18 November, 2019

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Uku Finally Responds: Sharma Did Not Meet GL

Commonwealth Spokesman Richard Uku in his first ever response to a series of articles about the Commonwealth Secretariat in the Colombo Telegraph, says that contrary to our report After Pillay: Sharma to do Damage Control for Lanka, Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma did not meet with External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris during his visit to London last week.

Sharma and Uku

“The Secretary-General was in fact in South Africa attending the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference for the entire duration of Minister Peiris’s recent visit to the United Kingdom. The two, therefore did not meet,” Uku said in an emailed response to the Colombo Telegraph.

Uku added that Sharma had not advised the Government to reverse judicial orders regarding the impeachment of “the former Chief Justice”. “Nor would he,” the Spokesman said.

“That the Secretary-General said anything on the subject is completely  false,” he said. “The separation of powers between the branches of government is a fundamental Commonwealth value. This is clear from the Secretary-General’s earlier public statement.   It is inconceivable that any Commonwealth Secretary-General would offer such advice,” the Spokesman wrote.

He added that the Commonwealth Secretary-General has publicly welcomed recognition in Sri Lanka of the need for change following the removal of the former Chief Justice. He has since made available to the government an expert analysis of the practice in all Commonwealth countries relating to the appointment and removal of senior judicial figures, and has offered further Commonwealth assistance, Uku concluded.

Editor’s Note: With reference to the story Richard Uku has responded to, Colombo Telegraph maintains that the article was based on Human Rights Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Prathibha Mahanama’s discussions with a group of lawyers and government officials. These sources reiterate that Secretary General has undertaken to give the Government support to mitigate the effects of Navi Pillay’s closing statement following her visit to Sri Lanka and her oral country report due later this month. Colombo Telegraph is at present unable to obtain information about what kind of expert assistance and analysis of the practice in the Commonwealth countries relating to the appointment and removal of senior judicial figures the Secretariat hopes to grant Sri Lanka.  What is available in the public domain is only the suppression of the expert opinions already obtained by the SG from the CMAG.  Colombo Telegraph will divulge more information about the meetings and conversations between the Secretary General and the Sri Lankan Minister and authorities as soon as it becomes available.

It is interesting to note that Mr. Uku has responded to Colombo Telegraph in this instance, although questions asked of him repeatedly by Twitter users and CT about other issues repeatedly raised by about the Commonwealth Secretariat’s bona fides and allegations of the Secretariat’s apparent coziness with the ruling regime in Colombo.

Furthermore, Colombo Telegraph wishes to make note of the Commonwealth Spokesman’s reference to the impeached Chief Justice. This is not the first time the Commonwealth Spokesman has referred to Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake as the country’s ‘former’ CJ. As per the decisions by Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court and its Court of Appeal, the highest courts of the country, Shirani Bandaranayake remains the constitutionally legitimate Chief Justice. The appointment of her successor has created an unprecedented constitutional crisis in the country and is being challenged at the Supreme Court now headed by Mohan Pieris who has directly benefited from Bandaranayake’s unlawful sacking from office. Yet as of today, the judgment of the highest of Sri Lanka still stands and Bandaranayake’s impeachment therefore, remains illegal and unconstitutional and therefore, one must question on whose authority and what basis, the Commonwealth Spokesman for Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma refers to the De Jure Chief Justice of Sri Lanka, Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake as “former Chief Justice.” Even in the Sri Lankan independent media that functions under repressive conditions, never refers to Dr. Bandaranayake as ‘former’ Chief Justice, instead, as impeached CJ, CJ 43, or de jure Chief Justice, in deference to the orders by the courts.

Is Mr. Uku attempting to legitimise the appointment of Mohan Pieris, the country’s de facto CJ who will now decide on the judges who shall hear the case against him, in blatant violation of the principles of natural justice that no man shall be a judge in his own case, which in turn runs contrary to the Commonwealth’s stated core values of judicial independence.

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    “He added that the Commonwealth Secretary-General has publicly welcomed recognition in Sri Lanka of the need for change following the removal of the former Chief Justice. He has since made available to the government an expert analysis of the practice in all Commonwealth countries relating to the appointment and removal of senior judicial figures, and has offered further Commonwealth assistance, Uku concluded”

    Please, we don’t need the assistance of the commonwealth, specially from Sec.Genaral Kamalesh Sharma as we already have Shameless Moron Peiris and other countless goons for that purpose.

    Finally there is no difference between this UKU and our Baba Ukkung.

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      Great stuff – and solid journalism! Hats of Colombo Telegraph – keep it coming and keep grilling the clowns at the Commonwealth Circus in London!

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      Lapatiya says,

      “..Please, we don’t need the assistance of the commonwealth, specially from Sec.Genaral Kamalesh Sharma as we already have Shameless Moron Peiris and other countless goons for that purpose.

      Finally there is no difference between this UKU and our Baba Ukkung..”

      Uku, This says all about you, Sharma and other useless buggers in the Commonwealth Office and organization. Today the world has lost humanity, credibility and the value system. Most of the people are corrupt bastards like Uku. The world is heading for holocaust.

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    Very nice comment by the Editor.
    Mr. Uku, PLEASE comment on your use, “FORMER CJ”
    on whose authority and how dare you to use that

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    Dear CT Editors,

    Appreciate your effort, this UKU geezer unsuccessfully trying to protect his master with his ” Baba UKUng ” makes us laugh.

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    Two Wrongs will not make a Right. The most prudent will be for the De Facto CJ to step down and allow the CJ De Jure to continue. If not, no matter how much the present Regime helped by these crooked Sharma and Uku, will only set a bad precedent and Tarnish the Common Wealth, to be the laughing stock of the whole world. Why are the other Member Countries of the Common Wealth quiet on this issue? I believe the Major Players should involve themselves and not leave the Illegal Impeachment Issue in the hands of the Corrupt as these two individuals, but take the matter up at the next CHOGM as Top Priority. This is the best the CHOGM could do to salvage whatever credibility left before the World loses complete faith in the Body Common Wealth.

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    Mr Uku
    Don’t get fool by Sharma yo might know or not Sri Lanka has back door connection with commonwealth Sharma UN Nambiar and more

    These all India’s puppets

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    Why has this SG/Commonwealth Secretariat drawn so much flak in relation to a member State than all other put together? Allegations
    that he virtually “hid” some vital documents from relevant officials
    in different countries in a very sensitive matter is bad enough but for an important member like Canada to question his credentials is unprecedented. Under normal circumstances to protect the integrity of his office Sharma should have resigned forthwith.

    Varathan

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    Disregard Uku, he is just trying to safeguard his boss and his job. Otherwise the poor fellow will have to go back to Africa and live on manioc.

    But keep a close watch on this fellow Sharma. He is up to no good.

    The question keeps popping up. What makes Sharma go to such criminal lengths as withholding important information that the rest of the world is entitled to? What is so special about him that he receives ‘privileged’ information and worse still has the right to suppress that information?

    What flows on from these questions is, was any privileged services made or other inducements given by the government of Sri Lanka to buy Sharma’s corporation.

    Must keep a close watch on this bloke Sharma – he is up to no good.

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