23 September, 2020

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Don’t Let MR & RW Insult Your Intelligence

By Nagananda Kodituwakku

Nagananda Kodituwakku

Nagananda Kodituwakku

Why Mahinda Rajapaksa is deserved to be dumped again

MR destroyed people’s watchdogs to rob the wealth of the nation.

In 2001, a Constitutional Council (with five members appointed on the nominations of both the Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition) was setup by CBK’s 17th Amendment to ensure the independence of the watchdogs (Judiciary, Auditor General, Attorney General, Election Commission, Human Rights Commission, Corruption Commission, Finance Commission and The Delimitation Commission etc). These institutions were set up to ensure sovereign rights of the people transferred to the Executive and Legislature on a social contract, are duly exercised by them according to the Rule of Law.

In 2005, for the first time, Rajapaksa sought a mandate to become the Executive President. And he promised to abolish the Executive Presidency in the event elected to the office. But after he was elected to office what he did was completely the opposite. He established a firm grip of all the watchdogs with the replacement of the Constitutional Council with Parliamentary Council where all the members were MPs for the namesake. He simply became tyrant with all appointments to the watchdogs (including the judges to the Superior Courts) appointed, purely according to his whims and fancies.

Ranil Mahinda-2In 2009, when MR signed the proclamation calling for nomination for Presidential Election (Rajapaksa’s second term), proving that he was a man with no credibility or integrity. He declared in his manifesto (2010) that “ he would only be a temporary trustee and not an owner of children’s heritage” and he promised “the motherland a Brighter Future”. He went on to state “I will appoint an independent board comprising of independent and politically unbiased intellectuals under a new constitutional amendment, to eliminate all forms of corruption, fraud and malpractices”. (pg 37 of his manifesto filled with utter falsehood) “I will address this social decline and establish high values and ethics by eliminating fraud, corruption and malpractices, which have engulfed our society for a long time, and will take whatever measures necessary to eradicate criminal activities”. “During the last four years I have ensured transparency in all financial transactions of the state and enforced many regulations to maintain transparency”.

To create a society with good values and ethics, the ‘Mathata thitha’ program, the curtailment of the underworld, the addressing of child abuse, rape and violence against women, were some of the main actions we implemented. The progress we achieved so far has been laudable, but I am fully aware that more needs to be done to achieve our goals”. ‘The Executive Presidency will be converted into a Trusteeship which honours the mandate given to Parliament by being accountable to parliament, establishes equality before the law, is accountable to the judiciary and enacts laws that are accountable to the judiciary, and is not in conflict with the judiciary’ (pg 56).

After re-election MR proved that he was simply a cheat

The Judiciary became a principal casualty with the Chief Justice forced out and installed with a henchman, Mohan Pieris, by unlawful means. Mohan Pieris enjoyed the full blessing of the President and made the judiciary a mockery, completely losing the trust and confidence of the people.

The removal of the Constitutional Council, Rajapaksa enjoyed all power and appointed his men as judges to the Superior Court System. He was no longer barred from making appointments, without the approval of an independent body (Constitutional Council).

The one who promised an administration free from corruption, encourage his cronies to abuse public funds at will.  The Office of the Auditor General (the people’s watchdog to examine any matter relating to public finance) became another victim, after  Rajapaksa become the  authority. Financial abuses and mismanagement in all state institutions including the President’s Office reached an unimaginable scale.

The Ministers, MPs and his handpicked staff were given all perks and privileges in unimaginable scale not permitted by law, which included condoning of illegal ethanol imports and other luxuries, denying billions of public funds, and the abuse of government tender awarding process was rampant. All the abuses of public funds committed by these men were immune from any law enforcement action as Rajapakse openly encouraged these serious acts of wrongdoing by his men, which includes the serious criminal acts committed by the drug peddlers against the society.

Why Ranil Wickremesinghe is deserved to be condemned

After appointed Prime Minister RW administration simply betrayed the people’s trust

On 08th January 2015, shameless Rajapaksa who conned the people at his will and pleasure was dumped and RW was made the Prime Minister to deal with those who committed serious crimes with maximum punishment meted out to those who profited under the lawless regime of Rajapaksa.

What people expected were swift and decisive actions against those who are responsible for embezzlement of billions of public funds by unlawful means. However, this was never accomplished by the spineless Ranil Wickremesinghe administration, betraying the trust placed in it by the people.

Rule of law and good governance compromised for petty political gains

19th amendment, introduced by Wickremesinghe administration re-established the Constitutional Council, but riddled with inadequacies. Originally in the bill the composition of the Council was somewhat satisfactory, but it was completely compromised in order to get the consent of Rajapaksa controlled legislature. Citizens concerned with their democratic rights do not approve a single MP who exercises people’s legislative power in the Constitutional Council at all. This is what exactly Rajapaksa wanted and did in his 18th amendment. Whereas there should not be a single MP in the Constitutional Council, the making provision for composition of it with MPs appointed to control the Judiciary and other constitutional appointments created by law, has negated very purpose of constituting that Council.

People anticipated Wickremesinghe administration at least to rectify serious wrongs committed by Rajapaksa regime regarding judicial appointments. This monumental blunder should have been rectified with the removal of all Judges in the Superior Court System with inclusion of all of them in the Transitional Provision (section 54 of the 18 amendment bill), and reconstitution of the composition of the superior court system with judges appointed by the Constitutional Council purely on merits and to be consist of people of moral integrity, character and knowledge, sans all sorts of political and other considerations. Sadly RW administration absolutely failed here as well.

It is common knowledge that without an absolutely independent appointing authority, due performance of the judges in the superior court system (watchdogs to keep all government business is done according to the rule of law), the Auditor General (the office of the watchdog for due management of public finance), the office of the Attorney General (the office that required to uphold the rule of law at all times and not simply to act on the command of the Prime Minister or the President), can be achieved or realised. Yet, what Wickremesinghe administration has achieved under the 19th amendment is appalling and definitely falls short of the realisation of the desire of the people who made this decisive change possible.

Suppressing the people’s right to know about the Bonds Scam

Those who have common sense understand that the Central Bank and the Exchange Control Department comes under the Ministry of Finance. However, when RW was appointed the Prime Minister strangely both these institutions were removed from the Ministry of Finance and retained by Wickremesinghe.

Ravi Karunanayake’s name was considered for Minister of Finance disregarding the fact that he was an accused indicted before the High Court by the Attorney General in a serious foreign exchange fraud. But Wickremesinghe straightaway offered Karunanayake the Finance Ministry, when the officers of the Exchange Control Department were giving evidence against Karunanayake. This is really a insult to the intelligence of the people this is the behaviour and conduct of Wickremesinge administration that promised to bring about good governance and restoring the Rule of Law. Abuse of the office of the Attorney General to withdraw the indictment issued on Karunanayake was a proven failure of Wickremesinghe administration, affirming the fact that it continues from where Rajapaksa stopped.

Commenting on this saga, even the President Maithripala Sirisena divulged the fact that he expected Wickremesinghe to remove the Governor Central Bank whose conduct in this bond scam is clearly questionable a blatant fraud, which had never happened earlier in this magnitude.

If there was nothing to hide there was no reason to use the Justice Ministry (not the office of the Attorney General) to get a court order, denying the very people, who made Wickremesinghe to set up a government under President Sirisena, to have access to the report.

In this background it is very unlikely that Wickremesinghe administration will introduce a vibrant and powerful law guaranteeing the right of the people to have access to information of dubious acts of Wickremesinghe administration.

Failure to deal with criminal elements as required by law

What people are witnessing today under RW’s administration is also no doubt horrible. Those who abused public office for embezzlement of public funds in billions of rupees and to committed various other criminal offences such as drug peddling and murder under MR administration, are not dealt with and even the ones arrested are given preferential treatment over other average prisoners. The kind of favoured treatment given to these criminal elements are such that they were permitted to stay in an ambulance parked in the Court premises, when such accused persons were summoned or produced before Court. The abuse of the system and the privileged treatment given to them was such that these anti-social elements were permitted to spend their entire period ordered to be remanded in the Nation Hospitals or in private hospitals, an act of which totally condemned by the people who brought this administration to office.

Rajapaksa-led Criminal elements were encouraged to regroup

If Wickremesinghe thinks that the people in this country can be fooled at all times it is a serious judgemental error in the Wickremesinghe administration. Surely people will not tolerate his impotent administration for letting the former President Rajapaksa and most of his cronies off the hook, who should have been behind bars by now and for permitting them to regroup, as if no wrong had been committed by them.

By any chance if MR get a foothold again in the governance by deceiving the gullible people only Wickremesinghe administration should take the full responsibility for its monumental failure to deal with criminal gangs in the previous administration appropriately.

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    After the election defeat Mahinda spent most of his time in Buddhist temples. If he is not greedy of power he should permanently reside in a temple as a Monk. He needs more time in temples to understand about true Buddhism rather than being a President or Prime Minister. He himself acknowledged that he was not a good leader in the past. He needs to proof people that he is not greedy of power, So, what he has to do is learn about true Buddhists preachings and Buddhists values and teach the people how to come out of ignorance, how to respect the people, how to come out from violence, the importance of jutice, importance of peace, importance of kindness etcc. Almost half of the Buddhists are in darkness and why don’t you spend time and your knowledge (if you have) for reform the people who voted you.

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    Nagananda Kodituwakku

    RE: Don’t Let MR & RW To Insult Your Intelligence

    People with Common sense have intelligence.

    People with less common sense have less intelligence.

    Those who who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa on Jan 8, were lied to, bribed, threatened and some did not want to use their intelligence.

    Whatever measure one goes by, Mahinda Rajapaksa is Ugly.

    It will be the beginning of the Dark ages of Lanka, and Sri Lanka will be the Next Greece.

    Beware of MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Amana MaRa Dhushana MaRa…

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    What this writer has exposed in his article is perfectly in order, but if both choices MR and RW are both unworthy candidates due to mismanagement of their roles, then what third option do the people have to elect into leadership. Hobson’s choice may be? I suggest, RW to be lesser of both evils, since he never got a real opportunity to prove himself as a leader for a full term. Although he did serve a full term as the country’s PM, he was never really in charge and was always a minion (figure head) under an overpowering President who had full Executive control. CBK too, under her term of Presidency pulled the carpet from under his feet when he was getting into grips with the country’s situation. But he bore no grudge nor took revenge against her. Whereas in the case of MR, he is already a known devil, and his legacy of imprisonment of his opposite number, poor decisions and faulty management, corruption to the core, nepotism and grandiose extravagance if far too much appalling for people to simply ignore, let alone put up with it for another term.

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    I absolutely agree. Both Ranil and Mara are like the two sides of a coin.
    Ranil is one gutless faggot who only cares about his opinion while Mara is a self serving sob. They have much in common!
    At my age and with my level of exposure I would choose JVP without a shadow of a doubt.
    Both SLFP and UNP have been stooges to colonial masters and have been the reason for our lack of progress in our great nation.
    If you look back objectively you will also see my point.
    JVP its time, its now or never!

    Lasith

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      What is your age and level of exposure ? That is the whole point.

      Did you experience 1971 and 1989 ? What about the time JVP did nothing and allowed the budget to be passed ? Has the JVP ever come up with a solution, they always condemn what ever is being done but a solution ?

      No one who has thought about these things would ever vote for JVP.

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    (Why) “Ranil Wickremesinghe is deserved to be condemned”

    “After re-election MR proved that he was simply a cheat”

    Don’t worry about Ranil Mahata too much. Even if he wins the election, the New King who purposefully allowed Old King to contest in the election will not appoint him as the PM. It will be only Old King, whether he wins or lose!

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    Nagananda Kodituwakku –
    Try to get this thoughtful comment on Sinhala TV. Apparently the Audience you are addressing do not read Sinhala Newspapers now. They prefer Sinhala TV!

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    This is the sentiment shared by many though Mr.Wickramasinghe in his arrogance fails to understand.He will surely come to know when the election results are declared.

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    I wonder why you have ignored the fact that Ranil operates a MINORITY government and his attempts at good governance could have been thwarted by the majority.

    In NORMAL circumstances this parliament should have been dissolved ages ago. However due to the delay in dissolution for various reasons we have a handicapped government – a government that CANNOT prosecute criminal elements in parliament as the support of these individuals is needed for various political purposes.

    What is Ranil supposed to do? What would YOU do in that position?

    Remember, unlike in law, there is no just and unjust – politics is a game in which the individual who speaks fairest wins! This is REGARDLESS of the character or qualifications of that individual. Perhaps you believe that democracy yields the best types of governments. How can it when democracy is simply the will of the MAJORITY? If the Sri Lankan minorities were a little less in number then the Sinhalese majority would ensure that the minorities have no rights at all. It would be wrong but hell it would still be democratic!

    The law can only operate if a structure is in place to protect its function. It could be that illegal methods may be necessary to PUT INTO PLACE that structure. I would suggest you trust Ranil. It is he who has brought us this far.

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      Thanks for your comment Rizwan . I do agree with you and majority of SrLankans as well. At this juncture one and only person who can take SriLanka out of this mess is Ranil. There’s no ther way out. Please do give him a chance. As far as the JVP is concern they have a long way to go. Rome was not built in a day. They will have their days in the future. But not right now. I hope and pray JVP will join with the UNF to defeat the Mahinda crowd.I’m very thankful to the writer for the accurate comments he made Against Mahinda . As Rizwan mentioned Ranil had no control over what happened in the government.

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    EXACTLY!!

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    First of all Ravi K was aquitted from the so called very serious foreign exchange scam. A small fact that this author seems to forget. It is an insult to the people to sling mud while being devious of the facts. On suppressing the peoples right to know about the bond scam. By this the author means to imply that the fake report prepared by UPFA MPs in the old parliament must have some very important information about the criminality of the CB governor. This is not a COPE report. It was not even tabled by the COPE subcommittee. It is a partisan lie written to create the impression that something fishy was going on. Not one person who keeps on repeating this crap like some parrot can inform the public on what exactly the governor did that is criminal. But they all profess to know that something criminal did occur. DEW G. can also write any old rubbish and claim it to be a COPE report and the supreme court has no business to issue a stay on publication. In other words the Judge of the supreme court who issued this order is also an idiot.

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    “Don’t Let MR & RW To Insult Your Intelligence” – Nagananda

    HOME AND HOME YAHAPALANA “MANAPA (PREFERENTIAL VOTE)” FRACAS BRING DISGRACE TO THE ENTIRE NATION BEFORE THE VERY EYES OF THE WORLD.

    What disgust most is not what MR did in the Country, BUT but what the Yahapalanaya supporters of Senasinghe and Marikkar factions fracas before the cameras and the eyes of the world during the 03rd One Day International Cricket Match between Sri Lanka & Pakistan for “Preferential (Manapa) Votes”.
    This incident brought disgrace to the entire Nation and Her people.

    So…. this are the True Colours of Yahapalanaya. Wonder whether such future actions could be included in the UNFGG manifesto.

    WHERE IS THE MEDIA ??
    WHERE IS THE PRIME MINISTER,POLITICIANS AND OTHER CANDIDATES OF THE “UNFGG” YAHAPALANAYA?
    WHAT IS THE DEAFENING SILENCE OF THIS DISGRACE BROUGHT TO THE ENTIRE NATION ?
    Has the Yahapalanaya Senasinghe brought another injunction in court to prevent this news being in public domain untill after the 17th ??

    HOME AND HOME YAHAPALANA “MANAPA (PREFERENTIAL VOTE)” FRACAS BRING DISGRACE TO THE ENTIRE NATION BEFORE THE VERY EYES OF THE WORLD.

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    Exactly.

    Swift and severe action against Rajapassa clan & cronies was the mandate given by people to RW. On 8th January. However, arrogant and corrupt UNP never understood it.

    RW & co has never felt the terrible desperation, urgency felt by the people of this tired country. Even if they felt it, they have almost nothing to show for it. After 6 months. Except window dressing to bamboozle the stupid Sri Lankan electorate.

    UNP has spent the last 6 months being typical Sri Lankan politicians. Being awful. Playing petty political games with people’s dreams for their country.

    Mark my words, RW & Co, including Sajith with his Maria Kade politics, will never take decisive action against former PMs or Presidents of this country or their families. It is an unwritten rule of our corrupt political system.

    Political elite in this impoverished nation is like an Old Boys’ Club. They take care of each other when in deep trouble. One can trace similar shady codes of conduct in Mafia networks too.

    May God bless our beautiful country and her resilient people.

    Cheers!

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    The PICTURE published with this article SPEAKS much, much more than what anyone could WRITE. From the “time” this PM, then Leader of the Opposition was “invited” to the Temple Trees in the early morning hours of 9th January 2015 and visited still the President, accompanied by Mr. Thiru Nadesan, (the Chairman of Hilton and the husband of Ms. Nirupama Rajapkase); while the President, still to be elected was “HIDING” in a coconut estate in Dodangaslanda; I knew this “Tightly Knitted” Bond and “Friendship” will one day be the “spring block” for this “COME BACK” of MR. The “Events” that followed from the day “Yahapalanaya” commenced to the day the Parliament was dissolved go to prove beyond any doubts how a President elected by the PEOPLE could be easily “marginalized” and two “BOSOM PALS” get together and look after their “own health” but bring misery to us.

    That is the SIMPLE and SHORT story of how these two PALS together look after their HEALTH, individually and jointly, and brought our country to a “Political Turmoil” and MISERY to us who line up the poling booths to give our YES to “BOTH” of them to continue and live happily thereafter. What else to say other than: LONG LIVE THE MONSTERS. What a PITY?

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      Now it is the peoples choice between two so-called “political” friends – let them decide, which is the Democratic right given us.
      Some lines from Lawyer Koddituwakku –
      “Displaying true colours, the monster destroyed all norms of good governance
      With his re-election to office, RajapaksaSTART showing the true colours of the great Machiavellian politician, blatantly violating the Rule of Law, good governance and all norms of government simply to benefit himself and his cronies.
      • The Judiciary became a principal casualty with the Chief Justice forced out andINSTALLED with a henchman, Mohan Peiris, by unlawful means. Mohan Peiris enjoyed the full blessing of the President and made the judiciary a mockery, completely losing the trust and confidence of the people.
      • With the removal of the Constitutional Council, Rajapaksa enjoyed all power and appointed his men as judges to the Superior Court System, purely according to his whims and fancies. He was no longer barred from making appointments without the approval of an independent body (Constitutional Council), rather, called on theVIEWS of the so-called Parliamentary Council which only consisting of members of parliament who were under his firm grip.
      • The one who promised anADMINISTRATION free from corruption, did completely the opposite. The Office of the Auditor General (the people’s watchdog to examine any matter relating to publicFINANCE ) also became a victim, with Rajapaksa becoming the sole appointing authority to the office. Financial abuses and mismanagement in all state institutions including the President’s Office reached an unimaginable scale.
      • Ministers, MPs and his handpicked staff were given all perks and privileges not permitted by law, which included issuance of permits to import ethanol and other luxuries, absolutely free from fiscal levies. All the abuses of public funds committed by these men were immune from the law and President Rajapaksa openly condoned the serious acts of wrongdoing by his men which includes the serious criminal acts committed by the drug peddlers against the society.”

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        “Now it is the peoples choice between two so-called “political” friends “

        You mean the chice is between the known devil and the unknown angel or between two known foolproof devils?

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    Naga, I agree with your analysis. Ranil is responsible for Mahinda’s re-emergence as a hero. He got a wonderful opportunity to rally the masses against Mahinda and his cohorts after January 8, but he squandered that opportunity by committing blunder after blunder. Even Maithri must have found him to be a disconcerting partner. His conduct pertaining to the Treasury bond scam is unpardonable. Why did he want to bring the CB under his purview? Why did he bring AM to park him at the CB as the governor? Were there no qualified economists available locally to hold that position? Why does he continue to hold a brief for AM after the expose? Why didn’t he listen to President Sirisena’s advice? It is obvious that this arrogant person will never mend his ways nor will he ever be able to win the hearts and minds of even his party supporters let alone of the masses. If Mahinda wins the coming election by any chance, Ranil should take the blame for it.If the UNF wins a majority of seats, let us pray that the President will invite some popular leader of the UNF other than Ranil to form the next government!

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    What is independent. Look at the mess we are in having a woman who canvassed against Sri Lanka in the international forum holding a position at the constitutional council. Even otherwise when these officials are appointed to these councils how can we assure that they are independent. They can be easily bribed. They can be assured of safe citizenship in an affluent country. They can go to Singapore and meet their real masters. What is independent about such bunch of people. It is better such councils are at the preview of the government.

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    How can RW deal with the criminals of the previous govt. when he has brought in his own criminals and fraudsters into parliament, and his friends to take up important posts, like Mahendran running the CB bank with the blessings of his “uncle” RW. After the war Sri lanka looked like a third world country but MR made it a country for the people of Lanka to be proud of he defeated the Tamil tigers and brought peace to the nation. All these stories of MR taking billions have never been proven, it was all hearsay….besides what billions are there to be taken from a country with little natural resources, except for coconut husks and some tea, of the 2 devils RW and MR) I would choose MR after all he only lost once but Ranil lost 29 times, he should be in the guiness (sic) book of records as the politician who lost the most times. I have no faith in him ruling the country.

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    I think RW and MR had an understanding: I scratch your back and you scratch mine. It was same before and after presidential election. We can see the shape of things to come even if RW wins. There will be no change, may be worse with the set of MPs and from national list and crooked advisers. Sri Lankans are very unfortunate not to get a proper leader. Perhaps Ven. Athurelie and Patali spoiled the chance of getting a good PM. The way I see it Maithree will always act as he did during the nomination period. I hope he develops some guts.

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    Both Ranil and Mahinda should be ignored by the voters as they are similar partners in progress There are a number of good candidates in the the other contesting parties who are known for their honesty, integrity and credibility , who will make a sincere effort to bring this country back to a civilised state and create a sensible and pragmatic socio-economic programme. We need a new paradigm shift from these two major parties as both are known for their tolerance for criminal oriented elements and dishonesty and fraudulent activities.The religious dignitaries and people of great stature who are above board , should get together and in one voice encourage the formation of a truly national government. This will be the last chance for us to get back to a civilised state as otherwise we will go head long towards our Armageddon and rot to our destruction. There should also be a withdrawal of unnecessary privileges which is not equitable in comparison to the rest of society and ends up in utter misuse. The recent political history and experiences have made the devil feel utterly embarrassed.

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