Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that Parliament will be summoned on February 8 to debate the two respective reports of the presidential commissions on the issuance of treasury bonds and the serious acts of fraud, corruption and abuse of power, state resources and privileges.
“As Ministers and MPs are engaged in the local polls propaganda campaign, which ends on February 7, I decided it was appropriate to summon Parliament and take up the debate on the following day itself”, the premier said, during his address at an election rally at Morawaka in Deniyaya yesterday.
“I have no objection even if the debate is continued for several days”, he said, while pointing out that he will not utter falsehoods for the sake of power even if his mouth is cut.
The Prime Minister said that there’s a big debate in the country on whether the reports of these two commissions will be debated in Parliament or not.
“As the Prime Minister, I have the authority to summon Parliament; not the Speaker. I have decided to do so and the 8th will be set aside to exclusively debate these two reports. One of them relates to the bond commission, but I will not be making a fresh statement on it”, Wickremesinghe noted.
He said the bond commission report has not made any adverse observations either against him or the UNP. “However, if there are any accused of wrongdoing, we have advised the AG to prosecute them”.
“We have no issue even if this report is debated not just once, but many times over. We have nothing to hide. Nor do we have anything to push under the carpet. Even if my mouth is cut, I will not lie for the sake of power and positions. I have not done so in the past and will neither do so in the future”, he said.
The premier said that Parliament will be summoned to give an opportunity to debate the two reports not for just one day, but for many days, if necessary. Party leaders can decide on the number of days, he added.
The bond commission has recommended that action be considered against those accused of wrong doing, but the other report on fraud, corruption and abuse of power, now before the country, specifically calls for legal action against those responsible. In terms of one recommendation in this report, the civic rights of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa should be stripped not just for seven years, but for life, the Prime Minister noted.