Kuwait's Nazaha forms 21-strong 'watchdog' to weed out corruption

Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority's newly formed committee made up of government officials, member Luay Al-Saleh says

Kuwait is expanding its anti-corruption measures.
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Kuwait is expanding its anti-corruption measures.

Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) has established a higher committee “watchdog” to drive forth its national plan to weed out corruption and improve Kuwait’s standing on global corruption indices.

Member of the newly formed watchdog’s board of trustees, Luay Al-Saleh, said the committee comprised 21 members from various government institutions, and had been tasked with “drawing up initiatives for tougher anti-corruption measures”, according to Kuwait’s state news agency, Kuna.

Nazaha is working to put together similar teams to ensure the achievement of its anti-corruption strategy’s goals, Al-Saleh added.

Kuwait is making strides towards a corruption-free business environment, with government entities leading efforts.

In May 2018, Kuwait’s Minister of State for Housing Affairs, Jinan Boushehri, referred a report on alleged housing unit allocation violations to Nazaha.

A ministerial investigation committee probed four suspected housing unit allocation violations in South Khaitan, a Kuwait City suburb, which included a review of two complaints filed with authorities.

The committee found one violation in a housing unit that was not eligible for allocation requirements in South Khaitan. Ministers recommended that the unit was revoked due to infringement of allocation laws and regulations in Kuwait.

Sanctions could also be levied against one executive and one manager for two allegations – negligence over a review of a “non-eligible case” and a failure to file a “credible” report on the violation – Kuna reported at the time.

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