Gemunu soft peddles bond scams

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) Chairman Gemunu Wijeratne yesterday said that the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) did not have powers to take action against any corruption that had been revealed by them and therefore there was no need to hold media shows to deceive the public.

He told the media at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR) in Maradana that the COPE had not filed a single case against a single instance of corruption that had been unearthed by them.

"COPE can only bark but cannot bite," Wijeratne said.

He said the Bribery and Corruption Commission should accelerate their investigations and it should first complete the investigations of thee cases that had already been filed rather than probing new cases.

Claiming that the politicians would continue to turn a blind eye on transport sector, Wijeratne noted that it was important to appoint knowledgeable people to the relevant Ministry.

He said there were many irregularities in the recently gazetted tender for bus routes.

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