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Govt’s anti-corruption efforts sincere but inadequate – UNP

Although the present Government did take steps to enforce the law and end corruption, those measures weren’t enough to fulfil the expectations of the public, UNP Parliamentarian Sujith Perera said.

Perera told journalists at Temple Trees today (09) that the misunderstandings between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe could be one of the reasons for the delay in enforcing the law.  

“When we came into power in 2015, we pledged to prosecute corrupt individuals. At the time, both the President and the Prime Minister were of the same opinion – that corrupt parties should be prosecuted.

“However, when we were in the process of enforcing the law against corruption, only misunderstandings between the President and the Prime Minister arose. Due to various influences in that period, some accusations may have not have come to light. I’m not denying that fact,” Perera said.

Despite its commitment to fighting corruption, Perera further said, the present Government does not wish to interfere with judicial independence.

“Our Government didn’t put pressure on the judiciary. Had we done that, we could’ve fast-trakced t he proceedings fast and have those accused punished. We have never told the judiciary to arrest a person one way or the other to enforce the law,” he said.