Bifid lips cannot blow!
We have local saying in Kuwait that goes: “Blow, oh you with cleft lips!” which indicates uselessness. This completely applies to a recent tweet posted by Adel Al-Zawawi mentioning that a former MP and a current candidate made his 27-year-old son who graduated with a‘C’ a director of administrative affairs in a public authority upon recommendation from the health minister and with exceptions from the Civil Service Commission.
This piece of news was also published by Al-Qabas and clearly reflects the government’s indifference towards such violations, as if what happened was something normal. Naturally enough, the aforementioned wasta and favoritism is something normal according to the power culture and fixed habits in running state affairs. Several similar transactions are being done on a daily basis in all state establishments.
One can almost assert that corruption, wasta and favoritism are no longer strange practices in the eyes of some ministers and favored senior officials, who keep changing positions in various ministries, moving from one corrupt administration to another as if they are the only ‘hotshots’ fit for these positions in Kuwait.
Some ministers come to office thanks to personal or family acquaintances or tribal and sectarian affiliations. Such ministers will naturally enough spread wasta and favoritism in all administrations and departments within their jurisdiction by appointing senior officials in the same manner. They in turn do the same with lower staff members down the chain of command. We need to put an end to this dreadful situation that has been shocking and frustrating to us whenever we have to process a transaction in some government establishment and find out that the only way to do it is through a senior official’s wasta, bribery or a go-between with great connections.
With this in mind, what kind of state of law and equality are we talking about in various state bodies that are already owned by the dearest and closest? What hope can we find in young people who dream of justice and believe in principles of selecting the more competent? What kind of rubbish are we circulating nowadays, when oil prices have collapsed, about diversifying sources of income? Shouldn’t their excellencies talk about diversifying the sources of corruption instead?! It is useless, and cleft lips will never be able to blow!