Bi­fid lips can­not blow!

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Has­san Al-Essa

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!

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