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.
In 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)