Michael Fenech Adami, the Mayor of Birkirkara, has mobilised the presidential machinery under his father's helm to his locality, three months away from the local election here and less than a month away from when the presidential term comes to an end.
For the mayor, with the ever-handy surname pumping up much (if not all) of his
political capital, getting re-elected should not really be much of a headache, although the council's financial situation will demand a good amount of glossing over to make it palatable to the discerning Karkarizi.
The council's latest financial statements registered a €295,753 imbalance.
Over the last year, Fenech Adami's
council was accused of running an "exorbitant financial imbalance" by the Director of Local Government, who had also warned him of the illegality of the situation as instead of reducing last year's deficit, he
"increased it considerably".
The same local government director ordered Fenech Adami
to stop incurring any other expenses and to stick exclusively to honouring contractual obligations until the financial situation is brought back to normal, holding back from committing the council to capital projects.
The mayor defends the over-expenditure and excesses, which include a €114,773 contract to Polidano Group
for Gnien l-Istazzjon alone, and blames central government's decreasing allocation of funds for Birkirkara
"Unfortunately, the current deficit situation faced by the Birkirkara
Local Council has stemmed from the excessive delays in payments by the various Government Departments and Authorities," he
said in reply to reports about his