President’s granddaughter made government consultant

Katrina Cuschieri's father, disgraced former MFSA chief Joseph Cuschieri, had employed Energy Minister Miriam Dalli before she entered politics

 

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Katrina Cuschieri, the 23-year-old granddaughter of President George Vella and daughter of disgraced former Malta Financial Services Authority chief Joseph Cuschieri, has been made a government consultant despite her lack of experience and the fact that she has yet to officially graduate.

President George Vella’s granddaughter was engaged as a person of trust and put on a €50,000 financial package by Energy Minister Miriam Dalli just a few days after returning to Malta from under a year spent studying in England.

Sources at Dalli’s ministry expressed their shock over the “blatant case of nepotism” when they were told the 23-year-old would be the minister’s new consultant. They said Katrina Cuschieri started her job a few weeks ago and has already shown that she is “in no position to give any advice to the minister”.

Others pointed out that her university colleagues were shocked that she was given such a position just a few days after returning from London, when they were still trying to find their feet in the employment sector.

“We are still looking for an entry-level job, despite being more qualified than her… it seems the children of ministers or other well-connected people are being given phenomenal starting salaries without competition while mere mortals like us have to struggle to find our first, poorly paid job.”

The Shift is informed that the job of government consultant, generally reserved for employees with years of experience, was approved by the Office of the Prime Minster on the personal recommendation of Minister Dalli.

Miriam Dalli had worked with Katrina’s father, Joseph Cuschieri, for years. The former MFSA chief, forced to resign in disgrace, had given Dalli, a former ONE TV reporter, a job when he was a senior manager at Vodafone, now Epic.

An accountant by profession, Katrina’s father, Joseph Cuschieri, considered part of disgraced former prime minister Joseph Muscat’s clique, fell from grace soon after Muscat’s resignation and had to step down from a €150,000 job as the head of the Malta Financial Services Authority.

Cuschieri was ordered to resign soon after revelations in court that he, together with his close friend, Edwina Licari, had gone to a working holiday in Las Vegas paid by Yorgan Fenech, who accompanied them together with the secretary of disgraced former OPM boss Keith Schembri.

It had later transpired that Cuschieri had taken a personal interest in employing Licari at the MFSA, giving her a €100,000 job. The pair toured the world together on more than 35 trips, costing taxpayers €500,000.

The original article erroneously quoted Katrina’s age as 21 instead of 23. She is the President’s granddaughter, not his niece.

                           
                           
                               
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Greed
Greed
1 month ago

And still she will go about now that everyone knows with a sense of entitlement and cares not a jotbthat she only got the job because who she is related to. In fact she will see no wrong about it and will probably brag about it? Impunity reigns supreme again.

Greed
Greed
1 month ago

And still the sheep will stand up and applaud and shout out prosit

Joseph Tabone Adami
Joseph Tabone Adami
1 month ago

Some are born great; some achieve greatness – and some have ‘greatness’ (of sorts] thrust upon them.

Sometimes it may prove very difficult to couple ‘who’ with ‘which’ – sometimes not so, at all!

Henry Pace
1 month ago

All hon for the Labour guys

carlos
1 month ago

piglets at the trough – truly a corrupt muvument and to hell with the workers who were stolen from their votes to accommodate the people of trust who most of them are not worth their salt.

Jesmond Saliba
Jesmond Saliba
1 month ago

It pays to be smart !

Greed
Greed
1 month ago
Reply to  Jesmond Saliba

It pays to be related

Stephen Borg
Stephen Borg
28 days ago
Reply to  Jesmond Saliba

Smart? Who?

Albert Beliard
Albert Beliard
1 month ago

Malta’s new talent.

No wonder Malta’s standards are going downhill.

makjavel
makjavel
1 month ago

Anybody can be promoted to their level of incompetence.
This government has made a record of this statement.
It is called Peter’s Principle. Nothing to do with Muscat’s Petrus Wine.
Some reach that position straight out of UNI. Some reach it at the OPM.

Carmelo Borg
1 month ago

Heq l eccelenza Dan l ahjar meta tkellem DEJJEM SEMMA LI MALTA INHATFET MIL MAFIA MALTIJA ????

Joseph
Joseph
1 month ago

Ahjar min din il-favorita hawn kemm trid bi skola u intelligenza ahjar. Kollu tort ta’gahan li jsir f’wicc min hu tal-affari tieghu.

makjavel
makjavel
1 month ago

I guess her Masters Dissertation would make interesting reading. Will Katrina Cuschieri oblige? Konrad Mizzi Doctorate Dissertation was available, being about how the Maltese Civil,Service operated. That was before Muscat Screwed it up. Know your enemy policy.

I. Gatt
I. Gatt
1 month ago

Aaaaaah, if only I loved politics more than I do books! 23 years of Service to a government entity, a Ph.D, two Masters, two Bachelor degrees, several advanced diplomas and you guessed it! Not a single promotion. Life is good for the anointed, whilst others feed on crumbs…….!

Lfred
Lfred
1 month ago

A very generous starting salary for a junior lawyer 50,000. Meanwhile bobby has engaged hundreds of ex Air Malta ppl with similar packages 50k plus. That kind of salary which is reserved for CEO’s and junior lawyers. Someone has to take responsibility and be questioned over mismanagement of public funds.

makjavel
makjavel
29 days ago
Reply to  Lfred

Where a good part of the €7000 million since Bobby took over went, the other good part is what Muscat left to Bobby to keep feeding. Direct orders and all that pig-feed
.

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

Family ties, just like in mafias./

Godfrey Leone Ganado
Godfrey Leone Ganado
28 days ago

Paybacks and cross paybacks for rent seekers.
Viva l-President tal-ABZ Repubblika ta’ Malta Mafiuza.

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