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PN councillor claims ‘political vendetta’ behind transfers

Charlot Cassar files a protest in Court saying he was removed from Transport Malta because of his having run on the PN ticket in the last election

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Paul Cocks
27 July 2017, 1:16pm
Charlot Cassar is a PN councillor and contested the last general election on the party's ticket
Charlot Cassar is a PN councillor and contested the last general election on the party's ticket
A Nationalist Party local councillor has filed a protest in Court, claiming that he was the victim of a political vendetta by the Government after a couple of transfers left him with a position at the Fisheries Department.

Charlot Cassar, a PN councillor on the Marsaskala local council and who also contested the last general election on the party’s ticket, said that he had been transferred from Transport Malta to the Ministry for European Affairs and Equality without any valid explanation.

After a couple of days, he was moved to the Fisheries Department.

In his protest, Cassar claimed that the move was a political vendetta against him because of his candidature in the last election on behalf of the PN and the Forza Nazzjonali.

“This is also a clear example of how the national unity touted by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat before and after the last election is nothing but a fairy tale,” he said.

Cassar said it was equally untrue that the government was willing to work with those of a different political belief.

“In this case, although I do not politically agree with the party in government, I wanted to work in the best interests of the people of Malta and Gozo,” he said. “But they did not want me there and carried out this vendetta against me.”

Cassar said that the transfer would not stop him criticising the government where necessary, particularly on matters involving good governance and the environment.

“If anything, this transfer has further strengthened my beliefs and determination to see that the country truly belong to the people and not remain in the hands of a corrupt handful of people who seek to silence everyone,” he said.

He said that he had filed the protest because he truly believed that all public sector workers should enjoy equal opportunities, whichever party they support and irrespective of the government of the day.

“The civil service is there to be of service to the public and should not be used by the government as a political tool to carry out vendettas against the workers,” Cassar said.

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Paul Cocks joined MaltaToday after having spent years working in newspapers with The Times...