‘Audit’ allegedly discovers number of violations in MoI ‘Kuwait Municipality incures losses amounting to KD 5m’

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 12: The State Audit Bureau has allegedly discovered a number of violations in the Ministry of Interior, including its lackluster attitude towards the collection of traffic violation fines amounting to KD 48 million since 2000, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources.

Sources revealed the bureau complained about some minor medical cases referred for overseas treatment, while other similar cases had been rejected; thereby, leading to the wastage of a large amount of public funds. Sources said the bureau has also accused the ministry of putting some projects on paper without taking any step to implement them. It also questioned the unjustified payment of over KD 1.5 million for catering services and the cost of some security projects, sources added.

On the other hand, the bureau criticized the Kuwait Municipality for incurring losses amounting to KD 5 million due to litigation, its failure to collect KD 47 million that should have been added to the national coffers, and weak internal monitoring of employees and work procedures.

According to the latest report of the bureau, the Municipality had awarded cleaning contracts for the six governorates with excess funds amounting to KD 9 million. The bureau said two quotations with the lowest prices have been excluded under the pretext that they did not meet the specifications. It also discussed the alleged misusage of a large amount of sand in Subiyah since 2006, but the Municipality claimed the case has been referred to the Public Prosecution.

Meanwhile, some sign language interpreters in Kuwait TV are not qualified and the Ministry of Information has been facing difficulties in finding suitable interpreters to serve the deaf, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting Head of the Computer Unit and English sign language interpreter in the ministry Jaber Al-Kandari.

Al-Kandari alleged some sign language interpreters translate in standard Arabic even if most of the deaf use the Kuwaiti dialect.  He said this is a violation of Article 23 of the new Handicap Law.
Urging the ministry to hire interpreters from the Deaf Club, Al-Kandari asserted these interpreters are experts in the local dialect.  He argued the interpreters in other countries use the local dialect but their counterparts in Kuwait use standard Arabic instead of the mother tongue of the deaf.  He considers this discrimination against the deaf in the country.

Al-Kandari added the Public Authority for Youth and Sports (PAYS) implements the semi-professionalism law in all clubs, including the Handicap Club, so he wonders why the Deaf Club has failed to take a similar action.   

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