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‘Double-dip’ bill extends private sector rights to public Kuwaitis

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KUWAIT CITY, April 4: MPs Hassan Jawhar, Hamad Rouhaldeen, Mehalhal Al-Mudaf, Muhannad Al-Sayer and Abdullah Al-Mudaf submitted a bill on amending Civil Service Law No. 15/1979 in a bid to allow Kuwaitis working in the public sector to engage in private business and work in the private sector, in addition to their current job.

According to the bill, these employees must inform their current employers if they want to work in the private sector; in addition to their present job. In another development, MP Hamdan Al-Azmi unveiled his plan to submit a proposal to rectify the error in the decision to suspend the grilling motions filed and which will be filed against HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid as it has been proven that the decision was manipulated. He also intends to push for inclusion of the grilling motion that he and MP Muhammad Al-Mutair filed against HH the Prime Minister in the agenda of the next session.

Meanwhile, MP Badr Al-Humaidi forwarded queries to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Muhammad regarding rumors spread on social media that almost KD4 million was transferred on Aug 18, 2011 to the Kuwaiti delegation in an international organization. Al-Humaidi asked if this is true. If yes, he wants to know the legal basis for the Amiri Diwan to transfer such amount to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He inquired if the laws governing the Amiri Diwan allow such money transfer without mentioning the beneficiary entity, if it is allowed to transfer money to a certain individual, if it received a report showing where the money was spent.

On the other hand, MP Saleh Ziab Al-Mutairi disclosed that he will submit a proposal to form a parliamentary fact-finding committee to investigate money transfers to the bank accounts of some MPs and their first-degree relatives. This is in light of rumors that a number of MPs received money in exchange for adopting specific political opinion.

MPs Thamer Al-Suwait and Khalid Al-Otaibi submitted a bill to amend the National Assembly Law in order to prevent the government from voting on grilling motions, as well as requests to discuss public issues and those related to the monitoring role of the Assembly. The bill bans ministers from voting on postponing grilling motions, referring these motions to the parliamentary Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee, and removing these motions from the agenda of legislative sessions.

The MPs pointed out the bill is in line with the Constitution, which stipulates the importance of preventing conflict of interests while its Article 117 mandates the Assembly to specify the monitoring tool principles. Furthermore, Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al- Ghanim sent a cable to his Senegalese counterpart congratulating him on the National Day of Senegal.

By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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