Transparency International Sri Lanka has noted with concern the recent media allegations published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) against President Maithripala Sirisenaagainst President Maithripala Sirisena.
The allegations connect Snowy Mountain Engineering Company (SMEC), an engineering company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia with alleged requests for “political donations” connected to President Maithripala Sirisena dating from 2009 (prior to assuming the Presidency).
Transparency International said the commitment to strengthen anti-corruption efforts underpins President Sirisena’s yahapalanaya (good governance) mandate.
Furthermore, given the need for responsibility to be taken for the actions of those working under his control, Transparency International Sri Lanka requested President Sirisena to urgently provide a detailed response to the allegations put forward.
President Maithripala Sirisena had yesterday instructed the Attorney General to look into the allegations raised against him by the Australian media.
The President rejected any involvement in the incident which is said to have taken place when he was the Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Services.
President Sirisena emphasizes that during his political career, he had never indulged in any form of corruption or malpractice or encouraged such activity. (Colombo Gazette)