KUWAIT: Opposition activists and lawmakers yesterday gathered in Irada Square opposite the National Assembly on the eve of a decisive verdict by the constitutional court on the validity of the electoral law. MP Waleed Al-Tabatabaei said protesters will march to the Palace of Justice after spending the night in the square. MP Falah Al-Sawwagh said 20 MPs had visited HH the Amir and informed him about rampant corruption in the state in detail, “but nothing took place”. “We said the same in the diwaniyas and did not get any result,” he charged.
Sawwagh said corruption is rife in Kuwait, and lamented that the 2012 Assembly won by the opposition was annulled after the (2009) “Assembly of bribes” was dissolved and the government was ousted. “We put the priorities of the Kuwaiti people on top of our priorities but the Assembly was annulled. We tried in this Assembly to table legislations that serve people, but now they are trying to change the constituencies although this should be done by the next National Assembly following clean and fair elections based on the current law,” he demanded.
MP Khalid Al-Tahous labeled the government as weak, adding that “the government does not represent us”. He said the constitutional court is a political court and elections will be conducted according to the five constituencies and four votes per person despite those who agree and those who do not. Tahous also revealed details of investigations by the 2012 Assembly in the multimillion-dinar foreign transfers scandal. He said we summoned the secretary of the prime minister’s diwan who said “(former PM) Sheikh Nasser told us to transfer sums to our embassies in Geneva, London and New York. My role is to obey the sheikh’s instructions”. Tahous said the government wasted around KD 2 billion in support of corruption and the corrupt in the form of KD 1.2 billion in subsidized diesel, KD 800 million in the Shell contract, KD 456 million in transfers and KD 55 million in deposits to bribe-taking MPs.