Govt. to halt overseas travel for ex-ministers

z_p01-CenturyBY RUWAN LAKNATH JAYAKODY

Overseas travel restrictions would eventually be placed, by President Maithripala Sirisena, on top Cabinet Ministers of the previous government, who are presently with the New Democratic Front (NDF) government, until investigations into corruption conclude, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) said.
National Organizer of the SLMC, Shafeeq Rajabdeen said that those who were from the previous regime themselves knew that they would indeed undergo a process of cleansing if at all.
The SLMC added that the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) was heading the investigations into the corruption of those in the previous regime.
He remarked that the temporary Cabinet was not a long-term one and that it would function in the interim period for the duration of the 100 days, as the manpower to implement President Maithripala Sirisena’s plans, which would not immediately focus on development activities.
“The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which has refused portfolios in the government, will through good guidelines ensure at grassroots level, that checks and balances will be kept on this government. There are still a few more portfolios left but we will be mindful of who would be supporting the NDF. Top-brass in former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Cabinet, former Ministers, Arumugam Thondaman, Janaka Bandara Tennakoon and Reginold Cooray have joined us and without malice or political victimization of political opponents we will take them all. Those who are already tainted will need to undergo a thorough cleansing process if they are to indeed be absorbed by the present government, even the individuals who are now clamouring to join us are aware of this.

The JVP have played ‘Clean’ without getting mud or blood on their hands, thus they unofficially and the JHU officially have the mandate to investigate and point out if there is a guilty party against whom stern action should be instituted,” Rajabdeen reiterated.