It is the government’s intention to uphold the independence of the judiciary, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday adding that his government highly valued the independence of the judiciary and will work towards its protection. “We can’t allow the law to be mocked at. A country cannot be governed without the Rule of Law.
‘The government is committed to protect the law to the maximum level” the President asserted. He was addressing the National Farmers’ Week exhibition at the Agriculture complex in Gannoruwa.
The President recalled the incident where stones were thrown at the home of the judge who ruled in favour of Mrs Vivienne Gunawardena in a Human Rights case, adding this was the manner in which democracy was protected at the time.
He also recalled the time when the court houses were padlocked following the promulgation of the new constitution in 1978 that required judges who had earlier taken their oaths before the Governor General to once again be sworn in before the President.
“I am a lawyer by profession. The lawyers work very cordially with the judiciary”, the President noted adding that his government will never condone attempts to undermine the independence of the judiciary and regretted the doubts entertained by the Courts in this regard pertaining to a member of his Cabinet.
The National Farmers Week exhibition which opened on July 20 will continue till the 25th, from 8.30 am to 10 pm daily.
The President said the policy of the government was the protection of the farmer.
The country’s heritage was built on agriculture and the farmer was the pride of the nation. “Our forefathers estimated happiness not by profit or loss but by the rich harvests reaped.
The President observed that had the country failed to follow its agriculture policy it would have failed to win the war against terrorism amid the global economic recession and that we would have had to bow to the dictates of foreign powers.
Central Province Governor Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake, Ministry Secretaries and officials were also present.