Trial on riots in Zhanaozen should be as objective as possible
Kazakhstan, Astana, April 5 / Trend D. Mukhtarov /
The trial of the rioters in Zhanaozen should be as objective as possible, Sovereign Wealth Fund of Kazakhstan Samruk-Kazyna head Umirzak Shukeyev believes.
"I would like to see the trial of the rioters in Zhanaozen as objective as possible. Those responsible for the problem, should be identified and punished according to their deeds," Shukeyev said at a press conference on Thursday.
Mass riots hit the Kazakh oil city of Zhanaozen in Mangystau region on Dec.16. According to the Kazakh General Attorney Office, 14 people were killed as a result and over 80 injured. Buildings and cars were burned and the property of individuals and institutions destroyed. The riots were preceded by many months striking launched by oil companies' employees over dissatisfaction with their wages. On March 27 the trial on 37 persons accused of mass riots began in Aktau.
Shukeyev said KazMunaiGas also has its share of responsibility, and management system of this enterprise was radically changed.
"Before the decision-making center was in Astana and managers ran process through a screen monitor which is not correct. Now ... the whole decision-making center was moved to Uzen. Current president of KazMunaiGas Alik Aidarbayev spends 90 percent of his time there,"
He believes the head must constantly be in contact with employees.
"I still accept delegations of workers from Zhanaozen and get a lot of valuable information. They say what is going wrong, and we try to make decisions," said Shukeyev.