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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 8: As grace-period the Minister of Oil, State Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Dr Ali Al-Omair gave for the oil sector syndicates to call off or suspend their intended strike ended Saturday, knowledgeable sources affirmed that government will not allow any action that may cause the economy to incur nearly $350 million losses each day to the detriment of the nation.

Sources disclosed government’s intention to resort to Article No. 14 of Law 1/1993 related to protecting public funds which stipulates that each public employee or laborer who commits a mistake that leads to huge financial losses or affects the interests of the authority where he works will be sentenced to no less than three years imprisonment or fined a minimum of KD 3,000 to KD 20, 000 or one of the two penalties.

The same article indicates short-term imprisonment with a minimum 3 years and fine not below KD 20,000 and KD 100,000 if the mistake is grave and harms the State’s finances or commercial or economic status or even national interests. The same penalty will be imposed if the mistake is committed during war. In such cases, the court will fire the employee if proven guilty of the offense. The sources explained that government will resort to laws related to the protection of public funds, noting the laws enable government to take necessary measures to protect property and the sources of national income.

They warned on engaging the vital oil sector in the circle of rumors through statements that aim to increase pressure on the governmental institutions to gain advantages which are unavailable to their counterparts in other governmental sectors. In the same context, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) and Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) have exerted tremendous efforts to outlaw the intended strike by issuing direct and clear warnings to those who have adopted the idea, indicating the sectors have since coordinated with the administration of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and its subsidiaries to avoid any harm from coming around the sector.

It is worth mentioning that several lawmakers last week criticized the Chairman of Petroleum and Petrochemical Workers Union Abdulaziz Al-Sharthan for supporting the proposed strike. Sources warned any person threatening the homeland with a strike to paralyze the only source of provisions does not have good intention. Minister Al-Omair had announced last Wednesday that emergency plan is ready in case the syndicates do not suspend or cancel the strike at the beginning of the week.

By: Abdullah Othman Al-Seyassah Staff

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