Will leave after punishing corrupt politicians: President

2018-01-19 10:22:00

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said he would leave the presidency after giving appropriate punishments to corrupt politicians.

“Some people ask as to when I will resign from the office of President. I will leave the presidency after giving appropriate punishments to corrupt politicians,” the President said addressing a public rally held in Kosgama.

President Sirisena emphasized that he is ready to walk down in the streets with the people to commence a journey against the fraud and corruption.

“After the local government elections held on February 10, a national movement against the corruption will be established joining hands with all the politicians who love the motherland irrespective of their political differences,” he said.

He extended an invitation to all citizens who love the motherland to join him in this initiative.
Addressing the gathering, the President further said that by no means the work that has to be done for the betterment of the country and the nation, could be neglected.

Recalling the request made by former leaders to the people of this country, to rectify the mistake happened on January 08, 2015, the President questioned whether they are asked to re-create an era where disappearances, killings, murders of journalists and setting fire to media institutions occur.

  Comments - 51

  • Lion Friday, 19 January 2018 11:36

    My dear president be truthful please let us know how you could fulfill this pledge keeping people like Dilan,one time judge Anura, Susila ,SB, to name a few.Further we were scared when you gave party organizer posts to the man who forced a teacher to plead for clemency kneeling in front of him.Then pistol carrying mayor of hambanthota.Sir your words have no value at all.

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    GC Friday, 19 January 2018 16:28

    You are correct. The words sound hollow. Besides why does he need to start a new "journey against the fraud and corruption" when it should have started with Yahapalanaya. If he cannot bring the corrupt to justice within this term, will he want to continue for, say, 2, 3, 4, … terms until it done?

    Reply : 2       42

    PC Friday, 19 January 2018 11:37

    Wonder what you did during the last 3 years? All this shouting is because of the issue with the UNP. Swing the sword starting from those that were defeated in 2015!

    Reply : 7       105

    Scooby Doo Friday, 19 January 2018 12:08

    Hey friend,No need to wonder its clear from his face that he enjoyed eating fruits and nuts. His face looks fair than before not his works.

    Reply : 9       50

    Reader Friday, 19 January 2018 11:39

    But sir, nearly 3 years gone with no results. People voted expecting quick results but disappointed.

    Reply : 2       103

    Ilham Iqbal Friday, 19 January 2018 11:40

    So he is never going to leave :-D

    Reply : 3       104

    Graham Friday, 19 January 2018 11:53

    Ye he won’t leave until we the voters kick him out....he’s a dramatist

    Reply : 4       84

    Voter Friday, 19 January 2018 11:43

    Meaning that you want to be President for more than a decade? because such action will take long time at he rate things are happening.

    Reply : 2       63

    Amaris Friday, 19 January 2018 11:44


    Reply : 2       55

    Premalal Friday, 19 January 2018 11:46

    You or anyone who gets elected to public office does not have luxury of choosing the time of departure. The smart thing to do is to accomplish what you set out to do in the time you promised to accomplish them and hope that the people would re elect you. But then, you don't seem to be smart.

    Reply : 1       59

    Scooby Doo Friday, 19 January 2018 11:54

    You don't have to resign people will send you out! Shame!

    Reply : 2       71

    Asoka Friday, 19 January 2018 12:16

    Hitang da...?

    Reply : 2       39

    Jemes Friday, 19 January 2018 12:19

    You can start by Chopping your own neck for surrounding your self with thieves and crooks.

    Reply : 1       48

    max Friday, 19 January 2018 12:24

    Mr. President, when we consider the boot lickers surrounding you, we have a serious doubt with your words. Do you want to us to believe rouges are there only in the JO camp and the UNP? If so, your mistaken!

    Reply : 0       46

    Senewi Friday, 19 January 2018 12:25

    That means you don't like to leave.

    Reply : 2       50

    Rosh Friday, 19 January 2018 12:30

    In 18 months, you will be OUT and time is running out.

    Reply : 2       53

    හංසයෙක් Friday, 19 January 2018 12:46

    ඒ ගොල්ලන් දාන්න අවීචි මහා නරකාදිය හදන්න තව කොච්චර කල් ඕනෙද සෑර්!!!!!!

    Reply : 3       27

    Lion Friday, 19 January 2018 16:07

    Beautiful comment

    Reply : 1       17

    Patriot Friday, 19 January 2018 12:49

    Election gimmick. Your promise will not hold long soon elections are over.

    Reply : 0       37

    Abu Friday, 19 January 2018 12:51

    anyway this is your last term, you did not punish who did bad in previous regime, you didn't close airport. you did not catch thieves,

    Reply : 1       33

    S B Lokuge Saturday, 20 January 2018 11:34

    You only protect thieves

    Reply : 0       1

    Ceylon Friday, 19 January 2018 12:52

    This liar is talking like a drunk man.he dont know whats he talking.he protect killers,national theives and never recover trillions of stolen money.

    Reply : 2       35

    Raj Friday, 19 January 2018 12:54

    Walk the talk within 23 months and we will think about giving a second chance!

    Reply : 2       23

    හංසයෙක් Friday, 19 January 2018 12:59

    අවීචි මහා නරකාදිය හදන්න තව කොච්චර කල් ඕනිද සෑර්!!!!

    Reply : 1       13

    Unchikun Friday, 19 January 2018 13:10

    Oh! A president for life. Please catch the one caught red handed and put him in jail.

    Reply : 0       21

    Ceylon Friday, 19 January 2018 14:24


    Reply : 0       21

    Dish Friday, 19 January 2018 14:46

    Sir, as per your saying, If you could punish corrupted politicians and other thieves during last 3 years, you would have being retired by now. You had 3 years and did nothing. Voters who voted you in 2015 will set you retired at next presidential election in 2020. Stop your dramas. We are not that dumb. Extremely disappointed of our politicians. There will no country for us by the day realize how much valuable this country is.

    Reply : 0       22

    Tax Payer Friday, 19 January 2018 14:49

    So,in theory, the prez can stay on forever as he is unlikely to punish any corrupt politicians?

    Reply : 0       18

    lanka Friday, 19 January 2018 15:03

    MS you and your blunt sword! It's your greed for foreign trips, opening various projects started by others that keeps you going! Where did your brother get the funds to build the hotel at N'Eliya? Ordinary farmers from Polonaruwa!

    Reply : 0       22

    David Friday, 19 January 2018 15:05

    Dear PresidentIt is very correct that our country is full of political looters. You may be able to punish them all if really wish to do so. One thing for sure you will never be able to see them all buried through a slit in the earth and carried them down to the Hell (Niraya) because, there does no exist a such a phenomenon in reality. Please do not be mislead by such mythical beliefs as a devout Buddhist. It simply doesn't exist. Best not to drag the Buddha Dhamma in to politics.Mythical beliefs shouldn't be spread which amounts to misleading our younger generation.

    Reply : 0       11

    nad Friday, 19 January 2018 15:15

    NO punishing..*** NO leaving ***

    Reply : 3       15

    Rohan Friday, 19 January 2018 15:19

    Drama King making hollow statements again.

    Reply : 1       22

    kumar shanthi Friday, 19 January 2018 15:53

    this man is a real bullshit.He is talking through his arse. For 2 years was he sleeping with all these corrupt politicians. This man will go down in history as the the worst, weakest

    Reply : 3       30

    dulan Friday, 19 January 2018 16:24

    Every morning who dreams up these funny things for you to say to some villagers?

    Reply : 3       18

    InvictuSriLankan Friday, 19 January 2018 16:37

    So...that means Never!

    Reply : 2       12

    udaya Friday, 19 January 2018 16:56

    Mr. President, do you think Sri Lankans are fools? Yes they did a huge mistake on Jan 8. You cannot fool them anymore. So stop this nonsense.

    Reply : 2       16

    Srilankan Friday, 19 January 2018 17:16

    After three years in power, as far as I know, only one casehad been completed I.e. the SIL Redi case!But the. convicts have not spent one day yet in. jail !

    Reply : 0       11

    Kesara Friday, 19 January 2018 17:34

    Yes ,you can be the great son of Lanka if you pick a team of clean efficient judicial officers and police Personnel. Good luck start the job.

    Reply : 1       10

    Senewi Friday, 19 January 2018 17:48

    It is called suicide if the people who are going to punish others also corrupted.

    Reply : 0       12

    Lanki Friday, 19 January 2018 17:55

    Words mean nothing it should be shown in action.

    Reply : 0       14

    Sandil Friday, 19 January 2018 18:08

    That means you're going to stay as president forever.:-/:-/

    Reply : 1       12

    AZOOR, JENO Friday, 19 January 2018 18:23


    Reply : 2       10

    Sincere Friday, 19 January 2018 19:20

    How long it will take sir? For the last 3 years, we did not see you fulfilling that promise? When are you going to do that? Please do not expect my vote next time by repeating the same story!

    Reply : 1       8

    Kanthi Friday, 19 January 2018 19:24

    හැමදාම සද්දෙයි දුමයි විතරයි නේ සෑර්,කෝ වැඩ? අපට වැඩ ඕනේ නැහැ,ඔබතුමා වටේ ඉන්න සුසිල් ප්රෙමජයන්තය,දිලාන්,sb වගේ රජ හොර තක්කඩි ටිකට දඬුවම් දෙනවනම්. ඔබතුමාත් රාජපක්ස වගේමයි.හොරු ළඟ තියාගෙන අන්න හොරු අල්ලපියවූ කියනවා.

    Reply : 1       7

    citizen Friday, 19 January 2018 20:15

    Without any fraud and corruption, struggling to produce doctors for nation, you did injustice abolishing SAITM. Now correct your mistake and attach victimized SAITM to Moratuwa uni with Kalutara hospital till enrolled students complete their course

    Reply : 1       7

    Mohamed Ameer Friday, 19 January 2018 20:26

    Dear President I am sorry to you. Please don't try to hoodwink our voters. Now all out citizens of this country knows well about your future plan.Last 3 years you play DRAMA. We are going to give opportunity to JVP start from now on. We give them a chance. This LG election you can see how much JVP will win . People no talk . They will show you lesson in this election. Budu sarana! Shame to you

    Reply : 2       6

    TONY Saturday, 20 January 2018 09:34


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    Haramanis Saturday, 20 January 2018 10:31

    Dear Mr President. As a citizen who loves his motherland, I will take up your offer to join you in eliminating corrupt and rogue politicians by helping you get a start on identifying them - since you appear to have some difficulty in this regard. So here goes with 4 for a start:No 1 - Ravi KarunanayakeNo 2 - Rajitha SenaratneNo 3 - S. B. DissanayakeNo 4. - John Ameratunga

    Reply : 0       1

    Nihal Saturday, 20 January 2018 17:32

    Maru Sira!

    Reply : 0       1

    Chandana Saturday, 20 January 2018 18:58

    Good excuse to extend the term. So president will be motivated to keep corrupt politicians without punishing them, to extend his term!

    Reply : 0       1

    Sim Saturday, 20 January 2018 19:28

    Mr. President you appointed the members who were rejected by the masses because of corruption. Time you start from them. You don’t have control of your own party so what can we expect from you.

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