PM gives his former assistant nine different government jobs in two years

A young lawyer, not yet in his 30s, who obtained his warrant in 2018, has been given no less than nine different government appointments since his former boss became prime minister in 2020.

Ryan (Christopher) Pace – who, until Robert Abela became prime minister, worked as a budding lawyer at Abela and his wife’s private legal practice Abela Advocates, where he assisted the then Labour MP – found himself out of a job when his boss took the helm of Castille.

However, in a blatant attempt to kick start Pace’s private legal practice, Abela showered his former assistant with taxpayer-funded government jobs, making the young and relatively inexperienced lawyer one of the busiest on government retainers.

Labour-leaning lawyers who spoke to The Shift on condition of anonymity said that although they could “understand that the prime minister is taking good care of his former assistant by giving him a few jobs, Abela has gone overboard, in the process irritating other Labour lawyers who also expect a piece of the cake”.

“The prime minister is giving nepotism a new meaning,” a senior Labour-leaning lawyer close to disgraced former prime minister Joseph Muscat told The Shift.

The Shift is also informed that Pace, who has little work experience and no area of legal expertise since he has been practising law for under four years, had been made Chairman of the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) last year on Abela’s direct instructions.

The Authority, which has been rocked by several scandals in recent years, regulates an industry that accounts for close to 15% of Malta’s gross domestic product.

Apart from the thousands of euros he earns from the MGA, the prime minister placed his former assistant on several other government retainers.

These include positions as a director on the boards of both ARMS Ltd and Malta Government Investments Limited, as well as another role as chairman of Gozo Heliport Ltd.

Pace was also appointed to act as board secretary for Engineering Resources Ltd and Mediterranean Offshore Bunkering Ltd, and was also nominated to sit on the Malta Film Commission and the Human Traffic Reform Committee.

Additionally, within a few weeks of Abela taking office, Pace was appointed by the Malta Tourism Authority as its Data Protection Officer, among other consultancies, where he was paid at least another €24,000 per annum.

All these appointments have been independently verified by The Shift.

Pace began working for Abela’s legal practice as an intern in 2015, when he was still a university student.

In his student days, Pace was very active in Pulse – the student organisation that acts as an unofficial youth wing of the governing Labour Party –where his student elections motto was: ‘I’m paving the way’.

                           
                               
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D M Briffa
D M Briffa
1 month ago

Hang on, The Shift. Are you being fair? In 2013 Labour promised ‘meritocracy’. How can you be sure this guy didn’t get all these jobs based on his remarkable ‘merit’? The fact that he might have been a snuffling pig, grunting away at the taxpayers’ trough is, surely, just a coincidence.

The Chris Fearne camp in the PL are going to get very, very annoyed, one day. Then, Robert Abela, you will face the music. I’ll be booking a front row seat.

Bamboccu
Bamboccu
1 month ago

JAQQ x’nies.

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

Another parasite. Or the guy can bilocate…

Greed
Greed
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

Parasite or a bottom feeder,either or will do

Joseph
Joseph
1 month ago

I cannot understand the phrase like Labour -Leaning Lawyers. So what trade of high level standard with responsibilty do they have learned. As far as I can see there will be no whom you know. Everyborn human being is the same infront the justice. Din id-disgrazzja being brought to us by the allat foloz politicians from the Communist Island.

Gee Mike
Gee Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Joseph

The university’s law faculty has been churning out non lawyers for a while, have a quick look at the lawyer in politics and you will see how abysmal things are. This destruction has not started in 2013, it started way before.

Joe Genovese
Joe Genovese
1 month ago

Streets, eh, paved with gold on Ryan’s road map.

Joseph Micallef
Joseph Micallef
1 month ago

He believe he has a new tee-shirt not with ‘Robber Abela and the PL paved the way for Me’ printed on it.

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