The security apparatus
The majority of my latest columns concentrated on the role of the Interior Ministry and the changes for reform in the security apparatus. And as my writings were not limited to praise, but also focused on mistakes and imperfections, today I will cover both good and bad. Before we start, we must thank the Interior Ministry headed by Minister Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah for his men’s outstanding and effective role during the Eid Al-Fitr holiday. These men left their families during this blessed occasion to perform their duty for Kuwait and its people, and despite their efforts, I will pause at some notes and hope that my words will be read as a constructive criticism and not out of a personal view.
To start with, we must congratulate Kuwait and its people and the Interior Ministry for the promotion of Sheikh Mohammad Al-Yousuf Al-Sabah to the rank of Lieutenant General, Assistant Undersecretary for Borders Security Affairs. He is a security beacon, who worked for more than 40 years to reach this security rank. He did not seek it; rather it sought him because he deserves it for his efforts leaving a great impression in all security areas that he served in.
This security monument is an example for all Interior Ministry men working effortlessly and performing their duties. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Aljaber Al-Sabah said about Lieutenant General Mohammad Al-Yousuf that “he remains in his uniform from morning to evening, performing his security duty at its best.” Meanwhile, the interior minister said after decorating Al-Yousuf with his new rank, “I hope that Lieutenant General Mohammad AlYousuf will be a guiding light for security men.”
Since it was announced that Sunday was the first day of Eid, we noticed an increase in security on the streets of Kuwait, not only Interior Ministry vehicles, but we also saw officers and individuals distributed all over Kuwait on foot, highly vigilant, who could possibly be run over as they weren’t wearing anything that indicated their presence between vehicles. In other words, your excellency the minister, we are supposed to care for our children and brothers while they are performing their duties and should not put them in harm’s way. So this is a suggestion; why not use a vest with distinguished colors and reflectors so the motorists can see them and avoid running into policemen on duty? It is up to you to decide.
Many after Eid prayers go to visit graveyards, but this year was different. I do not deny that there were too many visitors in the past, but we want to know who on Sunday morning decided to close all gates and keep one for entry and another for exit only? Did this reduce the crowd? It rather made it worse, and we ask you for an explanation.
My message to the Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah from the ‘daughter of Kuwait,’ as I may belong to the family of the Interior Ministry due to stories I heard from my father’s uncle the late Ahmad Abdellatif Al-Houti or my late sister Prosecutor General Nisrin Yousuf Al-Houti, is for the security facility to always be at its best. — Translated by Kuwait Times
KUWAIT: Kuwait National Guard recently celebrated the graduation of a number of personnel from military education training courses that they have recently underwent. Undersecretary Lieutenant General Hashem Al-Refaie attended the ceremony.