People want corruption charges against Mahinda probed - Govt.

...more than Yositha’s naval career


by Zacki Jabbar

Amidst former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Yositha being moved to Navy headquarters from his security detail, the government denied that it was on a witch hunt.

Government spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne addressing Thursday’s Cabinet Press Briefing in Colombo said that there were bigger issues to be sorted out in comparison to investigating Yositha’s credentials to join the Navy and being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant within a short period.

If anyone had been appointed to a position without the required qualifications or experience then it was a matter that needed to be probed, but the people were asking more serious questions such as from where Namal had got the funds to commence a television station and establish a law firm among other ventures in which several of his family members had invested.

"We are not a witch hunt. Civil society is blaming us for not taking action against those who had violated the law during the last government," he observed.

Regretting that investigations into corruption accusations against the Rajapaksa’s were proceeding very slowly, the Minister charged that some of those who were promoted to important positions in the Police and the public service during the previous regime were responsible for the sorry state of affairs.

He said that the government may have changed but public administration by and large remained the same due to Rajapaksa loyalists still holding key positions.

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