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MP ‘raising’ dust on Zour

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 20: MP Yaqoub Al-Sanei has described the recent statement by the Minister of Finance Sheikh Salem Abdul-Aziz Al-Sabah relating to violations in the contract of Al-Zour power project as strange and offensive. Last Sunday, Al-Sanei threatened to submit a grilling request against the Finance Minister if the contract of Al-Zour power project is not cancelled within two weeks. He had asked the minister to form an investigative committee to look into the alleged legal and constitutional violations in the contract.

As the minister stated that “all observations made on Al-Zour contract will be brought under accurate legal scrutiny to know all the facts”, he shouldn’t have agreed on signing the contract in the first place if he did not know all aspects of it, Al-Sanei argued.

This clearly indicates the minister knew about the violations but decided to sign the contract in any case, he noted. He called on the minister to suspend what he described as a ‘dubious’ contract which is going to cost the country not less than 15 billion dinars rather than say the contract will be brought to legal scrutiny. Meanwhile, MP Riyadh Al- Adsani has threatened to present an interpellation against the Finance Minister next Sunday, Dec 22, if he fails to take reformative steps to correct violations in the State’s foreign investments, Al- Zour power project, and Public Authority for Social Security. This brings the number of grilling requests to be discussed in Tuesday’s session to four if Al-Adsani submits his interpellation, as three proposals are already on the parliament’s agenda. It is noteworthy an interpellation request has been submitted against the Minister of Municipal Affairs Salem Al- Othaina by MPs Abdullah Al-Tamimi and Faisal Al-Duwaisan, and another one by MP Hamdan Al-Azmi against the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Thikra Al-Rashidi, while the third request is against the Minister of Education and Higher Education Nayef Al-Hajraf by MP Saleh Ashour.

Also, the parliament will debate on the ‘no-confidence’ motion against the Minister of Planning and Development Rola Dashti. Earlier in October, ten MPs had signed the motion against the minister during a parliamentary session. For his part, MP Mohammed Al- Huwailah presented a proposal urging the government to sustain special allowances paid to the civil servants on their annual leave, based on the important role the category plays in national development and in recognition of their efforts. The proposal aims to improve the financial status of civil servants in light of the persistent hikes in prices and lack of salary increment. Al-Huwailah submitted another proposal that allows civil servants in government and private sectors to accumulate not more 60 days of the leave they are granted at work. He said the step will help motivate the workers to put in more efforts to develop the sectors.

By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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