KUWAIT CITY, Nov 7: Three of 10 grilling motions included in the agenda of the National Assembly sessions scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday are against His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid. MPs Muhammad Al-Mutair and Hamdan Al- Azmi filed one of these three grilling motions, focusing on one issue — selective enforcement of laws. MPs Hassan Jawhar, Muhannad Al-Sayer and Mehalhal Al-Mudaf filed another motion on the violation of Article 98 of the Constitution, which mandates the government to submit its action plan soon after its formation. The motion also touches on the systematic stealing and manipulation of public funds.
MPs Shuaib Al-Muwaizri and Saleh Zeiab Al-Mutairi submitted the last motion on violating Article 100 of the Constitution: “Every member of the National Assembly is empowered to direct interrogations at the Prime Minister and the Ministers on matters falling within their competence. In cases that are not pressing, and with the Minister’s consent, debate on an interrogation shall not take place save after at least eight days from the day of its presentation.” This is in addition to violating Law No. 2/2016 on the establishment of Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha), which requires senior officials to submit their financial disclosures starting from the date they assumed office. Two grilling motions are against Minister of Health Dr Basel Al-Sabah regarding the financial and administrative violations, bad management of the Covid-19 crisis, and lack of cooperation with the legislative authority.
MPs Ahmed Mutei Al-Azmi and Soud Bu Sleeb submitted one of these motions, while MP Hesham Al-Saleh submitted the other. One grilling motion is against Minister of Interior Sheikh Thamer Ali Al-Sabah; submitted by MPs Thamer Al-Suwait, Khalid Al-Otaibi and Abdulkareem Al-Kandari. Two grilling motions were filed by MP Shuaib Al- Muwaizri against Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Muhammad, and Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Economic and Investment Affairs Khalifa Hamada. MP Fayez Al-Jomhour filed a grilling motion against State Minister for Municipality and Housing Affairs and Urban Development Shaya Abdulrahman Al-Shaya.
MP Hamdan Al-Azmi filed a grilling motion against Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdullah Essa Al-Salman.
Other items in the agenda include the following:
• second reading of the proposed amendment of Audio Visual Law No. 61/2007 and Printing and Publication Law No. 3/2006. Both bills were approved in the first reading on March 30, 2021.
• Amendment of Law No. 21/1964 on boycotting Israel,
• Banning normalization of relations with Israel,
• Amending Penal Code No. 17/1960,
• Kuwaitization of public sector jobs,
• Amending Civil Service Law No. 98/2013,
- Amending the law on the establishment of National Fund for Supporting Small and Medium Enterprises,
- Amending Elections Law No. 42/2006,
- Amending Housing Welfare Law No. 47/1993,
- Rights of illegal residents (Bedouns), * Reports of of the Budgets and Final Accounts Committee on the budgets and final accounts of various public institutions for fiscal 2019/ 2020.
In another development, Rapporteur of Youth Affairs Committee MP Mubarak Al-Arow disclosed that the committee will submit an integrated bill on sports professionalism and investment. He said the committee met Minister of Information and Culture and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Abdulrahman Badah Al- Mutairi recently. He confirmed that the minister expressed willingness to compromise on the suggestions of the committee, especially those concerning the anomalous practices of some officials in enforcing the Sports Law.
Meanwhile, MP Farz Al-Daihani submitted a proposal for the government to repossess the Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh land. He urged the government to lay down a plan for the area to put it up for bidding for real estate investment or hand it over to the Public Authority of Housing Welfare (PAHW) for distribution to the citizens in the form of a housing project. Al-Daihani highlighted the security consequences in case the area is left as it is, because it is a ticking time bomb. MP Khalil Al-Saleh revealed that the Women, Family and Children Affairs Committee approved the bill on granting Kuwaiti widows and divorcees who have children with allowance amounting to KD750 for those who completed higher studies, KD600 for diploma holders, and KD500 secondary stage certificate holders.
By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff