PM appears before Presidential Commission of Inquiry

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCOI) at the BMICH today.

The Prime Minister had been summoned to record evidence over allegations of irregularities said to have been committed over a building obtained on rent for the Agricultural Ministry.

“I provided evidence at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCOI) investigating fraud and corruption this morning. This is the second independent commission that I have appeared before in my official capacity as Prime Minister. We will continue to ensure accountability,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

The PCOI had summoned the Prime Minister to appear on September 12 but he had informed the PCOI that he is unable to appear on that date.

As a result the PCOI had asked him to appear today.

The Government has been accused of corruption when purchasing a new building for the Agriculture Ministry.

The Agriculture Ministry had vacated the Battaramulla building in 2015 after the Prime Minister had put forward a cabinet proposal to use the building for the activities of 17 Parliamentary Sectoral Oversight Committees.

As a result the Ministry later purchased a new building by paying a monthly rent of Rs 21.5 million.

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