Michelle Muscat’s drivers on state payroll rebranded as ‘logistics managers’

Michelle Muscat, the Marigold Foundation chairperson and wife of disgraced former prime minister Joseph Muscat, has changed the designation of her two state-funded drivers at her NGO amid an investigation into how she spends government money.

The pair, one seconded from the Cleansing Department and the other from Transport Malta, are now being called “logistics managers” when the Standards Commissioner is probing claims of her abuse of public funds.

Sources told The Shift that both seconded government employees still carry out tasks such as driving the couple’s children to school and carrying her bags while shopping.

One of Michelle Muscat’s drivers with the disgraced former premier and his wife.

Insiders said that just a few months ago, one of the two drivers suddenly left and returned to his government job, openly telling his colleagues he had had enough.

Soon after, another driver was found at Transport Malta and sent to ‘help’ Michelle Muscat at her Foundation, which she took over from Bank of Valletta, after receiving thousands of euro, for only €100.

He is now called a ‘manager’ but still drives and does other errands during Marigold’s working hours.

Last April, independent MEP candidate Arnold Cassola asked the Standards Commissioner for an official investigation of claims of abuse by Michelle Muscat. He passed on an anonymous letter he had received detailing how she was using two government employees, seconded to the Marigold Foundation, as her personal drivers.

According to the claims, the two employees are also being paid allowances and overtime for tasks related to the personal needs of the Muscats rather than the Foundation. Muscat denies the claims.

The Shift has already revealed that following his forced departure, Prime Minister Robert Abela conceded a fully expensed car for Michelle Muscat in an unprecedented move.

This was part of a lucrative severance package given to the former prime minister, which included a €120,000 golden handshake, another car for his use with a full-time driver and personal assistant, and a waterfront office in Sa Maison.

Last week, The Shift also revealed how ex-transport minister Joe Mizzi’s former personal assistant has joined Michelle Muscat’s Foundation and is receiving a salary from the state.

Mariella Agius Vassallo was seconded to assist Muscat just a few months after she was given a well-paid promotion to work as a policy officer at the Energy and Water Agency despite having no known relevant experience or qualifications.

So far, Standards Commissioner Joe Azzopardi has not concluded his probe on Michelle Muscat.

                           

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Paul Henry Berman
Paul Henry Berman
2 months ago

The more corrupt you are the more you get when you leave, Venezuela 2.0

wenzu
wenzu
2 months ago

The more one looks at the antics of the MLP and its stooges, the worse the picture becomes.

Joseph
Joseph
2 months ago

Blood suckers
Ticks, sanghi suga, reddieha..whatever you can imagine..openly pilfering from the Maltese coffers by this arrogant low class person..truly signori non si diventa

Rosabelle Pavia
Rosabelle Pavia
2 months ago
Reply to  Joseph

Our hard earned money you mean!!

Nigel Baker
Nigel Baker
2 months ago

I am convinced that in any other democratic country on Earth, there would have been a full-blown revolution a long time ago. What is it about Maltese citizens? I just cannot understand the apathy. If ‘foreign’ residents were allowed a vote, Malta would be a far more agreeable place to live.

Joseph
Joseph
2 months ago
Reply to  Nigel Baker

It could be apathy, but after ten years of labour govts. the Maltese and Gozitans(the majority) relish and embrace corrupt practices and recent surveys confirm this attitude. Really sad but true.

Anne R. key
Anne R. key
2 months ago

Are these so called Logistics Managers qualified in the science of logistics? One needs to be backed by a Diploma or degree no!

Mick
Mick
2 months ago

Leech is too mild a term for these low lifes, bloodsuckers comes to mind, a phenomenal waste of good taxpayer money to support a siren who swims in the filthy and murky waters of Labour thieves. Karma can’t be far away.

Martin
Martin
2 months ago

E IO PAGO😞

Albertos
Albertos
2 months ago

That’s how mafia works.

Antonio Borg
Antonio Borg
2 months ago

Dawn ma jisthux. Jghamlu l jridu, jibqaw jithanzru u hadd ma jghamilhom xejn. Fejna il gustizja? Ma zghir biss nghamlu show? Il politikanti scotch free?

Rosabelle Pavia
Rosabelle Pavia
2 months ago
Reply to  Antonio Borg

Tiskanta hux veru…zewg drivers Alla J bierek…wiehed mhux bizzejjed!! U dawn kellhom jitilqu…!!!!!

Mary
Mary
2 months ago

And it goes on and on and on and on ….

carlos
carlos
2 months ago

make hay whilst the sun shines said this corrupt lady. ma kelleniex bzonn lil rosanna biex tithanzer min fuq dahar il-haddiem. shame on you

Albert Mamo
Albert Mamo
2 months ago

UNLESS THE CORRUPTION IS WEEDED OUT AT THE NEXT ELECTION. WE WILL NEVER GET BACK TO NORMALITY, UNLESS THIS GOVERNMENT GOES BANKRUPT BEFORE. THEN WE ARE REALLY MESSED UP!!!💯☹️🤑🐀

Nazzareno Cortis
Nazzareno Cortis
2 months ago
Reply to  Albert Mamo

Happy dreams!

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