NGO that helped Sirisena to come to power threatens to turn against him for pointing out wrongs of FCID, CID, CIABOC


Head of the National Movement for Social Justice Sarath Wijesooriya addresses the media yesterday at the Centre for Society and Religion in Maradana. Purawesi Balaya Convener Gamini Viyangoda, K. W. Janaranjana, Saman Rathnapriya, Joseph Stalin, Nishshanka Diddeniya, Lucian Bulathsinhala and Gemunu Wijeratne are also present. Pic by Jude Denzil Pathiraja

by Dasun Edirisinghe


Purawesi Balaya, a collection of civil society organisations which campaigned for President Maithripala Sirisena’s successful presidential bid, yesterday found fault with the President for his allegations against the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

Addressing the media at the Centre for Society and Religion in Maradana, head of the National Movement for Social Justice Prof. Sarath Wijesooriya said they would have to take to the streets against the present government if the present trend continued.

"President Sirisena is trying to protect former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family over corrupt acts they committed during their tenure," he claimed, adding that they did not expect the government to shield those who were responsible for corruption under the previous regime.

Prof. Wijesooriya called for the President and the Prime Minister to iron out their differences and work towards national progress in keeping with their promises.

He said they had boycotted a meeting with President Sirisena yesterday in protest of his statement on Wednesday. "We also refused President’s invitation to a meeting with artistes last evening", he said.

The Head of the Sinhala Department of the Colombo University said President Sirisena should take action to accelerate investigations launched by the CID, FCID and CIABOC without blaming them.

NMSJ Convener Saman Ratnapriya said if the President had any problem with the FCID, CID and CIABOC, he had to discuss it with the Prime Minister and other relevant officials without publicly condemning them.

Now the heads of those independent bodies would get discouraged and head of the CIABOC had already decided to step down from her post.

Rathnapriya said President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe should work for the country. "The President may be the leader of the SLFP while PM the leader of the UNP, but both of them should forget their party agendas and strategies when working for the people," he said.

The senior trade unionist said there was a move to hush up the corrupt deals of the Rajapaksa family and the President and the Prime Minister should be held responsible for that.

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