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Contributions to Iraq questioned

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 15: The parliamentary Utilities Committee on Thursday rejected the proposed establishment of the Crisis and Disaster Management Public Authority. Committee Chairman MP Abdullah Fahad explained they consider the formation of new authorities a waste of time and public funds. He said the committee recommended activation of the existing crisis management system instead of forming the authority.

He disclosed the committee decided to invite representatives of competent authorities to its next meeting to discuss the level of their readiness in dealing with disasters. He also confirmed that the committee received a letter requesting investigation into the agricultural plots which allegedly belong to bogus companies owned by top officials.

On the Municipal Council elections, Fahad explained the committee will work with the government to ensure fair amendment of the Municipal Elections Law to eliminate bias.

Meanwhile, MP Mohammed Hayef has submitted questions to Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Economic Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh on the contributions of charitable organizations to Iraq. He wants to know if this is true, and if not, he demanded for the identification of those behind the broadcasting of false information.

In case the organizations have already donated to Iraq, he wants to know if they consulted their general assemblies and donors prior to the donation. He pointed out a number of Kuwaiti organizations have pledged to donate to Iraq as a result of the conferences for reconstruction of Iraq and humanitarian support for Iraq.

He asked if the report on pledges reaching millions of dinars is true. If yes, he wants to know the following:

■ If any party obligated the organizations to donate to Iraq,

■ If the general assemblies of these organizations were convened to make such an important decision,

■ If the donors were allowed to participate in the decision making process,

■ If the authorities determined the cremechanism for disbursement of donations to Iraq. Furthermore, MP Adel Al-Damkhi sent a letter to Speaker Marzouq Al- Ghanim urging the latter to instruct the State Audit Bureau to investigate direct contracts of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor for social welfare automation, management of the Public Authority for Handicapped Affairs (PAHA) and Public Authority for Manpower (PAM), financial systems of cooperative societies, and automation of the entire ministry.


By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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