Mahinda Rajapaksa speaks out
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that a concerted effort was being made to tarnish his image and that of his family as well as the previous UPFA government. The former SLFP leader emphasized that a spate of baseless allegations including an alleged attempt to launch a military coup had been made since the conclusion of the presidential poll.
The following is the full text of the statement issued by the former President: “Numerous allegations have been levelled against me, my family and my government both before and after the recent presidential election. If there are allegations of wrongdoing against anybody, there are established procedures that can be followed. What we see instead is a media blitz meant to vilify me and to mislead the public. I wish to state my position on these matters so that the people will not be misled by this unprecedented campaign of vilification by interested parties.
The allegation has been made that I attempted to launch a military coup in the early hours of the 9th January.
On the contrary, I conceded defeat and having discussed matters with the then opposition leader Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe, left Temple Trees several hours before the final results were announced. The accusation that I sought the Attorney General’s advice on how to remain in power illegally is by its very nature, an absurdity. I was saddened by the comments made about this alleged incident and other matters by the incumbent president at a rally in Polonnaruwa. It is with deep regret that I state that I am not being allowed to spend my days in peace even after leaving office.
Images of the interior of Temple Trees have been disseminated with the insinuation that I and my family had led an extravagant lifestyle at state expense. Attention was focused on an air conditioned rest room with TV and attached bathroom. This particular section of the Temple Trees premises was fully refurbished for the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in accordance with international specifications. An exhibition and a banquet for the visiting heads of state were hold there. Over the past decade all foreign dignitaries visiting Sri Lanka have been received at Temple Trees and the quality of the facilities available had to suit the purpose.
Raids have been conducted by self-appointed anti-corruption campaigners and the police to uncover evidence of waste, corruption and misuse of state funds by my government. A stock of plastic wall clocks with my likeness, a stock of tea cups with the ‘sataka’ symbol, stickers, posters and calendars have been shown on TV with the insinuation that the very existence of such items points to wrongdoing. Yet the people know that the possession of items like that by various individuals cannot possibly constitute a crime or an abuse of power. There was even an accusation that my wife had been involved in a scam trying to sell 100 kilos of gold belonging to no less an institution than the Treasury. Since the police have already responded to that ridiculous allegation, I do not wish to say anything further on that matter other than to point out that gold belonging to the Treasury cannot be sold in that manner even by the Secretary to the Treasury leave alone the first lady!
Vehicles that even remotely resemble sports cars are being taken by the police from the houses of their owners in their search for Lamborghinis belonging to my sons. But, no Lamborghinis were found. My property in Weeraketiya was raided in search of a seaplane. Two containers of personal belongings of my family have been examined by the police on suspicion of being items ‘stolen’ from Temple Trees. These items were stored in containers because I had no place to go to in Colombo after vacating my official residence. They will remain in the containers until I receive the official residence due to a former president.
My government carried out more development work in this country than any other government in post Independence history. These unprecedented achievements were belittled in the eyes of the public during the presidential election campaign with the malicious propaganda that the costs of these infrastructure projects had been overpriced three to tenfold and huge kickbacks taken by politicians and officials in my government. The estimates for all infrastructure projects are made by Technical Evaluation Committees (TECs) made up of well qualified and reputed engineers.
The project is then evaluated by a cabinet appointed tender board which is made up of the most senior civil servants in the country. Every agreement signed with a foreign lending agency is vetted by the Attorney General and it has to receive final approval from the cabinet. Sri Lanka is now a middle income country and not entitled to development assistance. Therefore, my government used concessionary financing arrangements with the ADB, World Bank, and the Japanese, Chinese and Indian governments for the implementation of certain development projects. If the cost of a project is to be artificially inflated as some have alleged, there will have to be collusion between all the relevant bodies of the government, the international project consultants who design and supervise the project from start to finish, the contractor and the lending agency – a process involving scores of individuals and therefore virtually impossible.
Some say that the main contractor in some projects subcontracts some of the work to others at a lower cost and therefore the entire project can be done at that lower price. The usual practice in the construction industry is that sub-contractors are brought in for certain tasks while the main contractors do the more important tasks themselves. However, the responsibility for the entire project rests with the main contractor.
At times segments of the same project are financed by different lenders. Two segments of the Southern Highway were financed by Japan and one segment by China. Similarly, two segments of the Outer Circular Highway were financed by Japan and one segment by China. It is the Chinese funded projects that have been singled out for criticism. China is a country that has helped all Sri Lankan governments for over six decades. Like all international lending organisations the China Exim Bank also has procedures in place to ensure the integrity of their transactions. I wish to suggest to those concerned that this maligning of a friendly country that has helped us so generously over many decades should stop.
Outrageous and totally unsubstantiated accusations against me were disseminated through various websites and social media networks such as facebook both before and after the election. I self-critically admit that my government did not take these baseless allegations seriously and counter them in time. However, I am confident that the truth will prevail one day.
May the blessings of the triple gem be upon you!
(Courtesy: The Island)
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MR Mahinda Rajapakse, I would like to remind you Sir that there are a lot of people like myself in Sri Lanka who are very grateful for all that you have done for our country.Saving us from the deadly tigers and developing our country to the extent your government has done in a very short while.
Unfortunately Our people have a very short memory and tend to bite the hand that feeds them.AS for the allegations I think your opponents realized that the only way that you could have been defeated was through malicious gossip.
Keep your chin up Sir. The truth will prevail and retribution will come soon. Let us see if all these very honest people who are running the country will be as straight as they say tey will be. Time will tell
Well said Sir.
Don’t worry, these new people in Government don’t know what to do.
They are only good at one thing; that is, they are good at digging their own graves.
When that is completed, we will come back to you, Sir.
MS is a traitor. His 2 brothers are guilty of corrupt practices and making billions. Is this the ‘yahapalanaya’ he is speaking about.
Under RW and CBK the N & E was written off to VP and the LTTE. But MR saved the country from them when he won in 2005. The LTTE was totally wiped out in a 3 year war against terrorists.
SF, MS, RW and CBK were bought by USA, India and Britain to overthrow MR govt by mudslinging. It continues in order to win the general election. Then the real plan of granting autonomy to Tamils in N & E will happen. SL will then be flooded by Tamils from Tamil Nadu. The rert of the island will then be captured by force by the Tamil nationalists. The writing is on the wall.
If the people realize then and vote MR back in a general election then there is hope of preventing all this. But for that MR must form a new party soon and have it registered. SLFP is in the hands of MS and CBK.
The allegayions put towards you n ur families are true. What u did was, u spent billions for those who are supporting u inorder to protect ur self by various allegations right,
When you were perz,To secure u n ur family , u did every thing even murdered people for the sake of u n again for ur family.
U had huge aspirations apart from human.u dreamt be a super king, we people lessoned how were the kings who ruled all over the world.people were so eager to have a kind n anti corruption leader not a super queen or king.
U dreamt U n ur family to become a royal family but innocent middle range people wanted u as a ordinary leader.for u n ur familys convinience u applied taxes for each n every things even every nooks n corners.pityfull sri lankans who had to bear those on their shoulders for u peoples luxury life.
Percentage for each n every contracts especially there is a gentle name for basil was mr. Commiss.
See the allegations on u are 10000% correct u cannot reject those, see mr.mahinda u can not cheat people errecting sympathy on u hereafter.
There’s no leader with zero faults in the world. MR has done more than any president in the history since 1948. The lives & wealth he saved by ending terrorism are INVALUABLE, Count down those also….
Forget you emotions,
When your brothers who lived in Yaalpaanam for more that 3 generations were chased out by Velupillai under his ethnic cleansing, did any of the Sinhala leaders except Prez Mahinida care?
He is the only one who cared and conducted the war with the help of his brothers to enable any Sri Lankan citizen to live anywhere in our lovely island.
You do not have to throw rubbish at this wonderful leader.
He is the GREATEST leader the nation has had for 66 years. He is our saviour. He is our Mandela, he is our Lord Krisna, he is our Jesus Christ, he is our Mohamed.
These haal massos who are now in Government, licking white man’s buttocks will not last long. His Excellency Mahinda will return to lead us shortly and our nation including all citizens (and Muslims) will be a proud people of united Sri lanka.