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Sunday , December 5 2021

KPC worker takes minister to court – Complaint referred to probe committee

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 6: According to reliable sources, the Public Prosecutor has referred to the investigation committee at the Ministerial Court a complaint of one of the employees of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) regarding the non-execution of a judicial ruling against the Minister of Oil and the Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Muhammad Al-Fares in his capacity, reports Al-Qabas daily. They said the complaint was regarding KPC’s refusal to grant the employee – the complainant – the effects of the Court of Cassation ruling to return to his previous employer due to the intransigence of KPC’s administration in implementing a court ruling that included canceling the decision to dismiss the employee from service, and the consequences of that, the most important of which is the payment of his salary, allowances and bonuses due since 2015.

The sources revealed that KPC lost many administrationrelated cases recently due to wrong decisions and improper promotions, the latest of which was the promotion of the reparation director, which was canceled by the court due to the lack of eligibility for promotion to this position. They said, “KPC has always put the oil ministers in political confrontations during the few years after their rejection of many decisions that they see as high cost to the state treasury.”

The sources explained that the Minister of Oil does not have oversight authority over the decisions of the Administrative Affairs Sector in KPC. It is subject to the CEO according to the powers granted to him by the Board of Directors of KPC, as he is the holder of competence and responsibility, according to what was mentioned in the last decree of the Board of Directors of KPC issued during the era of the former minister of Oil Anas Al-Saleh. Former Oil minister Khaled Al-Fadhel had asked to amend the decree and restore the powers to the Minister of Oil instead of the Board of Directors, but as a result of the ministerial change, this request was not executed. The sources ruled out the possibility for the position of Managing Director for Administrative Affairs to be resolved soon, especially since former Minister Khaled Al-Fadhel had previously refused his promotion because he received a written warning of suspicions of administrative abuse in two investigation committees

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