MPs sub­mit grilling re­quest on oil

Arab Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

KUWAIT CITY, April 16: The Fi­nance and Eco­nomic Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Assem­bly, has given nod for vol­un­tary re­tire­ment for men who have served the na­tion in gov­ern­ment ser­vice for 30 years and women 25 years with­out age con­di­tion.

Af­ter the meet­ing Rap­por­teur of the Com­mit­tee Saleh Ashour said the com­mit­tee has also per­mit­ted early re­tire­ment with at least 25 years of ser­vice if the re­tiree agrees to 5 per­cent de­duc­tion of salary for each year.

He dis­closed the Com­mit­tee also re­fused to dis­tin­guish women when it comes to their so­cial stand­ing dur­ing re­tire­ment whether they are di­vorced, mar­ried or wi­d­owed.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, MPs Omar Al-Tabtabaei and Ab­dul­wa­hab Al-Bab­tain Mon­day sub­mit­ted an in­ter­pel­la­tion re­quest con­sist­ing of 10 ma­jor is­sues

Af­ter pre­sent­ing the re­quest, MP Omar Al-Tabtabaei said “a mafia is run­ning the oil sec­tor which the cur­rent min­is­ter can­not con­trol and this is what we will re­veal in our in­ter­pel­la­tion.”

He added, “We will surely hold the oil lead­er­ship re­spon­si­ble be­cause af­ter the min­is­ter we will be af­ter the head of the Supreme Petroleum Coun­cil, if these two peo­ple are not held ac­count­able.”

He pointed out their in­ter­pel­la­tion mo­tion con­tains very se­ri­ous nine is­sues in­clud­ing waste of pub­lic money, or­ga­niz­ing strikes and in­jus­tice on the part of the se­nior of­fi­cials in the oil sec­tor. This is in ad­di­tion to the Dow Chem­i­cal com­plete with ev­i­dence.

MP Ab­dul­wa­hab Al-Bab­tain re­sponded to those said why Al-Tabtabaei did not present his grilling re­quest alone. He said: “I re­mind those who do not know what I said last Au­gust and sent a mes­sage to the gov­ern­ment to read the mes­sages of Omar Al-Tabtabaei.”

He added: “Our in­ter­pel­la­tion will be called the ‘in­ter­pel­la­tion of waste of bil­lions and

ma­nip­u­la­tion of pub­lic money’, which we are go­ing to high­light.

He con­tin­ued say­ing, “It is no good if the MPs do not rise against vi­o­la­tions and thefts which has ex­ceeded one bil­lion.”

He called on the min­is­ter not to re­sign be­fore stand­ing on the podium and said, “I think the mes­sage is clear.”

In a re­lated is­sue, Speaker of the Na­tional Assem­bly Mar­zouk Al-Ghanim con­firmed re­ceiv­ing a grilling re­quest from MPs Ab­dul­wa­hab Al-Bab­tain and Omar Al-Tabtabaei against the Min­is­ter of Elec­tric­ity and Oil Min­is­ter Wa­ter Bakheet Al-Rasheedi.

Al-Ghanim said that the grilling mo­tion will be in­cluded on the agenda of the next ses­sion and in nor­mal sit­u­a­tion is to be dis­cussed on May 1. Any post­pone­ment af­ter that date needs a de­ci­sion from the Par­lia­ment.

MP Salah Khor­shid pre­sented a query to the Min­is­ter of Elec­tric­ity, Oil and Wa­ter Min­is­ter Bakheet Al-Rasheedi about the ex­pa­tri­ates work­ing as ad­vi­sors in the gov­ern­ment.

He wants to know the num­ber their num­ber and also the num­ber of the em­ploy­ees in the gov­ern­ment oil sec­tor who work for pri­vate con­trac­tors?

He also wants to know whether those men­tioned are still in the ser­vice of the gov­ern­ment sec­tor under the name of other com­pa­nies.

Mean­while, the Leg­isla­tive Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Assem­bly unan­i­mously re­jected Mon­day the re­quest from the Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion to lift the im­mu­nity of MP Mo­ham­mad Hayef in the case of mu­nic­i­pal mis­de­meanors — for us­ing place to do busi­ness other than it was al­lot­ted for.

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