KUWAIT: MP Abdulhameed Dashti has announced plans to file a grilling motion against a minister who he says has failed to perform his duties. The lawmaker revealed these plans to Prime Minister HH Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al- Sabah and informed him that another MP is expected to join him in filing the grilling. He did not mention the minister’s name or the grilling’s timing in his statement yesterday. Dashti explained that the minister was warned repeatedly over errors he committed, but never acted to rectify the mistakes. He demanded that the minister resign or face an interpellation. Dashti also indicated that two other ministers are on his grilling list “should they fail to act regarding violations we pointed out to him”.
Parliament’s agenda Five parliamentary committees meet today to discuss a variety of topics. The budgets committee meets to discuss the 2014/2015 budgets for the Kuwait Ports Association and Public Authority for Industry. Representatives from the Finance Ministry, Audit Bureau, as well as KPA and PAI are set to attend the meeting. The financial committee meets meanwhile to discuss proposed amendments on the public tenders law, as Finance Minister Anas Al-Saleh, Cabinet Affairs Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah and Central Tenders Committee representatives are set to attend. Meanwhile, the investigations committee in the North Zour power plant project resumes its meetings today with presence of director of the Partnership and Technical Bureau, the Assistant Undersecretary for Companies and Licenses Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, as well as director of the shareholding companies’ department in the same ministry.
Preparations are ongoing in the meantime for Tuesday’s session in which MPs are set to discuss a number of hot topics, including resignations submitted by Riyadh Al-Adasani, Abdulkareem Al-Kandari and Hussein Al-Quwaiaan. Lawmakers are expected to accept the resignations, and do the same when they discuss the resignations of MPs Safa Al-Hashem and Ali Al- Rashed next week so that by-elections can be held before the end of June. The parliament is also set to discuss a request to launch a probe in agricultural property distribution, the clean fuel project and weapon thefts from the Interior Ministry’s warehouses.
Furthermore, MPs are scheduled to discuss the Gulf security pact, in addition to seven key draft laws, including the public transportation authority and bedoon naturalization. The general belief is that the government will ask MPs to postpone a draft law that calls for naturalizing 4,000 bedoons this year, in order to allow the Central Apparatus for Illegal Residents to resolve the issue. The parliament could also allocate two hours to study foreign investments based on a government request submitted recently. The discussion, which is expected to take place behind closed doors, is meant to clarify MPs’ concerns over potential losses suffered in Kuwait Investment Authority’s investments.
Maid shelter Al-Rai daily published yesterday a draft law presented by MP Kamel Al-Awadhi that proposes establishing at least one shareholding company for domestic labor recruitment. The proposal stipulates setting up a company whose job is to recruit domestic workers and provide them to sponsors, while at the same supervising shelters where maids can stay until their recruitment or deportation procedures are finalized. In other news, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid Al-Sabah said that forgery cases discovered in vehicle-related transactions have been referred to the Public Prosecution, Al-Qabas daily reported yesterday.
By A Saleh
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