Vote expected next Wednesday
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 13: The National Assembly was supposed to discuss the interpellation motion of MP Riyad Al-Adsani against Minister of Interior Lieutenant General Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah behind closed doors Tuesday, but the government’s request in this regard failed to gain majority vote as 31 MPs voted ‘yes’ and another 31 voted ‘no’.
The interpellation concluded with a motion of no-confidence against the minister and this motion will be addressed next Wednesday. During the interpellation of the minister, Al-Adsani pointed out that Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah increased his personal budget to KD 25 million while decreasing the budget of other items – a proof that the minister does not adhere to regulations and expenditure policies.
He said this personal budget is the highest in Kuwait’s history, indicating the minister has been proven to be unwilling to work with the State Audit Bureau (SAB) on several financial violations under his jurisdiction including the State hospitality issue.
He attributed these violations to the minister’s practice of signing contracts without the approval of supervising bodies, adding these contracts are with companies that failed to deliver and were not held accountable for their failure.
In response to the MP, Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah asserted that the interpellation consists of personal and offensive terminologies which are unacceptable, especially since the contents are intertwined and vague. Nonetheless, the minister explained this personal budget is allocated for combating drugs and other related cases; as well as contracting with specialized companies to acquire security intelligence.
He affirmed all of these are being done under the watchful eyes of SAB. On the State hospitality issue which the minister believes is a sore subject for the MP, he pointed out that he uncovered this violation during his tenure as minister of defense and informed his interior counterpart at the time in order to take the necessary action.
He disclosed several items in this case have not been fully addressed, while confirming that the concerned officials at the ministry are working hard to correct them. He added most of the issues raised by the MP are either being addressed or have been settled and corrected.
By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff