MP Hirunika Premachandra has posted a picture on her Facebook page, in an all smiles pose, with President Maithripala Sirisena at an official Independence day lunch held recently.
Hirunika Premachandra MP, is currently facing abduction charges for the kidnap of Amila Priyanga Amarasinghe at Dematoagdoa on 21st of December 2015.
“Good governance means not only talking the talk but walking the walk. The sight of President Sirisena who heads Sri Lanka’s so-called ‘rainbow revolution’ posing for pictures with an accused who has been charged with taking the law into her own hands is not an encouraging sign. It shows that what we have now is a cynical manipulation of the change that Sri Lankan voters demanded in January 2015.” a leading lawyer told Colombo Telegraph on the condition of anonymity, as she is barred from speaking to the media by her employer.
“Previously when other accused people posed during the Rajapaksa era with either the former President or Gotabaya Rajapaksa, then anti government activists heavily criticized similar acts. What is the signal President Maithripala Sirisena is trying to give the law enforcement authorities and the general public by posing with an accused of such a serious crime, an abduction ? ” a good governance activist Jayantha Kirindigoda told Colombo Telegraph.
“What is Hirunika Premachandra MP trying to imply by posting this picture on her Facebook page. Is she trying to say that she is innocent against this charge or is she trying to say that she is untouchable or she has the President’s blessings? Can anyone please explain what is this good governance all about?” Kirindigoda went on to question
Meanwhile a smiling former Head of State Chandrika Kumaratunga could also be seen in the background of the same picture. ( By Marlon Dale Ferreira © CT )