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Collect fines from defaulting contractors – ‘Arrears more than KD10 mln’

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 22: Bandar Al-Otaibi, Head of the audit team for subsequent oversight of government ministries and departments in the State Audit Bureau and the Supervisor for examining and auditing the work of the Ministry of Electricity and Water, affirmed the ministry’s commitment to some of the observations raised by the State Audit Bureau in its 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 reports, and to take into account the recommendations of SAB to impose and collect fines exceeding KD 10 million from contractors who are proven to have not fulfilled their contracts during the agreed time period, reports Aljarida daily.

Bandar Al-Otaibi

In a press statement, he stressed the need for the Ministry of Electricity and Water to adhere to the general and special conditions of the contracts and not delay in imposing and collecting fines from companies that do not comply with these conditions. Al-Otaibi explained that the ministry collected amounts reaching one million and 400,000 dinars from one of the government agencies for electricity consumption, as mentioned by the State Audit Bureau in its previous reports.

The bureau had highlighted the persistence of debts accumulating in some government agencies for several fiscal years without any serious and effective measures being taken to collect them, which is in violation of the recommendations of the Cabinet in its Resolution No. 1116/2009.

The bureau’s reports affirmed the importance of the ministry’s follow-up of the procedures for implementing the judgments issued against some companies and individuals, in order to preserve their rights to collect their dues, amounting to 3 million and 863 thousand dinars, as quickly as possible.

Al-Otaibi stressed the need to expedite taking the necessary measures to restrict all final judgments issued in its favor and follow up their implementation in order to preserve public funds. He called on the ministry to take serious measures to collect its dues in order to prevent their accumulation for long periods in compliance with the decisions and instructions issued in this regard.

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