KUWAIT CITY, March 14: Chairman of parliamentary Finance and Economic Affairs Committee MP Faisal Al-Shaye commended the pro-reform measures that Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Planning and Development Hind Al-Subaih has taken since her appointment and the effective role she plays in combating corruption. Al-Shaye pointed out the minister opened the file on visa trading and she never hesitated in referring those involved to the Public Prosecution.
He said, “The former minister did not dare open this file. We congratulate and support Al-Subaih for curbing the spread of this phenomenon which spoils Kuwait’s image. This is in addition to the discovery of anomalies in procedures concerning the handicapped.” He added Al-Subaih played a major role in the discovery of several cases of receiving financial support illegally in a number of departments, such as those given to dead people, as she took legal action and recovered funds that were disbursed illegally.
He urged the minister to continue her pro-reform agenda and eliminate corruption from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, stressing he will not hesitate in defending ministers like Al-Subaih who is a role model for Kuwaiti women.
Meanwhile, Rapporteur of the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee MP Ahmed Al-Qudaibi confirmed that they unanimously approved the request of the Public Prosecution to lift the immunity of MP Abdul Hameed Dashti in relation to a lawsuit filed against him for offending the judges in charge of the Abdally cell case.
He said Dashti has requested for 10-day postponement of voting on the request to lift his immunity but the committee sees no reason for discussing such a request in case of the absence of the concerned lawmaker and no one can determine when his health condition will become normal. In another development, the Public Funds Protection Committee agreed to refer four contracts to the Public Prosecution as per the results of its investigations in compliance with the instruction of the Parliament.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Committee Chairman MP Abdullah Al-Turaiji affirmed they looked into the State Audit Bureau’s reports on the cases under investigation as it discovered wastage of public funds. He said the committee has agreed on referring the Jaber International Stadium project to the prosecution for further investigation and other necessary action.
He added the committee also referred other projects to the prosecution such as Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Bridge (Al-Sabiya Causeway), the contract signed between Kuwait Oil Company and Shell Company, and purchase of two cargo planes by the Ministry of Defense. He affirmed the committee will refer these reports to the Parliament for voting in the next session.
Moreover, the Public Utilities Committee has approved the proposed amendments to Kuwait Municipality Law number 5/2005 on the Municipal Council membership – 10 elected members, six of whom should appointed through a decree and all of them should be university graduates.
Committee Rapporteur MP Saud Al-Hariji said they discussed the draft law submitted by the government and parliamentary proposals to amend the Kuwait Municipality Law. He confirmed completion of deliberations on 38 out of the 60 articles of the law.
He went on to say that other issues tackled during the meeting included municipal violations and fines. He revealed the committee rejected the recommendation to impose the same fine for erring owners of houses and commercial, investment and service buildings. He added the panel postponed voting on articles about fines until completion of a study on the technical aspects.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff