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WHAT is happening to Kuwait? Where is the country heading, in light of the struggle for influence over minor matters? Is this how a state that is capable of facing difficulties and dealing with its crises is built?
What does it mean to impose the will of a group of parliamentarians and their orders on society? Does this benefit Kuwait in any way? Have our problems ceased such that we now return to exhuming a law that the Constitutional Court ruled on in 2015, and the Kuwaitis have expressed their opinion? Or has this exhumation been left behind by an attempt to suppress people’s lives?
Isn’t the university a factory of minds, knowledge, and builders of the future, including fathers and mothers, and male and female officials, and with its own management and independence, and with bright minds that realize the interests of the students?
Or did the authority of the parliamentarians, whose role is to legislate, monitor the work of ministers and their head, and propose laws, extend to imposing their authority on everyone else?!
In this case, we beg to ask – What would happen to Kuwait if each of the 50 parliamentarians tried to impose their will on a minister, and they went along with it in violating the Constitution?
Aren’t the laws supposed to be consistent with its texts, and not contradict them? Or has it become a vehicle for those who want to give the illusion of guardianship over the Kuwaitis, and they must accept its cease and desist orders?
We repeat – “What is happening in our country?! As soon as we emerge from a crisis, we enter another, more complex crisis. What about the role of the Prime Minister? Where is the Cabinet? When do they move? Were they leaving the country’s decision-making power to the whims of some people without restraint?
Today, in light of major crises threatening the region including Kuwait, Kuwaitis are preoccupied with a crisis created by some parliamentarians who have begun to investigate people’s intentions, and analyze and prohibit according to their personal views.
Aren’t there constitutional channels to ask the minister? How could he be summoned by a committee that imposes the orders of a few parliamentarians on him?
This would be if there was a firm stance and a strong will, which seems to be not on the agenda of the Council of Ministers. If its president had the ability to stop this absurdity, this would not happen, especially with a law that is difficult to implement.
Indeed, the Prime Minister must set constitutional boundaries between the works of the executive and legislative branches. However, it seems that we are back to square one when the parliamentarians encroached on the authority of ministers in previous governments and caused several disasters in the country.
The division has raged among Kuwaitis, not only over the banning of co-education, but also over the mass dismissals and resignations in most institutions, the most recent of which happened in the Kuwait Airways Corporation, which was historically one of the best aviation institutions in the world when it was supervised by excellent personalities.
Those were the times when laws were observed, and were distinguished by its experienced people, as they realized at that time that this institution was responsible for the lives of people in the airspace.
On Monday, hackers infiltrated the Ministry of Finance’s systems. Every day there are complaints from people about their accounts being hacked and their money being stolen.
Instead of having a force to prevent these intrusions, those concerned are only focused on monitoring people’s posts on social media, and imprisoning them on charges of spreading false news if they find something that bothers them.
All this does not happen in a vacuum, as if someone is raising smoke with outdated issues. Instead of paying attention to developing infrastructure, creating incentives for young people to take initiative, and developing the industrial sector, we find ourselves living in a country where all institutions are dysfunctional due to “parachute” employment.
Yes, there must be a will to make a decision that is consistent with the Constitution and the development of laws, as well as a heavy stick that holds those who must be held accountable. It should start with the departure of the Minister of Education and Higher Education and the Kuwait University director, who allowed some parliamentarians to interfere with their work, and led us into this maze… Otherwise we will continue to plow in the sea.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times
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