19 November, 2019

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Harin Gives President’s Brother Kumarasinghe A Tongue-Lashing

Just 15 months later, the first cracks have started to appear in the President Maithripala Sirisena – Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s coalition, with a Cabinet Minister from the Wickremesinghe’s government lambasting the President’s brother, Kumarasinghe Sirisena, the Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) for his lack of accountability and transperency in carrying out his official duties at SLT.

Kumarasinghe SirisenaIn a letter addressed to Kumarasinghe Sirisena, Minister of Telecommunications Harin Fernando expressed his displeasure in the manner in which the functions and procedures were taking place at SLT, which, Fernando claimed were ‘non-trasnparent.’

“I strongly believe in empowering the management to run their operations with freedom sans undue scrutinisation. However, an integral part of this style of leadership is clear communication and accountability, of which there is none,” Fernando told Kumarasinghe in a letter sent on 05th April 2016, which was also copied to the secretaries of President Sirisena, and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe.

Fernando also criticized Kumarasinghe for ignoring his requests on pending board decisions, reviews on major projects, union issues and other information pertaining to spending of public monies, and has ordered Kumarasinghe to immediately organize monthly review meetings, so he (Fernando) could go through all operation, financial and management matters concerning SLT.

“I also want to be kept informed of all pending board matters and decisions, and a copy of the minutes of all board meetings, subsidiary board meetings must be sent to me for perusal. All employment and HR related matters should also be discussed prior to decisions been made,” Fernando told Sirisena. (By Munza Mushtaq © Colombo Telegraph)

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  • 7
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    Obvoiusly a result of the cold war now raging between pacha sira and the batalanda mutt.

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    A Government that came to power on YAHAPLANAYA platform must pass a law restricting nepotism, by referring all allegations of nepotism to a Parliamentary Oversight Committee.

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    If Yahalpanaya is the style of Govt: as publicly proclaimed by the President,the Minister should not hesitate to sack this Kumarasinghe!
    I admire the Minister,for moving in the matter.

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    Harin Fernando ,
    Get the bribary commission involved. Start investigating and if found guilty press charges and jail him or stone to death. It doesnt matter if he is presidents brother or farther. If he is a theif he should be dealt with law.

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    WELL SAID HON. HARIN FERNANDO…. WE DID NOT VOTE FOR HIS EXCELLENCY MAITHRIPALA SIRISENA TO APPOINT HIS BROTHER AS CHAIRMAN….. IN THIS RESPECT THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE TO THE MURDEROUS REGIME OF THE RAJAPAKSES. THE CURRENT CHAIRMAN OF THE SRI LANKA TELECOM KUMARASINGHE SIRISENA SHOULD BE REMOVED IMMEDIATELY FOR THIS POSITION AND SOMEONE ELSE APPOINTED….. THIS WOULD MEAN YAHAPALANAYA…. GOOD GOVERNANCE … THEN AND ONLY THEN…..

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    Tis is just a response to Minister Harin’s frustration re the performance of this Kumarasnghe whose only qualifications are that he is the Presidents brother.While there were many young highly qualified Sri Lankan youths with Degrees from Imperial College London, M.I.T in the U.S.A And Cal Tech. Some of the best Universities in the world Silly Sira appoints his yako brother. to head one of the most important Departments re Telecoms. Is Ranil blind ? as P.M. does he have no say in these appointments?Ican understand the Gamarala with little knowledge of modern technology nor the English Language making these decisions but as head of the cabinet he should have better sense.And another aside, Ranil Get rid of that disgraceful Minster and the Head and Chairman of the Ports Ministry of bloody incompetent unqualified bunch of peasant Yakos. and money laundering crooks.The honest voters have had a gutfull of Yapalanaya Bullshit.Dont come begging for our votes you buggers are as bad as the last lot.

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    One hard question would he dared A Tongue-Lash on any of Rajapakshe’s brothers,?

    It seems all of a sudden all Sri Lankans have become heroes, and the common sight you see around are guys getting off posh, posh cars with their chest puffed up and more than anything it suggests as if they are hard up to run for a big job to the toilet.LOL

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    well done Mr Minister. Give these rogues a lashing and put them out of politics. They don’t practice what they preach.

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