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98 reports of waste, public money theft

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KUWAIT CITY, June 11: The Public Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) said it has received 98 reports of waste and theft of public money and infringements on the state’s resources during 2021. It also received other reports of money laundering, illicit gain, abuse of power and accepting bribe, reports Al-Qabas daily. The second report of the Nazaha strategy, of which the daily has obtained a copy, shows 39 reports were registered through monitoring processes, 14 from legal persons and 29 from other sources.

The report pointed out that 28 judges and 46 officials in state agencies did not submit financial disclosure statements during the past year. The report contained the size of the changes in the implementation of delayed initiatives and joint government work, to implement the work items required to promote reform steps and the most prominent risks that could face Kuwait.

The report highlighted 5 risks facing Kuwait, including weak technical governance, which is considered the first risk according to the 2022 report of the World Economic Forum, which refl ects the extent of the state’s weak technical governance due to poor technical coordination between the components of the state and its agencies.

Among the risks are also the explosion of the asset or property bubble, the weakness of the social security system, the weak government control over strategic wealth, in addition to environmental pollution and epidemic diseases.

The report warned of the continuation of corruption and infringements on public money and the country’s capabilities. Figures from Nazaha show 51% achievement rate in the anti-corruption strategy; 47% success rate of the initiatives included in the “Integrity” strategy; 5 risks faced by state agencies due to poor planning; 39 communications recorded by “Nazaha” through monitoring operations during 2021 and 14 legal persons submitted reports of suspicions of corruption and theft of public money

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