13 August, 2020

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LfD Condemns Gota’s ‘Virtuous Society’ Task Force, Says It Has Super Powers Over PM, Cabinet & Public Servants

Lawyers for Democracy has condemned President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s task force to create a “virtuous” society saying it is an affront to the constitutionof Sri Lanka and democracy.

“The promulgation of a task force with wide powers which override Parliament, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Judiciary and the Public Service is an affront to the constitution and democracy,” the statement signed by Lal Wijenayake on behalf of LfD convenors noted.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Lawyers for Democracy raises concerns that the Task Force has been directed to report to President Rajapaksa all delays and defaults on part of the public officers in following the instructions of the Task Force. “The task force under these provisions will be vested with super powers to oversee the public service and other institutions, even the PM and the cabinet of ministers,” LfD said.

The Task Force tasked with building a lawful society was a serious admission of the failure of the existing institutions such as the legislature, judiciary and the executive to create a secure, disciplined, virtuous and lawful society, the LfD noted.

See full statement below

“Lawyers for Democracy” views with deep concern the appointment by the President a Task Force with wide powers composed of eleven personals from the tri forces and two senior police officers.  

It is said to be to build a secure country, disciplined, virtuous and lawful society.  Further it states that it is to take necessary steps to curb illegal activities, take necessary measures to prevent entry of drugs, to take legal action against antisocial persons conducting activates located in other countries, to investigate and prevent legal activities in and around prisons.

This is a serious admission of the failure of the existing institutions such as the legislature, judiciary and the executive to create a secure, disciplined, virtuous and lawful society.   

This is an indictment on the Prime Minister, the Cabinet of Ministers, the Public Service and the Judiciary.  This will amount in fact to a proclamation of loss of confidence in the institutions established under the constitution to administer the country.  

If any changes are necessary to the existing laws on the issues stated or the constitution it should have been by legislation passed in Parliament with a certificate of constitutionality of such amendments by the Supreme Court.  

The promulgation of a Task Force with wide powers which over right Parliament, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Judiciary and the Public Service is an affront to the constitution and democracy.  

Further it is stated that all government officers and heads of other institutions should provide all possible assistance to the Task Force and provide all information called for by the Task Force.  Further it directs the Task Force to report to the President all cases of delay or default on the part of any Public Officer or officer of any Ministry, Government Department, State Corporation or other similar institution in the discharge of duties and responsibilities assigned to such Public Officer or such Institution.  

The Task Force under these provisions will be vested with super powers to oversee the Public Service and other institutions and even the Prime Minister and Cabinet of Ministers.  

There is no doubt that this is a long step forward in the process of militarization of the state and to create institutions outside the constitution.  

“Lawyers for Democracy” calls upon all those dedicated to democratic rule under the constitution, the protection of human and fundamental rights, rule of law and independence of the judiciary to see that this move is defeated.

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    May Lord Buddha save Sri Lanka from Military rule. Only voters can decide

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      My dear Mr. Kuviyam,
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      “Lawyers for Democracy” is a political outfit of doomed “Yahapalana” setup.
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      They are the people who created dysfunctional “executive council” to supervise “Yahapalana” setup headed by AKD and CBK.
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      That’s why they don’t mention the name “Lal Wijenayake” in the article.

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        There is only one other country with a similar outfit. In Saudi Arabia, there is “The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice “
        So, very soon, Sri Lanka will be as virtuous as Saudi Arabia. Sadhu saadhu!!

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      If voters want to decide they too can. But if they couldn’t $18B Donkey Trading will decide.

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    “Task Force has been directed to report to President Rajapaksa all delays and defaults on part of the public officers in following the instructions of the Task Force. “

    Absolutely it is the correct strategy. As a former civil servant I am very happy finally, there is some one to rein in these incompetent public officers. I may add corrupt and incompetent. I left the job mainly because of corrupt and inefficient services provided by majority of senior public servants. “Corruption breeds corruption”. Corrupt politicians are totally responsible for making the civil service corrupt and inept. A pitiful residual of corrupt and dead socialist movement has signed the letter of LfD. It is too bad, LfD appears to be the extension of another bunch of red shirts attempting to find any excuse to avoid the general election in August. Kudos to GR for appointing the task force, that is what exactly the people need at this crucial time of our history.

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      So the inept, corrupted Old Bumps, the public servants will be disciplined by the senile Rapist Army competent authority? How anyway? If old bumps are not performing planting bombs in private parts. Could they declare the government jobs are only for…………..after interviewed by Rapist Army.

      Who are you Vi Puli?

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    “Virtuous Society’ my A55.

    Last time it was “Sil Reddy” this time it looks like “Nil Reddy”.

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    the Yakko voters had their chance but after being blindly misled by various undesirable sources they messed up the sad sorry nation for many a moon to come.?
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    as this kallathoni president is a one-way street character a cheap petty bully who is at present totally clueless as to how he’s gonna run the bankrupt Kota Uda exchequer.?
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    so whilst sitting and shitting on his warped mad shark feeding hyper lunatic human beast he has to indulge in many an undesirable sordid act to keep himself occupied whilst playing with his sore riddled marbles.
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    this is why he’s recruited his fellow war criminal military mates at high salaries which the country just cannot afford to allow to be needlessly squandered or spent.?
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    if there’s a defeat or a small 2/3rd less victory for the SLPP one can be assured that a military dictatorship will be in total control of this beleaguered nation and it will be as the military state of RAJAPUKISTHAN.
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    how cool with a disgusting flavour.
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    thanks to the good great gods I along with my daughter are living in paradise in a luxurious atmosphere whilst enjoying all the perks that we had till 1987.

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    It is too late. Voters have already decided. Just look at the evidence

    British Economy shank by 20.4 % the biggest fall ever. But Gothas Econimy grew by 2.8% thanks to Gothas ORGANISATIONAL & LEADERSHIP qualities. He is an asset to rge World.Trump & Johnson will be calling on the CRIMINAL for help.

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    Lol one is making out that all these institutions are above board.
    They are as corrupt as corrupt can be.
    Well done Mr President.
    Get the job done

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    What really are the Divine attributes of the Ceylon and subsequent Sri Lankan Constitutions? UK has had an unwritten constitution with conventions that are inviolable. US has the same constitution from 1776 together with a few Amendments to suit emerging situations. Japan after the Meiji Restoration in 1868, modeled her’s on the Bismarckian one of Germany and a powerful Japan defeated Russia in 1905 and shook the world till 1945. Since 1950 she has dazzled the world, whatever the constitution.

    What has Ceylon done since 1931? Produced 4 constitutions and brought forth several amendments as afterthoughts. With what results? Ceylon Rs 80 = Indian Rs 100 in 1950. It is SL Rs 245 = Ind. Rs 100 in 2020. Three prolonged insurgencies, lakhs killed, a million plus driven out as emigres and no abatement yet? For over 40 years, ill paid foreign employment at 2 million plus as a permanent fixture. Should the citizenry sanctify the current setup?

    What appears on the Horizon? Ineptitude seeking to manage the mismanagement of decades with perhaps bread and circus, creating gladiators aplenty since the lions have become ravenous.

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