Written by Staff Writer
17 Mar, 2015 | 9:41 pm
At a press conference convened at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, journalists raised questions over the appointment of Kshenuka Seneviratne as an ambassador even before the completion of investigations.
The press conference was chaired by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Attorney-at-Law Ajith P.Perera.
The Deputy Minister expressed the following views:
“… Ksehnuka Seneviratne is a permanent employee of the foreign service. She was the former secretary of the ministry. You cannot cease all matter like re-calling all the political appointees in one single letter. These appointments need to be made by the president. In addition, the top tier committee in parliament will investigate matters pertaining to qualifications and independence. After all this is followed, one is appointed as an ambassador. We have been made aware of the objections raised by the people and the political parties …”
Meanwhile General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva also expressed the following views:
“… This sets a wrong precedent. There is an allegation against Kshenuka Seneviratne. It has not been proven, however that is a different matter. While an investigation is underway against an individual who has a serious charge against her, a decision should be taken after an investigation is over and the results be made public. However, appointing her to such a position while the investigation is continuing can be seen as a bad precedent. This should not have been done. In the past Kshenuka was connected to financial fraud. The United National Party raised the voice of concern over this matter. However, appointing her as an ambassador under a United National Party Government can be seen as a joke in history …”
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