Ranked officers suspended pending probe in possible border security breach

Wanted citizen left and reentered Kuwait repeatedly

KUWAIT: Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah ordered the suspension of several officers of various ranks, the highest of which is a major general, as a precautionary measure to investigate a tender for the border sector. Cameras were installed, but when they were operated, it was discovered they do not meet the required security and technical specifications.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior announced that security authorities arrested a citizen after leaving and entering the country illegally despite issuance of several orders to arrest him. The ministry’s Public Relations and Security Information Department said in a press release that the citizen has been transferred to the competent authorities. The ministry called on citizens and residents to abide by the laws of the country and use its official ports during travel and entry. Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah on Tuesday called for forming a committee of inquiry into the incident.

Municipality Campaign
Farwaniya governorate municipality carried out field tours of makeshift markets and stores in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, Hasawi, Farwaniya, Ishbelia, Abdullah Al-Mubarak and Sabah Al-Nasser to remove all eyesores and raise the level of cleanliness in the governorate. Director of the public cleanliness and road occupancy department Saad Al-Khrainej said the campaign resulted in confiscating 57 cu m of fruits and vegetables, in addition to used furniture. He said 25 citations were issued, the sites were cleaned of leftovers and 115 cu m of rubbish was removed.

Rain damage compensations
Compensations for the damage caused during the rains last year will be paid by mid-July, well-informed sources said. The sources added that state departments only need 15 days to complete the procedures once the parliament approves the state budget for the new fiscal year 2019-2020, which is due to be done by the end of June. Notably, the ministerial team assigned by the Cabinet had studied 3,931 claims including 2,251 for vehicles, 780 for real estate and 900 for personal belongings.

Trucks’ lane
Responding to recommendations made by some lawmakers concerning Sabah Al-Ahmad City’s problems, acting director of the Public Authority for Roads and Transport (PART) Soha Ashkanani said PART is currently coordinating with relevant bodies to divert trucks and other traffic from Wafra to Mina Abdullah Road. Ashkanani added that an additional lane has been allocated for trucks along the Wafra-Mina Abdullah road as part of the road’s development project.

Kabd clinic
Health Minister Sheikh Dr Basel Al-Sabah stressed the need to develop health services in Kabd by building a special clinic and emergency center, pointing out that the area is very vital and is visited by endless numbers of Kuwaitis during winter and spring. He added that the Health Ministry’s engineering affairs sector is currently preparing a study for the project.

By Meshaal Al-Enezi and A Saleh

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