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Interior minister rejects ‘request’ of 25 resigned officers Minister Kandari says will confront graft, work to achieve key reform

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 10: Minister of Communications and State Minister for Municipal Affairs Essa Al- Kandari says he will confront corruption and work on applying the laws that can achieve concrete reform in the country, reports Al-Qabas daily. He said this while receiving well-wishers who visited his diwaniya in Rumaithiya on Wednesday to congratulate him on attaining the ministerial post. He extended his appreciation for the trust HH the Amir and HH the Prime Minister placed in him to make him the Minister of Communication and Municipal Affairs, stressing that he will spare no efforts in taking necessary steps for the good of the homeland. He affirmed that the Municipality is an important ministry that requires more efforts as it is directly concerned with the cases and problems of the citizens and is connected to the country’s projects. Minister Al-Kandari stressed the significant role of the Municipality in solving the housing case, indicating that he will work on providing sufficient lands for establishing housing projects. Regarding Ministry of Communications, he said he will collaborate with the parliament to approve draft laws that can serve the country and the citizens.

Regarding the results of the committee in charge of investigating the observations of the State Audit Bureau, Minister Al- Kandari said the results will be announced after the committee completes its tasks.

Meanwhile, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid Al-Sabah has rejected the request of 25 officers to continue working after presenting their resignation letters, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources. Sources said the officers submitted their request to former Undersecretary Lieutenant General Ghazi Al-Omar two months ago, before the issuance of the decision to extend the period for granting financial privileges to the military personnel for another year – until the end of 2014.

In the meantime, Minister of Electricity and Water, the Minister of Public Works Abdul Aziz Al- Ibrahim has assigned the Engineering and Road Maintenance Sector, in coordination with the Center for Testing and Quality Control, to prepare adequate technical study on asphalt and gravel volatilization detected on the roads after the recent rainfall. Following a meeting with the concerned bodies, the Public Works Ministry stated that the committee was formed to study the phenomenon and its cause. The team was also asked to present urgent solutions to protect drivers and the general public.

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