Wednesday , September 26 2018

Those linked to cadet’s death to be probed

MP asks minister about mechanism for selling KISR products

MP Adel Al-Damkhi

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 4: MP Adel Al-Damkhi said everyone behind the recent incident at the officer’s college will be questioned, disclosing the parliamentary Human Rights Committee received an official complaint from the parents of cadet Faleh Al-Azmi who lost his life due to the brutality of drilling sergeants.

He affirmed the committee will look into the issue, while clarifying that the committee’s authority covers only the political and managerial implications of human rights violations since there is an investigative committee with sole authority to take legal action concerning this case. Confirming the committee already summoned all officials in charge, Al-Damkhi assured the public that the committee will not be lenient and it will stay on the path towards bringing those responsible to justice.

In another development, MP Omar Al-Tabtabaei has submitted a proposal to amend articles 20 and 21 of the Print and Publication Law 2006. He believes the current law restricts cultural and media developments, as well as freedom to seek knowledge.

The MP called on the Kuwaiti public to put pressure on their parliamentary representatives to support his proposal, “because Kuwait was once a beacon to the world, but the government seems keen on destroying it.” He explained his proposal aims to address the Ministry of Information’s ridiculous regulations on the types of books and publications allowed to be sold in the country. He said some of the reasons given by the ministry for banning certain books are “utterly illogical,” let alone breaching the freedom to seek knowledge.

Meanwhile, MP Omar Al-Tabtabaei has asked Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Hamed Al-Azmi about the mechanism for selling the products of Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), and if the institution’s administration follows proper procedures in this regard to protect public wealth, reports Al-Rai daily.

He inquired how the institute sells tissue palm trees, water and fish to its employees or companies, if the institute recently sold a large quantity of tissue palm trees to one of its employees and how many trees were sold. He wants to know if the trees were sold through auction and if not, why KISR did not auction such a huge number of trees. He also inquired of there has been sale of tissue palm trees to the staff or outside the institute since 2014.

He asked about maximum sale of the institute’s products to a single employee, if the sale of tissue palm trees adhered to the selling limits for an employee, if the manner of selling is through coupons given to every employee who wants to buy or was it done through cash and it has yet to be transferred to the treasury. He queried if the procedure followed in selling a large number of tissue palm trees is in accordance with the rules and regulations for such business transactions.

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff and Agencies

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