Tuesday, September 19, 2017 02:46:25 PM

#anticorruptlka: On Combating Corruption and Complicity

By Groundviews - Fri Sep 01, 12:06 am

On August 28th, Groundviews hosted a Twitter chat themed around corruption, using the hashtag #anticorruptlka. Participants included Executive Director of Transparency International, Asoka Obeysekere, Research Director at Verité Research, Gehan Gunatilleke, Chilaw Urban Councillor Jeevanee Kariyawasam, youth group Hashtag Generation and activist Mohamed Hisham. The conversation generated over one hundred tweets and a number of interesting insights on corruption.

Interrogating corruption in Sri Lanka is particularly pertinent with the recent resignation of former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ravi Karunanayake (reportedly on the President’s advice) after serious allegations were levelled against him in connection with the investigation into anomalies around the Central Bank bond issue. Karunanayake was replaced by Tilak Marapana, a move that caused concern due to his defense of the controversial Avant Garde, which was accused of corruption during former President Rajapakse’s regime. Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Harsha de Silva also recently made an emotional speech acknowledging a “widespread culture of corruption” which had the Chairman of the National Human Resource Development Council, Dinesh Weerakkody tell him he needed to be “more realistic”.

The discussion focused on the factors that perpetuate corruption in Sri Lanka, and what could be done to combat it.

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