In his first parliamentary move as Opposition leader, Bernard Grech has filed a motion calling for a public inquiry into the ElectroGas power station project.
“Every passing day brings with it new facts about corruption and abuse of power by the people entrusted to lead the country in connection with the ElectroGas power station project,” the motion, which was also signed by PN MPs Robert Cutajar, Ryan Callus and Karol Aquilina, reads.
“It is in the public interest to find out the full truth about this project, particularly since the Auditor General warned that a number of his questions [in his investigation into the contract] have remained unanswered.”
The motion also warned that no analysis was carried out as to whether it was in Enemalta’s best interest to operate the power station itself or lease it to the private sector and bind itself to purchasing electricity from it.
According to the motion, the inquiry board will be composed of “people known for their integrity and honesty” with its chairperson chosen by a two-thirds majority vote in Parliament.
It will be instructed to identify any political, commercial and administrative abuse, shortcomings and illegalities in connection with this project and to present its findings to Parliament following a period of time set by the board itself.
Yorgen Fenech, the main suspect in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia is a key shareholder in the ElectroGas project, and in the months leading up to her murder, the journalists had come into possession of a major ElectroGas leak consisting of over 200,000 documents.
Her son Matthew, who worked on the project with her mother, has claimed that the Electrogas project, which could have defaulted on a €600 million loan if corruption allegations were proven correct, was the main motive behind her assassination.
Shortly after this statement, another shareholder, the Gasan Group, said it is seeking to withdraw from the project, stating it was “mortified” by the allegations.