Lawmaker wants Hala February concerts canceled, fears ‘divine punishment’

MP Ahmad Al-Azmi

MP Ahmad Al-Azmi

KUWAIT: MP Ahmad Mutee’ Al-Azmi urged Information Minister Sheikh Salman Al-Humoud Al-Sabah to call off Hala February concerts because of the religious and moral violations committed during them. He justified his call by showing respect to feelings of Muslims in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq and other places. “We fear that Almighty Allah will punish us for hosting such concerts in a conservative country like Kuwait,” he underlined, referring to recent videos showing what he described as “acts of corruption.” “Unfortunately, this is happening at a time when thousands of Muslims are suffering from hunger, injustice and killings in Syria, Iraq, Myanmar and other places,” he said, reminding of how the information ministry suspended such concerts when the Syrian ‘revolution’ started.

Sawaber complex
The finance ministry’s assistant undersecretary for expropriation affairs Fahd Al-Sho’la announced that eight Kuwaiti families still inhabited the Sawaber residential complex because they had lost their apartments’ deeds and that the issuance of alternative deeds was in progress pending expropriating those apartments. “The Cabinet’s instructions mandate evicting the complex by March 31 and those who refuse eviction will be evicted by the Public Authority for Housing Welfare,” he explained, noting that 40 citizens had already been given replacement apartments in the West Sulaibikhat project. Sho’la added that KD 130 million had been allocated for purchasing the Sawaber apartments, of which 450 had already been bought so far. He explained that Sawaber apartment prices have varied on a yearly basis compared to when the process started in 2012, when a unit cost KD 226,000, while it now costs KD 256,000.

Former MP fined
A court yesterday fined former MP Abdulrahman Al-Anjari KD 2,000 in a case filed against him for slandering His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, who had sued him over a tweet on the Dow Chemical issue.

Voters’ registration postponed
Well-informed sources at the elections department said that registration and transfer of voters this year would be postponed until concluding the by-elections in the third electoral constituency. The sources added that the date of resuming registrations would be declared later by the MoI.

e-cigarettes
A citizen was arrested on attempting to smuggle 43 electronic cigarettes at Nuwaiseeb land border exit, said security sources, noting that custom inspectors foiled his attempt, confiscated the seized items and referred him to relevant authorities.

By A Saleh and Meshaal Al-Enezi

This article was published on 01/02/2016