KUWAIT CITY, May 9: An employee of Kuwait Municipality allegedly had stolen the tyres of an impounded “Lexus” vehicle at the seized-vehicle yard in Mina Al-Abdullah area, but returned them after he was discovered by a security guard of the site, reports Al-Seyassah daily.
According to sources, there has been a cover-up of the incident out of fear of legal repercussions, with the intercessions of one of the municipality’s officials. The sources wondered about the number of such incidents that have never been reported and were perpetrated by municipality employees and others at the seized-vehicle yards.
It is worth mentioning that the seized-vehicle yard in Amghara also witnessed several thefts before it was relocated to Nueyeem area. The perpetrators in that case were the security guards in charge of manning the yard. They colluded with an employee of the yard and the owner of a tow truck, who was in charge of transporting the items stolen from the impounded vehicles to an unknown destination. Even though all this had happened, no legal measure was taken by the municipality against the culprits.
KUWAIT CITY, June 3: Police are looking for an unidentified woman for stealing the handbag of a Kuwaiti woman soon after she left a beauty parlor in Khaitan, reports Al-Anba daily.
According to the complainant this happened when the suspect pretended to be a beggar and asked for help. The Kuwaiti woman told police she reached for her handbag to give alms to the woman and in a swift movement the woman pushed her to the ground and escaped with the handbag.
KD 2,100 lost: An unidentified Egyptian contractor lost KD 2,100 in a packet which he forgot at a table inside a café in Maidan Hawally, reports Al-Rai daily. The workers have been summoned for interrogation by the area police station.
KUWAIT CITY, June 3: Through its concerned departments, the Kuwait Municipality branch in Hawally conducted an inspection campaign in several foodstuff shops to ensure strict compliance with the rules and regulations.
The campaign resulted in the issuance of 57 citations for various violations as well as destruction of 471 kilograms of spoilt meat, fish, fruits and dairy products.
The Municipality also conducted a similar campaign in Ahmadi Governorate – particularly Mahboula, Abu Halifa and Mangaf, leading to the issuance of 27 citations for various violations, removal of 74 unlicensed advertisements placed randomly on the streets, and closure of a shop.
KUWAIT CITY, June 3: Minister of Health Dr Jamal Al-Harbi says the number of approvals issued by the Higher Committee for extension of treatment periods of overseas treatment patients reached 2,055 during the period from December 15 to April 10, reports Al-Qabas daily.
In response to a question posed by MP Rakan Al-Nisf, Dr Al-Harbi revealed that approvals for extension of treatments are for patients receiving treatment in Britain, the United States of America, France, Spain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Egypt, Lebanon, Italy, Switzerland and South Korea. It is worth mentioning that Ministry of Health held a press conference on May 3 to respond to the statements of some MPs concerning the numbers and budgets of overseas treatment under the current minister Dr Jamal Al-Harbi.
The officials said during the conference that the overseas treatment policy has changed from what it was before, and that the reports revealed a decrease in the number of overseas treatment cases in 2017.
KUWAIT CITY, May 22: Several lawmakers have called on the concerned authorities to closely monitor markets, shops and cooperative societies in the holy month of Ramadan in order to prevent commercial fraud and price manipulation. MP Faisal Al-Kandari stressed the need to intensify efforts in monitoring markets, cooperative societies and shops during Ramadan; urging the concerned authorities to check consumer goods regularly. He asked the Consumer Protection Department in the Ministry of Commerce to form task forces for each governorate to prevent price manipulation. He said all those proven to have violated the law must be referred to the Public Prosecution and punished accordingly, such as closure of erring establishments.
He also urged the concerned authorities to refrain from compromising with those who violated the law as they should be held accountable, especially those who take advantage of occasions like the holy month of Ramadan to earn higher profits.
MP Riyadh Al-Adsani alleged that some companies and traders are taking advantage of occasions including Ramadan and Eid holidays, so the government must be responsible enough in controlling prices and checking the quality of products. He underscored the importance of coordination between inspectors in the ministries of Commerce, Social Affairs and Municipality Affairs to monitor markets and cooperative societies; adding that more than KD 500 million of purchasing power come from cooperative societies.
In another development, MP Auda Al- Ruwaiei confirmed appropriateness of the interpellation request that he and MP Khalil Abdullah intend to submit against Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Mohammad Al-Faris who has not taken even a single step to address issues raised earlier. He said the interpellation request is ready and it consists of five points — the most important of which are the universities and fake certificates. He added the request will most likely be submitted at the beginning of the next legislative round, because they have no time to do so within the current round.
Study On the other hand, the committee tasked to study points of the two interpellation requests against HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al- Hamad Al-Sabah laid down its working mechanism on Monday. Committee Rapporteur MP Rakan Al-Nisf disclosed the panel will invite the prime minister to its meeting next week. He expects the committee to address irregularities highlighted in the two grilling motions, hoping the committee will submit its report to the Parliament soon. Moreover, the commission of inquiry tasked to look into violations in the Ministry of Health on Monday talked about its agenda for the coming days.
Committee Rapporteur MP Sadoun Hammad Al-Otaibi affirmed that an agreement has been reached to extend the work of the committee until the beginning of the next legislative round, indicating a request in this regard will be submitted to National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim soon. He added the committee has obtained approval for its members to travel to America, France, Britain and Germany to investigate violations in the Kuwaiti health offices in these countries.
He said the State Audit Bureau provided the commission with a box of documents about the irregularities found in the Health Ministry. He also unveiled a plan to summon the former minister and undersecretary. In the meantime, the food and agriculture authorities have assured the parliamentary Finance Committee that the local market needs another livestock company.
Committee Rapporteur Safa Al- Hashim said, “We have a community that eats rabbits, so why the government does not produce rabbits, especially since the private sector made profits from that?” She added they will not accept the fi- nance minister’s letter about the second livestock company.
KUWAIT CITY, May 28: Citizens and residents of Kuwait spent about KD 450 million for shopping in the last five days, reports Al-Anba daily. The decision for early payment of the salaries of public employees could be the reason behind this increased rate of spending among both Kuwaitis and residents for buying the commodities and foodstuffs required during the month of Ramadan.
Costs Ministry of Commerce and Industry rejected several requests presented by some food-related companies to increase the costs of their commodities before the start of the month of Ramadan. The Union of Cooperative Societies earlier announced that the prices of 70 commodities have been reduced by 20 percent for a period of 30 days due to Ramadan. The rate of price hikes in April 2017 was 2.63 percent more than that of April 2016. Meanwhile, following the government’s decision to increase fuel prices and electricity and water costs, a study has revealed about the government’s tendency to increase the fees for some health services provided to expatriates, reports Al-Shahed daily.
Fees According to the study, the government is seeking to increase the fees by 500 percent and a dozen times over for visitors such that the new fees will be KD 500 instead of the current KD 100. The study indicated that the value of health insurance will increase by 160 percent to KD 130, which is an increase of KD 80. It explained that most of the increases, which are scheduled to be applied during the coming phase, will be on expatriates, topped by the imposition of taxes on remittances, taxes for health insurance and increased residence fees among others. The study revealed that the increase in fees for health services provided to expatriates has reached its final stages, pending the start of implementation as soon as it is approved, adding that the government, through such price increases, is seeking revenues for reducing the budget deficit.
KUWAIT CITY, May 28: Security around the country has been tightened to get rid of the ‘begging for alms’ phenomenon since more and more people take to begging especially during the holy month of Ramadan.
The Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passport Affairs Major- General Lieutenant Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah has given clear instructions to deport entire families along with children if either the mother or father is caught begging.
If expatriates under company residence are caught begging, the senior Interior Ministry official said strict action will be taken against the company including closure of the company labor file.
Those caught begging while on visit visa, the sponsor will be punished and in the case of a company, the company’s labor file will be closed.
The source pointed out women police will take part in combating the menace of begging during Ramadan and plainclothes police will be deployed in several areas which are known for this phenomenon, including the commercial areas, mosques and major markets. Al-Jarrah pointed out the Interior Ministry has called upon citizens and expatriates to report any such incidents of beggary.
The source added the security authorities are now more experienced in fighting the menace of begging and will be concentrating on industrial areas such as Shuwaikh and Sulaibiya.