CAIRO – After two days that witnessed an escalation of criticism leveled against him on social media due to the recurring train accidents, the Egyptian Minister of Transport, Kamel Al-Wazir, chose to continue his counterattacks by launching a severe attack on his subordinates, leaders and employees of the Railway Authority, and holding them responsible for the recurrence of accidents.
The minister, a former army commander and close to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, had blamed the recent Helwan accident on the people and the presence of their homes near the railways, and many responded to him on the communication platforms that this is a widespread issue in Egypt and if it is necessary to Transport let it be for the railways, not the homes of the residents.
In his statement, the minister stressed that there is no place for any indolent, corrupt or negligent cause of accidents that take the lives of citizens and waste the money of the Egyptian people, noting that he will not allow the presence of elements that hinder and impede development processes and affect the morale of those who carry out reform and development for the benefit and service of the Egyptian people According to him.
The Minister of Transport stressed that “the state has provided all capabilities to advance the railway authority, and has contracted deals that are the largest of their kind in the history of the authority, and that all leaders and employees of the authority must work around the clock, and that each individual performs his task according to his job description.”
It was noteworthy that the minister explicitly threatened his employees that he would seek the help of foreign companies cooperating with the ministry to manage and operate the lines of this vital facility, in the event of continued laziness and lethargy, despite his providing all kinds of support to the leaders and employees to work on the advancement of the railway authority, he said.
Controversy over the minister’s statements
Kamel Al-Wazir’s statements sparked a wide interaction on social media in Egypt, and some of the pioneers of the communication sites saw that the minister was right, and that he was fighting alone to eliminate corruption rooted in the railway sector.
On the other hand, another group saw that the failure of the minister’s entirety was proven several times, especially that he had the largest balance of train accidents in the history of the Ministry of Transport, according to their claim, rejecting his repeated attacks on his subordinates and holding them responsible for his failure, without the slightest admission of responsibility from him, as he is at the head of the ministry.