21 July, 2019

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Exposé: President Sirisena In The Thick Of A Multi Billion Kickback Scandal

President Maithripala Sirisena has effectively violated all norms of good governance, gone back on several key election pledges including a vow to end nepotism and cronyism, and severely dented investor confidence in moves associated with a deal between the troubled telecommunication service provider Hutch and Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the latter now chaired by his brother Kumarasinghe Sirisena. The process revealed by the newspaper ‘Ravaya’ will no doubt disappoint the international community which saw in Sirisena a symbol of change, a champion of democracy and a harbinger of good governance.

MaithripalaKumarasinghe Sirisena is set to strike a deal that would see Hutch being bought by SLT for almost double its current market value. Colombo Telegraph learns that President Maithripala Sirisena is in the thick of this scandal which could yield kickbacks of a magnitude that would make the Central Bank Bond Issue scam seem like a petty theft.

To this end, the President, on the bidding of his brother, has appointed to the SLT Board, two ‘safe’ persons (Rohan De Silva and K.H. Wegapitiya), both former Rajapaksa loyalists and beneficiaries of the previous regime and owners of questionable track records. Rohan De Silva used to be a staunch Rajapaksa supporter who after January 8 struck up a friendship with Harin Fernando. The duo has now replaced the ‘troublesome’ Krishantha Cooray and Firo Farook. Meanwhile Thusitha Haloluwa, a person who played a key role in Maithripala Sirisena’s presidential election campaign and an outspoken political activist, was removed from the Mobitel Board of Directors. He was replaced by Heshana De Silva, a partner of Rohan De Silva and the son-in-law of Udaya Nanayakkara. He used to be a close friend of the Rajapaksas’ and is currently one Harin Fernando’s main financiers.

Hutch, which has been in the market for a while, is in the unenviable position of there being no takers. With Dialog being out of the picture, SLT remains the only viable buyer and is excellently positioned to dictate the purchasing price. Experts in the industry claim that Hutch has been unable to sell even at US $ 60 million. Sirisena, however, wants to start bidding at around US$ 95 million envisaging a purchase in the region of US $ 130 million.

Interestingly, this deal was first dreamed up during the Rajapaksa Presidency. However, Lalith De Silva, the former Group CEO hesitated because there was division in the Board with regard to the then upped-price, which at the time was in the region of US $ 135 million. Some Board members thought that the purchase should actually be at half this figure.

Colombo Telegraph learns that these moves have been vehemently opposed by the SLT Board of Directors. Sirisena, however, has acted in an authoritarian manner insisting that his decision must stand regardless of majority opinion.

It now appears that the scam has been plotted for quite some time now, dating back to the appointment of the President’s brother as SLT Chairman.

Despite pledges to put an end to nepotism, President Maithripala Sirisena appointed his bother Kumarasinghe as SLT Chairman merely days after assuming office. This was done without even informing the subject minister at the time, Mangala Samaraweera.

The man’s incompetence made worse by insufferable arrogance became apparent to all very quickly. Kumarasinghe is not averse to dropping his presidential brother’s name whenever necessary. His chairmanship has been marked by a determination to protect staunch loyalists of the previous regime. For example, he did his utmost to protect the incumbent CEO, Lalith Silva, a political appointee and a Rajapaksa loyalist. Ranjith Rubasinghe, the man appointed by the previous regime as CEO-Mobitel and a personal friend of Namal Rajapaksa, was suspended considering a plethora of allegations against him. Sirisena consistently defended him and essentially scuttled the investigation.

The Board finally decided to bring in Dileepa Wijesundera as the Group CEO. Wijesundera is a professional and his only known political connection is his friendship with Mangala Samaraweera.

Undeterred, Sirisena brought in K.H. Wegapitiya to the Mobitel Board even without informing the minister in charge at the time, Mangala Samaraweera. Wegapitya, after being made a Director of Mobitel, attempted to sell generators to Mobitel in a clear case of conflict of interest. Wegapitiya maintains that this was before he was appointed to the Mobitel Board. However Colombo Telegraph learns that Wegapitiya threatened the Financial Controller who objected to this and forced him to resign. This individual had also given evidence against Rubasinghe. Wegapitiya is also facing charges for fraud in a number of court cases.

It is also on record that Wegapitiya behaved in a way that intimidated the Malaysian directors, refusing to allow them to speak. It must be mentioned that the Malaysian company Maxies owns 44% of SLT and that the purchase of the share volume constitutes the single biggest foreign investment in Sri Lanka.

Wegapitiya even told the Mobitel staff that Mobitel will not bow down to the SLT Board decisions: ‘mama kaduvak gaththoth le nethiva navathinne naha….pistolayak gaththoth….pathuram paavichchi karanne nathuva navathinne naha’ (if I pick up a sword I won’t stop until there’s blood on the blade; if I pick up a pistol I will not put it down until I use the bullets). Needless to say, he had the fullest backing of the Chairman.

Some of the Malaysian directors had made the following telling observation: ‘We thought the Rajapaksas were bad, but what we see now is even worse!’

Around this time the SLT Board had taken a collective decision that the Group CEO should be responsible for Mobitel as well, a fully owned subsidiary of SLT. The advantages of working together to make maximum use of synergies were considered in this decision. Wegapitiya, at this point, quite in contravention of protocol did his utmost not to implement the decision.

Wegapitiya was subsequently sacked from the Mobitel Board because the Malaysians insisted that they fond his behavior ‘uncomfortable’. Wegapitiya, however, told the ‘Ravaya’ newspaper that he is unaware that he was removed from the Mobitel Board of Directors.

Meanwhile, Kumarasinghe Sirisena , when he realized that the Hutch deal could run into trouble due to opposition from the Board, left no stone unturned until the Board could be reconstituted with directors who could be counted on or could be persuaded to keep their peace.

Opposition from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was Kumarasinghe’s first big headache. Wickremesinghe, concerned about the complaints he had about SLT being mismanaged and that the foreign directors were unhappy, proposed to appoint Krishantha Cooray as the Deputy Chairman cum Managing Director. So he summoned the entire Board to Parliament and had a discussion, making this suggestion. When the meeting was announced Kumarasinghe went around saying that the PM and Malik Samarawickrama were trying to orchestrate the Hutch deal for personal benefit. So although having agreed to Wickremesinghe’s proposal, he later refused to implement it on the basis that appointing Cooray would undermine him and his authority. This was when he ran to his brother President Maithripala Sirisena.

The truth is that Kumarasinghe need not have worried for there were top ranking UNPers who were actually on his side. They first got Ranil Wickremesinghe to relieve Mangala Samaraweera of the telecommunications portfolio. His replacement, Harin Fernando, is younger and a first time minister. Events have proven that he would bow down to seniority.

The operators were already at work. Alex Lovel, an investment advisor, who was tasked to hatch the deal during the Rajapaksa regime, maneuvered to a position where he was speaking to both SLT and Hutch. Knowing all the parties, including those among the Prime Minister’s men and those of the President’s not averse to kickbacks, Lovel has been a key facilitator, working closely with a Singaporean broker.

Meanwhile, ‘Ravaya’ has revealed that in an attempt to make the deal look above board there is reference to a fake bid by a service provider named Lycamobile for US $ 128 million. Lycamobile is alleged to be controlled by LTTE sympathizers and a ‘nationalist imperative’ is being manufactured so that SLT can outbid Lycamobile.

It must be mentioned that President Sirisena said on TV, ‘I told the Prime Minister to remove the Central Bank Governor (over the Bond Issue scam)”. It was alleged Arjun Aloysius, the son-in-law of Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran had made 500 million rupees. This deal involves an ‘over-bid’ going in the region of US$ 50 million or approximately a staggering Rs 7 billion. The question being asked by those vigilant about the deal is, ‘Will the President sack his brother or will he himself resign?’

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  • 54
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    “The question being asked by those vigilant about the deal is, ‘Will the President sack his brother or will he himself resign?”

    People asking this question might have never lived in Sri Lanka or they were sleep all these years.

    Nothing is going to happen on any thing. This is Sri Lanka’s political culture, if the current govt was honest about “Yahapalanaya” most of the crooks will be in jail by now and the country would have recovered at least some of the stolen wealth.

    This is how its always going to be. So live with it.

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      President Maitripala Sirisena,

      RE: Exposé: President Sirisena In The Thick Of A Multi Billion Kickback Scandal

      “Colombo Telegraph learns that these moves have been vehemently opposed by the SLT Board of Directors. Sirisena, however, has acted in an authoritarian manner insisting that his decision must stand regardless of majority opinion.”

      “It now appears that the scam has been plotted for quite some time now, dating back to the appointment of the President’s brother as SLT Chairman.”

      So, the Math is simple.

      Worth $60 Million. Pay $130 Million. Excess $70 Million.

      Distribute the “Excess” $70, million as follows.

      10% off the Top to the President, Maitipala Sirisena, ( The Mahinda Rajapaksa Formula) = $13 Million

      President’s Bother CLBT Chairman Kumarasingha Sirisena, 50% , the Deal maker = $35 Million

      Balance $ 70 – $( 13+35) = $ 70-$48 = $ 22 Million, to the rest of the cronies.

      Not a bad project.

      • 5
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        For that we the ever grateful tax payers are there meekly to pay and ever ready and willing and be obliged to get cleaned out, so let they can be merry and be merrier.
        No complaints!

      • 4
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        ‘newspaper ‘Ravaya’. Is this the same paper that was it self involved in a scandal of fraud as stated by CMB telegraph not long ago

    • 11
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      I have spotted Rosy’s husband Kanishka Senanayake in Mobitel Board.

      It is rather amazing how a few well-connected names keep circulating in all plum corporate boards of SL.

      Cheers!

      • 5
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        Small correction Ben, Rosy’s husband is Athula. Kanishka is her son.

        • 6
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          Correct. Thanks Patriot.

          I have no doubt the young chap was chosen for that plum slot purely based on “merit”. In direct competition with hundreds of other fully qualified candidates.

          Wonder what perks and benefits such a young Mobitel director receives in return for his hard work.

          Of course, we wish such cronies nothing, but the very best. We always have. All the way since 1948. Tradition continues from strength to strength.

          Cheers!

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          Now that my “hero”, Maithri has been back in Sri Lanka for about a week, I’m looking for evidence that he is doing something about the things that have been said about his brother, Kumarasinghe. I hope that he realises that these stories have severely dented his credibility.

          He is the man whom we reposed faith in. I find friends telling me that this should be coupled with nepotism, and worse, in the family headed by Arjuna Ranatunga. We didn’t elect this government to get ourselves a full-time job monitoring government corruption. It looks as though Arjuna is putting things right now:

          http://www.economynext.com/Premachandra_appointed_Managing_Director_of_Sri_Lanka_Ports_Authority-3-3701-6.html

          However, things have got so bad now, that the moment I see a surname like “Premachandra”, I begin to suspect that we have here a relative of Hirunika. Probably, I’m clean off the point; I have checked on that shipping line that Sarathkumara Premachandra has worked for, but then find that they, too, have been engaged in Avant Garde like activities:

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CMA_CGM

          They are the third largest shipping line, as has been stated, and it may be that I’m getting paranoid, but will this not apply to many, many members of the public? Ideals will be replaced with cynicism.

          Explanation from Maithri, please!

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      Burt,

      “This is how its always going to be. So live with it.”

      We can vote for change again and hope for a better result next time. While waiting we should protest.

      Due to collapsing economy there might be elections sooner than we think.

    • 9
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      a learned professor who is very close to the present so called yahapalanaya regime told me soon after the election that nothing will change because there are nor credible politicians in this country to deliver what is being promised. Yahapalanaya was only a slogan to achieve power. now that polannaruwa has achieved power it is their time to loot the nation. we ppor citizens will have to shout jayawewa when we see these robbers and wait. MS will be destroyed by his brother very soon. MR atleast has a great charisma, this man MS has no charisma or support, he is holding on because of RW

      It is time to start a well planned struggle to make MS realize that people want yahapalanaya, this needs to be done before the white van or black van starts its job.

  • 37
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    “We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to govern us” — Aesop.

    How very true of Sri Lankans – we keep electing them one after the other, while locking up the small fry without charges for 10 or 15 years!

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      Kumar R.

      Thank you buddy for your poignant comment. You are very cleaver.

      The big fat thieves governing Sri Lanka must put in the redundant Lanka Kalyani like vessel and left in the middle of the ocean to sink.

      Let the wise fellows like Mahinda decide the fate of the prisoners lingering for 10 to 15 years.

      Mahinda Chinthana without Gota, Basil and Namal is good to resolve all the historical issues once and for all.

      Thank you and I love you for your beautiful comment.

  • 29
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    People thought they were bringing a sheep out of a pack of wolves.

    Well, it is only a wolf. One can get a sheep out of a herd of sheep only.

    And if it walks like a duck and quack like a duck, it is only a duck for common sense.

    There are no sheep in the SLFP and UNP. Period!

  • 33
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    Well Well Well It is time to get rid of another rotten apple the presidnet’s brother. Mr president either you get rid of him or tar yourself with the same brush of excrement that you fought so hard to get rid of. Let this not be a shameful repetition of voters trusting a game miniha who then comes to power and goes to town abusing his position. No one can expect a completely trouble free ride given the massive mess created by an era of corruption but let this also be a warning to other new brats in the UNP who think they can get away with patronage to scoundrels of the Rajapakshe era. Your days are numbered if you continue to ignore ethical standards.

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      “excrement that you fought so hard to get rid of”
      Wera, this guy never fought for it, the long suffering poor and the working class people of ‘Sorry Lanka’ did it just for survival. His days are numbered for sure.

  • 7
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    If this move is correct JVP and the Purawasi balaya should come forward to stop this.My3 made a biggest mistake by appointing his brother to a position like this

  • 9
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    Check out the current CEO of Hutch. He is nothing but a TIGER in Sheep’s clothing !

  • 15
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    Oh what a tangled web ….

    Sirisena’s appointment of his brother was an early indication that all was not well in the bid for Yahapalanaya. His later actions and non-actions on pre-election promises went on to strengthen the doubts us voters had. And now we have the icing on the cake made of shit!

    Time for the JVP to take to the streets as they have indicated they would if action on their charges are not heeded.

    These (to use Sumanasekera’s term) Mother Fornicators should all be put away for ever, along with the previous bunch of criminals.

    Thanks to CT for keeping us informed. Keep it up, guys!

  • 7
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    so it appears, if this is all true, that we will sold down the river. Is this a revolt in the temple of not only good but at the least a just government. We are continued to be groomed as a nation of crooks and fraudsters. Religion and and news channels are been continually to be used to propagate this

  • 5
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    if you yarn in the Court room you go to jail. If you’re flogging millions you out living it up.

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      Wassa, you mean ‘yawn’?

  • 7
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    MR Hora Hora kiyala chased but no Hora was ever found.The public like the pied piper led all the rats down the drain.Now all is too late. God save us.

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      mahinda

      “God save us.”

      According to Buddhism, there is no God, or Buddhism does not take a position on God.

      God is currently busy saving people in the Middle East, and do not have much time for Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho these days.

      Would appealing to Katharagama Deviyo do?

      PS. mahinda Rajapaksa has trained his successors quite well.

  • 5
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    if this is true first of all prime minister must ask from president to remove his bother and stop the deal. in the mean time ALL other directors must remove who ever help to do this dirty game. JVP must act now. in the other hand if deal does, yahapalanaya will make carry palanaya and people asking what happen $17b money in middle- east banks ? so many matters president people are real cheaters and public looters ,so how this payapalanaya stop going to carry palanaya?????

  • 10
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    Kumarasinghe nothing but getting salary(10 million a month) for My3, he appointed Wegapitiya who is well known for various fraudulent deals at Laughf which completely a bankrupt company. If you analyse this Gas company financials, there is nothing but public money that run the business. They pump all money to loss making group companies which are run my father, brother brother in law & sons and officers who say yes.

    Government must ensure that they appoint individual with proven track records to run highly profitable venture such as SLT.

    They have miserably failed in yahapalanaya and before too long each yahapalana partners and promoter will start fighting that will end the “gava palanaya”.

    They broke all norms of public trust and pledges they made to Sobihitha hamuduruwo.

    Very sad situation !

  • 5
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    [Edited out] sirisena,not trustworthy !

  • 8
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    what are the days passed? 19 yrs of silent robbing and coming out like saints.natural punishments will come. can remember the phrase. “if you rob govt coffers you will born as crows & dogs in the next birth”.wish they will not act like that in this birth.

  • 12
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    Are we to believe the veracity of this story? Is the storyline in consonance with the President’s personal image and track record? Is he that daft to do something like this in his final lap in politics?

    All these are questions that need to be first asked and answers found, before we vent our spleens on what must be done thereafter.

    If by any chance there is no truth in this story, then we have a serious problem concerning press freedom as found here.

    The ‘bravery’ shown by these newspapermen is truly commendable, particularly since they fully well know, they will live to tell the tale thereafter.

    • 9
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      I am truly saddened by the responses on this page from readers. No wonder we are a nation of gulls. Everyone seems to have believed the story, and swallowed it, hook, line and sinker!

      WE are a nation ready to swallow ANYTHING if it is slanderous. It is clear to the reasonably balanced mind that CT has an agenda against the President. The expose’ on his son accompanying him to the UN and his daughter’s involvements in accepting public invitations and attending them, were taken as MAJOR issues and blown out of all reasonable proportion.

      This is not an attempt by me to whitewash the President, for I have nothing to gain by it. But it is clear to me that CT is going out of its way in slinging mud at him in the hope that some of it will stick.

      To me, the President is a man of considerable maturity and sagacity because he remains unshaken in the face of scurriless stories published clearly to tarnish his image. CT – in my view – is busy, shooting itself in the foot.

      As readers it is our duty sometimes to question the source, if the accusations are of such serious proportions.

    • 9
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      Thanks, Justice & Fairplay,

      I, too, am alarmed at how fickle we prove ourselves time, and time again. As you say, it is hard to imagine that a man as mature as Maithri would allow himself to be drawn in to conspiring regarding such an obviously dangerous acquisition.

      Of course, it could well be that we are finally proved to have been naive regarding a man in whose performance we reposed so much hope. Also, I’ve had my ear sufficiently close to the ground to have been following all this talk about Kumarasinghe’s advent so soon after the elections, and it’s the one thing about Maithri that I’ve been uneasy about.

      It is important for the nation that this be investigated thoroughly; it may be that this publicity will actually help correct any nascent corruption, in which case, it’ll still have the effect of disillusioning me about human nature.

      • 8
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        Thank you Sinhala Man. Thank you for understanding what I was trying to say. Perhaps very few do.

        If the President is complicit in anyway, then he is GUILTY. But that has to be proven beyond doubt.

        It appears this Kumarasinghe wanted his salary increased three fold (what for???)and the heads that didn’t agree on the SLT Directorate simply rolled. This is ominously dangerous for President Sirisena and definitely not ON.

        What I have yearned for (and perhaps you are the same) is a good, earthy, decent man to lead us; a man of simplicity and sagacity, not given to the various trappings of office; a man who would come into and then leave office without overstaying his welcome, doing the least damage in the meantime. (much like that great INdian Abdul Kalaam).

        Sirisena had all the credentials, but this is a controversy I believe he could do well without. Having said that, I still believe that this news website over-reacted when it tried to blow up the issues concerning the presidential off-spring and therefore I will continue to treat these exposes with a degree of suspicion.

        Of course I could be naiive and extremely foolish, but I believe that one day, a GOOD man will lead us, and from then on will wont have scum in the top seat. I had hoped that man would be Sirisena.

        Let us wait and see…..

        • 5
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          Dear Justice & Fairplay,

          That we are in perfect agreement with each other is beyond doubt. Perhaps there is very little that little guys like us can do, but wait and see . . . .

          However, we must make our thoughts known, to those who will listen. The problem is that by using this alien language only, a small segment of our countryfolk can even access what we are saying in the simplest possible way.

          All readers who have read this, even those few who have disagreed with us (isn’t it slightly encouraging that more have approved?) have to be considered to be the intelligentsia of the country; as such a heavy duty has been placed upon us: noblesse oblige, and all that sort of thing.

          We will do well to reflect upon the fact that this status has devolved upon us accidentally. We are all likely to have a broader, more liberal, world outlook, because we have been privileged to acquire a knowledge of English. How do we get these ideas across to others who use only Sinhala or only Tamil?

          A more general, and practical problem: how do we equip the rest of the country with a World Language? (English is the most wide-spread, however messy it is! And for historical reasons it makes little sense to study Spanish, or French – or Esperanto!) Everyone has a vague desire to know English, not always for the most praiseworthy reasons. But the reason why they cannot learn it is because of us! Maybe we do it unwittingly, but we are all too ready to wield the “Kaduwa”.

          How do we do something to improve Education? I’m now too old to do what I once could have. Even when I try to get that message across to the three once very prestigious schools where I was fortunate to have studied, I’m PREVENTED. Yes, I mean that. A life-time of teaching English, yet never have I set foot in Europe. I know that sounds merely bitter – but let that also be understood.

          I know that those schools matter a bit less now, but they still could contribute something towards progress. I may be unique in understanding the “corruption” there, and I could contribute, but the opposition comes from people whom you wouldn’t dream were acting only in self interest. There’s more that I can say – very specific things! Does anybody want to listen?

          There’s a little more of my recent grumblings here, but it is NOT what I’m saying that matters, but what my class-mate has written!

          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/rule-of-law-first-step-to-invigorate-democratic-institutions-advance-nation-building/#comments

          And again here:

          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-death-of-a-struggle/#comments

          So, can we please try to suppress egos and prejudices and do whatever we can?

  • 6
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    When does the robbing of people stop?

  • 6
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    Oh I’m pleasantly unsurprised!

  • 7
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    This is the humble President who said he is not used to live in a place like Presidential palace. But he is thoroughly enjoying himself travelling in luxury cars, walking on red carpets, shaking queen’s bare hand and opening buildings and laying foundations with his name engraved in golden plates… There’s no difference between him and MR.

  • 3
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    No… the have brought out Wolves in Sheep skin.

    Will Sira sack his brother and himself ?????????A double whammy.

  • 3
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    We are all taken for suckers by the Sirisenas. Now the gamaralas are getting used to making easy money. Ranil Wickremasinghe is the only hope. The prime minister should take this matter up with the president and prevent this deal. Wagapitiya is a well known crook in the industry. Sirisenas are protecting all the crooks and will be a bigger disaster than the Rajapaksas. Great job colombo telegraph we appreciate your guts to write this story.
    Unfortunately the main newspapers and tv stations are not doing their job.

  • 5
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    We know Kumarasinghe Sirisena as once GM/Timber corporation and allegedly sacked or thrown out due to malpractices. What is his acedemic and professional experience to be Chairman of SLT. This country for last 10 years going from bad to worse.Buying a company is not a atter for SLT Board. There is lot of govt shares in SLT and Treasury and cabinot of Ministers should approve this purchase. Is this good governance?

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      Never mind Sir, This supreme post of SLT Chairman was held by inefficient and corrupt codgers like Sumathaipala (Race by Race king) and Hemasiri Fernando (ICC) with no Telecom experience. Why not Kumarasinghe? Tomorrow by another monkey or donkey with no acedemic qualifications. We had Vernon Watson as the best Chairman of SLT some 10 years back. Now all have gone to dogs and cats

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        Not only Vernon Watson,even Prof. K. K. Y. W. Perera. We live in sad times where merit has no place, only racketeers who know to spin money and give the master’s share.

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          Dear John Pulle & Former Telecom Engineer,

          Thanks for the little comments, which are very much to the point! It is important and constructive to remind people that corruption needn’t be considered endemic.

  • 4
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    SIRISENA, It simply STINKS SIRA.

    Are we being taken on a costly ride ? You are simply giving ammunition to MARA,SUMANE and the gang.

    Where do we go from here ? Amarasir/NV and the rest, did we spend our energy to bring these shameless culprits to power, what a waste of time.

    When can our Nation find an honest leader, everyone is a wolf in sheep’s cloth. Sira looked so innocent and appeared like a replication of Lord Buddha.

    Are we being duped, like the saying goes.Everything that glitters is not gold.

  • 0
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    To put it simply, my dreams have been shattered.
    I waited giving the regime the benefit of doubts, during the central bank fiasco, the nepotism occurrences, the mega cabinet with unwanted & even defeated characters in it.
    But these revelations – CT does not err, I am pretty sure – are simply stunning.
    The president must resign unless he can convincingly explain.

    The least he can do is, sack Mahendran and Kumarasinghe – but, I do not think that he has guts enough to do it.

  • 0
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    If all this is true, it’s no surprise, as Sirisena is from the old corrupt brigade anyway. It’s wishful thinking to expect honesty and good governance from anyone who didn’t stand up against the corruption and crimes of the MR regime when they were part of it. I don’t recall Sirisena
    doing anything of the sort…so no real surprises here, but it is disappointing. It’s up to the opposition, failing which, the ordinary citizens, to ensure that these greedy pigs don’t get to line their pockets without any checks.

  • 0
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    Telecom is a UNP ministry why did the president appoint his brother to SLT? There is only one reason and that is to make money and everyone knows it.

    President’s brother is an outright fraud. I met him two months ago and I was shocked about some of the things he said.
    He is a misfit to be telecom Chairman. We should be grateful to this website for having the courage to write this story.
    Like Rajapaka the present President Sirisena is also now trying to silence the media. If the civil society does not react immediately the hard fought victory in January will be a disaster.

    Dudley Sirisena is the one who guides the SLT chairman. Mangala Samaraweera and Harin Fernando should be held accountable for all this. They never protested again the chairman.

    It is a now or never situation .

  • 1
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    Where are those bloody jokers now, like JVP, Gamini Viyangoda, Nirmal Dewasiri, Sirasa Gossip vendors and every Jak, Gill and Harry? All those bloody jokers made a farcical joke over non-existent Central Bank and Avant Garde fiasco. But when it comes to real corruptions like these nobody is there to emit the weakest of whimper. There are bushels of public interest litigators out there, but why are they all silent?

  • 2
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    We speak of war crimes these days. It is a crime against humanity to steal from poor people. When the hybrid tribunal is finally made up, can we have Sirisena and his brother tried before it for committing a crime against humanity? This will provide a deterrent to future presidents and their siblings.

  • 0
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    Fools who elected Sira is getting the results with interest. Sira advised Ranil to move out Arjuna but nothing happened. Like wise Ranil can now ask to remove Brother Sira but nothing will happen. Who knows, the buying of Hutch may be apart of this government’s deal with Pro-LTTE mafia.

  • 1
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    Isnt it going over the top when you are calling for one’s head (Sirisena & brother) when this imaginary deal has not even happened?

    I remember many ppl incl CT had to eat their words in the past when their specultions went wrong.
    so my advise is, dont judge too soon!

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      I agree with Roshan. I have lost the respect that I had for CT after this article.

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    It is said that a “Dog’s tail cannot be straitened even if it is placed in a bamboo”. So with with these politicians who “boast” of forty odd years of experience. The things that are coming to light are bad enough; but in the “RUSH” it is shameful to see how some,(recently “infiltrated” here) even through the comments are trying to “Crown” a “ROUGE” who plundered the National Wealth along with his “Family” and “Cronies” and virtually ran a “Despotic Regime”. This Government if properly carried out the mandate given on January 8th, those “ROUGES”(some who call them HEROES with Chinthanaya) would have been by now put behind bars not for 10 to 15 years; but for LIFE. This “campaign” has been started already and hopefully people will be kept awaken by those very FORCES who KICKED OUT that “Despot”. Mr. President: First, TIE these ROUGES and make them to live where they deserve to be; otherwise you will be doomed and “THEY” will bundle you out. You too have miserably failed to sort out who the friends are and who the rouges are. Wake up Mr. President. This is your last chance to retire in grace and it is you who must not make it a disgrace.

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      its a case of humpty dumpty elected by one legged donkeys.

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