By Akitha Perera
The lid would be blown off many of the former government’s illegal operations within the next three months, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.
Addressing a UNP rally in Bulathsinhala, the Prime Minister asked why the supporters of Rajapaksa regime were scared of facing investigations and proving their innocence if they had nothing to hide. The Prime Minister said: “Some of the UPFA candidates have a history of snatching gold chains for a living. We will put an end to the sordid practice of nominating chain snatchers and other such elements to contest elections. When we came to power there were 85 vacancies in the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC). We took immediate action to fill them. Hands of the police and officials in the Attorney General’s Department, the CIABOC etc were tied. We liberated them from the clutches of politicians and sent them for training in the US, India and England so that they will be able to carry out their duties and functions more efficiently in the future. When they come back they will commence investigations and help expose many a scandal under the previous regime.”
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said that the August 17 elections would not decide the future of his or Mahinda Rajapaksa alone. “This election will decide the future of people of the country. Rajapaksa did not care a damn about the future of the people of this country. He never formulated any plans for the economic and social development of the people. He was preoccupied with planning for his economic development. The Rajapaksas got kickbacks from every project. Now, former President Rajapaksa is protesting against probes as he fears he will be exposed. Vital sectors such as health and education were downsized under the Rajapaksa regime. Public workers’ salaries were not increased. The Rajapaksa government did not reduce the prices of fuel or essential commodities. While people were struggling to make ends meet, the Rajapaksa family, living in clover, had a fourth meal of sandwiches every day.”
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said that the next ten years would be very decisive for the country as a government to be set up under his leadership would introduce revolutionary changes in all spheres.