Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe declared that a no-confidence motion must be brought against a ‘normal Parliamentarian’ over the many kilos of missing gold that was recovered by the Army during the final stages of the war in the North.
“Some are trying to bring a no confidence motion because we are revealing the truth. But the no confidence motion must be brought against a normal Parliamentarian who is sitting in parliament these days and not against any minister,” Wickremesinghe said hinting at former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
“The Army informed that they recovered 180 kilograms of gold, but the entire amount is not there. When I met Filed Marshal Sarath Fonseka, he told that they had accepted 220 kilograms of gold. So, now what do we do about this? Who will take responsibility for the missing gold?,” he questioned while addressing an event at BMICH which unveiled a five year plan to uplift the living standards of people in the plantation sector.
Wickremesinghe also claimed that during the past decade the people’s right has been robbed. “Actually, we don’t even know how much they have robbed,” the Prime Minister said. He added that the previous government spent US$ 221 million dollars to purchase eight aircrafts. “Instead they should have used that money to build houses for the Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims in the North, South and East,” he said.
He said that the cost for the 5 year programme to uplift the living standards of the people in the plantation sector was Rs. 10 million. “But, they spent 21 times more of this money to buy aircrafts,” he charged, while adding that the previous Rajapaksa led administration could have built palaces instead of houses with the money spent on the aircrafts.
“Even though they didn’t build houses in Jaffna, they build palaces. I went to Panama; there they have built three palaces, with swimming pools, bars, gyms and saunas. I don’t even know why they needed saunas in the East,” he said.
“They had a master plan to rob, and due to their stealing, we have to pay for this. We have a massive debt to pay off. But we won’t stop developing the country,” Wickremesinghe assured.