Tuesday, 26 September 2023 02:42 GMT

Kuwait- Power overlap duration major defects of municipality law

(MENAFN- Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY Dec 7 (KUNA): Overlap of powers between Kuwait Municipality and other government bodies and the long duration of procedures constitute the main disadvantages of the present municipality law Speaker of the National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim has said. Debates held by the Parliament on certain topics and bills support MPs efforts to reach remedies for some laws from a technical view Al-Ghanim told the opening of a session organized by the National Assembly Committee on Public Utilities for reviewing Municipality Law 5/2005.

The debate was attended by Minister of State for Municipal Affairs and Minister of Communications Essa Ahmad Al-Kandari and a host of former ministers and officials. 'As representatives of the nation we have to be clear regarding essential topics like the municipality law and relevant topics' Al-Ghanim added. 'The solution has to be comprehensive and reaching to the roots neither improvised or partial.' He also stressed that collective action is essential to secure success.

Based on this the Assembly seeks the help of experts and efficiencies to produce a distinguished applicable law for the good of the country Al- Ghanim said. Any new bill has to dissolve the overlap of powers he said also highlighting people's sufferings owing to duration of procedures. For his part Minister Al- Kandari referred to a legislative and monitoring failure regarding the building law noting that the Kuwait Municipality will work on overcoming the loopholes exploited by violators who for example refer to court seeking a decision to restore electricity to their buildings.

According to the Minister the law does not allow municipal authorities to halt violating building but only to issue an infringement notice and cut off electricity supply. The Minister once more stressed that the access to administrative and financial reforms of the municipality work is ending the power overlap with other official bodies.

This can be achieved through a host of procedures transforming some of the Municipality powers to other authorities. The current municipality law is restricting the Municipal Council Council Chairman Muhalhal Al- Khaled told the debate referring to some articles that need to be amended.

Addressing the debate Advisor at the Amiri Diwan Mohammad Daifallah Sharar stressed the significance of debating the municipalities topic saying they must be given technical independence to fulfill their due and care for people's interests.

Sharar stressed that the new bill must include a 'building code' on technical specifications as the current ones date back to the 1960s. In the meantime the Municipal Council has to remain a technical and organizational body 'not trying to promote itself to a political body like the National Assembly' he stressed.

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