Don’t use Parliament to protect thieves – PM

Ranil-WickramasingheThe Prime Minister said the people in the country demand to reveal the names of those engaged in corruption. He said the people wanted to know this since the cost of living in the country has come down after 10 years as corruption has been eliminated under President Maithripala Sirisena’s regime.

The Prime Minister said Bandula Gunawardena and other opposition members were attempting to prevent the investigations against corruption. He added that these MPs would come to Parliament, remain day and night in the House, drink whiskey and stand against investigations against corruption.

“Shame on you,” the Prime Minister said. “You should not use the Parliament to protect the thieves and those who engaged in corruption.”

He also questioned if those engaged in corruption should remain in Parliament………………. READ ALL

Sittings suspended twice

Sittings of the House was suspended by Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa twice yesterday owing to parliamentarians causing noisy disruptions after sittings commenced ending a 23-hour hunger protest by the Opposition demanding that the government immediately put an end to what they called a political witch hunt against Opposition politicians, including former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and ex-defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

When the Mace was paraded at 9.30 in the morning by Sergeant-at-Arms Anil Parakrama Samarasekera and Speaker Rajapaksa was taking his seat to commence the session, opposition MPs stood in the isle protesting against what they called a political witch hunt against Opposition politicians including former President Rajapaksa and ex-defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa……………... READ ALL

Basil returns from US to face police financial crimes probe

Former Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa, MP, will appear before the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) today (April 22).

Immediately after having returned from the US, Gampaha District MP Rajapaksa declared his readiness to face the on-going investigation. The former SLFP National Organiser returned from the US in the wake of FCID seeking to record a statement from him regarding his alleged involvement in misappropriation of Divineguma and Samurdhi funds and the utilisation of public funds for his brother’s presidential election campaign.

Rajapaksa’s successor, Sajith Premadasa, has repeatedly accused President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s sibling of having misappropriated public funds. Minister Premadasa claimed that on his invitation two internationally renowned auditing firms, Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers had launched probes into Housing and Samurdhi portfolios previously held by National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa and former SLFP National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa, respectively.

MP Rajapaksa arrived from London via Dubai. Rajapaksa and his wife, Pushpa left for the US soon after Maithripala Sirisena was sworn in as the President.

Basil Rajapaksa led the last presidential polls campaign in his capacity as the SLFP’s National Organiser…………………..  READ ALL