SF will be Law and Order Minister in fortnight

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Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne confirmed yesterday that Regional Development Minister, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka would be appointed the Minister of Law and Order in less than two weeks.

Minister Senaratne said that he was not sworn in as part of Sunday’s mini Cabinet reshuffle involving UNP ministers as he was on an overseas assignment at that time and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took over the Law and Order Ministry portfolio temporarily until his return.

Addressing the weekly cabinet news briefing, Minister Senaratne said that unless something out of the ordinary occurred in the meantime this appointment would go ahead as planned.

The dialogue the ensued between Minister Senaratne and co-Cabinet spokesman Minister Gayantha Karunatilaka is as follows-:

Journalist: Prime Minister Wickremesinghe took over the Law and Order Ministry only for two weeks and therefore the Law and Order Ministry and the Police Department are in a limbo with no activity at the moment.

Minister Senaratne: You are wrong. The Police Department is in full gear looking after the security of the people and active on crime busting.

Journalist: Why wasn't Minister Fonseka present during Sunday’s Cabinet reshuffle?

Minister Senaratne: How can he be here? He was abroad.

Journalist: Prime Minister Wickremesinghe is a suspect in the Central Bank bond scam. Can we believe that he would direct the Police to act against former Central Bank governor Arjuna Mahendran?

Minister Senaratne: You are totally wrong. Who told you the Prime Minister is a suspect in the CB bond scam case? The Presidential Commission that probed the bond scam has not named the PM as a suspect in the case. Besides, Mr, Wickremesinghe appeared before the commission on his own will and assisted the commission in its inquiry.

Journalist: When do you expect Arjuna Mahendran to be brought back to Sri Lanka to face trial? The last report said that he could not be found at his Singapore address?

Minister Senaratne: Don’t worry about that. The government will ensure that he would be rounded up and brought back from where ever he is with the cooperation and support of Interpol in the same manner Sri Lanka issued an international red warrant on former Sri Lanka ambassador in Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga. But to do this the Sri Lanka police and Interpol need a court order to be issued on Mahendran so that an international red warrant on him could be issued. It takes time.

Journalist: There are those who are opposing the appointment of Minister Fonseka as the Law and Order Minister.

Minister Senaratne: Some will support this and others won't. This is natural during any Cabinet reshuffle. A head of state cannot satisfy everyone during a Cabinet reshuffle. When former President Rajapaksa ordered a Cabinet reshuffle in 2007 many ministers were not happy. Ministers Maithripala Sirisena, John Seneviratne, Nimal Siripala De Silva and other did not like their new Cabinet posts. Minister Sirisena who was given the portfolio of health minister was in tears. I got the fisheries ministry which I did not like. All other ministers, while expressing their displeasure over what they were given said I had been given the best ministry. However I did not think so.

Journalist: But how long does the country have to put up with the constant bickering taking place between the UNP and the SLFP?

Minister Senaratne: In a coalition government these things are common. The same happened during the WWII in Great Britain under the Conservative-Labour coalition government led by Attlee and Churchill. In the ‘Yahapalana Government’ we agree to disagree. We engage in oral battles in and out of the Cabinet. But we run the government in unity.

Journalist: Many say the Cabinet reshuffle is not pragmatic and scientific as promised by leaders of the government. What's the rationale of amalgamating two extremely different subjects like Higher Education and Road Construction under one Minister? No changes have been made to this Ministry after it was handed over to Minister Kabir Hashim after taking it away from Minister Lakshman Kiriella. Why?

Minister Senaratne: I agree. The separation of ministries is very awkward and imprudent. I tried hard to convince the absurdity of this to our leaders without any success.

Journalist: Have you ever seen or heard about a national government like this?

Minister Senaratne: Not at all. No where.

Journalist: The selecting of members to local government bodies is in a mess. Political parties have not been able to finalise their lists even though it is three weeks since the elections were held.

Minister Senaratne: Yes, the problem is nominating 25% female members from the other members in the list. The new electoral system needs further amendments to rectify these problems. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

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  • vasaliya Thursday, 01 March 2018 09:27 AM

    By that time all previous files would be safely removed by RW. King of Deals - RW.

    ANTON Thursday, 01 March 2018 09:34 AM

    SIR, FIRST OF ALL SHUT DOWN ALL THE BOGUS CID AND FUNNY INVESTIGATION UNIS, THEY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO HELP DRAG ON ALL THE BIG SHOT CASES UNNECESSARILY. SIMULTANEOUSLY YOU CAN SAVE A LOT OF MONEY.

    Leslie Samaranayake (Attorney-at-Law) Thursday, 01 March 2018 10:41 AM

    SF is the right person who could establish Law in order in SriLanka, hope first he will start his mission with all JO - bunch of thieves who looted our money in the past.

    M77 Thursday, 01 March 2018 11:20 AM

    SF is also no clean person. He has cases (Eg: Hicope)

    Hammeed Mohammed Shanaz Thursday, 01 March 2018 10:47 AM

    Sir, good decision taken at least now. Let the "Military Legend" get in to the track and bring all the previous regime thugs and looters before Justice, that's all we need.

    J. K. M. Azar Alli Thursday, 01 March 2018 03:38 PM

    Either in the Legal way or illegal manner all the previous rulers (looters) should be punished and kept behind bars.

    saman Thursday, 01 March 2018 10:52 AM

    Hope this lot will last that long!

    S. R. Dassanayake (Professor) Thursday, 01 March 2018 10:55 AM

    For sure, within the next two months - all MR's henchmen who washed his clothes and earned in billions will be kept behind bars.

    Prof. Martin Wickramaratne Thursday, 01 March 2018 02:14 PM

    Field Marshall is called for a final wipe out mission, then Yahapalanaya will remain for another 20 years without any problems whatsoever.

    Jal Perera Thursday, 01 March 2018 03:40 PM

    Why not? sometimes when SF wipes out JO rotters, he could be our next Prime Minister, who knows?

    Justica USA Thursday, 01 March 2018 11:47 AM

    But why beat up drums? So that those who have interim orders against being rrested are able to FLEE?

    Haramanis Thursday, 01 March 2018 02:06 PM

    Last week white flag was to be appointed in one week, now its two weeks ...... soon it will be never!!. Incredible Minister Rajitha!!!

    Peace lover Punchihewa Thursday, 01 March 2018 02:17 PM

    Very good move to give the main role to wipe out MR and his gangsters who robbed our hard earned money in millions and millions, lets wait for a fruitful early action from the big man SF, but no other politicians should not interfere with his job.

    Koswatte Dharmakeethi Thero Thursday, 01 March 2018 03:42 PM

    Even SF has the power and men to remove Ranil.

    Harris Milroy Thursday, 01 March 2018 03:47 PM

    SF needs only 3 months to keep all the JO robbers behind bars. Then once the target is achieved, we will welcome him with red carpet and on the same day, we as a nation can throw out Ranil.

    Law abiding citizen Thursday, 01 March 2018 04:49 PM

    FM Sarath Fonseka or anybody else appointed to that post will not be able to discharge his duties independently and impartially as long as Ranil is the PM.

    GH Thursday, 01 March 2018 05:13 PM

    Law and/or order, herein after, will never prevail in sri lanka.

    sha Thursday, 01 March 2018 08:38 PM

    Very good move go on.. I'm pretty sure both Sirisena and Ranil have to go home before long. Sure SF would be another Siyaulhuk was in Pakistan. But, no one can't control next time Gota will the President.

    Freddy Yong Thursday, 01 March 2018 09:31 PM

    The fortnight started on the day of the reshuffle. The time is almost up, so where is the Field Marshal. ??

    Fedi Friday, 02 March 2018 09:50 AM

    This will not happen. This is a planed drama !


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