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WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 Newspaper post EDITORIAL • PAGE 9 WEDNESDAY • 23 MAY 2018 • ISSUE 588 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY ANALYSIS The goose, the gander and Fr Mark Montebello PAGES 6 - 7 TIA RELJIC PLANNING Authority boss Johann Butt- igieg is being touted as the next CEO for the Lands Authority, this newspaper has learnt. A veteran of the planning authority, Buttigieg served as a senior planning of- ficer there before being appointed CEO in 2013 and more recently executive chair- man. Buttigieg will replace Carlo Mifsud, who resigned his post as CEO of the recently formed Lands Authority after a mere 16 months. Mifsud will now help in the creation of a new authority that will bring under one roof the various regulatory functions linked to the construction industry. Buttigieg is paid over €83,000 as execu- tive chairman of the Planning Authority, excluding allowances. As PA boss, he has been instrumen- tal in advancing Labour's expan- sionist development agenda. DAPHNE CARUANA GALIZIA MURDER NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE REPORT ON MATER DEI PROJECT Mater Dei dispute waiver clause in 2009 agreement exposed Malta 'to significant risks' PAGE 3 PA boss Johann Buttigieg touted for Lands CEO Johann Buttigieg PAGE 3 FBI AGENTS TAKE THE WITNESS STAND FBI agent William Shute (Photo: Joe Lamberti) 4 KURT SANSONE A waiver clause accepted by government in 2009 left it with "limited means of re- course" to rectify structural defects dis- covered at Mater Dei hospital years later, the National Audit Office has confirmed. In a lengthy report traversing the tur- bulent lifespan of the project that started in 1990 as a specialised hospital and was completed in 2011 as an acute general hospital, the NAO did not hold back in its negative descriptions of the manage- ment process. The report was tabled in Parliament yesterday. The audit investigation requested by the government in 2015, was hampered by a lack of documentation, missing files and incomplete records that made it dif- ficult for the NAO to carry out its work. The investigation was prompted after government plans to expand the hospi- tal hit a snag when preliminary testing revealed defective con- crete structures at Ma- ter Dei hospital in 2014. PAGE 2

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