The Maharaja Television Network’s social media site ‘Newsfirst.lk Facebook page today removed their published video clip which aired President Maithripala Sirisena’s daughter Chathurika Sirisena chairing a meeting at the Pollonnaruwa District Government Agent’s Office which was held yesterday.
Colombo Telegraph launched an investigation and questioned the President’s Media Unit regarding Chathurika Sirisena’s official stance. We asked the Head of President’s media to tell us on what basis/capacity does she go around the country accompanied with state officials. Shortly there after we noticed that the Newsfirst.lk Facebook page posting on Chathurika’s meeting has been removed. A top MTV official speaking to Colombo Telegraph on the condition of anonymity said that they had to remove the said video from the official Facebook page due to the viewers’ comments but they haven’t removed it from YouTube.
The President’s office is yet to answer queries that were put forward by Colombo Telegraph
The meeting in question was regarding anti-narcotic awareness and was attended by the North Central Province Chief Minister Peshala Jayaratne, all Divisional Secretaries and a plethora of other government officials who patiently listened to the President Sirisena’s daughter Chathurika talk about her father’s political ascendancy from his humble beginnings.
Three days ago Chathurika had visited Mahawelitenna, Sinhapura, Dimbulana, Perakumyaya and Kudapokuna during a different ‘fact finding mission’ and stated to the media that she had not come ‘just to show face with an entourage’, but had come instead to share her father’s dream in helping to solve the problems of the people. She added that this is why she was accompanied by state officials. Two days ago when Colombo Telegraph contacted the President’s Deputy Director Media Sunil Jayasekara to clarify if Chathurika has been given a portfolio in her daddy’s government, said that as far as he knows she holds no governmental position.