RELYING on time to heal and solve problems has proven to be futile. It is unfortunate that the constitutional authorities in this country operate under such a pretext, as they let issues turn sour until they explode or become a rock too hard to crack. In this regard, the issue of writing off loans has been an obsession and a nightmare for tens of thousands of Kuwaitis. This predicament fails to go through the proper course in a bid to end the injustices sustained by the debtors.
Successive governments have deliberately toyed with the issue, leaving the matter to aggravate, similar to how the issue of cushioning the COVID-19 crisis ended with the sparking of a futile parliamentary-governmental conﬂict. Today, the ﬁfth supplementary chapter of the National Assembly begins. During this period, the MPs will spend their maximum energy to achieve personal goals and prey on votes through the adoption of populist demands, with the hope of reserving seats for them in the next Parliament. The parliamentarians have always adopted the issue of writing off loans at the eve of every general election.
However, as soon as they enter Parliament, that issue is long forgotten until further notice. It is unfortunate that the people’s pain is being exploited in this manner while the popular campaigns demanding the settlement of the issue have been ongoing for more than two years via the media and social communication network. It has reached a climax whereby the ofﬁcials have heard them but fail to offer any solution.
In fact, they acted according to the visions of some envious and stingy people who only strive to beneﬁt themselves even at the expense of the people of this country. It has been 34 years since the AlManakh stock market crash. The impact of that continues to haunt many citizens who inherited debts worth tens of millions from their parents and are not able to repay them. Most of these debts ballooned over the years due to the interest rates,
while the principal debt is much less. According to the law, the debt should have been written off as a result of the decennial statute of limitations, and not for the debtor to continue accumulating interest. In fact, the National Assembly is not the right place to solve the troubles of tens of thousands of Kuwaitis, because it is basically a playground for exchanging interests among the inﬂuentials. And the government is not qualiﬁed to resolve this issue because it is subject to the Parliament’s political arm-twisting tactics.
This is why there is no way of stopping the aggrieved from being thrown into prison because of a debt that does not exceed one or two thousand dinars or even KD 50,000, except through the political leadership, which is the balance of justice and fairness. In this regard, there is a role to be played by the ruler, as he alone has the ﬁnal word in the country. As is the custom in all Arabian Gulf states, people await glad tidings at the beginning of each new era of leadership, especially concerning matters that touch their needs and relieve some of their burdens.
Therefore, withdrawing this issue from the parliamentary tables, and placing it in the hands of the political leadership is the right decision, as the latter is keen to heal the pain of the people of this country with great care. In fact, there is no doubt that it will end the suffering. There is also no doubt that the state authority has the upperhand in rectifying the situation.
That is why all eyes are on His Highness the Amir of this country Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad AlJaber Al-Sabah and the Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah with expectations for them to alleviate the agony of the aggrieved people in this respect, by ending this long standing suffering, and closing all those ﬁles that have caused social disasters for tens of thousands of people in this country.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times