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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 6: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim invited the MPs to the ordinary sessions scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Items in the agenda of these sessions include the following:
■ Grilling motion of MP Shuaib Al-Muwaizri against Minister of Foreign Affairs and State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Muhammad on squandering public funds, administrative violations, failure to protect the nation’s political and security interests, and violating international treaties;
■ Voting on the proposal to ease Covid-19 restrictions such as lifting the travel ban on unvaccinated individuals and cancelling the PCR test requirement for those entering the country;
■ Program of the government for the 16th parliamentary term (fiscals 2021/2022 to 2024/2025);
■ Report of the concerned parliamentary committee on the second reading of the bill on amending Penal Code number 17/1960 which was approved in its first reading on Jan 13, 2022;
■ Report of the Health, Social and Labor Affairs Committee on the proposal to amend law number 8/1969 about the precautionary health measures aimed at protecting the society against epidemics;
■ Report of the Housing Affairs Committee on the bill amending Article Five of Housing Welfare Law number 47/1993;
■ Report number 93 of the Human Resources Development Committee on the proposed amendment of Civil Service Law number 15/1979;
■ Proposal to form fact-finding committees to investigate the Malaysian Sovereign Fund issue, suspicious money transfers to a number of MPs, fake academic certificates, real estate fraud, and the appointment of experts and public prosecutors at the Ministry of Justice.
On the grilling motion that MP Shuaib Al-Muwaizri filed against Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Muhammad; the latter sent a letter to Al-Muwaizri asking for clarifications on some points in the motion. Al-Muwaizri replied to the letter, stating that the first point in the motion pertains to the reports of monitoring institutions on administrative and financial violations uncovered in the two ministries; second is on the minister’s decisions that contravened laws and caused damages to a number of workers; third is on the minister’s failure to follow up the diplomatic offices abroad and for not questioning those accused of committing violations which tarnished the reputation of Kuwait; and fourth is the minister’s violation of international treaties when he did not implement regulations stipulated in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
On the other hand, the Youth and Sports Affairs Committee on Sunday discussed the bill on full time sports professionalism and sports investment. Rapporteur of the Committee MP Mubarak Al-Ajmi confirmed that the committee, government, Capital Markets Authority (CMA), Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) and Ministry of Finance have reached an agreement on the bill; affirming that the panel will vote on the bill in its next meeting.
He then called on his colleagues to approve the bill, asserting it will be a turning point in Kuwaiti sports to transform it from just a hobby to professional activity. Meanwhile, the Financial and Economic Affairs talked about the proposed establishment of an economic zone. Committee Chairman MP Ahmed Al-Hamad confirmed the attendance of Minister of State for Municipal, Communications and Information Technology Affairs Rana Al-Fares; as well as the team tasked to follow up the Silk Road project. He said the government conducted a presentation highlighting the basic elements of the project, its importance, geographic borders and legislative requirements. He revealed the committee called for specifying the roles of every concerned minister and asked Al-Fares to forward the comments of the committee to the Council of Ministers. He added the committee fully cooperated with the government; while stressing the need to ask every minister to specify his contribution in terms of the infrastructure and facilities, as well as to learn from the successful experience of other countries in implementing similar projects.
Furthermore, MP Shuaib Al- Muwaizri asked Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmad Al-Mansour about the legal action taken regarding the complaint that a local bank submitted to Kuwait Financial Investigations Unit about the illegal deposits into the account of an incumbent minister. He also asked Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Investments Abdulwahab Al-Rushaid about the same issue; particularly the steps taken by the Central Bank of Kuwait on the illegal fi- nancial transactions of the minister in question. He wants to know the total amount of the illegal transactions. MP Abdullah Al-Turaiji forwarded queries to the same minister about the names and nationalities of 18 expatriates accused of involvement in real estate fraud who fled from the country, dates of their departure, and names of employees who helped them escape. He also requested for a copy of the investigations of employees who helped the accused leave the country. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff