MEW activates penalty clause.

As per efforts to contain the situation and to hold to account negligence and waste of public money, reliable sources revealed that the Ministry of Electricity and Water activated the penalty (fine) clause on delayed contracts at a sum of KD 11 million – the largest amount to be imposed by the ministry on contractors in a single year, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The same sources mentioned that State Audit Bureau has been urging the ministry for several years to apply contractual fines to some delayed contracts but the ministry was reluctant in that aspect until last year when it started listing contracts, which have been delayed in terms of implementation and completion rate, as stipulated in the agreement.

Sources indicated the Minister of Electricity and Water Dr Khaled Al-Fadhel referred a number of officials in his ministry to the Anti – Corruption Commission and the Leadership Disciplinary Authority at Civil Service Commission, as a result of the financial violations and irregularities that marred some contracts.

Source- Arab Times.

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