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Kuwaiti MP Argues Minister Bougammaz Cannot Hold The Post (Incorporating Pvs Takes)


(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT, Nov 29 (KUNA) -- Parliament member Hamdan Al-Azmi reiterated on Tuesday his arguments that the Minister of Public Works Dr. Amani Bougammaz cannot hold the post due to conflicting interests.
The MP, addressing the parliament regular session and the minister who ascended to platform for the grilling, charged that she could not be appointed to the position because 'she was a hazard management adviser at Limak company that has been executing the new terminal (T-2) project at Kuwait airport.'
Worse, the MP lashed out, the minister has appointed senior personnel in controversial measures, re-affirming the charge that she has been involved in irregular intersection of interests. He singled out the appointment of an undersecretary who had also worked as the manager of the airport venture.
He has also alluded to remarks by the Audit Bureau stipulating shortcomings in the execution of the air facility enterprise.
The MP was addressing the charges against the minister who took to the parliament podium for
interpellation over alleged irregularities and mismanagement in her department.
Bougammaz, also the Minister of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy, ascended to the platform at Abdullah Al-Salem Hall after expressing readiness to answer queries by MP Al-Azmi, who had filed the grilling motion over a host of issues and charges against the executive, including her alleged engagement in conflict of interests.
She is also accused of manipulation with public funds and breaching the principle of cooperation between the legislative and executive authorities.
Shortly earlier, the National Assembly approved a number of submitted letters, blessed a number of MPs' papers, including a request that the committee for protecting public fund prepare a detailed report about (alleged) embezzlements at the Public Institution for Social Security, another addressed to the health affairs commission to probe purported failure to enforce the laws and alleged mismanagement at the department of food and nutrition.
Dr. Adel Al-Damkhi, the head of the budgets and final account committee, requested that the commission probe rules for oil and gas exploration, production and marketing.
MPs approved a letter from MP Khalil Al-Saleh, the chairperson of the woman affairs committee, requesting examination of Kuwaiti women's rights, namely with respect of housing and employment. The parliament member, Abdullah Al-Mudhaf, asked that the committee of protecting public funds discuss contradictions of edicts and legislations regarding public funds issues.
Other requests dealt with failure to raise payments for holders of Masters and PhDs' degrees and abstention from promoting diplomas' holders.
Moreover, the parliament agreed to a letter from MP Dr. Jenan Ramdhan to task the legislative affairs committee to probe failure in proceeding with challenges at the court of cassation.
The has had a host of issues on the MPs' table in today's session.
MP Al-Azmi has requested Bugammaz ascend to the podium for inquiries about her purported engagement in conflict of interests, wasting public funds, giving false information for parliament members and sabotaging cooperation between the legislative and executive authorities.
Speaker Ahmad Al-Saadoun received the request last Monday and informed the Prime Minister about interpellation. The minister can ask for postponing the grilling for two weeks.
The lawmakers discussed requests to form committees for probing distribution of industrial lots, food insecurity and obstacles facing local agricultural products and retirees' pensions.
They will also address a request to form a committee to investigate contracts to purchase Eurofighter Typhoon and Caracal warplanes.
The parliamentarians are expected to discuss budgets, in addition to replacing the word maid with domestic worker as well as enrollment in the military.
The house will also consider a request to the Constitutional Court to clarify Articles 87, 90, 104 and 106 of the Constitution. (end)
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