Energy Minister Miriam Dalli humiliated as prime minister takes over Enemalta

Government confirms The Shift’s revelations on CEOs sacking

 

Tista taqra dan l-artiklu bil-Malti.

Less than two months after Energy Minister Miriam Dalli “categorically denied” The Shift’s revelations that Enemalta’s CEO Jonathan Cardona was to be sacked and replaced by Ryan Fava, the government confirmed the news in a terse message yesterday evening.

Through a ‘news’ item leaked to the state broadcaster PBS, Enemalta announced the sudden departure of Cardona and his immediate replacement with the current chairman of the energy provider, Ryan Fava.

Government sources told The Shift that the Prime Minister took the decision to sack Jonathan Cardona last August following the complete meltdown of Enemalta’s grid, halting the country with long and wide blackouts.

Less than two months ago, Dalli had denied The Shift’s revelations.

Despite Abela’s order to sack Cardona and replace him with Fava, Miriam Dalli resisted in what was considered a power struggle at the top echelons of the government, with the energy minister lamenting that this would place the blame on her.

However, Abela insisted that Cardona was “not fit for the job”, and Dalli eventually had to follow orders.

It is known that relations between Abela and Dalli became strained after the latter started sounding party delegates on the possibility of replacing Abela after the next MEP elections.

Cardona’s removal from Enemalta comes less than two years into his €160,000-a-year contract arranged for him by Miriam Dalli.

His three-year definite contract as CEO of the state entity had to run until October 2024 and included a renewal clause of a further three years.

However, it has now been terminated, and it is not yet known where Cardona will be placed.

Both Cardona and his former assistant, Monica Farrugia, who he had also put on a €105,000 salary as an executive director at the state entity, are expected to be removed from Enemalta.

Ryan Fava, who has now taken over the role of CEO, in addition to his appointment as chairman last year, is a ‘Robert Abela man’ due to his close connections to the prime minister’s father, George Abela.

Fava, with a background as a docker (tax-Xatt) is also the President of the Malta Dockers Union, which used to be represented by George Abela.

The same sources said Fava had been instructed to report Enemalta affairs directly to the prime minister, bypassing Miriam Dalli.

While Dalli and Jonathan Cardona had blamed the weather for the unprecedented series of power outages, Enemalta officials had told The Shift that the real reason was the lack of professional management, direction, and long-term investment by Enemalta.

Cardona is a Joseph Muscat loyalist entrusted to lead the cash-for-passports programme between 2013 and 2021.

                           

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mick
mick
4 months ago

That’s how it works in a one party state run by a megalomaniac, Dalli needs to look for the exit sign as that’s where she’s headed. Just another day in Mafialand.

wenzu
wenzu
4 months ago

The beginning of the end for club Abela!

Carmelo borg
4 months ago

Min hu L AQWA IHAWWEL MARJANNA. Nahseb tishet il moment li gejt min BRUSSEL Issa ahdem halli lil Dan il BATUT tal u turns intajruh ghax xbajna iwaqqan ghan NEJK

carlos
carlos
4 months ago

min ghandu l-aqwa ziemel jirbah. mhux kemm taf izda lil min taf. shame on this corrupt lot.

A. Fan
A. Fan
4 months ago

Is Dalli actually capable of recognising humiliation? As most MLP ministers, she appears to fall beyond any reproach by mere mortals in her own addled mind.

Nigel Baker
Nigel Baker
4 months ago

The irony of the fact that the article says that Robert Abela described Jonathan Cardona as ‘not fit for the job’!

Paul Henry Berman
Paul Henry Berman
4 months ago

However, it has now been terminated, and it is not yet known where Cardona will be placed. How about on the unemployment register

Albert Beliard
Albert Beliard
4 months ago

Incompetent Miriam Dalli is starting to look like a ‘blackout’ after her black lies.

Gerald
Gerald
4 months ago

A spaghetti western in the making. All we need is an inspirational Morricone soundtrack.

Out of Curiosity
Out of Curiosity
4 months ago

This Prime Minister is fearing an internal coup and is doing his utmost to weaken his opponents, including Miriam Dalli, as she is the prime suspect who can take over his role. Nevertheless, Miriam Dalli is well respected within the political party’s inner circles and diabolic actions against her might turn the delegates’ opinion more against Robert Abela rather than in his favor. Whatever the case, Robert Abela must go like his predecessor did. The sooner the better.

joe tedesco
joe tedesco
4 months ago

CUT-THROAT ISLAND INDEED AS PRACTICED BY AN
INEPT PL GOVERNMENT. DALLI SHOULD HAVE BEEN SACKED
AFTER SEVERAL POWER OUTAGES.

Albert Bonnici
Albert Bonnici
4 months ago

It’s a clear sign that Dalli should resign, before she is made to resign.

Jan Farrugia
Jan Farrugia
4 months ago
Reply to  Albert Bonnici

But wait a minute. She has a vote in parliament as some others have. Wait for the palace coup currently in slow motion to surface inside parliament. Currently, Robert Abela is working on the grassroots with a massive wage increase which will hurt most of our businesses. But he doesn’t care about the economy. His own ship is taking water and is sinking, and he needs all the pumps working no matter the cost to the PL’s armada.

Popcorn please.

Last edited 4 months ago by Jan Farrugia
Jan Farrugia
Jan Farrugia
4 months ago

€160,000-a-year contract arranged for him by Miriam Dalli.

Shocking. This is shocking t the core.

 Monica Farrugia, who he had also put on a €105,000 salary 

EVEN MORE SHOCKING

How can these hypocrites face their own grassroots? How can their voters accept all this robbery while they have to live through one of the most serious inflationary period rendering our wages 20 to 30% less in real value?

Mark Debono
Mark Debono
4 months ago
Reply to  Jan Farrugia

Maybe just maybe she was getting a cut from these salaries after all Rosie did say they were all at it?

Toni Borg
Toni Borg
4 months ago

issa anke id-Daddy qedt jindahal minni jigi appuntat??? 😩😩😩

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