Only 1 MP submitted financial disclosure statement so far
The Public Anti-Corruption Authority received financial disclosure statements from various state officials on Nov 21 and remarked that the statements so far submitted are still less than 10, said informed sources. The sources added that after the parliamentary elections, 50 new lawmakers assumed office, but only one statement was submitted by MP Abdul Kareem Al-Kandari. The sources highlighted that the deadline for all officials to submit their statements is May 14, 2017, but newly-elected MPs and public servants have to file their statements within a maximum of 60 days after assuming new positions and within six months for those already in service when the authority’s charter was passed.
The statement should be updated within 60 days at the end of three years in the same position and within 90 days after leaving any position. Officials who delay filing their statements will be subjected to penal measures including a KD 500-3,000 fine for delaying the first statement. In case the delay exceeds 90 days following a warning, the official will be dismissed from office. On the other hand, delay in filing a statement update will subject the concerned official to a maximum KD 3,000 fine and up to one year in prison, while a delay beyond 90 days will subject an official to a KD 3,000-10,000 fine and a possibility of dismissal.
Kuwait University Rector Dr Hussein AlAnsary announced that the university will accept 756 new students for the second semester after it already accepted 5,913 students in the first semester for the academic year 2016-2017. Ansary justified the lower number accepted for the second semester to the university’s limited capacity due to limited space and being understaffed.