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Management of President's Fund and President's Immunity.

Somaweera Sirisinghe writing from New Zealand

Shyamon Jayasinghe reflecting on the Executive Presidential System (Lankaweb - 21/03/05) at one stage wonders whether the Auditor-General can take action on the reported irregularities with regard to the management of the President's Fund because of the President's constitutional immunity.

His conjecture is not based on facts. The accountability of the management of the President's Fund as provided by Act no. 7 of 1978 rests with a Board of Governors that also include the Prime Minister, the Speaker, the Leader of the Opposition, Secretary to the President and two other appointed members. Please note that the Speaker and the Leader of the Opposition are not from the government side and the Secretary to the President is a very senior member of the Sri Lanka Administrative service.

Surely the Auditor-general is not deterred to pursue action with a statutorily appointed Board of Governors just because one of the seven members has constitutional immunity?



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