By Colombo Telegraph –
An audit report of the Ministry of External Affairs has seriously implicated Kshenuka Senewiratne, Additional Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, former High Commissioner to the UK and former Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, according to sources in the ministry who wish to remain anonymous. Accordingly, after she took over as Permanent Representative in November 2009, Senewiratne has contracted Shelva Zug, a company that is reputed to be controlled by some LTTE operatives, to renovate her Official Residence.
While the contract was worth more than 150,000 Swiss Francs (more than 20 million Rupees), the report indicates that Senewiratne’s husband had done part of the renovation work and received payment from the mission via Shelva Zug. According to ministry sources, she has thereby grossly violated every Government regulation relating to finance, procurement and administration. There were no quotations, no BOQ, no letter heads, no contract, and moreover a large sum of money had been paid in advance to the company.
There has been no justification for awarding the contract to Shelva Zug to carry out construction work from cellar to roof top. Shelva Zug, furthermore, is not a construction company, but a financial and credit institution also dealing with real estate, life insurance, health insurance, housing and car insurances. It is not located in Geneva where there are numerous construction companies, but in Zurich, a city 300 kilometers away from Geneva.
Shelva Zug owner, P.T. Thurairajah, was among 9 LTTEers arrested by Swiss police in January 2011 for money laundering, extortion, and membership in a criminal organization. Following their arrest, the Swiss Attorney General’s office said in a statement, “During the course of investigations, the suspicion that for many years the accused persons had forced their fellow countrymen of the Tamil diaspora to financially support the LTTE, was substantiated.”
An by the Finance Ministry has produced a devastating report after their investigations, but its release has been blocked by Monitoring MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, who effectively runs the Foreign Ministry and whose close friendship with Kshenuka Senewiratne is well known.
“This is perhaps why Kshenuka is said to have paid such tribute to the role played by Sajin de Vass in Geneva despite his ignorance of the activities of the United Nations and of international humanitarian and human rights law, and despite his being an unknown quantity among the diplomatic corps in Geneva.” our sources further said.