‘Serious suspicions’ in corruption case watchdog sent to prosecution

Manpower authority eyes KD 608.3 million budget for 2019/2020

KUWAIT: Spokesman of Kuwait’s Public Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) Mohammad Buzubar said the authority received a complaint against a department director and a supervisor over a contract with the Ministry of Public Works, and a director of a project at a contracting company over suspicions of corruption by the said persons. He said the authority carried out investigations and heard testimonies of the whistleblower and witnesses. He said the authority concluded that there are serious suspicions against the suspects of stealing public funds and forgery according to articles 10 of law 1/1993 with regards to public funds protection, and articles 257 and 48 of law 16/1960, so the authority sent the complaint to the public prosecution to take action.

KD 608.3 million
The 2019/2020 fiscal year budget of the Public Authority for Manpower has been compiled and reached KD 608.3 million, Deputy Director General for Manpower and Financial Affairs Sultan Al-Shaalani said, adding that the finance ministry approved it and is waiting for approval by the National Assembly. Shaalani said the 2018/2019 budget was KD 558 million and its closing account is being prepared. He said the total revenues for the fiscal year 2018/2019 were KD 70.42 million, while revenues of 2017/2018 reached KD 67.1 million. Revenues from the electronic portal for the 2018/2019 fiscal year reached KD 42.566 million, while 2017/2018 revenues were KD 36.643 million.

Illegal entry
Nuwaiseem customs officers caught a Pakistani man who attempted to enter Kuwait in a truck from Saudi Arabia. Inspectors searched the truck following tips, and found the man hiding in a box under the truck. The driver confessed to receiving money in exchange of making him enter the country.

End of year exams
An educational source said a meeting will be held by the managers’ council today to decide the timings of the end of year exams due to start on May 7 – the second day of Ramadan – for grades 5 to 11. The exams are expected to start at 9:00 am or 9:30 am based on the working hours that the Civil Service Commission will decide for government departments. Thursday is expected to be the last day for students before they take their pre-finals’ break.

By Meshaal Al-Enezi and A Saleh