Util­i­ties’ min­istry de­part­ments to be pri­va­tized: Min­is­ter

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

Min­is­ter of Hous­ing and Min­is­ter of Util­i­ties Yasser Abul re­ceived yes­ter­day Hameed AlQat­tan, Un­der­sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Util­i­ties, for­merly known as the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Dur­ing the meet­ing which also in­cluded other min­istry of­fi­cials, Abul asked them to change the min­istry’s name of­fi­cially to the Min­istry of Util­i­ties in all of­fi­cial cor­re­spon­dences. He also gave Qat­tan full au­thor­ity to run the min­istry’s af­fairs, and re­as­sured the as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­taries that they would not be reshuf­fled for the time be­ing. Mean­while, Abul stressed the im­por­tance of pri­va­tiz­ing all of the min­istry sec­tors, which in­clude the post, long dis­tance calls, land­lines and trans­port depart­ment. Em­ploy­ees fi­nan­cial, ad­min­is­tra­tive and vo­ca­tional rights will be pro­tected fol­low­ing the pri­va­ti­za­tion process, Abul as­sured.

Of­fi­cer ac­cuses in­mate of ar­son

A po­lice man work­ing at the cen­tral prison re­ported that some­one had torched his ve­hi­cle, while the fire also dam­aged his brother’s ve­hi­cle. Both cars were parked out­side his house in Ab­dul­lah Mubarak, he said. He noted that sur­veil­lance cam­eras showed the in­cin­er­a­tor’s ve­hi­cle parked out­side the house while the in­ci­dent took place. The prison guard ac­cused an in­mate of com­mit­ting the ar­son, say­ing that he had clearly threat­ened to torch his ve­hi­cle be­cause he had re­fused to smug­gle in some con­tra­bands for him. A case was filed and fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions are in progress.

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