Transport Malta made highly lucrative payments to government-connected consultants and advisors as the nation experienced worsening traffic gridlock with no sign of improvement.
Transport Malta and Infrastructure Malta dished out more than €12 million in consultancies over the past five years, much of it by direct order. Most of the beneficiaries are either members of Labour’s inner circle or have close connections with ministers and their assistants.
According to a parliamentary question tabled by PN MP Claudette Buttigieg, Transport Malta forked out more than €10 million in consultancy fees between 2018 and 2022, and Infrastructure Malta, which took over road building, issued more than €2 million.
The mission of the two agencies is to improve transport but most of these fees were unrelated to that mandate.
Chris Cilia, a former Labour candidate who appears regularly on national television programmes and on Labour’s ONE as a commentator, was paid a staggering €422,000 by taxpayers in just five years. He also served — or is still serving — in other government agencies and posts, raking in tens of thousands in additional fees and honoraria.
The consultant who was paid the most is Gabriella Mallia, an advisor on procurement and EU funds. She received €600,000 in five years — €100,000 from TM and another €509,000 from Infrastructure Malta.
The list of consultancies, which TM officials described to The Shift as ‘a list of mostly friends’, included many other familiar names closely associated with the ruling Labour Party.
Adreana Zammit, the daughter of Ian Borg’s right-hand man and chief canvasser Jesmond Zammit, was paid €192,000.
Saviour Balzan was paid €25,200 to act as PR consultant while doubling as an ‘independent’ journalist, and his colleague Karl Stagno Navarra was paid €18,000.
Labour’s auditors RSM received €698,000, and former Labour MP Silvio Grixti, who was asked to resign by Robert Abela before the last election for issuing false medical certificates, was paid €121,000.
Lawyers Alex Scerri Herrera, now Parliamentary Secretary Andy Ellul, Aron Mifsud Bonnici, now Justice Minister Jonathan Attard, Charlon Gouder, Joe Gerada and Maria Cardona (former wife of Chris Cardona) each made thousands of euros from TM consultancies.
Other large beneficiaries included the traffic consultancy firm Arup, who were paid €1.3 million in fees, audit firm Grant Thorton (€188,000) and legal firms Mamo TCV (€227,000) and Camilleri Preziosi (€237,000).
As Malta experienced a record number of deadly traffic accidents, Road Safety Council Chair Pierre Vella, an F1 racing commentator, was paid €243,000 in five years. No performance results were given to justify his consultancy.
Transport Malta was first headed by former Labour CEO James Piscopo, and later by Joe Bugeja, who was ousted by Robert Abela earlier this year.
The authority was riddled with alleged corruption under the leadership of former minister Ian Borg, who paid a Labour lawyer based in Rabat almost half a million euros in five years.
Jaqq xi hmieg.
A collection of no brainers , and incompetent by results.
Double the road deaths is the proof.
The government is robbing the country to stay in power.
Thanks “Shift News” for your efforts to uncover dirty payouts/deals from taxpayers’ money to these illustrious persons who brought traffic gridlock on our roads. Shame on these persons who think are more holier than you and me. When you listen to these persons preaching on TV you think that you are an ignorant person, fit for nothing except clapp your hands and shout “Viva l-lejber, partit korrott, sahta tac-cittadin onest”
Toroq, ahjar ghalik.
Malta needs a new, good and strong political party.
U 40,000 Euro ghat tghalim ta l Ingliz ma ghandhomx
Imbad jien ghax kont frelazzjoni u l partner tatni garage ta karozza donnazzjoni u gabuni b money loundry wehilt 3 snien habs u sekwestru ta lassi mobili u imobbili ghara naqa ta il min tellajna imexxi
Dawn ha jhottu il pajjjiz imma imbad allahares ic cittadin imiss hames xelini
Dan il gvern johloq il problemi apposta biex tal qalba jdahlu il miljuni f’konsulenzi min fuq dahar il poplu.
There are 80.000 people who live in poverty.
There are thousands of low wage earners where they don’t make ends meet. Living in substandard accomodation and on the generosity of people that help them out.
There are the pensioners, who again struggle to live a dignified live, but are having to sacrifice basic needs to do so.
On the other hand there are the minority, friends of the PL that have sold their soul to greed and money. These corrupt persons make millions for amateurish “consultancy direct appointments’ at very generous fees which do not produce or reach the required targets.
This is what Malta and Gozo is made of.
The Hon. Minister Clyde Caruana, a declared socialist does not have the guts to stand up and say enough is enough to this corrupt government.
Whilst our National Debt has reached a staggering 9.3 billion euros.
Air Malta, Enemalta, Water Services Corporation and other state entities, notwithstanding government subsidies are losing money hand over fist.
This is just bad and corrupt to the core, administration of public funds.
E io pago!!
Electrified mass transit is the future…….did any of these so called experts come up with it?