Ven. Sobhitha Thera | (File photo)

Good Governance loses out to expedience
President should have remained neutral
Politicians have betrayed our trust

Expressing disappointment over the unprecedented delay in appointing the Cabinet, Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera told The Nation that he was appalled by what has been happening in the political arena in the post-election period.

The Ven. Thera, who heads the National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) and is a strong advocate of good governance who openly supported the coalition led by the United National Party (UNP) at the recently concluded general election, expressed absolute disappointment with the conduct of politicians, especially after the election results were released.  “They are fighting for ministerial posts and don’t seem to care about the country,” he said.

While conceding that there were some positives achieved during the 100-Days Program, especially in the conduct of a free and fair election, Ven. Sobitha Thera said that he was disappointed by President Sirisena’s decision to get involved in party activities.  “This has distracted him,” Sobitha Thera said.

The Thera also expressed serious concern over what he feels is a general tendency for politicians to betray the trust of the people.   The NMSJ, along with representatives of other civil organizations in the good governance initiative, met with the Prime Minister on Thursday and urged him to ensure that the unfinished work of the 100 Days Program gets done as soon as possible.   They have also urged the Prime Minister to go for a new Constitution turning the Parliament into a Constitutional Assembly instead of going for amendments.