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More sign on to amnesty call

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 5: MP Osama Al-Shaheen has submitted a proposal to the National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim to allow Higher Institute of Telecommunication and Navigation graduates with secondary school certificates in the Arts discipline to continue their education in the university.

Al-Shaheen explained that graduates holding the Higher Institute of Telecommunication and Navigation certificates having Arts background are not allowed to further their education to the university based on a decision issued in 2012, which he describes as abusive, noting he submitted the proposal to push for those students to complete their studies.

He pointed out that several complaints have been submitted to the Minister of Higher Education in that regard but students have yet to receive any response.

Meanwhile, Al-Shaheen has joined the signatories of the petition presented to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for general amnesty in favor of those convicted for storming the National Assembly premises.

Also, MP Abdullah Al-Kandari has commended steps taken in response to the observations of the Anti-Corruption Public Authority (NAZAHA) about violations committed by two former Ministers of Justice regarding the appointment of experts in the ministry. Al-Kandari described the decision as unprecedented in the history of Kuwaiti politics.

For his part, MP Dr Adel Al-Damkhi commented on the report of TRACE Anti-Bribery Compliance Solutions for 2019, which ranks Kuwait 121 among 200 countries on the Bribery Risk index.

On his Twitter account, Al-Damkhi said “When the whistleblowers of corruption and bribery are questioned and punished, do we expect Kuwait to be number one in the fight against corruption?

Meanwhile, soon after the Speaker of Parliament Marzouq Al-Ghanim disclosed that the issue of experts department in the Ministry of Justice is a parliamentary priority, MP Abdullah Al-Kandari submitted his files containing information about alleged violations committed by two former Ministers of Justice to the anti corruption agency (NAZAHA), indicating the violations led approximately 560 Kuwaiti experts to lose their jobs, an issue NAZAHA is still investigating.

Speaker Al-Ghanim asserted that “the National Assembly feels the pain of those who have been wronged and promised to follow up their case, indicating tremendous efforts have since been exerted to ensure that justice is served, and hopefully a solution will be found soon”.

Furthermore, amid the unrelenting efforts exerted by HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah to fight corruption, NAZAHA has confirmed an influx of information from whitle-blowers, which it has taken serious by launching thorough investigation to ensure accuracy of information.

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb and Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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