Tonio Fenech, l-ispiji, w ir-responsabbiltà tal-uffiċjali pubbliċi

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Il-Partit Laburista bhalissa ghaddej b’kampanja dwar l-“ispjuni” ta’ Tonio Fenech.

Teżisti informazzjoni elettronika li tindika illi numru ta’ uffiċjali pubbliċi fi gradi imlaħħqin kienu qed jassistu lil Tonio Fenech, meta kien għadu l-kelliemi tal-PN dwar il-finanzi. Kienu qed jieħdu sehem f’laqgħat ta’ diskussjoni kemm fil-HQ tal-Partit Nazzjonalista kif ukoll b’mod virtwali.

Minbarra dan, qed jingħad li kienu qed jgħaddu informazzjoni kunfidenzjali li saru jafu biha waqt il-qadi ta’ dmirijiethom.

Dawn huma żewġ affarijiet kompletament differenti.

Li uffiċjal pubbliku jgħaddi informazzjoni kunfidenzjali li jsir jaf bħala riżultat waqt il-qadi ta’ dmirijeitu hi materja gravi ħafna. Jekk dan iseħħ u jkun jista’ jiġi ppruvat, bla ebda dubju, jimmerita azzjoni drastika sakemm ma jsirx biex jinkixfu abbużi fl-amministrazzjoni pubblika, f’liema każ fil-fehma tiegħi ikun skużabbli.

Min-naħa l-oħra, l-parteċipazzjoni ta’ uffiċjali pubbliċi fil-politika illum hi possibli għal ħafna. Huma ftit dawk l-impjegati fis-settur pubbliku li ma jistgħux jipparteċipaw. Dawk li ma jistgħux jipparteċipaw (b’xi eċċezzjonijiet) huma ristretti għall-gradi ta’ fuq nett, sa skala Numru 5. Dan huwa xieraq għax huwa neċessarju li l-għola uffiċjali tas-settur pubbliku jkunu distakkati mill-ħidma tal-partiti politiċi.

Xi snin ilu n-numru ta’ l-impjegati fis-settur pubbliku li ma setgħux jinvolvu ruħhom fil-politika kien ħafna ikbar. Iżda tul is-snin sar tibdil kbir u ġie rikonoxxut li n-numru ta’ dawk li ma kellhomx jipparteċipaw kellu jkun l-inqas possibli. Din il-posizzjoni ġiet kristallizzata fid-Direttiva numru 5 li ħarġet fl-2011 taħt il-provedimenti tal-Att dwar l-Amministrazzjoni Pubblika.

Din hi restrizzjoni ġustifikabbli, avolja, bla dubju, min jintlaqat minnha jaħseb mod ieħor. Hi miżura bażika li nsibuha fid-demokraziji kollha. Tajjeb li, for the record, ngħid ukoll li Alternattiva Demokratika ġiet effettwata minn din il-mizura. Dan billi għandna diversi persuni validi li ma setgħux jibqgħu attivi minħabba li ħadu ħatriet fi gradi għoljin fis-settur pubbliku. Dan m’għamluħx biss għax hekk kien xieraq, imma niftakar ċar każ partikolari fejn mill-OPM fl-2008/9 kienu għamlu l-ġimgħat jiġru wara uffiċjal ta’ Alternattiva Demokratika biex jassiguraw ruħhom li kien ser iwaqqaf il-ħidma politika tiegħu. Kienu ukoll għamluha ċara ħafna: li jekk ma jitlaqx il-ħatra politika ma setax ikompli fl-impieg!

Ikun tajjeb li l-PN jifhem dan u jimxi miegħu ukoll.

 

L-ispjuni boloh ta’ Tonio Fenech

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It-Torċa tal-lum irrappurtat storja dwar numru ta’ uffiċjali pubbliċi mlaħħqa li kienu qed jgħaddu informazzjoni lil Tonio Fenech, ex-Ministru tal-Finanzi. Billi kienu msieħba f’google group dawn kienu jiddiskutu bejniethom issues kurrenti hekk kif jinqalgħu w jgħaddu informazzjoni sensittiva lil Tonio Fenech xi kultant ankè qabel ma jkun jaf biha l-Gvern stess.

Għal Tonio Fenech bla dubju kienet scoop għax kien ikun armat b’informazzjoni biex ikun jista’ jitkellem “in real time” imma għas-servizz pubbliku hi daqqa ta’ ħarta.

Għax is-servizz pubbliku mhux qiegħed hemm biex jivvantaġġa lil xi partit politiku imma biex imexxi u jagħti servizz lill-pajjiż kollu.  Għalhekk ngħidu li l-lealtà tas-servizz pubbliku hi waħda lejn il-Gvern tal-ġurnata li jiddetermina d-direzzjoni. Is-servizz pubbliku imbagħad jimplimenta.

L-artiklu fit-Torċa jidentifika uħud minn dawn l-uffiċjali pubbliċi b’isimhom. Qegħdin fost oħrajn fil-Bank Ċentrali, l-MFSA (Malta Financial Services Authority), u fl-Uffiċċju Nazzjonali tal-Istatistika.

Dan hu ħażin, avolja mhux l–ewwel darba li ġara.  Kien hemm indikazzjonijiet fil-passat  li dan ġara. Id-differenza issa hi li qed jingħad li dawn inqabdu “red-handed”, jiġifieri li hemm il-provi. Probabbilment li l-provi huma ta’ natura teknika u jinvolvu traċċi elettroniċi tal-emails mibgħuta, kif fil-fatt ġie ippubblikat fit-Torċa.

Dawn sfortunatament huma l-konsegwenzi tar-rwol tal-politika partiġġjana fis-serviżż pubbliku li timmanifesta ruħha ukoll fil-parti l-kbira tal-ħatriet li saru u jsiru prinċipalment fil-gradi l-għoljin. Mhux kaz ta’ Nazzjonalisti kontra Laburisti jew ta’ Laburisti kontra Nazzjonalisti, iżda hi ferm iktar ikkumplikata minn hekk. L-abbuż bl-impiegi pubbliċi imsejħa “position of trust” hi parti importanti  mill-problema. Il-mod kif ġew ittrattati s-Segretarji Permanenti immedjatament wara l-elezzjoni hi aspett ieħor tal-problema.

Sfortunatament, dawn l-affarijiet ikomplu. L-ispjuni ta’ Tonio Fenech kienu l-boloh li nqabdu. Il-problema l-kbira huma dawk li għandhom aċċess għal informazzjoni sensittiva ħafna jużawha kif jaqblilhom u ma jinqabdu qatt. Kien hemm minnhom qabel Marzu 2013 u jkun hemm oħrajn li jagħmluha issa.

Fis-settur pubbliku ukoll, dak li tiżra’ taħsad.

Political responsibility

 

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Good governance is clearly going to the dogs. It is not just a case of matters that could have been handled better, as Prime Minister Joseph Muscat stated in the aftermath of the Cafè Premier scandal.

In February 2015 the National Audit Office had underlined notable shortcomings in terms of governance with respect to Joseph Muscat’s government’s failure to involve the Government Property Division in the negotiations to re-acquire Cafè Premier in Valletta.

The purpose of holding inquires, irrespective of their format, is not just to identify those responsible for shortcomings relative to matters under investigation. High on the list of objectives of inquires is the identification and subsequent doing away with administrative practices which are liable to be abused.

The Manwel Mallia inquiry, which was commissioned by the Prime Minister in terms of the Inquires Act, was handled by three former judges and focused on the behaviour of the then Honourable Minister Manwel Mallia. It is pertinent to point out that in their report dated 8 December 2014, the three judges had emphasised that Manwel Mallia had to shoulder ministerial or political responsibility in respect of the behaviour of those persons who he had nominated to a position of trust. Tongue-in-cheek, the panel of judges carrying out the Mallia inquiry had commented that Maltese politicians, when in Opposition, emphasise the need to shoulder political responsibility only to forget all about it when they make it to government.

In fact, in view of the conclusions of that inquiry, former Minister Manwel Mallia, in defiance of the basic rules of good governance, refused to resign from office and was subsequently fired by the Prime Minister – who had no other option at his disposal.

The current Gaffarena scandal may lead to similar considerations. Two politicians are under the spotlight: Joseph Muscat, who, in addition to being Prime Minister is also Minister for Lands, and Michael Falzon, who is the Parliamentary Secretary responsible for Lands. Both have to shoulder political responsibility for the operation of the Government Property Division for which they are jointly politically responsible. Twenty seven months into Labour’s mandate it is not justifiable that they shift the blame onto their predecessors. Labour in government has had sufficient time to carry out basic operational changes, if they considered that these were necessary.

Two inquires are under way. One has been requested by the Opposition and is being carried out by the National Audit Office. The other has been requested by the government and is being carried out by the Internal Audit and Investigation Department.

The two inquires will necessarily overlap but, due to differing terms of reference they should be complimenting each other.

There are too many coincidences in this latest Gaffarena scandal and consequently various issues need to be explained. The Government Property Division seems to have preferred Marco Gaffarena, giving him time to purchase a second portion of the Valletta property before expropriating it, when it could have easily expropriated it directly from the then owners! Likewise, it is clear that someone took the decision to pay Marco Gaffarena partly in kind, by allowing him to select amongst government property that land which suited him most. Who took this decision?  The civil service does not normally take such decisions. This particular decision, in my view, has political fingerprints.

The values attributed to both the expropriated property and to the government properties used to facilitate payment have raised eyebrows. Detailed explanation is required to establish whether there is some computational error or whether there is some other explanation.

Throughout the past week, the press has pointed at a particular member of the private secretariat of Parliamentary Secretary Michael Falzon who, too often, was observed accompanying Marco Gaffarena at the Government Property Division. This person, appointed in a position of trust by the Honourable Michael Falzon, did not reply to questions from the press intended to clarify whether – and to what extent – he opened doors for Gaffarena. In particular, the queries sought to clarify whether he facilitated the pick and choose land deal between the Government Property Division and Marco Gaffarena.

The conclusions of the two investigations should undoubtedly shed light on the decisions taken, as well as on those who facilitated them. The fact that this is the second case concerning the Government Property Division being investigated by the National Audit Office in the space of a few months should ring the alarm bells because, essentially, it signifies that no lessons were learnt from the Cafè Premier debacle.

published in The Malta Independent on Sunday : 14 June 2015

Ġiovanna Debono u s-Segretarju Permanenti

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Il-każ dwar żewġ Ġiovanna Debono li dwaru tressqu akkużi fil-Qorti tal-Maġistrati jixraq li jieħu l-kors tiegħu. Il-Pulizija tressaq il-provi tagħha u wara li dawn il-provi jkunu mgħarbla mid-difiża u mill-Qorti tingħata sentenza mill-Qorti tal-Maġistrati.

Il-każ huwa dwar klijenteliżmu, fejn qed jiġi allegat illi intefqu flus pubbliċi biex isiru xogħolijiet li ma kellhomx isiru. Qed jintqal li min ibbenefika minn dawn ix-xogħolijiet ħallas lura bil-vot tiegħu.

Fil-waqt li rridu nistennew, kif ġja għidt, biex jitressqu l-provi u dan ħalli jkun stabilit jekk dak li qiegħed jintqal hux minnu jew le, jkun xieraq li nżommu quddiem għajnejna illi s-settur pubbliku għandu mekkaniżmi interni ta’ kontroll illi, jekk jaħdmu sewwa jagħmluha diffiċli illi jseħħu każijiet bħal dak li beda kontra r-raġel ta’ Ġiovanna Debono.

Niftakru imma li hemm bosta li l–kontrolli fuq l-infieq u fuq l-amministrazzjoni  fis-settur pubbliku jarawhom burokrazija żejda.  F’Għawdex stess kien hemm Segretarju Permanenti li kien mitlub illi jirtira qabel iż-żmien minħabba illi ma kienx kompatibbli mal-Ministru ta’ dakinnhar, l-Onorevoli Ġiovanna Debono.

Fuq dan il-blog, f’Marzu li għadda ppubblikajt blogpost bit-titlu: Fil-Ministeru għal Għawdex: is-Segretarju Permanenti Frank Psaila.  Dak il-kaz kont iddeskrivejtu bħala inkwetanti minħabba li Psaila kien qed jilmenta illi kellu indħil politiku li minħabba fih ma setax jaqdi kif inhu xieraq id-doveri tiegħu ta’ Kap taċ-Ċivil f’Għawdex.

Fid-dawl li dak li għaddej bħalissa, l-każ ta’ Frank Psaila jassumi sinifikat ikbar.

Min għandu widnejn ħa jisma’.

Fil-Ministeru għal Għawdex: is-Segretarju Permanenti Frank Psaila

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Il-każ tas-Segretarju Permanenti Frank Psaila fil-Ministeru għal Għawdex fiż-żmien li kien Prim Ministru Lawrence Gonzi  (2005) hu inkwetanti ħafna.

Il-każ huwa dwar Frank Psaila sal-2005 Segretarju Permanenti fil-Ministeru għal Għawdex.  Psaila jgħid li kiteb biex jilmenta li xogħolu konsistenti fit-tmexxija  tas-servizz pubbliku f’Għawdex ma setax jagħmlu sewwa għaliex kien qed ikollu indħil politiku kontinwu.

S’hawnhekk wieħed jammira l-kuraġġ ta’ Frank Psaila li kiteb biex jirrapporta u bit-tama li xi ħadd jiċċaqlaq. It-tweġiba li rċieva bil-fomm inqisha bħala daqqa ta’ ħarta għas-serviżż ċivili. Frank Psaila kien mitlub biex jirtira ta’ 60 sena miċ-ċivil għax ma kienx kompatibbli mal-Ministru tiegħu!

Lil Frank Psaila ftit iltqajt miegħu fuq xogħol. Imma kien biżżejjed biex iffurmajt l-opinjoni li kien jaf x’inhu jagħmel u li ma kienx qaddej tal-Ministru iżda qaddej tal-pajjiż (civil servant).

Dan il-każ jitfa dawl fuq x’tip ta’ Segretarji Permanenti jitneħħew. Ma nafx jekk hux rifless ukoll dwar x’tip ta’ Segretarji Permanenti ma tneħħewx!

Dan il-każ iżda jispjega b’mod ċar il-mandra li l-pajjiż jinsab fiha illum.

Naħseb li dan il-pajjiż jixraqlu ħafna aħjar. Nofs tuzzan Segretarji Permanenti bħal Frank Psaila naħseb li jagħmlu l-ġid!

Ħatriet politiċi fis-settur pubbliku (Positions of trust)

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Fl-Ombudsplan għall-2015 l-Ombudsman jirrimarka li l-ħatriet diretti fis-settur pubbliku [dawk li nirreferu għalihom bħala ħatriet politiċi] jistgħu jwasslu għal-nuqqas ta’ trasparenza.

Kull persuna impjegata fis-servizz pubbliku għandha tkun persuna ta’ fiduċja. L-Ombudsman fil-fatt jgħid li s-servizz pubbliku għandu jkun apolitiku u dan għax għandu jkun lejali lejn kull amminjistrazzjoni. Is-servizz pubbliku għandu jkun il-ħolqa bejn l-amministrazzjonijiet differenti u l-istrument li permezz tiegħu l-politika tal-Gvern tal-ġurnata tkun imwettqa, mhux biss b’lejalta’ lejn il-vot popolari imma fuq kollox b’ġustizzja u ekwita. Għax l-amministrazzjoni pubblika, ġdida jew qadima, hi hemm għal kulħadd. Mhiex hemm biss għal dawk li ivvutaw għaliha.

Minn mudell ta’ servizz pubbliku fuq stil Anglu-Sassonu fejn għandek servizz pubbliku permanenti mexjin lejn mudell Amerikan fejn numru kbir ta’ persuni jinbidlu mal-bidla fil-Gvern. Meta dan ma jsirx b’regoli ċari u trasparenti joħloq inġustizzji u nuqqas ta’ trasparenza.

Il-każ tal-bdil tas-Segretarji Permanenti kważi kollha mal-bidla fil-Gvern hu wieħed mill-eżempji li lkoll nafu bih. Ma ġratx biss taħt l-amministrazzjoni ta’ Joseph Muscat. Anke fi żmien Lawrence Gonzi kellna każijiet fejn il-Gvern ried jaħtar persuni li ried hu f’posizzjonijiet li qieshom bħala li huma ta’ fiduċja. Niftakru l-ħatra ta’ Direttur għall-Ħarsien tal-Ambjent u ta’ Chief Executive tal-MEPA li qabel l-2013 kienu nħatru direttament mill-MEPA bl-approvazzjoni tal-Ministru għall-Ambjent u dan mingħajr sejħa għal applikazzjonijiet.  Il-Gvern ta’ dakinnhar ma kienx qabel  mar-rapporti tal-Perit Joe Falzon (Uffiċjal tal-Verifika tal-MEPA) li kien qal b’mod ċar li dawn it-tip ta’ ħatriet ma kienux korretti.

L-Ombudsman jemfasizza li l-ħatriet f’ position of trust (ħatriet politiċi) għandhom ikunu minimi. Wieħed jifhem li kemm is-Segretarjati Privati fil-Ministeri kif ukoll uħud mill-persuni meħtieġa biex ifasslu policies għandhom ikunu persuni ta’ fiduċja. In-numru tagħhom iżda għandu jkun ċar, limitat u regolat b’mod li kulħadd ikun jaf fejn hu.

Ma dan jiena nżid nirreferi għall-ħatriet ta’ Bordijiet u Awtoritajiet. Dawn il-ħatriet għadhom jibdew isiru wara skrutinju pubbliku [public hearing] minn Kumitat Parlamentari. Dan hu punt li temfasizza Alternattva Demorkatika fil-Manifest Elettorali għall-elezzjoni ġenerali tal-2013. Huwa neċessarju li jkun assigurat li jkun hemm iżjed persuni kompetenti li jinħatru fil-Bordijiet u l-Awtoritajiet. Skrutinju pubbliku tal-persuni nominati jista’ jkun mod kif dan ikun assigurat.

 

Il-ħatriet politiċi fl-amministrazzjoni pubblika ma jistgħux ikunu eliminati. Imma nistgħu bħala pajjiż nassiguraw li l-mertu jkollu rwol ferm iktar importanti milli għandu sal-lum fil-ħatriet pubbliċi.

Tackling the green skills gap

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Launching the public consultation on the Green Economy last month, Ministers Leo Brincat and Evarist Bartolo emphasised the need to address the green skills gap in the process leading to a Green Economy strategy and action plan.

It is estimated that 20 million jobs will be created in the Green Economy between now and 2020 within the European Union. Capacity building is the greatest challenge: ensuring that more working men and women are adequately equipped with green skills.

The Green Economy includes activities in different sectors. It is possible to go about activity in these sectors in a manner which reduces their environmental impacts, is socially inclusive and economically rewarding.

Various sectors have been identified as being of key importance in the transition to a Green Economy. The basic characteristics which distinguish the Green Economy are a reduction of carbon emissions, the reduction of all forms of pollution, energy and resource efficiency, prevention of biodiversity loss  and the protection of eco-system services.

The United Nations Environment Programme  has repeatedly emphasised that the transition to a Green Economy enables economic growth and investment while increasing environmental quality and social inclusiveness. A Green Economy is one which respects the eco-system and recognises that there are natural limits  which, if exceeded, endanger the earth’s ecological balance. In effect it means that the transition to a Green Economy signifies addressing all of our environmental impacts in all areas of activity. Addressing impacts in one area would still signify progress although this would be of limited benefit.

An agriculture which forms part of the Green Economy is one which works with nature, not against it. It uses water sustainably and does not contaminate it. Green agriculture does not seek to genetically modify any form of life nor to patent it.

Energy efficient buildings, clean and renewable energy together with the sustainable use of land are also basic building blocks of the Green Economy. We cannot speak of the Green Economy whilst simultaneously tolerating  large scale building construction. Having a stock of 72,000 vacant dwellings, (irrespective of the reasons for their being vacant) signifies that as a nation we have not yet understood that the limited size of the Maltese islands ought to lead to a different attitude. The green skills of politicians and their political appointees on MEPA is what’s lacking in this regard.

Maritime issues are of paramount economic importance to Malta’s economy. The depleted fish stock and the quality of sea water are obvious issues. But the impacts of organised crime through the dumping of toxic, hazardous and nuclear waste in the Mediterranean Sea is not to be underestimated as has been evidenced time and again in the exploits of the eco-mafia reign to our north.

Heavy industry is fortunately absent in Malta. New industries like the pharmaceutical industry are more eco-conscious. However we still require more inputs on resource efficiency and eco-design.

Greening tourism is essential in order to ensure that more of tourism’s environmental impacts are addressed.  The consumption of tourism is 50% more per capita than that registered for a resident, indicating that there is room for considerable improvements.

Public transport is still in shambles. The effects of this state of affairs is evident in the ever increasing number of passenger cars on our roads which have a major impact on air and noise pollution in our communities. Greening transport policies signifies that the mobility of all is ensured with the least possible impacts.  Still a long way to go.

Waste management has made substantial improvement over the years even though it is still way  behind EU targets. It is positive that the draft waste management strategy has established the attaining of a Zero Waste target by 2050. However we still await the specifics of how this is to be achieved. It is achievable but the commitment of all is essential.

Our water resources have been mismanaged, year in, year our. Discharging millions of litres of treated sewage effluent into the sea is just the cherry on the cake. The contaminated and depleted water table which still contributes around 40% to Malta’s potable water supply is in danger of being  completely lost for future generations if we do not act fast.

All the above have been dealt with in various policy documents. One such document is the National Sustainable Development Strategy which establishes the parameters for the action required. Implementing the National Sustainable Development Strategy is the obvious first step in establishing a Green Economy.  It is here where the real green skill gap exists. Decision makers lack green skills. This skill gap exists at the level of Cabinet, Parliament, the top echelons of the civil service and in the ranks of the political appointees to Boards and Authorities where decisions are taken and strategies implemented.

When this skill gap is addressed, the rest will follow and we will be on the way to establishing  a green economy.

published in The Times of Malta, Saturday 14 December 2013

A position of trust

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Government has just announced that it has appointed 14 Permanent Secretaries. Three of the appointees have already served under the previous administration. The others are new to the post.

Within twenty four hours from Labour’s election to office, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced the appointment of a designate Head of the Civil Service. In line with Lawrence Gonzi’s appointments the said designate Head of the Civil Service was also appointed simultaneously as Principle Permanent Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Secretary to the Cabinet.

Within hours rumours announced that all Permanent Secretaries had been requested to submit their resignations which, it was stated, were necessary and in line with normal practice in a democratic society.

It  was not however stated that the real issue with the post of Permanent Secretary is that it is a position of trust. All those appointed were so appointed because the previous administration considered that they could be trusted. Knowing some if not most of the appointees I can say that the trust demonstrated by the previous administration in the appointment of its Permanent Secretaries was most probably based on a cocktail of considerations.  Their administrative abilities undoubtedly featured prominently on the list. There were undoubtedly other issues. Given the sensitivity of the posts I have no doubt that political loyalty was given some weight in the appointments made. In some cases more than others.

The posts of Permanent Secretaries are not the only posts which the Gonzi administration considered as positions of trust.  I remember clearly the reports drawn up by former MEPA Audit Officer on the appointment of the Director for Environment Protection at MEPA and MEPA’s  CEO without issuing a call for applications. The MEPA Audit Officer had then argued that there was no need to consider such posts as positions of trust meriting direct appointment. Subjecting them to a public competition through an open call for applications would have been fair and proper.

A number of public corporations and authorities have appointed their senior management, primarily CEOs, through either an open call or else through a direct appointment. In view of the fact that the Public Administration Act has not been brought into force there is no enforceable rule to ensure a clear demarcation line as to which posts in the wider civil service are to be deemed as positions of trust and which not.

It is logical for persons appointed to positions of trust to make way when those who appointed them are no longer in authority. But then in a micro-state as Malta, where each and every one of us is known to one and all, it is in my view essential that the positions in the wider civil service which are deemed to be “positions of trust” are to be the minimum possible number.  It does not make sense to have a large number of such posts.

Unfortunately this matter has never been discussed. What is government’s position on the matter?

It is about time that all the cards are on the table.

Ras il-Ħuta

Il-Malta Today illum kompliet bl-istorja dwar is-Segretarju Permanenti fiċ-Ċivil inkarigata mill-Verifika Interna tal-Gvern (Internal Audit and Investigations Department).

L-istorja issa ilha għaddejja u mhux aċċettabbli li l-Prim Ministru jwaħhal f’denbu (l-Kap taċ-Ċivil) billi jgħid li dan għandu jinvestiga.

L-allegazzjonijiet li saru u li issa huma iktar dettaljati b’ismijiet u dati jagħtu stampa ċara ta’ sitwazzjoni li min hu inkarigat biex jissorvelja l-operat taċ-Ċivil hu stess hu involut f’attivita’ mhux permissibli.

Dan waħdu hu biżżejjed biex iqajjem diversi mistoqsijiet dwar kif inhu possibli li min jaħdem b’dan il-mod jista’ qatt inissel sens ta’ imġieba etika f’ta’ madwaru. Għax jekk is-Segretarju Permanenti fl-OPM responsabbli mill-Verifika Interna m’għandiex skrupli li tagħmilha ta’ konsulent għas-settur privat (waqt li tibqa’ tokkupa kariga pubblika) kif qatt tista’ tieħu passi effettivi fuq każi ta’ gravita’ simili li minn żmien għal żmien jixħtu dell tqil fuq l-integrita’ tas-settur pubbliku?

B’dan il-każ nistgħu nifhmu iktar għalfejn dwar diversi materji qatt ma jsir xejn.

Meta min suppost jissorvelja m’għandux sens ta’ etika, kif nistgħu qatt nippretendu li ħaddieħor iktar l-isfel fl-istruttura tas-settur pubbliku jagħti każ?

Kif ngħidu:  l-ħuta minn rasha tinten.

Fuq l-istess suġġett ara ukoll fuq dan il-blog : Fuq nett fiċ-Ċivil …….. fejn jaħraq ħafna. 5 ta’ Novembru 2012

Fuq nett fiċ-Ċivil …….. fejn jaħraq ħafna

Xi xhur ilu Alternattiva Demokratika bdiet dibattitu dwar ir-rwol li għandhom l-impjegati fis-settur pubbliku fil-politika.

Id-Direttiva Numru Ħamsa li nħarġet mill-Kap taċ-Ċivil tiddistingwi bejn dawk l-impjegati pubbliċi li jistgħu jieħdu sehem fil-politika u dawk li ma jistgħux.

Dawk fl-iskali ta’ fuq nett ma jistgħux jinvolvu ruħhom fil-politika. Il-loġika wara din ir-regola hi li min hu fil-gradi ta’ fuq fiċ-Ċivil huwa involut sewwa fit-teħid tad-deċiżjonijiet, fl-għoti ta’ pariri li jwasslu għal deċiżjonijiet kif ukoll f’investigazzjonijiet interni li jistgħu jwasslu għal deċiżjonijiet ta’ natura iebsa. Għalhekk tajjeb li joqgħod il-bogħod mhux biss mill-kunflitt ta’ interess iżda ukoll mill-potenzjal tal-kunflitt ta’ interess.

Jekk dawn ir-regoli japplikaw għal kulħadd, taqbel jew ma taqbilx magħhom tbaxxi rasek.

Imma imbagħad jiġru affarijiet li jġiegħluk taħseb li donnu hemm min għalih hemm regoli oħra. Regoli differenti.

Ma nafx jekk tiftakrux li fil-kampanja referendarja tad-divorzju kien hemm wieħed imlaħħaq fiċ-ċivil li kellu l-grad ta’ Segretarju Permanenti  u kien qed jaqdi doveri ta’ Deputat Segretarju tal-Kabinett. Dan applika u ngħata permess biex jieħu leave bla ħlas biex ikun jista’ jieħu sehem fil-kampanja referendarja. Ingħata permess għax ġie ikkunsidrat li l-kampanja referendarja ma kelliex x’taqsam mal-politika!

Ma nafx b’liema immaġinazzjoni tista’ tasal għal din il-konklużjoni ħlief bir-riga tal-Opus Dei!

Issa għandna oħra. Uffiċjal għoli fl-Uffiċċju tal-Prim Ministru, ukoll fil-grad ta’ Segretarju Permanenti b’doveri tal-Kap tad-Dipartiment tal-Verifika Interna u Investigazzjonijiet ngħatat permess biex tokkupa l-post ta’ Direttur mhux Eżekuttiv ta’ kumpanija tal-logħob tal-azzard (gaming). Qed jingħad ukoll li din kienet f’posizzjoni li tagħti pariri u konsulenza lil kumpanija f’din l-industrija dwar ix-xiri ta’ sehem fil-Casino di Venezia fil-Birgu.

Il-loġika ta’ dawn id-deċiżjonijiet jiena ma nistax nifhimhom. L-intriċċi tal-politika huma meqjusa perikolużi għaċ-Ċivil.  Imma dwar l-intriċċi tal-business donnu li dak ma jimpurtax. Hu biss bil-loġika tal-Opus Dei li forsi jinftehmu dawn l-affarijiet!