KUWAIT CITY, Sept 12: The government’s bill for collection of unlicensed weaponry includes a clause which stipulates that the Public Prosecutor or his authorized representative, at the request of the minister of interior or his authorized representative, can authorize the police to search people, houses, places, and public and private transports in specific locations during a period of time determined by him if serious investigations indicate the existence of illegal ammunition, weapons, explosives or components used in production of weapons in violation of the law, parliamentary sources disclosed.
They said the bill, which was recently referred to the parliament, exempts penalizing those in possession of illegal weapons if they surrender them to Ministry of Interior during the four-month grace period starting from the date that the law is published in the official gazette. They added that the provisions of the bill will be effective two years from the date of expiry of the penalty exemption period. The sources indicated that the implementation of the bill will be considered as a matter of urgency so that the Parliament’s Interior and Defense, and Legal and Legislative committees will hasten in approving the law and referring it to the parliament. They revealed that the MPs are expected to vote on the bill prior to the end of this year.
Referred Furthermore, parliamentary sources revealed the government has referred to the parliament the bill, which it had approved in its previous meeting, for amending certain laws in order to replace the word ‘maid’ with ‘domestic worker’ and the word ‘special maid’ with ‘special domestic worker’. The government requested such an amendment to avoid possible criticisms from international human rights organizations and international authorities concerned with labor affairs against the use of the term ‘maid’ in the laws governing the domestic workers sector.
Meanwhile, Parliament’s Observer MP Saud Al-Huraiji affirmed that he has received a response from the Minister of Oil and State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Al- Omair for the parliamentary queries that he had submitted recently regarding the country’s need for food security in the next five years and the future plan of Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) to encourage the private sector especially youths to invest in the agricultural, livestock and fishery sector.
In a press statement, Al-Huraiji revealed that he had received a memo from PAAAFR along with the minister’s response which indicated that PAAAFR is currently executing a number of projects to meet the country’s need for food security. He stressed that the authority must expedite the implementation of food security projects as promised in order to increase the country’s self-sufficiency rate for agricultural and livestock products and to facilitate the participation of youths and the private sector in such developmental projects for contributing to the food security of the country.