Ruwan claims abdication of responsibility on the part of ex-President
September 25, 2020 12:50 pm
Former State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene says there was an abdication of responsibility on the part of former President Maithripala Sirisena.
He made this remark speaking to the media after giving evidence before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on Thursday (24).
The deputy leader of the United National Party (UNP) noted that the State Ministry of Defence functioned as a separate entity back then. He also commented that the State Ministry was assigned to oversee the Ranaviru Seva Authority, the Defence Services School and the Defence Services Command and Staff College.
The Police, the intelligence services and the Tri-forces were operating under the purview of the Defence Ministry, not under the State Ministry of Defence, he said further.
The then-President was the person in charge of national security, Wijewardene said further adding that Sirisena has neglected his responsibility in this regard.