KUWAIT CITY, Aug 7: MP Riyadh Al-Adsani said the only hindrance to the submission of his grilling request against Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Lieutenant General Sheikh Khaled Al- Jarrah Al-Sabah is the Parliament’s summer recess, adding that the distance between the minister and grilling is not more than a single hair.
In a press statement, Al-Adsani disclosed: “My statement is directed to HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak, all ministers and concerned authorities such as the State Security Department in the Ministry of Interior and Financial Investigations Unit in the Ministry of Finance which were supposed to transfer file of the multimillion bank deposits of former and current lawmakers.
They refused to do the needful until the grilling threat came, so it is proof of negligence on the part of the government.” He revealed he submitted a petition when a former lawmaker repeatedly affirmed in local dailies and social media that he received money from the prime minister. He accused detectives of presenting malicious report and distorting facts. He wondered what would happen to an ordinary citizen or expatriate if the latter is in such as situation.
He asked, “Who is then capable of getting his right?” He reassured that he is among those who help ordinary citizens and expatriates obtain their rights by protecting them against injustice. He pointed out that the minister of interior should not have passed messages through lawmakers about constituting an investigative panel or rectifying the situation as if the minister was expecting a message or call from him. He urged the minister to be mindful of human prestige and respect, because he will not seek reconciliation or communicate with the minister; while public interest must be paramount as per the regulations and one’s conscience.
Who will be responsible in case an error in the prosecution report affects citizens and expatriates and the report is sent to the Public Prosecution and courts? He believes the government is trying to intimidate citizens by referring lawmakers to the prosecution.
“But I want to say that we will not remain silent. I have sent two files concerning the port to the state minister for services and another file about social security to the minister of finance. These files have been referred to the concerned legal departments. In contrast, the government has been negative and negligent in dealing with the case of the former director of social security who stole from the country. It even facilitated his escape through the border, which is the clearest proof that it stands with violators, and the prime minister will take responsibility for all these cases,” he asserted.
On another issue, Al-Adsani urged the government to take advantage of the summer period in improving Al-Durra Domestic Workers Recruitment Company by regulating fees for hiring domestic workers. He stressed the need to respond to his questions about the company, warning that he will grill the concerned minister in case of failure to respond. Meanwhile, MP Mohammad Al- Dalal said there has been uproar over the timing of transferring Kuwait University to the new site in Shadadiyah.
He pointed out this is connected to readiness of the new buildings and administration to accommodate students, teaching and academic staff of colleges. He added another serious issue is the readiness of roads leading to Shadadiyah, considering the possibility of heavy traffic on these roads. He went on to say there are other shortcomings which will most like affect the relocation of the university.
Therefore, he submitted queries to Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Hamid Al- Azmi as follows: “Did the university administration and Ministry of Higher Education study difficulties and obstacles in transferring to the new buildings, considering some buildings are still under construction which will affect the students and staff? What is the rate of completion to accommodate students, teaching and administrative staff? What about the problems related to parking lots and lack of laboratories in the new campus? Is there any executive plan for the relocation and holding of classes in Shadadiyah for the new academic term, according to the vision of the university and Ministry of Higher Education? If so, please present proof. Did the university, Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Interior (General Traffic Department and Public Security General Department) exert concerted efforts to address issues concerning the relocation, traffic, roads and security?”
By Lukman Badru Arab Times Staff