President Orders Probe On Foreign Trips Of Six Ministers
President Maithripala Sirisena has called for an investigation into the foreign trips of at least six ministers, sources said.
According to sources at the Presidential Secretariat, the six ministers are alleged to have misappropriated public funds while travelling overseas. The President has taken the decision to investigate the issue after receiving information that these ministers have been using official foreign trips to have fun and neglect the main purpose of the visits. Sources also said that the President was keen on introducing a code of ethics for those who visit foreign countries using public funds. During the past few years, ministers in the former regime who engaged in foreign trips had been accused of misusing public funds.
Several former ministers had been accused of throwing parties during the visits and had travelled first class.