ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Law and Order minister Sagala Ratnayaka, who faced criticism over a spate of failures, announced Thursday that he was ready to go if President Maithripala Sirisena was unhappy with his performance.
Ratnayaka, who is also the chief of staff in Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s office, defended himself in the face of severe criticism during Tuesday’s cabinet meeting where President Sirisena had suggested that he should be relieved of his portfolio.
“I have given 100 percent to discharge the responsibilities assigned to me,” the minister said in a statement. “If the current responsibility is taken away and I am given a different responsibility, I will give 100 percent to that too.”
He said he had never influenced law enforcement agencies and allowed the police to function without any hindrance.
“The government expected those law enforcement agencies to function independently,” he said. “If the work of such organizations require review, I am prepared to put in a place a better mechanism for it.”
Political sources said President Sirisena had pitched into his UNP-led government accusing it of delaying investigations into high profile crimes committed during the former regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa.
(COLOMBO, July 6, 2017)