Anti-Corruption Front sees govt fast losing its credibility

By Harischandra Gunaratna

Chairman of Anti Corruption Front Ven. Ulapane Sumangala Thera on Thursday said whilst the government was losing its credibility and popularity, the Rajapaksa family was making a frantic attempt to make a comeback.

Addressing a news conference organised by the Anti Corruption Front at Welikadawatte, Rajagiriya, the monk said Basil Rajapaksa, who headed the list with the most number of cases on corruption and his elder brother were trying to savour power again by forming a new political party. Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya, who also had various allegations against him, was also toying with the idea of capturing power, the Thera said.

Ven. Sumangala said as the government had miserably failed to fulfil its promises. It had given renewed hope to corrupt elements in the previous government and the masses had been plunged from the frying pan into the fire.

He said the only objective of the Rajapaksas and their cronies making a bid to return to power was to resume amassing wealth.

The Thera said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was protecting those who had been charged with bribery and corruption and those charged with large scale corruption were being handled with kid gloves.

He said a large number of files sent to the Attorney General were gathering dust and no action had been taken against those could be prosecuted.

The monk urged the government to seize assets and accounts of Perpetual Treasuries responsible for the bond scams.

"The government is crumbling and the masses fear that another corrupt, murderous government like the previous one would return to power and ruin the country as no party was capable of running the country," he said.

The Anti Corruption Front leader said that Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake was all at sea and he had bungled in preparing budgets last year as well as this year. He had only slapped heavy taxes on the poor while providing tax concessions to the rich.

The Thera castigated Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapkshe for making a mockery of the judiciary.

He said the Anti Corruption Front would mark the International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9 with the theme: "A Sri Lanka without corruption".

"There will be a special programme under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Independence Square with a seminar and presentation of tokens of appreciation to those who helped in numerous ways to fight corruption."



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