Minister asks Police to investigate fuel procurement process

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Minister asks Police to investigate fuel procurement processMinister Konrad Mizzi has asked the Police Commissioner to investigate issues pertaining to Enemalta’s Fuel Procurement Process after the damning conclusions drawn up by the Auditor General.

The Minister for Energy and The Conservation of Water, Konrad Mizzi, has asked the Police Commissioner to launch an investigation based on the conclusions drawn by the Auditor General in a report about Fuel Procurement.

The report raises various issues pertaining to the said process and, in this respect, Hon. Mizzi referred to point 14 of the Auditor General’s summary that states the following:

“The above-discussed implications associated with the systems of poor record-keeping and documentation that characterise and pervade the operations of the FPC prior to May 2011 rendered it impossible for the NAO to effectively audit the decision-making process employed by the Committee in adjudicated tender bids received and evaluated.

“The implications of such severe limitations in the availability of records documenting the FPC’s decision-making process are brought to the fore in those instances when the Committee awarded tenders to bidders who (based on severely limited information at the NAO’s disposal) did not submit the most favourable offer.”

Since the Police investigation into the Oil Scandal focused on activities undertaken prior to 2008, Konrad Mizzi pointed out that the lack of transparency emphasised by the Auditor General in the Enemalta Fuel Procurement up to May 2011 raises questions as to whether alleged wrong-doings in the process were perpetuated beyond 2008.

For these reasons, Minister Mizzi referred the matter for the Commissioner’s further consideration to determine whether the Enemalta Oil Procurement process, as conducted between 2008 and May 2011, involved conduct which constituted the commission of criminal offences.

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