KUWAIT CITY, Jan 31: The National Assembly, in its special session on Wednesday, renewed confidence in the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Economic Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh. A total of 29 members rejected the no-confidence motion presented against the minister, 13 voted in favor while three abstained.
Speaking to reporters after the session, Al-Sabeeh vowed to work on the path of reform and correct all mistakes and imbalances in government bodies under her supervision. She promised to enforce the law properly, prevent corruption and provide the best services to the public. She said, “Our slogan will be the institution of people, not the institutionalization of institutions.” She pointed out the advantages of the interpellation such as the opportunity to present the achievements of employees under her jurisdiction, uncover fl aws and prevent possible problems. “We are just humans who make mistakes, but I affirm that we are the ones who admit mistakes and correct them. We are in a State of institutions and the institutions we supervise will continue to facilitate work and provide the best services to the public,” she added.
She thanked His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for his continuous support and guidance in the implementation of reforms, preventing corruption and serving citizens. She also expressed gratitude to His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for his guidance and support every time she meets him, in addition to His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al- Hamad Al-Sabah who keeps on stressing the need to hold accountable those proven to have neglected their duties.
Meanwhile, MP Riyadh Al-Adsani, who spoke at the session against the no-confidence motion, said: “Today, I stand up to defend the truth. I will respond to all controversies surrounding the documents I have. Everyone knows that the State Audit Bureau confirmed in its report that the minister has started rectifying errors in the ministry.” He added the minister referred the social aid file to the Attorney General, addressed the visa trading issue, and continues to fight against those who tarnished the reputation of Kuwait in the international community.
He affirmed the minister took legal procedures in handling the affairs of people with special needs. “We do not tolerate corruption. They grilled the minister because she stopped the disbursement of social aid to 66 dead people,” he asserted. He said he would have been the first to vote in favor of the no-confidence motion if it was proven that there are financial irregularities in cooperative societies.
On the other hand, MP Osama Al- Shaheen, who voted in favor of the no-confidence motion, explained he is against the minister’s policies and decisions concerning vital sectors like the cooperative societies, special needs, workers in private companies, housewives and social aid beneficiaries. He hopes the minister will be committed in overseeing mega projects, major contractors, negotiators and influential persons. He added the interpellation and noconfidence motions convey a certain message to the minister, her successor and the officials in affiliate bodies that Sharia Law and national legislation should be applied properly for the benefit of the disabled, cooperative societies, mothers, widows and the needy among others.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff