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MPs seek audit report answers

Bahrain News
Sat, 16 Apr 2016

Bahrain: Six ministers could be quizzed in parliament over alleged contract violations by their ministries cited in the Administrative and Financial Audit Bureau report for 2014.

Parliament’s financial and economic affairs committee has recommended the questioning of Transportation and Telecommunication Minister Kamal Ahmed, Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Zayed Al Zayani, Labour and Social Development Minister Jameel Humaidan, Health Minister Faeqa Al Saleh, Works, Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Minister Essam Khalaf, and Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi.

That is despite the alleged violations occurring before some of the ministers were appointed and before MPs took office.

The committee also wants answers from Mr Khalaf, Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa for overspending by their ministries.

Meanwhile, questions could also be put to Housing
Minister Bassem Al Hamer, Energy Minister Dr Abdulhussain Mirza, Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowment
Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa and Finance Minister Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa about alleged breaches of financial guidelines.

They are amongst 10 recommendations that MPs will vote on during Tuesday’s weekly session, which could result in the Civil Service Bureau being tasked with recovering allegedly lost, squandered or stolen funds.

MPs will also launch an urgent probe into the National Institute for Human Rights regarding the purchase of its headquarters and alleged pension deductions from employees’ wages not being transferred to the Pension Fund Authority.

The GDN previously reported that four cases of suspected corruption from 288 violations cited in the report were referred by the Cabinet to the Interior Ministry in December for criminal investigation.

An additional eight cases were being investigated further by the Cabinet to determine the level of wrongdoing.  

Of the 288 violations outlined in the report, 276 were found to be administrative violations that could be dealt with by the ministries or government bodies concerned.

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