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‘Law for protection of public funds not sufficient solution’ MP denies allegation of offers to join Cabinet

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 21: Head of the Parliamentary Budgets and Concluding Statements Committee MP Adnan Abdulsamad says the notes registered by the State Audit Bureau regarding the concluding statements and the ways of handling violations are a big gateway for administrative and financial reform, reports Al-Rai daily. He indicated that he considered the meeting held between the heads of the legislative and executive authorities, and the members of the committee as a good novelty. In an interview with Al-Rai TV Channel, MP Abdulsamad said the violations of the concluding statements have become a phenomenon that the country is suffering from for nearly twenty years, adding that it has increased through the depletion of the public fund as well as administrative and financial corruption. He explained that the law for the protection of the public funds is not a sufficient solution under the repeated dissolution of the National Assembly.

He stressed that interpellation is a constitutional right of the lawmakers who have the right to use it when they feel it is required, adding that he supports the suggestion to change some ministers who provoke crises including Minister Rola Dashti. He denied that some members of the National Islamic Alliance received offers to join the Cabinet. Meanwhile, MP Abdulsamad clarified that the housing case has affected the society particularly the middle class, which is likely to disappear from the society, as it is unable to possess or even rent a house. He added that the disappearance of the middle class in any society will in turn have a significant impact on the political system. He insisted that he does not support any amendment to the Constitution under the repeated dissolution of the National Assembly as well as the political conflicts and crises. Regarding the Bedoun case, he said the case is related to the national security of the country, adding that it is also a legal and humanitarian-based case.

However, it is not possible to solve it through security measures, as ten percent of Kuwait’s population is Bedoun, which is about 100,000 people. MP Abdulsamad added, “They see people of Kuwait living a luxurious life while they cannot even provide sufficient food and medicine to their families.” The special parliamentary sessions give lawmakers a chance to focus on certain cases and to identify the weak points, which may sometimes prompt them to use the constitutional tool against some ministers, reports Al- Qabas daily quoting MP Saud Al-Hariji. In a recent press statement, Al-Hariji asserted that the submission of an interpellation request is every lawmaker’s right guaranteed by the Constitution; yet, it is not good to overuse this tool. He explained the special sessions are good if the lawmakers discover that a colleague has submitted an inquest regarding a case which they know nothing about. Therefore, the demand for a special session helps disclose several details on the case by the minister and the lawmaker who submitted the inquest, he said. He clarified that the internal byelaw gives the lawmaker the right to submit a demand to hold special sessions to the parliament’s Secretariat-General after collecting the signatures of a certain number of lawmakers.

Meanwhile, MP Adel Al-Kharafi added the special sessions play a substantial role in achieving development goals; but the problem in holding these sessions is the government’s lack of enthusiasm in collaborating with the lawmakers to push the country towards real development. He disclosed the fact that some special sessions are held just for the sake of improving the image of a lawmaker in front of voters disheartens him. On the other hand, MP Osama Al- Tahous said it is necessary to hold special sessions for the good of the lawmaker and the minister. He revealed a number of demands have been presented to hold special sessions in the coming days to tackle some popular issues, which require immediate approval of some draft bills. He added several existing laws serve only a particular group in the Kuwaiti society like the traders, as if the Parliament has been tasked to ratify laws only for them.

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