A heated argument ensued in Parliament today between former President Maithripala Sirisena and Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka.
MP Fonseka pointed out that attempts were underway by the former President to collect money from the public to settle the Rs. 100 million compensation to be paid to the victims of the 2019 Easter attacks as ordered by the Supreme Court.
MP Fonseka further said that the country will have to face several issues if people like this who are collecting funds via tills in Pettah are elected as the President of the country.
Responding to him, former President Maithripala Sirisena said that a person who could not safeguard the Army headquarters from a bomb attack does not have the right to make any comments about him.
Maithripala Sirisena said that if money is being collected to assist him to pay the compensation, he will accept such collections.
Sirisena further reminded MP Sarath Fonseka, that he was the reason Fonseka was released from prison and reappointed as Field Marshall.