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‘Corruption cause of housing delay’ ICM holds govt responsible

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 15: Islamic Const-itutional Move-ment (ICM) has condemned recent statements about government’s intention to cancel prior censorship of the State’s housing projects, stressing the step aims to cement and support corruption, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily. In a press statement, ICM added the cancellation of prior censorship of state projects will strengthen individual authority to dismiss the role played by surveillance bodies, indicating it will contribute to spread corruption and squandering of public funds.

ICM affirmed that prior censorship of state projects has never been an obstacle against implementation of projects, and in fact “the real obstacle is mismanagement of State administration, abhorred bureaucracy, and deep-rooted corruption in all State establishments”. The movement called for quick and necessary measures to solve the problems facing housing care, but said the solution must not cause depletion of public funds, squandering and wastage, without accountability. It called upon the State Audit Bureau, non-governmental organizations, transparency society and public funds protection committee to speak out and not remain silent on issues that strengthen corruption, given that Kuwait is falling back into the global index for fighting corruption.

Meanwhile, Assistant Undersecretary for Road Engineering Sector in the Ministry of Public Works Ahmad Al-Hassan affirmed that the ministry has given instructions to speed up the development works on Nuwaiseeb Road due to the rising number of accidents there, reports Al-Jarida daily. Al-Hassan asserted the development of Nuwaiseeb Road is one of the big and vital projects in the country, considering the worsening traffic problem in the area. He disclosed the ministry has also recommended the immediate floating of a tender for the construction of eight flyovers to ease traffic jams.

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