Drawing funds by ministry secretaries: UNP to question in the house

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UNF has handed over motions to the Secretary General of Parliament against Secretary to Prime Minister and secretaries of four ministries calling for a probe by Public Finance Committee in Parliament and by the Privileges Committee for allegedly continuing to draw funds of the republic by notwithstanding the resolutions passed in the House.

UNF MP Patali Champika Ranawaka who announced their decision to media yesterday said motions have been handed over against Secretary to what he called purported Prime Minister Sirisena Amarasekera, Secretary Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs S. R. Artigalle, Secretary to Ministry of Commerce Bernard Wasantha Perera, Secretary Ministry of International Trade and Investment S. T. Kodikara and Secretary Ministry of Housing S. Marasinghe.

The motions said: "The secretaries notwithstanding the resolution of this House dated November 30, 2018 and in blatant defiance thereof is continuing to draw on the funds of the republic to defray expenses of Prime Minister and the other ministers." The five separate motions carried the same wordings. Each motion has been signed by Mr. Ranawaka, Lakshman Kiriella, Ravi Karunanayake, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and Arjuna Ranatunga.

“We decided to go ahead with these motions as a further steps against the continuance of the purported government despite the passing of no confidence motions and the interim order issued against the Prime Minister and the cabinet by the Court of Appeal,” Mr. Ranawaka said.(Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 5

  • Lasith Monday, 10 December 2018 09:37 AM

    Rule of Law must be prevailed irrespective of the situation.

    Sugath Monday, 10 December 2018 09:47 AM

    Once the SC delivers its verdict the UNP will be forced to conduct elections. It cannot hide under pretexts anymore.

    Jaliya Monday, 10 December 2018 09:50 AM

    Glad to see they still have high-hopes of getting back and continuing the traditional parliamentary rituals of thieving themselves.

    Dee Monday, 10 December 2018 01:36 PM

    They tried? Did much damage in the few weeks they formed the so called 'government' and miserably failed!

    dickie bird Tuesday, 11 December 2018 09:53 PM

    Its a shame that an outsider like Patali ranawaka has become the voice of the UNP.Where are the die hard UNP'ers? It appears the UNP has disintegrated to levels never known before.Ranil has destroyed the true


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