Wednesday , October 18 2017

‘Logistics firm violating sanctity of public funds’

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 4: Member of the Public Funds Protection Committee of the National Assembly Madhi Al-Hajeri has criticized the Council of Ministers and particularly the Minister of Communications Issa Al-Kandari for his silence over the KGL Logistics Company which is operating inside the Public Ports Authority (PPA).

The member says the KGL has violated the sanctity of the public funds by occupying the state property with the help of former officials in the authority and called on the concerned authority to take all legal measures to restore what belongs to the country.

Al-Hajri said in a statement the company has infringed on one million square meters of land inside the Mina Abdullah Port and 270,000 square meters inside the Doha port for which it does not pay rent but all is done in the name of ‘handling work’. He pointed out such infringements have been covered up although it these infringements have been detected by the Audit Bureau.

Al-Hajri stressed on the need to stop this company by all means either through the imposition of fines or annulment or eviction or confiscation of warranty in accordance with the provisions of the contract and the law. He wondered why the authority does not carry out the work of instead of relying on companies, especially since the authority enjoys the most important capabilities that enables it to manage the marine guidance. He called on Minister Al- Kandari to prosecute anyone who is proven to have ‘embezzled’ public money or caused heavy financial losses to the PPA earlier.

He also called for taking legal measures and hold accountable the corrupt people and those who have committed the administrative violations in accordance with the law and restore all land belonging to the PPA, including the land in Mina Abdullah, Doha and all other lands usurped and improve the logistics to increase the authority’s revenues.

Implement
Meanwhile, MP Faris Al- Otaibi has called on the government to implement all the projects and laws issued by the current Parliament. In a press statement, Al- Otaibi said during a meeting which was attended by head of National Assembly committees have unanimously agreed that the government has failed to implement the laws and projects passed by the Parliament.

Al-Otaibi said this government behavior is unacceptable, especially since HH the Amir in his speech at the beginning of the session has stressed on the need for the government and the Parliament to cooperate. He added the Parliament and the government must work hand-in-hand to serve the citizens since they expect the government to implement laws and regulations in their favor.

He called on HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al- Mubarak Al-Sabah to pay attention to this aspect to ward off potential and existing political escalation saying “we will not accept and will not remain silent on government failures which negatively affect our legislative work.”

In another development, MP Dr Abdullah Al-Turaiji has appealed to the Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Yaqoub Al-Sane to immediately retract the decision according to which the services of 10 preachers, imams and Quran memorizers have been terminated in violation of the law.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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