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Wednesday , June 29 2022

Sports clubs shut, free time to hike crime

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KUWAIT CITY, July 13: MP Abdulaziz Al- Saqaabi commented on the decision of the government to close the summer sports clubs; indicating the government takes this decision now that the youths have a lot of free time and then asks about the reasons behind the rising crime rate.

MP Thamer Al-Suwait has submitted a bill on the appointment of a minister after resigning due to a grilling motion. Article One of the bill states that when a minister resigns after a grilling motion; he cannot be appointed as a minister, senior official, chairman of a public company, board member or executive director until the completion of deliberations about the no-confidence motion against him. Article Two states that this appointment ban has no time limit.

On the other hand, MP Bader Al- Humaidi forwarded queries to Minister of Education Dr Ali Fahad Al-Mudhaf about reports that the ministry signed a contract with World Bank to work on an integrated educational development program. He obtained information that the contract is valued at KD10.6 million and the implementation period is five years. He said the concerned committee has not held a meeting for almost eight months and the contract has been suspended. In view of the above, he wants to know if the ministry really signed the contract with the World Bank.

If yes, was the contract signing under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT)? He also asked about the budget allocated for consultations with the World Bank; budget for the contract; term of the contract; completed and uncompleted works stipulated in the contract; if the global contribution of the contract is through the mediation of World Bank; if the World Bank shoulders the expenses for conferences, plane tickets and visas of relevant delegations; names and positions of individuals who participated in such conferences; countries where these conferences were held; if the contract stipulates penalties for the World Bank in case it delays the completion of its task; if the contract stipulates the agenda of visits to be conducted by officials at World Bank; cost of such visits; cost of translating the studies carried out by World Bank; reason for not asking translators at the ministry to do the translation; and reason behind the ministry’s decision to commission other experts to make Arabic language textbooks even if this is one of the tasks stipulated in the contract with World Bank. He also requested for copies of studies conducted by the Curriculum Development and Education Quality Department at the ministry. He inquired if these studies have been applied accordingly.

Meanwhile, Responding to the queries of MP Mehalhal Al-Mudaf; Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice and Minister of State for Nazaha Enhancement Abdullah Al-Rumi disclosed the Public Prosecution has not received any call about the Panama papers. He affirmed that Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) investigated the alleged corruption but it did not find any document to justify the continuation of its investigation. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff