Speaking at an event in Veyangoda, the former president, said that there should be a philosophy for the rulers to develop the country, a clear programme and leaders who have the backbone to implement it.
Sources close to her told Colombo Telegraph that she was referring to Maithripala Sirisena.
These comments come in the wake of a SLFP Central Committee meeting where Kumaratunga came in for a lot of flak. Kumaratunga expressed opposition to a proposal for the party to form an alliance with the Joint Opposition (JO) to contest the forthcoming local government elections, asking how the party could work with rogues. The question was then posed to her whether there were no rogues during her tenure as President.
Kumaratunga was instrumental in persuading Sirisena to contest the 2015 presidential election as the ‘common candidate’ and at the time claimed that Sirisena was the only person in the Mahinda Rajapaksa cabinet who was not corrupt. Kumaratunga did not reiterate this claim when Sirisena gave cabinet portfolios to several ministers of the Rajapaksa cabinet and neither did she raise objection.