Convener of the Voice Against Corruption, Wasantha Samarasinghe has accused incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of following former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s nepotistic footsteps.
Addressing a press conference, Samarasinghe, who is a JVP provincial councilor, said that the current administration was not brought to power so the same activities carried out by the previous administration can continue.
“Just like Mahinda Rajapaksa took care of his brothers, today even Maithripala Sirisena is doing the same. His brother who is the Sri Lanka Telecom Chairman is receiving an allowance of Rs. 700,000 only for housing,” Samarasinghe said.
He also claimed that the president’s brother had also awarded an insurance deal on behalf of Mobitel to a company owned by a known acquaintance which resulted in a Rs. 3 billion loss.
Samarasinghe also highlighted that despite submitting necessary evidence against Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran for his involvement with his son-in-law in the Treasury Bond scam, no action was taken.
“But despite this, the bond business is continuing at the Central Bank. Even recently they issued 80,000 bonds, even though the tender was for 40,000 and this has been sold to a company which owned by the friend of Mahendran’s son-in-law,” Samarasinghe added.
He noted that the people didn’t send the previous government home and elected a new President on January 8, 2015 so the new administration can continue to keep doing what the old administration did.
“People didn’t give Sirisena the power for his brother, son-in-law and daughter to do business. People gave Sirisena a mandate, he should act accordingly. Action must be taken against the corrupt,” he added.