Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that despite empowering the Police with the tools they need to successfully investigate complex crimes, murderers and fraudsters remain at large.
In a media statement today, the Media and Finance Minister said that the public have indicated the Government has not done enough.
“On the 8th of January 2015, fifty one percent of Sri Lankans voted for the vision put forth to them by our unity candidate Maithripala Sirisena: that the time for dictatorship in our country was over, and that those committed to re-establishing democracy in Sri Lanka must unite to ensure that government serves all of the people, and not a single family and their loyal disciples. On that day, the United National Party, several stalwarts of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the People’s Liberation Front, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, the Tamil National Alliance, the Democratic People’s Front, and all together over 30 political and civic bodies came together to prove that Sri Lankans shared their vision of a Sri Lanka that was ruled by law and not through fear,” he said.
The Minister said that the Government had promised to amend the constitution to restore independence to the public service, abolish the executive presidency, and enshrine the rights of all Sri Lankans into the legal bedrock of the legal system. He said the Government also promised to bring those who robbed the coffers of the treasury to justice, promised to hold accountable those who quenched their thirst for power with the blood of brave journalists and peaceful protestors and most of all, the Government promised the public a Government that would be free of the rampant corruption.
“Today, the people told us that we have not done enough. Despite the sincerest of efforts to inject haste and independence into a dilapidated justice system over the last three years and empower the police with the tools they need to successfully investigate complex crimes, murderers and fraudsters remain at large. Despite our government being the first in the nation’s history to insist that ministers must resign from the cabinet at the first sign of wrongdoing, and indeed the first to investigate allegations of corruption within its ranks with such vigour, justice is yet to be served,” he said.
Samaraweera said the message from the people has sunk deep into the UNP, and the UNP is committed to taking drastic measures to fulfil the promises made three years ago and maintain the public trust. (Colombo Gazette)