Refuting the claim made out by MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara and that these orders should not be adhered to, Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that President Maithripala Siirsena in his capacity as President could issue or rescind orders and rejected the letter sent by MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara to Government Officers, asking them to refrain from acting on the orders of the Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, yesterday (7). They claimed that the letter was illegal and an act of sabotage, which conveyed a wrong message to the State sector.
He clarified the position at the weekly Cabinet Media briefing held at the Department of Government Information yesterday. Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella was also present.
“The President has the power to make changes to any Ministry. It is Madduma Bandara who is using the power that he does not possess to issue orders,” Rambukwella said.
When queried about the vacant Ministerial positions in 13 Ministries, Samarasinghe said that Ministers will be appointed to these positions before Parliament reconvenes on 14 November. He also added that until then, the Ministries will be supervised by Ministry Secretaries.
Meanwhile, commenting on the audio recording revealed by MP Palitha Range Bandara, of a bribe being allegedly offered for him to cross over to the Government, Samarasinghe added that since there was no amount mentioned in the recording, it cannot be considered as a bribe.
“There was no mention of money in that particular conversation. It was only a Cabinet position. They could have discussed about this earlier as well, and MP Bandara is an experienced person. So, I don’t see how this could be adduced to being a bribe.”
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