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Cabinet briefed on referral of 2 army officers for probe

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‘No letup in fight against corruption’

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 26: The Kuwaiti Cabinet was briefed on the referral of two senior army officers, including a major general, to the public prosecutor for the alleged misappropriation of public funds in relation to a Ministry of Defence contract for the purchase of Eurofighter Tycoon jets. Ministers at a session on Monday were made aware of the matter, outlined in a letter from the Public Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha), Deputy Prime Minister, Interior Minister, Acting Foreign Minister and Acting State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Ahmed Mansour Al-Ahmad Al- Sabah said after the talks. Nazaha reported the allegations after being notified by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense about the suspected “corruption” on June 16, last year.

The cabinet underlined its determination to “combat and eliminate corruption in all its forms, and not to be lenient with anyone who may be tempted to infringe on public funds.” In other affairs, the ministers approved recommendations for several draft laws related to the 2022-23 state budget for ministries and government institutions, which were submitted to His Highness the Amir ahead of their referral to the National Assembly. This came amid a brief delivered by the Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Investment Abdulwahab Al-Rasheed, the Ministry of Finance’s Acting Undersecretary Aseel Al-Munaifiand Kuwait Investment Authority Managing Director Ghanim Al-Ghunaiman. The briefing also included an outline of the state’s fi- nancial situation.

Outcome
The cabinet also discussed the outcome of Monday’s parliamentary interpellation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali Al-Sabah submitted by MP Hamdan Al-Azmi. This was followed by a non-confidence motion backed by a total 10 lawmakers, which will be discussed and voted on amid a session scheduled on Wednesday. The cabinet praised the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense for providing “convincing responses” which illustrate “merit and competence” voicing its “support and solidarity” for the senior official. Separately, they were briefed by Minister of Health Dr. Khaled Al-Saeed on the situation related to the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant as domestic figures show a rise in cases, hospitalizations and intensive care unit occupancy. The cabinet reiterated its calls on the public to continue to adhere to health measures and guidelines in order to preserve the health and safety of all.

Meanwhile , the cabinet has strongly denounced the Houthi militia’s continued “cowardly and terrorist” drone and ballistic missile assaults on civilians and civilian facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The cabinet, in a meeting chaired by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah in Seif Palace on Monday, decried the Houthi militia’s defiance to the international community and violation of the international humanitarian law as well as the Yemeni militia’s threats to the regional security and stability. The Kuwaiti government called on the international community to act swiftly to stop Houthis’ hostile behavior and safeguard international peace and security, according to a statement issued following the cabinet and read out by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior, and Acting Foreign Minister and Minister of Cabinet Affairs Sheikh (KUNA)

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