Government protecting Mahinda By Shaahidah Riza
The government has basically protected the former President. If the Bribery Commission as an independent institution summons him based on whatever information they have, he should adhere to the requirements which will not be an issue if he has nothing to hide, said the Deputy Minister of Highway and Investment Promotion, Eran Wickremaratne.
He made these comments to Ceylon Today in response to the pro Mahinda Rajapaksa, parliamentarians who protested yesterday (21) indicating their objection to the decision made by the Bribery Commission to question the former President.
Wickremeratne also stated that good governance is not measured in terms of individuals but by the implementation of good legislation.
This comment was in response to the accusations made by Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka who has reportedly said, “At least 50% of Cabinet member from the two main parties are corrupt. They all have skeletons in their closets. In such a situation, good governance cannot be implemented.”
Wickremeratne further told Ceylon Today, “Such a comment will have credence only if good legislation such as the 19th Amendment which was brought to Parliament was scuttled. When we are talking of corruption of Members of Parliament, rather than accusing each other we should make sure the process of abiding by the law is maintained, such as declaration of assets. If accusations are made, and if individuals are summoned by the Bribery Commission, procedure must be adhered to and explanations must be made. The necessary law requirements must be applied. No one should be above the law.”