UNP back to “Gimic Once again. Try to cover up Arjuna the public servant
Posted on October 26th, 2016

Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon Executive Director/CaFFE

A few days ago United National Party (UNP) members of Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) state minister Ajith P Perera stated that COPE must investigate Perpetual Treasuries Limited.

Attending the Cabinet Press Briefing today, State Minister of International TradeSujeewa Senasinghe said that United National Party (UNP) members of Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) posed a number of questions to Auditor General regarding its report on the controversial Treasury Bond scams.

Earlier this month Anti Corruption Front spoke of ‘gimmick politics of anti corruption’ and the above two instances are prime examples of this. COPE is an institution ‘established on 21.06.1979 to ensure the observance of financial discipline in Public Corporations and other Semi Governmental bodies in which the Government has a financial stake.’ Thus it has no mandate to examine private companies and it’s highly unlikely that Perera was not aware of this.

ACF believes that Perera’s attempt is to divert attention from Arjuna Mahendran and the members of the Monetary Board. If the state minister believes that  Perpetual Treasuries Limited must be investigated he can lodge a complaint with the FCID. Instead he is playing a gimmick on Facebook, other social media outlets and the media.

Senasinghe’s statement seems, on the surface, looks fair. Why shouldn’t the COPE members cross examine the Auditor General about any error or to clarify any doubts? But if one takes a look at how the Auditor General’s reports are produced, one wonders why the UNP members of Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) suddenly decide to scrutinize the Auditor General’s report.

Usually COPE uses information, observations and recommendations given by Auditor General, about a government institution, to question officials from the relevant institutions. According to the constitution COPE is responsible for the initial reporting of the accountability of all state owned enterprises to tax payers and the Auditor General is entrusted to carry out an independent audit of all state owned enterprises and submit the reports to COPE. Before submitting these reports the Auditor General shares his reports with the relevant institutions and obtains their views on his report. Thus these institutions have the ability to submit their objections before a report is presented to COPE, which calls upon relevant officials and raise issues directly with tem based on the Auditor General’s reports.

Since the Auditor General is appointed by the Constitutional council, based on his ability to carry out such audits and his professionalism and independence, Auditor General’s report has never been questioned by COPE members.

Media has reported that on 24 October COPE chairman Sunil Handunnetti walked out of the chamber in which they had met after witnessing United National Party (UNP) members of the COPE ‘threatening’ the Auditor General. There were also reports that they UNP members had continuously harassed the Auditor General in previous sessions, questioning his impartiality.
Given this context, it is obvious that the UNP is attempting to manipulate the COPE to clear former Central Bank Governor, Arjun Mahendran. The attempt of the UNP to block the Bribery Commission investigation on the bond scam cost Dilrukshi Dias Wickremasingeh her job. MPs have a social contract. They are there to safeguard the inalienable sovereignty of the people; the primary interests of the nation and its people; and fundamental rights of the people. ACF earlier had shown, for example, how the bond scam has adversely affect millions of EPF holders. Thus the scamhas violated the interests of the people and their fundamental rights and as MPs they should do whatever it takes to rectify the matter. The UNP members of COPE must keep this in mind,” Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon, Advisor of ACF said.

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October 26, 2016

Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon
Executive Director/CaFFE
Executive Director/CHR-Sri Lanka
100/19 A, Welikadawatta Road,
Rajagiriya,Sri Lanka.

3 Responses to “UNP back to “Gimic Once again. Try to cover up Arjuna the public servant”

  1. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    Rajith ! ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE PLAYING BLIND MAN BLUFF. ALL ARE STEALING, AND SOME ARE WELL PAID FOR THEIR INACTIVENESS IN NOT TAKING ACTION TO CHARGE THE CULPRITS. THERE WILL BE LOT OF TALK, THATS ALL EVERYBODY WILL GET AWAY WITHOUT PUNISHMENT. IF THE PRESIDENT HAS A SPINE AND A CLEAR CONSCIOUS, THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN OVER NOW. ONLY HIS RHETORIC AND BLUFF.

    NEVER EVER HAVE I SEEN SUCH ROGUES IN PARLIAMENT, AND IN GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS, AND PUBLIC LIFE. THERE WILL BE A VERY SPECIAL HELL FOR THEM AT SOMETIME.

  2. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    What do you expect from murderous, corrupt, Sri Lanka destroying, Sinhalese-killing, Buddhism-destroying
    UNPatriotic party? Now they are grooming terror groups in the north again. Of course, they then can sacrifice a lot
    of Buddhist lives to them like they did in the 30-year catholic tigers of tamil drealam war. You should call your
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  3. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Shameless Pathala Man pm traitor chief die hard catholic token Buddhist Batalande Wadakaya pol pot ponil
    wickramaSinhalakiller has no shame. He still has the audacity to point finger at others when his hands are
    soaked with Sinhalese blood, pockets full of billions stolen from CB and a ‘colourful CV’ with treachery against
    Sri Lanka, Sinhalese and Buddhism. What a shameless, shameless thug he is?

    But thanks to catholic run media
    in Sri Lanka which portraits him as MR CLEAN, he can still point the fingers at others. Think for a moment you pathala
    man. You and your catholic media can call you Mr Clean. But there are a lot of people in Sri Lanka know your true
    colours and call you Mr xxxt. You can’t fool people forever. Remember that. You will regret what you have done
    all your life. That’s destroying Sinhalese race, Sri Lanka and Buddhism. That’s your only contribution to Sri Lanka.
    You have no shame. So it’s easy for a man who tortured and killed his own people and still point the fingers at others.

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