Prof. Lalithasiri Gunaruwan, who headed a high level government
inquiry into the proposed finalisation of Millennium Challenge
Corporation (MCC) agreement yesterday (25) told President Gotabaya
Rajapaksa that the previous yahapalana administration and the US had
signed two agreements in 2017 and 2018 as regards two phases of the
project. Prof. Gunaruwan said that though Sri Lanka received USD 7.4 and
USD 2.6 mn in 2017 and 2018 respectively, the inquiry team couldn’t
find any supporting documents.
The President’s Office spokesperson said that the report would be made available to the public.
President’s Office quoted Prof. Gunaruwan as having said that the Land
Commissioner was of the view the project couldn’t be implemented
The meeting was also told that once the parliament
approved the project, views contrary to the agreement or any other
proposal would be considered a move against the original agreement.
Referring to the contents of the proposed agreement, Prof. Gunaruwan
pointed out that the AG would be denied the right to represent the
government in court. The academic said that the proposed agreement
violated the powers exercised by parliament.
inquiry team consisted of Prof. Gunaruwan, Dr. D. S. Jayaweera, Nihal
Jayawardena, PC and architect Nalaka Jayaweera.
The committee yesterday handed over the final dozzier, having submitted an interim report on Feb 17, 2020.
According to the Finance Ministry during the previous administration, the project worth USD 480 mn had been approved by the Attorney General. (SF)