‘Nonfunctioning’ security cameras

KUWAIT: Informed sources said the public prosecution’s investigations into the border security cameras deal, based on a memo from the interior ministry, revealed that several of them were not operated since they were installed in 2014, and others were not completely installed. Moreover, several of those cameras malfunctioned only days after installation and were not repaired despite the valid warranty at the time, adding that this caused losses of more than KD 100,000. The sources said a public prosecution team examined the cameras along the country’s borders for 18 hours. They said the cameras are heat seeking and supposed to photograph anyone attempting to infiltrate the country or attempt to smuggle banned material under all weather conditions. But the surprise was that the cameras were out of commission for five years without any interior ministry leaders calling for their repair or calling the supplying company for maintenance. The investigations revealed correspondence between the border departments and the financial department at the interior ministry regarding the cameras’ functionality, but those sectors did not demand their replacement or repair as stipulated in the warranty contract with the supplier. – Al-Jarida