Kuwait keen on new traffic laws for reckless driving and prevention of road accidents

Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah

KUWAIT CITY, March 20: Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah has stressed the importance of the National Assembly’s cooperation in issuing laws on reckless driving and preventing road accidents.

The minister responded to questions raised in Tuesday’s parliamentary session on the number of injuries and deaths caused by road accidents in the last five years. He pointed out the Interior Ministry cannot address the problem on its own. “We need the full cooperation of the Assembly in enacting laws on reckless driving and prevention of road accidents,” he said.

He affirmed the ministry is keen on publishing statistics about injuries and deaths caused by traffic accidents annually.

Meanwhile, the Assembly discussed the report of the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee about the National Commission of Human Rights Law. MP Abdullah Al-Roumi asserted the ratification of the law on the commission is a victory for the Constitution as it serves the interests of citizens.

However when he read the current law, especially Article Four, he found loopholes which affect the work of the government and are considered a violation of the Constitution. He argued the government’s appointment of officials in the commission contravenes the Constitution, so the lawmakers must take a stand in this regard.

MP Adel Al-Damkhi said the commission has been existing for two years now and the government has yet to implement the law in this regard. He voiced objection to putting any oversight body under the supervision of the government. He cited as an example the problem of the anti-corruption authority whose board of directors was appointed by the government. He stressed this is a mistake, wondering how the institution will stop corruption in the government if it is under the latter’s supervision. To ensure success of the commission, it must be far from the govern ment. It is illogical for an institution under the control of the Council of Ministers to monitor violations therein, he added.

MP Adnan AbdulSamad suggested withdrawing the commission’s report and asking for the opinions of experts before preparing a new report. He clarified only the Constitutional Court can decide whether the law on the commission is constitutional or not.

MP Mohammed Al-Dallal asked if the Cabinet has the right to nominate board members of the commission. He clarified the Assembly should nominate and appoint the board members through an Amiri decree, indicating this is one way of strengthening cooperation between the two authorities. Parliament Speaker Marzouq Al- Ghanim adjourned the session until Wednesday to continue deliberations on the commission.

 

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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