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Plan to grill minister in rotten foodstuff issue MoCI, importers in cahoots: MP

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 16: MP Safa Al-Hashem is working on submitting an interpellation against the Minister of Commerce and Industry Anas Al-Saleh, reports Al-Shahed daily quoting a reliable parliamentary source. MP Al-Hashem perceives the minister is not serious about tackling the issue related to the trade of spoiled foodstuff and dealing with the owners of the companies that import such foodstuff, adding that MP Al- Hashem intends to disclose the mutual interests between the minister and the owners of some of these companies, the source said. The source also revealed that Al- Hashem will reveal several surprising facts in her inquest including the fact that the minister, according to her, owns a company that avails governmental tenders.

Meanwhile, MP Faisal Al-Duwaisan denied any mediation carried out for him to withdraw his inquest, which he had submitted against the State Minister for Housing and Municipality Affairs Salem Al-Utheina. He stressed that a lawmaker has the right to submit grilling requests against any government official who has violated the law. He revealed that his inquest will revolve around points such as misuse of power, violation of the Constitution and law, attack against national unity and so on.

Meanwhile, in another unrelated development, rapporteur of the Parliamentary Committee for Economic and Financial Affairs MP Mohammad Al- Jabri revealed that the committee will postpone voting on the draft law related to increasing the allowance of children and salaries of military officials until the government provides the required data, reports Al-Seyassah daily. He explained that the Ministry of Finance has requested a one-week grace period to provide the committee with the financial details related to the proposed increments, adding that the Public Authority for Social Insurance had earlier provided its opinion to the committee.

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