Is President still have a confidence on the PM?
Posted on January 17th, 2018

CaFFE Press Statement –

If President Maithripala Sirisena still trusts Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, he has not read the report submitted by Presidential Commission of Inquiry on the controversial Treasury bond transactions, said Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon, Executive Director of the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE).

Moreover the Prime Minister has shown that he relies, not on impartial inquiry and independent investigations when making decisions on important matters but on verbal assurances given to him by his associates.

Tennakoon said that the report of the PCoI states that ‘the question of whether or not the fact that, Mr. Mahendran was not a citizen of Sri Lanka precluded him from being appointed the governor of the CBSL was not a Question of Law. Instead, it was a value judgment, which had to be made by those who considered the wisdom of appointing Mr. Mahendran, who was not a citizen of Sri Lanka, as the Governor of CBSL.

“So it is obvious that the Prime Minister made an erroneous value judgment. He made this decision despite the fact that a number of the most senior cabinet ministers had objected to the appointment. The cabinet Spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne continuously states that he opposed the decision until the Prime Minister requested him to trust his judgment and not to intervene in his decisions. The erroneous value judgment of the Prime Minister has cost the nation over Rs 11 billion,” Tennakoon said.

The  CaFFE Executive director added that when the Prime Minister was aware that, Arjuna Mahendran had a conflict of interest, when he was appointed the governor of the CBSL, as his son in law Arjuna Aloysius was in charge of Perpetual Treasuries.

The report states that the Prime Minister ‘has directed that Mr. Mahendran must ensure that, Mr. Arjuna Aloysius resigns form all positions he held in Perpetual Treasuries…Mr. Mahendran has repeatedly assured the Hon. Prime Minister that, Mr. Aloysius ‘would not under any circumstances play any role in the business activities of ‘Perpetual Treasuries. It appears that the Hon. Prime Minister has relied on those assurances given by Mr. Mahendran.’

Tennakoon states that the report adds that the confidence which the Prime Minister has placed on Mahendran was misplaced. The commission states the prudent course of action would have been to independently verify whether ‘Mr. Mahendran was honoring the assurances he gave the Prime Minister. We regret that the Hon. Prime Minister did not take this course of action.’

“Is this the kind of person we can continue to have as the Prime Minister of the country? The report shows that he was not only mislead by Mahendran but also by a number of other officials. This is a man who has made a series of terrible mistakes. Anyone can make mistakes, but these are mistakes that could have been easily avoided because a lot of people were trying to show the Prime Minister what actually transpired. But alas, Wickremesinghe continues to be stubborn as ever and it’s up to the President to decide whether he can entrust the management of this country t such a man,” Tennakoon said.

Media Division/CaFFE

2018 January 17th

4 Responses to “Is President still have a confidence on the PM?”

  1. Sarath W Says:

    Of course the president do not have confidence in the PM. But he is really scared of him. That is the sad truth. Ranil can destroy My3 if he goes against him by exposing the dirty deal My3 with Ranil, Chandrika and Mangala on behalf of Raw, Tamil Diaspora and other Western agencies. My3 is a dead man walking.

  2. NAK Says:

    Ranil Wikremasinghe caused losses much greater than 11 Bn. to the nation. If some one can put all the losses caused by this idiot would run to nearly a trillion if not more. Losses incurred due to his bloated ego in shunning all the development projects started by the Rajapakse government and his fake China phobia,he must be made to pay.

  3. jay-ran Says:

    how can Sira not trust B’land Ranil W., as HE IS SIRA’s SAVIOUR TO WIN THE YAHAPALANA(YAKAGEPALANAYA) PRESIDETIAL ELECTION ??????????

  4. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    I don’t have any confidence, only fear. He is the Batalande Wadakaya and the PM (pathala man) folks if you don’t remember. I dance to his tune. Hope the UNPatriotic party gets rid of the murderous alugosuwa (to Sinhalese only)
    before the election wipes out this anti Sinhalese, anti Buddist anti Sri Lanka murderous thieves from Sri Lankan
    politics.

    UNPatriotic kaaraya
    Siri Laka hooran kanna suuraya
    UNPatrioitc kaaraya
    Sihalun maranna veeraya

    UNPatriotic kaaraya
    Banku kadanna maaraya
    UNPatriotic kaaraya
    Yana yana paare
    pathire gandaskaare
    Pathire gandaskaare
    UNPatriotic kaaraya

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