President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who visited several districts where provincial elections are to be held, hit out strongly at local council politicians and officials, accusing them of blundering or bluffing. He referred especially to the scandal of laying foundations stones with big ceremonies, but doing little or nothing after that and provoking demonstrations by the people. The President said he was banning the laying of foundation stones and ordered that development projects should be first completed before foundation stones could be laid by politicians or officials. The President raised several questions regarding projects and plans, and lashed out at officials and politicians when they gave evasive answers.
As for the notorious foundation stones, UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa also is making some serious allegations. He claimed that Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa was colour washing or renovating housing schemes built by former President Ranasinghe Premadasa and replacing the foundation stones to claim they were built by Mr. Weerawansa. If Sajith Premadasa’s allegations are correct, then Minister Weerawansa is guilty of foundation fraud, and the President needs to reprimand him also – if he dares to. It was inspiring to hear the President warning local council politicians and officials that he would deal with them sternly if he came again and found them still bluffing or being involved in corruption, deception or mismanagement. We hope the President will also take a strong stand at Central Government level where many if not most ministers and top officials are alleged to be involved in corruption, bluff, blunder and the plunder of public wealth and resources. They continue to indulge in luxury or vulgarly-extravagant lifestyles with fleets of expensive vehicles, bungalows, other perks and privileges worth millions, while millions of people are struggling to find two square meals a day, and farmers are in mud holes with little or no drinking water and thousands of acres of their paddy or other crops have been destroyed by the drought. Just as the President got tough with local council politicians and officials, the people would also like to see him taking stern action against VIPs for the scandalous mess in the vital education sector and the blazing corruption in the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation. But to pacify the people and ease pressure, the CPC Board of Directors was asked to resign. Some heads merely rolled, but what about accountability? Who will repay the tens of millions of dollars in public funds lost in the fuel import frauds with a blacklisted company insisting it will continue supplies of sub-standard or any standard fuel.
Then what about the bluff and blunders by the highest officials in the Central Bank and the Treasury? High growth figures and per capita incomes are being manufactured and headlined in the state media while most economic analysts believe that Sri Lanka is surviving on heavy borrowings at commercial interest rates and borrowed time.
Good editorial. It has clearly pointed out the real picture of the government. We are like to read many more like this Mr. Editor.(Before advising the local government politicians the President has to keep his house in order) Kakuluwa adeta yanawa wagey.
Justin Keppetiyagama Friday, 31 August 2012 06:44 AM
Both President's and Sajith Premadasa's talk are only rhetoric.Local Council politicians, although have been elected by the people they have been chosen to contest with the full blessing of the President. Chief Minister is invariably a President's man. I don't think that these foundation stones would have been laid without the knowledge of the Central Government Authorities. If Chief Ministers tried to do the correct things they would have faced the same fate that Thilak Karunarathna had to face. These blunderings and bluffings are not new things or things done in secret. They were continuing processes.
Sajith Premadasa is trying to market his father because there is nothing else markatable for him. He is doing only infighting without making any national strugles against the problems country is facing. President Premadas built these housing schemed about 2 decades ago. Renovating and colour washing them is not a crime or a naional Problem.
Manik Saturday, 01 September 2012 03:09 AM
Color washing what President Premadasa build is not a problem but removing the plaque bearing his name and Booruwansa erecting another plaque bearing his name is downright disgusting. This fellow is not fit even to polish President Premadas's shoes. In fact most of today's politicians are that.
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