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Probe underway as nepotism reported in Kuwait Oil Company

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 5: The investigation into the appointments of relatives by senior officials and contractors to work for the Kuwait Oil Company is still underway.

The investigation committee that was formed for this purpose has extended its mandate for one month to complete the report, reported the Al-Anba daily recently quoting the minister of Oil Minister and Minister of Electricity and Water Dr Khalid Al-Fadhel.

In response to a parliamentary query, a copy of which has been obtained by the daily, Al-Fadhel explained that the Audit Bureau has made preliminary observations on audits, examinations and records, accounts and financial statements of the Kuwait Oil Company for fiscal 2018/2019, including its preliminary observations on the appointment of national manpower by contractors on major projects.

This was supported by a statement on a number of current and a number of former incumbents senior employees who in leadership and supervisory positions who appointed their relatives within consultancy contractions with the company, explaining the function of each of them and the relationship between them and the worker concerned.

The KPC was quick to form a neutral committee from outside the Kuwait Oil Company to investigate these observations contained in a report which was prepared on June 30, 2019. The sources explained the KOC did not hesitate to work under the KPC directive and immediately set up a three-member committee on the same day at a senior management level from outside the company and one member thereof in accordance with the decision of the CEO dated June 30, 2019.

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