Since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, the country’s citizens have had high expectations in the development and prosperity of this beautiful island in the Indian Ocean.
After-all, 30 years of suffering and deaths has caused much pain and distress and has destroyed the livelihoods of thousands of families.
Since 2009, after the military successfully eliminated terrorism from our shores, there was no turning back for us. Between then and 2015, under the strong government of Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka climbed many heights. We were named in global rankings, we saw mega development, FDIs came in, and Sri Lanka had emerged as a hot spot for investors.
However since 2015, under the weak governance of the UNP government, Sri Lanka has only been heading towards the bottom pit. Corruption is rampant, people do not have jobs, livelihoods have been severely affected, and a bitter power struggle has ensued between the PM and President which has severely affected the entire nation.
How can any country prosper when the ruling party is struggling from a severe power struggle and the PM and President are at loggerheads?
With its long list of failures and corruption, the UNP government have also blatantly politicized the legal system within these past four and a half years, much to the country’s shame.
Today, while hypocritically preaching good governance, it very evident that laws are being bent to pave way for the government to do as and what they please, all in the name of good governance.
Politicizing the legal system is the biggest blow to any country, and the biggest downfall of a nation too. Within these past four and a half years, there has been ample evidence, how this government, who came to power vowing to keep the judiciary independent, turned out to politicize it the most, thereby denying people justice.
Hints of the legal system beginning to be politicized by the UNP government started as way back as 2017, when former Justice Minister, Wijeydasa Rajapaksa had to resign from his portfolio when he refused to illegally tow in line with what the UNP government pressured him to do.
In Parliament, following his resignation, Wijeydasa shockingly stated that he was constantly pressurized by the UNP ministers to arrest Gotabaya Rajapaksa, other Rajapaksa family members, and members from the JO, without having any evidence. And when he refused to allow the UNP to influence him or the AGs Department, they called him a traitor and told him to leave.
Another evidence which clearly shows the high politicization of the legal system is the leaked audio conversation between Dilrukshi Dias Wickremesinghe and Avant Garde Chairman, Nissanka Senadhipathi where she alleged that she regretted the action taken against the floating armory and that certain politicians had exerted undue pressure on her to take legal action.
The case, unsurprisingly led to the Appeal Court to order the Colombo Magistrate’s Court to discharged the eight suspects including former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa from the case.
Wickremesinghe’s statement cannot shed more light on how influenced the legal system has become.
Furthermore, the former deputy solicitor general only added to this by making a statement recently that the legal system was heavily politicized to carry out cases against certain individuals.
From the time the UNP government have been elected, they have done nothing but mislead the citizens of this nation and the international community.
Their absurd statements that the Rajapaksa family and its party members were involved in bribery is a myth to this day.
Under the pretense of good governance, this government has done nothing but cheat, rob and politicize independent institutions.
Through this love of their’s for political revenge and by influencing the legal system, this government is also now hell bent to prevent a true, genuine leader from running for presidency who will put the needs of the nation first.
If we continue any further under a UNP government, Sri Lanka indeed has nothing but a bleak future ahead of us.
We have no hope. It is time we stop our children from having to suffer at the hands of politicians who serve only themselves and not the nation.