Administrative mistakes or human error cannot be overlooked. MEPA’s press release issued within the last few days citing administrative mistakes in trying to find excuses for bad decision making is not justifiable. The Minister responsible for MEPA Dr. Mario Demarco is the person ultimately accountable to the people. Whether by neglect or in defence of government appointees, Demarco has failed to take the necessary measures.
Mario Demarco has a duty to the people and not only to his GonziPN. The fact that political appointments at MEPA have been approved directly by Dr. Gonzi and Dr. Demarco personally are all based on partisan politics is no excuse to justify or to disregard clear cases of bad management. Today, the blame for any MEPA wrong-doing lies squarely on Mario Demarco’s shoulders. He cannot run away from this responsibility.
Leo Brincat, the PL spokesman on Environment, Sustainable Development and Climatic changes, highlighted some of the more recent blunders by MEPA. These include the accusations levied at MEPA by its own auditor regarding the MERCAPTAN scandal; the lack of zero tolerance policy in regard to environmental damage, including that of refusing to take any action against government departments; lack of action regarding the problems being caused by black dust on our islands and the total disregard to the problems caused with the use of heavy fuel oil for the Delimara power station extension.
MEPA side-tracked these issues by claiming that the version given by the Auditor is incorrect; by claiming that the Auditor should have requested MEPA’s version of events before publishing any report and by insisting that its reports are correct and all others are wrong. However, MEPA omitted to state why it refrained from taking action against Enemalta, when it had previously stated its intentions to prosecute in the MERCAPTAN case, added Leo Brincat.
Dr. Mario De Marco should start showing political maturity. He should act on these blunders and remove any incompetent individual committing these errors. De Marco’s duty is to the nation and its environment and not to GonziPN and its obsession to remain in power. The Minister cannot justify any slip-ups in MEPA issues, nor can he keep running away from environmental issues and policy infringements. Finally, it is the Minister who is responsible for MEPA. It is high time that Mario De Marco acts on his Ministry’s deficiencies.