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MP warns new PM will be grilled if govt includes trouble-makers

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 7: MP Badr Al-Dahoum has warned that the new prime minister will be subjected to grilling in case the next government includes troublemakers among the current ministers such as Anas Al- Saleh. In a press statement, Al-Dahoum stressed the need for incumbent Prime Minister HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid to be responsible for the untoward incidents during the opening session of the National Assembly.

He pointed out the premier made himself subject to grilling, because he ignored the advice of MPs and challenged the will of the people. Addressing the current government, Al Dahoum said: “Do not think that you are dealing with a helpless Assembly.

The people restored the Assembly and the latter restored its dignity. The Assembly will never allow its Speaker or the government to snatch such dignity.” He affirmed the MPs are pushing for the proposals they submitted in Tuesday’s session, stressing no session will be scheduled unless these proposals are approved.

He said the MPs will not allow the Speaker or his deputy to ignore their proposals even if this leads to the suspension of sessions.

In another development, MP Fares Al-Otaibi forwarded queries to Minister of Finance Khalifa Musaed Hamada about the non-implementation of law number 68/2020 on the transformation of Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) into a shareholding company.

He wants to know when the law will be implemented. He also submitted a bill to suspend the implementation of National Fund for Arab Economic Development law number 25/1974 for five years. He said the subsidy that the fund provides to developing countries should be added to the public budget due to the critical economic situation in the country. MP Saad Al-Khanfour forwarded queries to Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Ali Fahd Al-Mudaf about the plan to establish schools in areas which lacks such institutions.

He asked about the number of schools which were closed in the last three years, reasons behind the closure, number of schools under maintenance, reasons for not operating some schools which completed maintenance works, reasons behind the decision to demolish some schools, and if there are alternatives for the demolished schools. He requested for the list of rented schools and terms of each rent contract. He wants to know why the ministry did not reclaim schools whose rent contracts have expired, and the number of nurseries and kindergartens rented to the private sector in the last five years.

MP Osama Al-Shaheen submitted a proposal to include Kuwaiti graduates specialized in Geology in the job advertisements for the oil sector as such specialization is needed in oil exploration works.

MP Abdullah Al-Turaiji forwarded queries to Minister of Finance Khalifa Musaed Hamada about the non-payment of indemnity to retired Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) employees. He inquired about the number of deserving employees, total amount of indemnity, and if some employees received the indemnity while others did not.

MP Khalid Al-Otaibi submitted questions to Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh about the decision issued on Jan 4, 2021 to terminate decrees on the appointment of senior officials with the rank of minister who completed four years in the same position. He demanded for a copy of the decision, the number of employees covered by the decision, and names of those who will be terminated. He asked if the decision is applicable only to those working in the ministries or if it covers those working in independent and subsidiary institutions like the National Assembly and Central System for Remedying the Status of Illegal Residents (CSRSIR). He asked if the Cabinet has a mechanism regarding the indefinite terms of some senior officials and if the Cabinet takes into consideration the reports of monitoring institutions on the budget, final accounts, and administrative and financial violations.

MP Marzouq Al-Khalifa submitted a bill to specify 4,000 as the maximum number of individuals who will be granted Kuwaiti citizenship in 2021.

MP Muhammad Hadi Al-Huwaila submitted a bill to establish a shareholding company for metal industry with a capital of KD 120 million. According to the bill, 24 percent of the shares will be allocated for the government and 26 percent will be sold to companies under the Capital Markets Authority through a public auction.

The remaining 50 percent will be available for citizens through public subscription. The company will be established within six months of enforcing the law. The Cabinet will specify the ministry where the company will be affiliated and elections will be conducted to form the Board of Directors. The company will be obligated to employ Kuwaitis who should constitute 90 percent of its workforce.

On the other hand, MP Thamer Al-Suwait confirmed that the Complaints and Petitions Committee met Thursday with a total of 180 complaints and petitions on its table. He pointed said the committee was supposed to meet with Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Ali Fahd Al-Mudhaf but the latter was absent. He pointed out the government is ignoring the citizens’ demands, indicating it is very strange that the government is absent from the parliamentary session due to a grilling motion. He asserted this attitude implies that the government does not respect the people and rejects the monitoring role of the Assembly.

The lawmaker said HH the Prime Minister added himself as part of the problem because he works against the interests of citizens. It is unacceptable that deliberations on issues deemed important for the citizens are delayed just because the government is upset about the grilling motion. The government must do its job, because it has yet to resign, he concluded.

By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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