2 October, 2020

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Letting Down The President

By Rajiva Wijesinha

Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, MP

Over the last few years I have been astonished at the manner in which very clear instructions from the President are simply ignored. For instance, there are two extremely visionary recommendations in last year’s budget, but it seems no one has done anything about them. One is the suggestion, which indeed harks back to his 2005 manifesto, that we move to a school based system of teacher recruitment. Another, vital in the context of our efforts to implement the National Human Rights Action Plan, is the suggestion that we move towards greater use of non-custodial sentencing, and indeed reduce the number of persons held in remand.

In trying to understand what has gone wrong, I realize that there is no mechanism for follow up in this country. Given the proliferation of Ministries, no one is quite sure who should initiate action, and very often excellent ideas fall to the ground because of a failure to allocate responsibility and ensure monitoring. Sadly, this failure to take policy and policy implementation seriously was underlined by the abolishment of the Ministry of Planning and Policy Implementation, which was just getting other Ministries used to regular reporting of achievements and keeping close track of financial accountability.

This seemed so silly a step, that I wonder whether we have not now reached a stage where a few bureaucrats, who would like to have charge of more than they can handle without clear responsibilities, advised against continuing with institutional responsibility for urgent matters, and promoted the getting rid of that Ministry and the Ministry of Human Rights. Sadly, they have failed completely to deliver swiftly the results that the President may have anticipated in allowing such confusion.

Unfortunately, this contributes to the impression that the President does not want action on such matters. I believe such a view is nonsense, and I know of several instances in which the President had allocated responsibilities, had believed that work was being done, and had been grossly misled. The latest is the preparation of a Road Map for implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. He had indeed suggested this be taken to Geneva, but was then told it should not be publicized. When I asked for a copy, having seen what a positive impact my own draft Reconciliation Policy document had had – which goes beyond the LLRC and presents a national perspective on reconciliation that avoids the undue emphasis the more politically motivated place on particular aspects of reconciliation – I was told by one of those entrusted with preparing the Road Map that I should check with the Minister of External Affairs. The Minister, bless his honest soul, made it clear the document was very far from being ready.

I was reminded then of the utter farce that had followed the desire of the President to implement the interim recommendations of the LLRC. He had assured me that this was being done, and was astonished when I told him that I thought very little had been achieved. He then wanted me put on the Inter-Ministerial Committee tasked with implementation, but having first being assured that there was no objection to this (which made me wonder, since I could not understand why it should be thought there could be objections when the President had given a clear directive), I was then told that since I was an MP, this would not be proper.

Instead it was included in my terms of reference as Adviser on Reconciliation that I should monitor the work of that Committee and report to the President. I tried over the next few months to find out when the Committee would meet and, having been assured regularly that this was imminent, I was finally told that in fact the Committee did not meet. I had rather suspected this, for when I had initially asked for minutes of the meetings, I was told that such minutes were not kept.

I should add that some work was indeed done in implementing the recommendations. But I think it utterly disloyal to have allowed the President to think that the Committee was meeting and that implementation was taking place systematically. Of course it is possible that some individuals did not want to implement all the recommendations. That should not be a problem because, when a Committee makes recommendations, it is not required that everything be implemented. But the standard practice, of implementing what is acceptable, and then of explaining why other things cannot be done while working out effective ways of achieving the desired results, can only be done if there is clear-cut administrative responsibility. Sadly this is not understood by those who have suggested to the President that he can trust them to do whatever is required.

How serious all this prevarication and postponement can be came home to me when I was sent recently the report submitted by the American Office of War Crimes with regard to ‘the Secretary’s October 21, 2009, report on crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka detailing what, if any, measures have been taken by the Government of Sri Lanka and international bodies to investigate such incidents, and evaluating the effectiveness of such efforts’.

The later report, submitted in August 2010, noted that the government had appointed a group of Eminent Persons to investigate, but that ‘The Department of State concludes that the Group of Eminent Persons was ineffective’. This is understandable since ‘The group’s report was initially due to President Rajapaksa on December 31, 2009, but the due date was subsequently delayed to April 2010 and then again to July 2010. The group did not submit a report and has been subsumed by the recently-formed Commission on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation (LLRC).’

What I suspect the US knew well, though it was concealed from the President, was that the group scarcely met. I know this because, in early December, when I met a member of the Group and asked what had happened, he said they had still not met. I was deeply upset, because I had indicated that I had much material that would effectively rebut most of the charges. Needless to say, I was not summoned, until June 2010, when I was abroad. I told them when I would be back, but that was the last I heard of them, and soon enough they were abolished.

I had studied that report in detail, and indeed suggested to the then Attorney General that we could together prepare a brief that would deal with the Report but, though he kept agreeing that something should be done, he was obviously not in a position to take things further. This is the more unfortunate in that that particular Report was politely phrased and in fact itself provided us with much material to counter the allegations. Though I have no doubt that there were already those in the US State Department who were preparing the full frontal assault on us that their intrigues with Sarath Fonseka foreshadowed, I think that we in effect let down those who were more supportive of us by so contemptuously ignoring that initial very helpful Report. The fact that the harshest allegation there referred in fact to Sarath Fonseka should have made us appreciate the thinking at that time in the US, but instead we succumbed to the usual combination of lethargy and irresponsibility – and appalling advice to the President, failing to make it clear to him the potentially very serious repercussions.

There are other instances of what amounts to duplicity in dealings with the President and, though I used to think earlier that this was due to incompetence, I am now not so sure. I will discuss other matters later, but let me end with something I was told recently which, if true, suggests the complete lack of professionalism in those who pretend to the President that they know what they are doing. It seems that he was not briefed about the actual position of Maria Otero in the Department of State, that she was senior to Bob Blake and was indeed one of the most senior persons to visit us in recent years. I almost cannot believe this, but having seen the manner in which so many of those with executive responsibility function, I wonder.

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    Some answers to our questions are here. UNHRC resolution is passed and we know that GOSL canvassed against the resolution and is defeated which for the ministry of EA is responsible for a great extent.I think after the resolution , the President is also in a difficult position to adjust himself to the post resolution scenario. Within an 365 days from March 22 , GOSL will have to face another UNHRC resolution, I think. GOSL will loose some more countries as the abduction issue in SL has come to the forefront of politics of both LTTE oriented Tamil Diaspora and “JVP” type oriented Sinhalese diaspora.

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    In the final analysis HE the President cannot escape or evade responsibility of non implementation of those measures.

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      Nor can the Liberals evade responsibility for sucking up to “HE The President” for a MP-ship which Rajiva would have never got if not for his distant relationship with MR and much more for sucking up. I was and am close to the Liberals ideologically although I never joind the Liberal Party. It is sad to see committed and genuine persons like Kamal Nissanka not speaking up against the destructionist policies of MR and also the sucking policies of Rajiva. Kamal,(if you are the lawyer from K’gala and Secretary of the Liberal Party)please act now and do your bit to save the country and the save the cause of liberalism.

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        Hey Johnny,
        what liberal party you are talking about?Has it anything to do with Liberia?Or is it some kind of gigolo party that you come across where geezers wear funny costumes? You don’t have to worry about saving the country.It’s already done with the curtains coming down at Nandikadal lagoon.May be still we are left with a bit of mopping up to do and clear the debris in the form of brown skinned suddhas living abroad.Don’t worry we will do the needful very soon.

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    Achievements of Mahinda Rajapakse:

    – Helping Hambantota (Tsunami scam)

    – Secret pre-election deal with LTTE (probably the worst form of treason)

    – Failure to abolish “Executive Presidency” even though it was clearly promised in “Mahinda Chinthanaya”

    – Setting up of “Mihin Airlines”, which has already gone bankrupt 3 times, and is now running at a 500K USD/month loss

    – Millions wasted on “Hambantota Port”

    – 40K Tamil civilians killed during the final stages of the war

    It doesn’t take a genius to see that Mahinda is a colossal failure. He may have “won” the war, but any idiot can “win” a war by using modern weapons to bomb bata-clad teenagers into the Stone Age. I have said before, if the USA and NATO used its nuclear weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan, no one would be able to inhabit those places for 500 years (still today, children with deformities are being born in Japan from atomic radiation of two nuclear bombs).

    The best thing Sri Lankans can do now, is take Mahinda Rajapakse and throw him off the Kelaniya Bridge. Unless he has a secret deal with the fish, it’s what’s in the best interest of the country.

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      Observer,
      The biggest achievement was getting rid of the world renowned barbaric monsters the Tamil Tiger terrorists.But still we blame Rajapakse,know why?Because he is yet to take suitable action against brown Sinhalese and Tamil foreigners like you who are causing trouble to our motherland.If Rajapakse fails to take suitable action against such brown/foreign trouble makers,as duty bound citizens we will do the needful.Have you heard of something called”a citizen’s arrest”?Let me put it in a simple manner.If buy any chance i happen to come across “Observer”who goes by various aliases,loitering in Srilanka,I Max Silva will personally bundle you in to a white van and throw you out of my country.No hanky panky hereafter.Enough is enough.You can go to Geneva and scream from the roof tops that your bloody human rights had been violated by Max Silva.No more brown Sinhalese and Tamil foreigners in this peaceful island.Damned trouble makers!

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        Hello Max Silva,

        If I meet you anywhere in the world, the pigeons will enjoy a nice lunch. I can imagine that you are as ugly as your words; in the typical Sri Lankan style, short, with a pot belly. Just one shot aimed correctly will take the wind out of you.

        As I said, getting “rid” of the Tigers at the expense of democracy is not an achievement. Rajapakse is using the war as an excuse to promote his family. This is a threat to all peace-loving citizens, and to some extent, a threat to the outside world, as well. How many Sri Lankans have already been hung in the Middle East for stealing and killing. These buggers learn their trade in the “Miracle of Asia”, but have no idea the outside world does not tolerate those behaviours.

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      Observer the list you have stated has missed out many. Just for information some of the important ones,
      -Building a Cricket Stadium at Homben Thota, to send the Cricket Board Bankrupt rendering it unable to pay the Cricketers their monthly emmoluments.
      -Entertaining the proven Corrupt the likes of Thilanga Sumathipala who rooked the Cricket Board and Telecom earlier, Convict PBJ back in office to mess matters, Rohitha Horagollagama for his lavish expenditure, Canard Cabral as head of the Central Bank to cook statistics of development, Pimp Sajin Vass who provide you and Namal the comfort women, Dilan Perera the signature forger, Wimal Modawansa who has made the Sinhalese also a Moda nation, G(rand) L(iar) Peiris who is unaware himself as to what he started to speak on when he reaches the end thus confuse the listners, Mithripala Sirisena brother of the Rice rogue’s brother, to whom you send a LTTE suicide bommer but escaped unlike Jeyraj F, Sripathi Sooriyaarachchi, Mahinda Wijesekara et al who would have by now thrown you out had they been alive.
      -indulging in this condom theory, dispensing many after their use like how you promised former AG Mohan Pieris as CJ but now he seems running in circles to find himself some importance retaining the security provided when he was AG.
      -Trying to beautify Colombo and the suburbs for the rich, while hitting the workers below the belt increasing the price of bread over Rs. 50/-
      -Asking the public to conserve electricity while staging Night Races busting up electricity lighting up cities using tens of thousands watts.

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        Yes, you are right that my list was condensed. What is clear is that everything which Mahinda touches turns to ruin. Without doubt, this is the worst President in the history of SL. JR, SWRD, and CBK were racists to some extent, but they were willing to negotiate with the minorities. JR also had a good economic policy. MR is not willing to negotiate on any issue; it may be, as I suspect, because GR (the real psychopath) is in charge of the show.

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      Very true indeed.

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    I forgot to mention, the millions wasted in the effort to win the bid for the “Commonwealth Games.” No sane person expected Sri Lanka to win – but the pseudo “lawyer” Namal Rajapakse pursued this bid till the very end.

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      Observer,
      Already wetting your pants,ah!So now you want to know how Max looks like so that you can evade a citizen’s arrest,ah!I am not going to tell you about my appearance.You are in for a surprise.I am not joking Observer.I am pretty serious.Right this moment i have launched the “Citizens arrests of criminals organization”(CAOCO).Meaning when we KA you,question, KO Observer.We will be on the look out for brown skinned Sinhalese and Tamils with foreign passports arriving in Srilanka.We can’t expect the security forces to take care of everything.Instead as law abiding citizens,it is our sworn duty to protect our motherland from undesirable shady characters like you.But as this is nothing personal against you,if you swear in public that hereafter you will behave yourself without being a nuisance to the motherland ,then i am delighted to offer you an amnesty.Have i made myself clear?Try any monkey tricks,you will be bundled in to a Tuk Tuk if not a white van,you will have to face the music at the mercy of CAOCO!I am afraid that music is very rough!

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        Hello Max Silva:

        Thanks for admitting you need several bodyguards to face me. On the other hand, I am happy to meet you alone at Victoria Park, with only two fists as the weapon. I don’t care about your police state, where the Great Leader hides behind 500 bodyguards. Educated people can decide for themselves whether there is value in spying on neighbors, friends, parents, etc.

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        Observer,
        Want to meet me at Victoria park?What the hell is this?You some kind of a homo?In that case i will leave you alone.My guess is that you plan to rape me on the pretext of challenging me.Hey Gamini,be careful of your buddy the Observer.So all these days you have been messing about with me with an ulterior dirty idea behind at the back of your mind,eh!Now i realize the equation.Obsrever+Gamini=RW=Mangala.

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        Thanks for refusing the challenge, Silva. I knew you have no ability to fight; that is why you threaten the Tamil diaspora with verbal abuse. You’re a mad, barking racist dog without any fangs.

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        Observer,
        You don’t have to come to Victoria park to hit me with your fists.I am right in your messy room now.You want to hit Max?Ok,let me tell you how to do it in the comfort of your messy room.Get a bloody hammer.Sit in front of your stupid computer.Take that damned hammer and bang on the letter M,next A followed by X on your worn out keyboard.Then i will have the privilege of not having to listen to your stupid theories,at least for a while.

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        Apparently Heshan/Nihal P is very good at using his fist at Victoria Park. He’s a very good “Observer” too. ROFL.

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    It is quite obvious that this Prof is ‘sucking up’ to the president.If he is unable to get things done, he should quit – a very unlikely event

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    WOW – now who gave permission to Rajiva to speak on behalf of the President??

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      Of course he is sucking up. And he is not a Professor. The university he taught at did not appoint him Professor Emeritus after he left. Only senior professors who have served 10 years in that rank will be appointed Emeritus. So, he cannot even call himself professor. After MR became President, he renewed his distant relationship that he had with MR and cozied up to him. Now he is ex-liberal. He sold the liberal soul to MR. Chanaka must be turning in his grave. Now he has no choice but to go on sucking. He will crticise the regime a bit but never too much as to offend MR. Also, he hates his cousin Ranil. Must be bcz of some fight from “boy”hood!

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        Oh Johnny, How do yoou know whether he has left the job at the university? he is not emritus he still is a prof. So is GL I believe.

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    Readers do not be surprised, if this good for nothing disgrace to the title of Prof. attempts to woo RW once agin as they are truely shameless.

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      Gamini woo RW?Are you referring to RW of Batalanda fame?Are you out of your mind?Even Samba of TNA has dropped RW like a piece of hot shit!Pl do RW a favor.Pl get hold of your buddy the Observer and help to put up a stage for RW in Jaffna for May day fiasco.The news is that come May day Sajith and Karu is going to kick out your mentor RW. Gamini,i am sorry i can’t make you happy.How can i when you have stupid ideas of RW coming to your rescue?Oh by the way don’t worry about the official welcoming anthem for RW in Jaffna.The Tamils know how to sing hoooooo!

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        Max, I speak on behalf of so many millions in this country, who are in favour of RW to take the reins of this country who will establish Law and Order without any preference or favour to any, not even his relations or friends. He will lead this country towards development and Peace. Some may view his reservedness as a short coming, not having PR to woo the people. On the other hand look at MR who plays upto the gallery, carrying children and cuddling them, and discarding them after use. I believe as a Leader RW need not be familiar with any and neither do I expect any favour from him after he comes to power. Because he should be free to govern the country on merit. It is to that end I support him. You are still talking of a Batalanda. For your information there was a Commission of Inquiry and he was exonerated, unlike MR regarding the Tsunami Funds he embezzled, he got his one time friend CJ Sarath N. Silva to restrain the Police from probing the matter. Because had the Police probed he would be still behind bars as Sarath N Silva said afterwards. Only the disgruntled JVPers who have massacred innocent civillians having escaped from the country living outside, who still harp on Batalanda without any effect. So Max are you also a JVPer? I still have not been able to find someone who hates RW to give me any valid reasons, other than falsely accusing him of as a Traitor alleging he gave the NE to the LTTE. When questioned, if so why VP let him down, none has an answer.

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    What is worse is the likes of you letting us down, dear Professor. This level of authoritarian rule, this level of centralization of power, centralization of power within the family, this level of oppressive rule three years after the end of the war, and outright corruption — why are the likes of yourself, GLPieris, VasuN and TissaW, and of course, Dayan J, part of these? How can you accept these as correct aspects of post-war governance?

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      Of course he is a clever prof but he has always been what he calls a “Liberal”, whose policies are flexible and speaks other people’s words articulated by himself. As for Vasudeva, he declared total political bankruptcy when he voted for the 18th amendment. His nudity was so obvious that he held a press conference to say that “he was against in principle to the amendment but will support the government”, which made no sense to anybody with an iota of a brain. He is a serious crook.Tissa W is a man with his brain rested in a jar in his lab. You can’t expect anything serious from him. Dayan and GL have very flexible tongues,and they often sit on their brains.

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        Rupert, a university teacher who gets into Parliament must resign his post. Otherwise, he is disqualified from being an MP. Not every former professor can call himself professor once he ceases to be a university teacher. He must be formally appointed by the Senate of that University as Professor Emeritus. To be appointed Emeritus, one must have put in 10 years as a Senior Professor, not just as a professor or associate professor. I am not sure whether or not GL was so appointed. Tissa Witharana and Warnapala are two others who use the prefix “Professor” without being appointed Emeritus Professor.

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    “…Over the last few years I have been astonished at the manner in which very clear instructions from the President are simply ignored….”

    What a bundle of jokes this man has been over the years and now he comes up with another joke!!! Who held government, political, official unofficial and every sort of power and authority over every grit of sand of this unfortunate land? And now this joker says he is astonished that everything is in tatters!!! Yet there is one thing over which presidnet’s clear instructions are not ignored which is white van abductions!!! After eternal years of governance under this government white van disappearances seem to be the only area compliance, efficiency and authenticity is 100% guaranteed!!! If this joker wants to see the proof of it he can just do it in a couple of days: write the truth about the regime, its corruptions, stealing, plundering and killings!!

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    Hay Observer, be careful and use a condom because there is cause for getting dog AIDS from the exit end of this “mad Max” because dogs had a very good cause to use filthy hole of this k9 homo-sapiens hybrid creature in time of dearth of female gods as a make shift substitute!!!!!!!!

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      I am no homosexual, unlike the Sri Lankan police and army. I said to come to Victoria Park, since there are no cops there. Max Silva cannot accept the challenge; just another Horapakse FAN blowing hot air!

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    There are more than capable people in SL that will NOT LET the COUNTRY DOWN… but its up to the president to Employ these people.. there are clear mechanisms in the constitution to legally remove minisiters who are not peforming their duty to SRI LANKA and her people.. IT is the will of the president and parliament to invoke these. clearly there need to be changes made.. That will gurantee our security and address some concers in SL.. This whole abduction debacle was very badly handled.

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    You fellow Rajiva, obviously you have to sing for your supper. What do you mean by letting the President down ? The so called President & his family are corrupt to the hilt. They are nothing but a bunch of racists , liars and thugs. This scumbag Mahinda will go down in history as the worst President ever.

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      only in those bloody and murderous eyes of the eleamist

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    Who the hell is this f.c.king sjv chelvanayakam who smacks of sex-maniac?

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      He is a descendant of the illustrious Chelvanayagam heritage.And who the hell are you,late gatecrasher?A gigolo?

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    While Rajiva may imagine he is doing a favour for the President by blaming others for the governmen’ts manifest failure at international diplomacy, if one reads his essay with some knowledge of the extraordinary (and anti-liberal) powers the Sri Lanka president has under the 1978 constitution, the essay actually constitutes a damning critique of Mahinda. Anyone who believes poor Mahinda is being “misled” by those he appoints – and can fire at will – or that he doesn’t know what is and isn’t being done to implement the LLRC report – is a fool. It’s obvious there is no intention by any of the brothers to allow any restraints on their absolute power – to rob, to abduct, to lie, to kill. Which means none of the important recommendations in the LLRC will be implemented. If some recommendations are implemented, it won’t be any that put any curbs on their power. Thank you, Rajiva, for making this even more clear than it was before. It will be interesting to see how the regime handles the growing post-Geneva anger, fear and in-fighting among its many lackeys. Recent statements like this, and from and about Dayan Jayatilika, suggest things are going to get messy.

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    There are different people trying different ways of implementing the LLRC report.Rajive, is yet another try.
    Just make a list of those who calle for implementaion of LLRC report.
    Arn’t they all seperatists.

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    TRYING TO PASS THE BLAME !!

    (Even with that it is yet a family affair!)

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    The president is not a fool.
    He DOES NOT want to implement any part of the LLRC report.
    If he did, he will lose the powers of the presidency.
    This will be utterly against the carefully built up family rule.
    So,he publicly makes a big noise of telling people to do it, but privately tells them to mark time.
    Rajiva knows this and blames others to please the president,or he is a fool to beleive that the president actually wants to implement the report and blames others for obstruction.
    In both situations he achieves what he wants – to continue to be in the good books of the president.
    He totally ignores the white vans,deaths in custody,impunity of police, military and paramilitaries knowing that these have to be corrected for LLRC report to be implemented.

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    Why is Rajiva shouting now, when he himself was a principal culprit in the ‘inter-ministerial committee’ hoax that the Sri lankan government sprung on the UN in the case of child soldiers. He and CR de Silva lied through their teeth to the UN members – while fully knowing that their para military (Karuna and Pillayan lead) were abducting children in their hundreds and they were being aided and abetted by the Sri Lankan military in the East. In fact Prassanna De Silva, now unceremoniously being withdrawn from UK stating that his time is up, lead troops in the battle to capture toppigala, that consisted of paramilitary elements that had children in them.

    For the ranting professor to now play righteous is hypocrisy at its best! But have no worries, in time all these will be revealed and he will have to do some explaining – not whitewashing.

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    Well, if as you say, the wool is being pulled over MR’s eyes, then how competent is he? He should resign forthwith!

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    You fellow Rajiva, obviously you have to sing for your supper. What do you mean by letting the President down ? The so called President & his family are corrupt to the hilt. They are nothing but a bunch of racists , liars and thugs. This scumbag Mahinda will go down in history as the worst President ever.

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