It is now uncertain if Fonseka will be given the law and order ministry, with the probability now down to 20 per cent from 80 pc. Mahinda Rajapaksa loyalists close to president Maithripala Sirisena are trying to prevent that from happening.
Before Fonseka left on a visit to Indonesia, the president summoned him and said, “I will handover law and order to you. I need good results within a year.” Fonseka responded, “I do not need one year, sir. Six months is enough. I will show results within six months.”
Then, the two had discussed for about one hour about how the ministry should function. The president referred the arrangements to the prime minister, who has already done that. But, now, the president has become hesitant. Fonseka is due back home tomorrow.
He should have been given the position as he was prepared to lead efforts to catch the corrupt, fraudsters and plunderers who destroyed the national economy and to recover the lost national wealth from them. Now, even presidential advisors like Athuraliye Rathana Thera are opposing his appointment.
Most want to see the ministry given to a person without any personality, as all have skeletons in their closets. The Rajapaksas who were bent on forming a new government last week have abandoned that and are now trying to prevent Fonseka from appointed the law and order minister. The corrupt policemen too, are worried. All of them are now getting together to work against Fonseka.