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97% govt officials have declared assets – Probe ordered for 3% violators

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 13: Secretary-General of Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) Dr Mohammad Bouzuber affirmed that the three percent of officials who did not submit their financial disclosure statements is a small number compared to the great achievement realized after 97 percent of officials submitted their financial disclosure statements, reports Al-Rai daily.

He explained that the authority has been enumerating the disclosures that have not been submitted. Warnings have been sent to those who did not submit yet. The Public Prosecutor’s Office was requested to investigate those who are late or in violation. When asked about the judicial investigation, Dr Bouzuber told reporters that “Judicial investigation is a procedure carried out by staff members of the authority who carry special ID cards. They are assigned under the law and regulations to go to any governmental entity and request for any information as well as photocopy any paper to complete their investigations.”

He went on to explain that the nature of the work of the judicial officers is not similar to that of the State Audit Bureau because the latter is present all the time but the work of the authority is based on reports depending on need rather than on periodic basis.

Dr Bouzuber said, “Sometimes we do not need judicial investigation but there are times when we require it, as some parties do not cooperate with us in submitting documents due to which we carry out the judicial investigation and go there ourselves”.

Meanwhile, MP Mohammad Al- Huwaila said the exorbitant cost for recruiting domestic workers is unacceptable, pointing out that former Minister of Commerce and Industry Khalid Al-Roudhan took positive steps in this regard but these steps are not enough, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

In a press statement, Al-Huwaila affirmed the Parliament has done its job through approval of the law on establishing Durra Company for Domestic Labor. He clarified the implementation of this law is the responsibility of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. He added Durra Company must address the unjustified increase in domestic worker recruitment cost, stressing the need to expand resources and nationalities of domestic workers to cover the demands of citizens and to prevent monopoly.

He also called for intensified monitoring on the part of the Consumer Protection Department to stop domestic labor offices from charging exorbitant fees for the recruitment of household workers. And, Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor represented by the Social Development Sector recently sent a letter to Kuwait Municipality, asking to take necessary measures regarding unlicensed nurseries, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting informed sources.

They said the inspection tours conducted so far uncovered 123 unlicensed nurseries in different governorates. The sources indicated that the ministry has submitted to the municipality the locations and addresses of these nurseries so that the latter can take the measures deemed necessary.


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