While the residents of Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh area raised their hue and cry, about the government neglect in their area, the destruction of infrastructure, and the spread of security, social and economic problems, they demanded that the area be valued or transformed into a commercial or investment housing, and threatening to resort to the judiciary to allow the sale of their properties that they have been denied to sell for 15 years, considering that two types of real estate in Kuwait cannot be sold, they are cemeteries and affiliated real estate.
Dr Muhammad Al-Haras, one of the residents, said in the press conference yesterday evening, in his Diwaniya in the Al-Rehab area, that slums have spread in Jleeb and spread to other areas, stressing that “any official who accepts the situation of Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, is a traitor to the principles of political and national virility.” Solving the problem is a national duty to return the money of citizens “deprived of selling their homes that they bought with their own money.”
Al-Haras said there are two things that are not sold in Kuwait, namely, the properties of Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and the cemeteries, as a result of administrative confusion, in not finding a solution to an area named after Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, which was established since 1965, pointing out that depriving people of selling their 1600 properties is a violation — legitimacy point of view and constitutional – people are being robbed of their money unjustly.
He stated that the matter will reach the judiciary, if the Jleeb issue is not resolved, whether in evaluating it or transferring it to investment or commercial housing, or distributing its lands as private housing for citizens, after its acquisition.
For his part, Saud Al-Fahd ruled out that the government would play any role to solve the problem of Jleeb because of its inability, surprising the silence of the region’s representatives to demand the rights of their voters, and they are aware of the problems of Jleeb, stressing the need to develop solutions to return the money that the government ‘stole’, as a result of not allowing the sale of property. The sheikhs, who paid money out of their pockets and registered at the Justice Ministry and the Kuwait Municipality and paid the required fees, only for them to be prevented from selling is without an understandable of realistic reason.
Al-Fahd noted that the area holds about 400,000 expatriates, singles, and workers, and the government should think about finding housing for them, before thinking about removing them from the area, and this is contrary to humanitarian aspects, and this is evidence that there is no clear vision for the government in determining the time and how it will be resolved.
In turn, Rashid Al-Mutairi considered that the area is ideal and strategically located, and it is an opportunity for the government to realize it as a commercial, entertainment and tourist center, but the government has no vision and is absent from the interests of the country and the citizen.
Al-Mutairi pointed out that many orphans own real estate in the region and cannot sell it and have been deprived of inheriting it, as a result of the government’s prevention of selling the property 16 years ago, and even preventing it from being rented to companies, which made it a den of corruption, vice, poor infrastructure, and the resulting security and social problems. He called on the government to turn around to solve the issue as soon as possible.
Fahd Al-Rashed expressed his regret that the government always postpones resolving its issues, especially the popular ones, without a clear vision of the reasons for this, which reduces its popularity over time, pointing out that the Jleeb problem appeared more than 15 years ago and prevented the sale and purchase of it, and neglected some activities. Commercial projects have been suspended, infrastructure maintenance projects have been halted, and there are no solutions for that, leaving the solution to time, the amount of which we do not know.
Muhammad Al-Haras invited His Highness the Prime Minister, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled, to visit his Diwaniyah, and then go to the Jleeb area to see what is unbelievable, and contrary to what is told to him — the dilapidated area in all its aspects.
Al-Haras considers Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh an exemplary area located between the Kuwait International Airport, Jaber Stadium and Al-Shaddiyah University, surrounded by highways and lying just 16 minutes from the Capital City.”