Sobhitha Thera urges Ranil ‘Appoint a clean Cabinet’

BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody

The National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) urges that no one with allegations against them should be appointed to the Cabinet of Ministers in the new government.

Outlining that the recently concluded general election was the most peaceful, free and fair one in the country’s history and commending the efforts of the Elections Commissioner and the … Police in this regard, NMSJ Leader Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera said that accepted, efficient and skilled individuals including retirees should be appointed to the posts of Ministry Secretaries and as chairpersons of State institutions, adding also that the government and political parties should not keep undesirables and that the government should not make unnecessary transfers.

The government should not take revenge against anyone but instead enforce the law according to the letter of the law and take legal action in connection with investigations completed by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, he observed.

A new Constitution should be enacted and a stable government should be established and to this end the Opposition should refrain from engaging in politics of hate and close ranks in the interests of good governance, he remarked.

The Thera highlighted the fact that the country did not have a national policy for education, health and agriculture.
“The President did not use his Executive powers and the Prime Minister did not use the government’s power through the utilization of State property including vehicles and the media for his party’s victory. The Elections Commissioner even halted the broadcasting of the President’s speech.
Under the previous government, the Police was politicized and under the thumb of MPs and Ministers. But today, there was not even the usual curfew.

In the past, the Opposition did not accept the eventual result and today that too has changed. We have an agreement with the United National Front for Good Governance led by Ranil Wickremesinghe. Cronyism, nepotism and family bandyism should not be practiced when making appointments and those who lost at the election should not be given any appointments. Even if those suitable are from opposing and different parties, they should be appointed. We could not properly abolish the powers afforded to the Executive President, so we need to do this. The electoral system must be changed.

Even this time those who spent millions of rupees were the ones who won and some of their campaigns are funded by drug dealers, bootleggers and casino owners, to whom the elected have to now make payments for years afterwards. The scourge of the preferential voting system must go.

We must have the
Right to Information to know whether the government is using our finances correctly. We need to move towards a development oriented economy. The reconstruction of tanks is imperative.
A lot of goods that are imported are unnecessary and therefore, should be halted. Production should be managed. A fair price must be given to farmers of onion, paddy, potato and chillies. Every inch of land available should be farmed,” Sobhitha Thera opined.

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