Sri Lanka is just days away from electing a new President who will hopefully lead the country towards a path of peace and prosperity.
Within these past four years, as we all know, citizens have been frustrated and have been denied their basic rights under the failing UNP government, who today, claim they will create a ‘new Sri Lanka’ if elected to power once again. Maybe the UNP is recovering from amnesia and have clearly forgotten that they were and still are in government and failed to create their ‘new Sri Lanka’ which they pledged even back in 2015.
Their insecurities and fear of being thrown out of power are so great that within this final week leading to the presidential polls, the UNP have resorted to lying and spreading fake news to mislead the citizens against their true leader, Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Within these past few days, the UNP have started a mud slinging campaign on social media, and state media to spread their fake pictures and documents, to mislead the people to believe that Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a US citizen.
This is a blatant lie. Initially the UNP had a problem with his citizenship, and their lies backfired when the Court of Appeal dismissed the case in October. They were hopeful that through their lies they could prevent Gotabaya Rajapaksa from contesting as Mr Rajapaksa’s victory is confirmed at the polls as citizens have recognized him as a true and visionary leader who will lead this country towards success.
The UNP, had a few months ago, attempted to mislead the public, to convince them Gotabaya Rajapaksa was a US citizen but this too had failed. Now just days before the elections they have re-started this same campaign, releasing a fake airline ticket which they allege Mr Rajapaksa had purchased to travel to the US on Nov. 18th, a day after the elections. However as all lies get caught sooner or later, Emirates has confirmed this ticket to be false.
In their mudslinging campaign they have even convinced a Buddhist monk, Ven. Inguruwatte Sumangala Thero to launch a fast, demanding Gotabaya Rajapaksa to show proof that he is not a US citizen. However cameras have secretly captured, some UNP assistants feeding the monk, when no one is present, disrespecting Buddhism in whole.
Then just yesterday, Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne, emerged with an ‘individual’ in front of the media, claiming he was the driver of the so called ‘white van’. This individual claimed to have abducted and killed people during the previous government and if this was true I wonder from where Minister Senaratne found him just less than a week before the elections and why he was presented before the media, without being arrested. Minister Senaratne is considered a joke and this stunt of his has proved the extent he and the UNP led by Sajith Premadasa will stoop to, to play around with the voters. Sajith Premadasa has clearly forgotten that this white van culture was very much present during his father, Ranasingha Premadasa’s government and if at all, this ‘driver’ who has suddenly emerged maybe talking of his master ‘Ranasingha Premadasa’.
Today, your leader, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is not a US citizen. He is a Sri Lankan citizen ready to work for the betterment of all our citizens once he wins the polls on Saturday. This diabolical lie of him still being a US citizen was created by UNP MP Harin Fernando who has lost all respect of the citizens when he stated soon after the Easter attacks, that his father had warned him to stay away from church. Being a minister, he did not think it fit to immediately alert the authorities of an impending attack to save the hundreds who died, but instead he himself stayed away, wanting only to save himself.
President’s Counsel, Ali Sabry, in front of the journalists on Sunday explained that Gotabaya Rajapaksa had renounced his US citizenship and Sabry had the original US passport, issued in 2012 to Gotabaya Rajapaksa, valid for 10 years. However after Gotabaya renounced his citizenship, a seal saying ‘cancel’ had been stamped on it, which he showed to the media as Mr Rajapaksa has nothing to fear or hide.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa has the official oath of renunciation he took on 17 April with an embossed seal, and he also has the original certificate of loss of citizenship, which has been approved by the US State Department.
All the necessary documentation has been submitted to the Election Commission for perusal.
Harin Fernando’s fake story was immediately taken down by Facebook as social media are very strict in monitoring fake news content in this day and age. However like a small child, unable to accept that his lies had backfired on him, he vented his anger via other social media platforms, coming up with further lies and threats. According to Harin and his lot, the courts, Elections Commission etc are all at fault and only he and his party are the saviors of Sri Lanka.
Going ahead, these final few days, the UNP will come up with further lies, but the citizens have seen them fail, every single day within these past four years with their exaggerated projects and FDIs which are yet to take off. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in his campaigns has only spoken of his vision to lead this country forward and does not waste his time slinging mud at his opponents as he is well aware that is not what the country needs. Instead he is well aware Sri Lanka needs a new leader, a visionary leader who can lead this country, not one who pledges the moon and the sun and goes back to resting with his buddies in corruption and greed so that we sink lower in the coming 5 years.
It is time we rise and vote for our leader. Gotabaya Rajapaksa is ready to be your President.