u joriġinaw minn sħubija (presumibilment fin-negozju) li ħalliet effett ta’ qrusa. Hu jiddeskrivi il-kwistjoni b’dan il-mod : “revenge trash from a bitter ex partner”.

L-akkużi huma ta’ serjetà kbira għax jallegaw korruzzjoni fuq skala mhux żgħira.

Hemm ħafna spjegazzjonijiet li huma meħtieġa malajr. Minn Alfred Mifsud, minn min qed jagħmel l-allegazzjonijiet kif ukoll mingħand il-Pulizija li jingħad li ilhom jafu dwar il-każ mill-2006 u s’issa meta diġa għaddew 10 snin jidher li ma ħassew il-ħtieġa li jagħmlu xejn.

Il-miljuni ta’ Ninu minn fejn ġew?

Ninu Zammit                          dollars

Mela issa, kif qaltilna l-Malta Independent on Sunday nafu li fil-kont li kellu fl-Isvizzera Ninu kellu $3.2 miljuni mġemma’ fih.

Ninu għamel użu mill-amnestija skond l-iskema tar-reġistrazzjoni tal-investimenti tal-2014 biex irregolarizza l-posizzjoni tiegħu. Biex setgħet saret din ir-reġistrazzjoni tal-investiment ta’ $3.2 miljuni li Ninu kellu l-Isvizzera, il-Bank Ċentrali ta’ Malta u/jew l-aġenti tiegħu għamlu dik li tissejjaħ due diligence. Jiġifieri staqsew lil Ninu l-mistoqsijiet u talbuh ukoll provi permezz ta’ dokumenti biex jistabilixxu l-oriġini ta’ dawn il-fondi.

Fil-medja, Ninu qal li dawn l-investimenti oriġinaw minn dħul mhux dikjarat mill-professjoni tiegħu kif ukoll min-negozju ta’ artijiet. X’qal lill-Bank Ċentrali jew lill-aġenti tiegħu mhux magħruf għax l-informazzjoni li tkun inġabret ħadd ma għandu aċċess għaliha.

Il-mistoqsija li qed jistaqsi kulħadd hi dwar jekk il-Bank Ċentrali u/jew l-aġenti tiegħu staqsewx biżżejjed kif ukoll jekk għarblux lil Ninu biżżejjed biex jistabilixxu bla dubju minn fejn oriġinaw l-investimenti.

Kien għalhekk li l-bieraħ fi stqarrija għall-istampa, Alternattiva Demokratika, permezz ta’ Arnold Cassola, qalet li jkun għaqli li l-Awditur Ġenerali jinvestiga sewwa dak li għamel il-Bank Ċentrali u dan mhux biss fil-konfront ta’ Ninu Zammit imma ukoll fil-konfront ta’ kull minn għamel użu mill-iskema tar-reġistrazzjoni tal-investimenti fl-2014.

L-Awditur Ġenerali biss għandu l-awtorità li jagħmel dan. Meta l-Awditur Ġenerali jinvestiga, jkun jista’ jistabilixxi jekk l-investimenti mhux dikjarati ġewx verament minn dħul li dawk li applikaw għall-amnestija iddikjaraw. Inkella jekk kienx hemm dħul minn sorsi oħra, bħall korruzzjoni jew inkella ħasil ta’ flus ġejjin, per eżempju, min-negozju tad-droga.

Sakemm l-affarijiet jibqgħu sigrieta fil-Bank Ċentrali dejjem ser jibqa’ d-dubju dwar jekk il-Bank Ċentrali għafasx biżżejjed biex jassigura li l-informazzjoni li kellu kienitx dik korretta. Jekk issir il-verifika mill-uffiċċju tal-Awditur Ġenerali ikun hemm probabbilta’ ferm iktar li jkun stabilit jekk l-affarijiet sarux sewwa jew le.

Tomorrow may be too late

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The Guardian of Future Generations has spoken. The Guardian is under the leadership of Mr Michael Zammit Cutajar, former Climate Change Ambassador, as well as Mr. Michael C. Bonello, former Governor of the Central Bank of Malta, Dr. Roberta Lepre, Director Victim Support Malta and Ms. Simone Mizzi, Executive President, Din L-Art Ħelwa.

In a press statement issued on the 11 December 2013 the Guardian has added its voice to that of civil society. It has emphasised that prior to concluding and implementing piecemeal land use planning and environmental policies it was imperative that first and foremost a comprehensive holistic strategy is put in place. Until such time that a strategic vision is in place, stated the Guardian, it would be reasonable for current policy initiatives to be put on hold.

The Guardian is diplomatic in the language it uses. It certainly makes political statements none of which are however partisan. All environmental issues, including land use planning issues, are definitely political issues in respect of which all stakeholders have a duty to speak up.

The Guardian of Future Generations speaks up on behalf of the voiceless future. In Malta, giving a voice to the future was an initiative taken by Alternattiva Demokratika, the Green Party. It was acknowledged by the then Minister for the Environment Mario de Marco when piloting the Sustainable Development Act in 2012 which adopted the said proposal.

Our actions today can have a considerable impact on the future. It is imperative that the choices we make today ensure that future generations can also freely make their own decisions. We cannot ethically ignore the future. If we keep living for today, ignoring tomorrow, precious resources which must be protected today, will be lost forever. Michael Zammit Cutajar who chairs the Guardian Commission has in fact emphasised that: “un-built space and unspoilt views are among the scarcest resources of our densely populated country”.

We need to be extra careful. Too many mistakes have been made in the past. The legacy of the past is tough enough. We are in time to avoid adding to it.

The Guardian has announced in its press statement that, in accordance to its mandate, it has presented a submission with its views to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and other government officials. This refers to the provisions of article 8 of the Sustainable Development Act of 2012 which establishes that the Guardian shall direct the focus of the Prime Minister (who is the sustainable development competent authority) to safeguard future generations. The Guardian is also empowered to “propose goals and actions to government entities for them to take up in order to contribute towards the goal of sustainable development.”

The next step is undoubtedly the publication by Government of the views submitted by the Guardian. It would be preferable if government takes the initiative as the matter is of specific interest to the public. Obviously if the government fails to take this initiative there is always the possibility to demand its publication through applying the provisions of the Freedom of Access to Information on the Environment Regulations of 2005 (Legal Notice 116 of 2005). Government taking the initiative would always be preferable as this would demonstrate its willingness to engage with stakeholders.

The above is a good start to the Guardian of Future Generations making its presence felt. It is however just the tip of the iceberg.

The Guardian requires its own resources to pursue other areas of policy. Foremost amongst them is the sustainable management of water resources. Whilst acknowledging that Government is currently preparing a water consultation document it is to be emphasised that there are areas of action which cannot await the said consultation process. There is little water left to protect and further procrastination will only make matters worse. Tomorrow will be too late.

In February 2012 the Auditor General had through a performance audit pointed out the deficiencies in the public administration of water resources. In his report entitled “Safeguarding Malta’s Groundwater” the Auditor General whilst noting that we have an abundance of policy documents pointed out  implementation delays as a consequence of the non-adherence to the stipulated target dates.

Not much has been done since February 2012. Obviously the political responsibility has to be shouldered by the former government which talked a lot but did not do much except commission reports. It invariably failed to take the tough action required.

Safeguarding tomorrow is a difficult task. Tomorrow’s generations, the generations of the future, have no vote, hence they have not been considered as an important constituency by those whose time horizon rarely exceeds five years. The Guardian of Future Generations has the unenviable task to sound the wake up call.

Tomorrow, which as singing doctor Gianluca Bezzina tells us, is just one day away, may be too late. All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today.

published in The Times of Malta – Saturday 4 January 2014

On this same blog, on the issue of Future Generations you may read the following posts:

The Future started yesterday.

Exercise in practical democracy.

Gwardjan għal Ġenerazzjonijiet Futuri.

Increasing environmental awareness.

Future Generations must be heard.

Just lip service and cold feet.