10 July, 2020

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Navy Personnel Kicked Off Gota’s Security Contingent

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has summarily removed all Sri Lanka Navy personnel from all presidential security duties after more than 200 sailors tested positive for the coronavirus because of his own Government’s failure to protect frontline workers and test them regularly.

Colombo Telegraph learns that as of April 30, naval personnel have been dismissed from all matters pertaining to Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s security and that of his family.

Heightened fears about the risk of President Rajapaksa contracting the virus have caused repeated testing cycles for his security personnel and senior staff.

These repeated testing have drive up testing numbers, but sources told Colombo Telegraph that in fact, even people in quarantine centers were only being tested after their symptoms subside in order to keep positive numbers as low as possible.

The decision to kick the Navy off the presidential security contingent marks another significant break for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from his brother’s rule as Colombo Telegraph learns tensions between the siblings continue to simmer.

Naval personnel have been a vital component of presidential security since President Mahinda Rajapaksa took office. While the commando and STF units were deployed to provide the close security for the Rajapaksas, it was the Navy that was always trusted with the more intimate services. Cooks, drivers and physical trainers were often drawn from the Sri Lanka Navy. The proximity of Naval HQ to President’s House and the 2005-2015 Rajapaksa Government’s concerns about then Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka’s political allegiances caused the ruling family to show a distinct preference for security more sensitive services provided by the Navy. At the time, Fonseka’s arch enemy within the military structure, Wasantha Karannagoda was in charge of the Sri Lanka Navy. Karannagoda is also believed to be distantly related to the Rajapaksa family. Former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa also had a close affinity to the Navy with her father being a former officer. (by Chamika Madiwake)

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    For Gota not having Navy security is acceptable, but for Civilians its OK to have Navy protection. Does Gota think he is a superior human being that he should have special protection? Is Gota going to withdraw Navy from all civilian interactions including election related activities? Don’t we require the same standard or better as we all are more exposed than him and his brother Mahinda?

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      Dear Buddhist,
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      as we all know, i mean both set of people (Pro-Gota and Anti-Rajapkshes) know how these bugger DUO ran amok until 2015
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      Nevertheless thanks to 69 mio of punnaku drinkers – we too have to suffer it today, not being able the manner GOTLER behaves not being able to do the least regarding anything sofar. This shows well about his leadership – and that is why he is still that servile to his brother, who is the mafia boss in any high crime acts known in srilanken politics so far.
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      Gota is proved to have lived in a highly democratic country which is USA until he was brought by by his megalomaniac brother to the island in 2005. U dont necessarily own higher academic skills but if you would have HEALTHY eyes and a mind, you should be able to see how the systems in general work
      Not respecting anything but to work as Duterte of Philiphines does – is what we seen today happening as any steps being taken by Gotler as the president.

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      Allegations level at this man, following his DEFENCE secretary position in the govt of his brutal brother – cant all be just MEANING less. People should now listen to their brain rather than get further caught by the fake news being spread by BIASED TV channels.

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        https://www.parliament.lk/files/pdf/constitution.pdf
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        Withdrawal of sums from Consolidated Fund
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        other expenditure as Parliament may determine shall be charged on the Consolidated Fund. 150.

        (1) Save as otherwise expressly provided in paragraphs (3) and (4) of this Article, no sum shall be withdrawn from the Consolidated Fund except under the authority of a warrant under the hand of the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance.

        (2) No such warrant shall be issued unless the sum has by resolution of Parliament or by any law been granted for specified public services for the financial year during which the withdrawal is to take place or is otherwise lawfully, charged on the Consolidated Fund.

        (3) Where the President dissolves Parliament before the Appropriation Bill for the financial year has passed into law, he may, unless Parliament shall have already made provision, authorize the issue from the Consolidated Fund and the expenditure of such sums as he may consider necessary for the public services until the expiry of a period of three months from the date on which the new Parliament is summoned to meet.

        4) Where the President dissolves Parliament and fixes a date or dates for a General Election the President may, unless Parliament has already made provision in that behalf, authorize the issue from the Consolidated Fund and the expenditure of such sums as he may, after consultation with the Commissioner of Elections, consider necessary for such elections.

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    • 6
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      මරණ තුනක් මැද මිනිසා කිරි කෑවේය …. හරියට හරිය පාදඩ රාජපක්ෂ වරුන්ගී මැ ර පාලනය..
      மூன்று மரணங்களுக்கு நடுவில் மனிதன் உறிஞ்சினான் …
      These criminals would not take any steps in favour of the GENERAL PUBLIC, but their family- THIS WAS known to the nation by 2015, but uneducated led nations of our nature would not react… we are far behind to any tribal nations in Africa.
      මරණ තුනක් මැද මිනිසා කිරි කෑවේය …. හරියට හරිය පාදඩ රාජපක්ෂ වරුන්ගී මැ ර පාලනය..
      மூன்று மரணங்களுக்கு நடுவில் மனிதன் உறிஞ்சினான் …
      These criminals would not take any steps in favour of the GENERAL PUBLIC, but their family- THIS WAS known to the nation by 2015, but uneducated led nations of our nature would not react… we are far behind to any tribal nations in Africa.
      මරණ තුනක් මැද මිනිසා කිරි කෑවේය …. හරියට හරිය පාදඩ රාජපක්ෂ වරුන්ගී මැ ර පාලනය..
      மூன்று மரணங்களுக்கு நடுவில் மனிதன் உறிஞ்சினான் …
      These criminals would not take any steps in favour of the GENERAL PUBLIC, but their family- THIS WAS known to the nation by 2015, but uneducated led nations of our nature would not react… we are far behind to any tribal nations in Africa.

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      Dear Buddhist,

      This ballige putha- would never see it right, but abuse his status as a former MP. I hate this WIJEDASA jarapakshe.. these men should be PUT behind the bars so that people s angers could calm down
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdf9Rdyic6Y
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      I think it is high time, people to line up and stand against.

      It is a greater mistake to tolerate current situation further by OPPOSITION.

      JVPers, UNPrs and other moderates incl, MC and TNA, please join together and stand against to send the bps home sooner than later.
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      We are known as the oldest democracy in the asia, to be branded as as MILLITARY rule ?.
      Are we ZIMBAWIANS or UGANDIANs ?
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      Improvement of PEOPLE s AWARENESS is the need of the HOUR.

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      Rajapakshe ANIMALs rule the nation with JUNGLE LAW..
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      Are we even far behind the tribal folks in Africa ? Why do we let the RASCALs to be our leaders any further ?
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      Let s listen to former Minister of Finance .. what he has to say abou tthe current ECONOMIC lockdown –
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpwuCYqbIy4

      I think Mangala’s arguments go close to anyone that have some knowledge.

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    As his paternal nephew is an unqualified in every aspect a coward who is and was a baiyagulla mysteriously commissioned naval officer now back in uniform the kallathoni must be shitting in his panties.
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    As the mahindan rajapuks fraction has a close affinity with the members of the naval force the kallathone’s who has a larger blindly loyal war criminal one-track-minded troop he trusts them and wants them to follow them around even when he’s doing his daily ablutions.?
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    It is now proven that he is mostly using the army goons especially the baiya Gulla baiyama baya so-called pussy bearing army commando’s to do all his dirty chores and deeds.
    Cheers, the one & only R. J.

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    One has to be safe, especially the highest. So any move towards it has to be accepted, nevertheless it is preferable if it is within the bounds of reason. Test the personnel who are attending to the big man and that includes HIM as well every day instead of stereotyping individuals. It is sad, the blow is not only from the President’s Office but even ordinary chaps react very bad to any one connected with the Navy. It is reported that in a certain locality the father and the brother of a Naval officer was beaten on grounds that they were Corona breeders because the son/brother was in the Navy who has not even visited them. In a grave crisis such as this it is important that every one takes cool, calculated rational decisions.

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    I am of the opinion, very soon Gota will suspend the Constitution with a lame excuse and will establish a Military Rule. Start counting the days Sri Lankans!

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      Dear Buddhist,
      .
      I think it is high time, people to line up and stand against.

      It is a greater mistake to tolerate current situation further by OPPOSITION.

      JVPers, UNPrs and other moderates incl, MC and TNA, please join together and stand against to send the bps home sooner than later.
      :
      We are known as the oldest democracy in the asia, to be branded as as MILLITARY rule ?.
      Are we ZIMBAWIANS or UGANDIANs ?
      .
      Improvement of PEOPLE s AWARENESS is the need of the HOUR.

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      Chances of Something like what you said, “Buddhist1”, may happen. But that will not be put in that form. “What can I do? Hoole and company, bought by the opposition are not holding elections. So there can’t be a new Parliament. Neither will I play into their hands by recalling the old Parliament. ANY ONE who tries to twist my hand will be struck by the CORONA VIRUS and out he goes for quarantining for starters. If they don’t want elections I will be the law that draws money ad-lib.” This is one of the reason why I would prefer to hold elections even in less vulnerable districts for starters. This will prevent him drawing money from the Treasury without the public knowledge.

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    It is a lesson for Sinhalese people. Mahinda family can go to any extreme if any one is a threat to their life, to their power. If needed they will not hesitate to kill any military personal if they suspect that they carry Corona unknowingly.

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    Some of these stories remind me of the fable of the jackal that for long trailed a bull in anticipation of its testicles falling off.
    There are always squabbles within ruling clans, but you cannot count on those to be rid of them.
    Are not some of us clutching at straws and making gossip their staple?

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