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Nepotism Continues: Foreign Ministry Tight-Lipped About Sonali Samarasinghe’s ‘Political Appointment’

Sonali Samarasinghe, widow of Lasantha Wickrematunge, the slain Editor of the Sunday Leader, has been appointed as Sri Lanka’s ‘Minister Counsellor’ at the country’s mission in the UN Headquarters, New York, it has been reported in a website that is reputed to be run by persons politically aligned with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera. The website claimed that the appointment was approved by Cabinet on Wednesday the 22nd of April.

Sonali Smarasinghe

Sonali Smarasinghe

Samarasinghe earlier secured a diplomatic posting in the Sri Lankan High Commission in Australia. This was in the 2001-2004 UNP Government headed by Ranil Wickremesinghe. She was and is not a career diplomat.

The appointment comes in the wake of the Ministry recalling all ‘politically appointed’ diplomats following Maithripala Sirisena winning the Presidential Election on the 8th of January 2015.

Earlier this month Minster Mangala Samaraweera released the results of the long-delayed foreign service examinations.“This will enable the many vacancies currently in the foreign service to be filled through a transparent, professional and meritocratic process.” a foreign ministry official told Colombo Telegraph.

“The self-serving Rajapaksa regime not only posted political appointees to as ambassadors abroad, they also staffed the second and third tier of missions with their cronies. These incompetent individuals shamed Sri Lanka on the world state – even using embassies for illegal business activities,” she further said.

Colombo Telegraph emailed the Foreign Ministry requesting confirmation of the report and seeking clarification regarding Samarasinghe’s credentials and whether or not they warrant such an appointment, especially in the context of stated policy abhorring political appointments. Colombo Telegraph specifically asked the Ministry to respond to the following questions: “What is the position given to Sonali Samarasinghe? On what ground she was given that diplomatic post? Is it a political appointment or not?”

The Ministry has not responded.

When Samarasinghe left the Sunday Leader and the country it was widely speculated that she was fleeing political persuasion following the murder of her husband. However she squashed such perceptions in an interview with Kristin Mansfield for www.theithacan.org in October 2012, stating that she didn’t run away but was ‘kicked out’ (of the newspaper). The chairman of the Sunday Leader was Lasantha’s brother Lal Wickrematunge.

Samarasinghe has also gone on record to state that her husband’s murder had nothing to do with journalism. She has revealed that Lasantha had worked with the intelligence service of a foreign country and hinted that it was this fact that led to him being killed.

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    There are non career diplomats too, in the foreign service.
    Sonali has good credentials to be a Lankan diplomat – compared to some career diplomats.

    http://ithacacityofasylum.com/residents/profile-of-sonali-samarasinghe/

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      Justice, this is a fake CV, submitted to Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) get financial support. “attended Sri Lanka Law College after which she was admitted to the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka as an attorney at law.” LOL Supreme Court? What are the cases? Nothing about her in NLRs. All fake.

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        Asoka Abeysinghe,
        Are you sure? She sys she worked at the Attorney General’s department too.
        Or, are you prejudiced?

        http://unbowedandunafraid.com/writers/sonalisamarasinghewickrematunge

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          Justice no point to talk about her. I can tell more about her lies. The issue is she was and is not a career diplomat. So this is clearly a political appointment. That’s it.

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            Lanka’s Corruption has no limits it’s a virus with no internal cure-
            Brain Drain get flushed.

            Celibacy Sobitha spun the common candidate with 100 days con and ran into the hermaphrodite Hyena hole. Celibacy freaks of civilization the most corrupt ones on earth, general paedophiles like Mahatma Maha Unnaha.

            We had Religious affair’s PM the `heroin` and foreign office sex-related con-persons, thugs appointments.

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            this is for sure nepotism but why is this so shocking? nepotism has always taken place with either government
            Sonali married into wealth fame and power
            rajapaksa’s have been granting favors for years this is expected she is lasantha wickrematunges widow

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              this reflects badly on the wickrematunges

      • 62
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        CT Editors: this is PATHETIC, INACCURATE and LOW journalism of the worst sort!

        You claim this appointment is Nepotism – is Sonali and relative of Mangala Samaraweera or Ranil or Sirisena?! Please state her relationship to the Minister if this is a case of nepotism?

        I guess that you all, CT Editors are jealous and envious that a fellow journalist in exile has got a nice posting at the UN..
        If you continue this kind of low attack and character assassination of good folk your CT columns this website will die a natural death like Ground views has.
        Time to pull up your socks CT Editors!

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          PATHETIC, INACCURATE and “Low journalism?” What is wrong here?

          No no this is what we expect from CT. Hold the power accountable. Great job CT.

          “CT Editors are jealous and envious that a fellow journalist in exile has got a nice posting at the UN.” Ayo Dono, she is not in exile. Read her interview. It is all business.

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            She married into a sweepticket ticket that took her to her jackpot

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              presently, highest caste sinhalese is maid medival middle east sex on demand.

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          I fully agree with you Don. The matter of Fact is she is Qualified instead of posting Dumb Idiots to Foreign Missions.

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            machang lets be honest here she would be nowhere in the world without her husband
            she married one of the most influential men in our country and now continues to use that to her advantage
            no need of getting defensive here congratulations to her! but lets be honest here she wont be anywhere without the man
            she was only married to for apparently 13 days this is a case of pure nepotism i commend the CT for exposing these things even with the change of governence
            this right here is honest journalism

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          “You claim this appointment is Nepotism – is Sonali and relative of Mangala Samaraweera or Ranil or Sirisena?! Please state her relationship to the Minister if this is a case of nepotism?”

          Please note nepotism covers both friends and relatives.

          nepotism
          ˈnɛpətɪz(ə)m/
          noun
          the practice among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.

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            I am puzzled by the huge showing of thumbs down for my comment: Are you disputing the facts as stated or you simply don’t want to hear it?

      • 17
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        anywhere she goes with her resume sonali’s resume first says widow of lasantha wickrematunge then the job will be hers actually im sure thats all her resume says what other credentials does she have?everyone in sri lanka knows she carried on with lasantha while working at his newspaper then gets married few days later he is assassinated then she goes abroad lasanthas friends come back to power and now she is working for the un

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          ” anywhere she goes with her resume sonali’s resume first says widow of “”

          that is what even Musharraf was taught when he came to London exile/refugee. Bare it all or no staying in – you loose all sense of shame because you are now marked in the land of refuge. So who cares – main thing is don’t get caught lying. Just like house maids to middle east. exile is not for professionals and the west does not need them plus it is viewed with distaste.

    • 57
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      Mmmm………… this one looks like rivalry , may be got to do with some unfinished business or grudge against her , i really don’t know much about her credentials to comment though, but one thing i know ,that is 70:30 ratio where foreign ministry recruits its staff , 70 % is from the career diplomatic service and the remaining 30% out side career diplomatic service , may be she fits in to that 30% .

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        So Lal Wickrematunge her own brother in law kicked her out of the family owned sunday leader? that alone says a lot of the situation of who this woman is I suppose being married to Lasantha Wickrematunge for thirteen days can do wonders for your proffesional life even if you dont have a proper education
        Sad that all these people are making use of his name and not doing anything for him

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      Nepotism is nepotism, this is not about her fucking CV. We have educated career diplomats . What qualification she have compare to them? IF she wanted a diplomatic posting she should have gone through proper channels instead of going behind Malik Smarawickeme. I don’t think she is a journalist either. When UNP came to power she is get diplomatic postings always, when UNP going to opposition she is doing journalism. What a pathetic woman.

    • 5
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      Back-Door DPL Posting For Vasu’s Niece
      Read the comments under this article
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/back-door-dpl-posting-for-vasus-niece/

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        The 13 day bride is Back!!

    • 12
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      this is the state of sri lanka if you are a relative of lasantha wickrematunge with no qualifications or the [Edited out] ranil you can get a good job lets not forget that sonali was lasanthas girlfriend when he was married

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      Congratulations to the 13 day bride

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      This is clearly Cronyism and Nepotism of the 13 day bride, similar to the appointment to the Australian one in 2002.

      I wonder how her 3 step children The Wickrematunge’ kids and the nephew and nieces of Lasantha feels?

      Meanwhile, Lasantha’s murderers are free to roam the streets of Colombo while enjoying the comforts of special privileges in the Army which is not public. The 8 army soldiers who were arrested were released after the so called Terrorism Expert and absolute fraud, negotiated their release after meeting them in jail with Gothabaya Rajapakse’s blessings and approval.

      Shame on the GOSL, who has not done anything substantial about the investigations or questions this Terrorism expert Rohan Guneratne who continues to live in Singapore. He was fined by a Canadian Court for falsely and maliciously attacking the Canadian Tamil Congress and its officials.

      All above are a Travesty of Justice.

      Donald Gnanakone
      Tamils For Justice
      Founder.

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      Justice, I cannot understand these RED thumbs down people opposing your suggestion.

      Definitely agree with your views on this. An experienced career diplomat would have been better, but in his/her absence, who shall be next?

      To equate Sonali to some of the buffoons Rafajakse appointed into missions abroad is to miss the wood for the trees….

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      geez this is so silly she is the widow of Lasantha Wickrematunge she married Lasantha Wickrematunge for crying out loud Lasantha Wickrematunge!ofcource she is not qualified but she married The Lasantha Wickrematunge so whats the fuss nepotism has happened before didn’t she infamously get a job before this?

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    Wrong is wrong who ever does. But the million dollar question is whom to choose at the next election if we wanna teach these perpetrators a lesson?

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      I fully agree with you. Wrong is wrong whatever the color. This is a political appointment and this type of nepotism MUST stop.

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        So the UNPers think that they too can abuse the diplomatic service to gain favors to themselves and their kith and kin.I know of a woman who sneaked into UK during Ranil’s previous tenure as PM under rules of nepotism, then stopped working for the embassy,laid low to avoid UK immigration service for a while and eventually got married to a clueless englishman to get her UK citizenship. to reemerge as mrs xxx. Now she is a pillar of good citizenship in UK and only few knows the skeleton in her closet. Widow of a dead journalist is not a qualification to gate crash into a government post abroad if she has not been a civil servant and had not properly qualified by passing relevant examinations and unbiased interviews.

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      “”But the million dollar question is whom to choose at the next election “”

      Only EBOLA can help not Ebuva because
      all are cowards and can never carry a spring when Cameron,
      Prince Charles was there and the world was watching.

      Go bio or go Goooo bring in Gota and you know where you stand.

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    Oh dear…

    I do not know why she has been appointed to this position. It is my understanding she is educated and lives in NYC. That’s all I know about her.

    In the world of murky political appointments this perhaps is not the worst one. If there is a task she can perform to the satisfaction of her country, I hope. I do not know exactly what kind of competence required at our post in NY she can fulfill.

    There should be a possibility for political appointments to bring in much need skills & knowledge. When required to serve Sri Lanka from external sources. Problem is corrupt politicians abuse this to the maximum.

    On the other hand, most of the so called career diplomats are not any better. They are there at the Foreign Ministry via political influence in the recruitment process. Most have no enthusiasm or knowledge. Can be highly corrupt and spineless on top. Most are busy serving themselves, except a few diplomats.

    Cheers!

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      Ben Hurling

      You got a point or two there.

      “They are there at the Foreign Ministry via political influence in the recruitment process. Most have no enthusiasm or knowledge. Can be highly corrupt and spineless on top. Most are busy serving themselves, except a few diplomats. “

      You are absolutely 20000000% right.

      How did we manage to degrade this institution which should be the envy of the world? How do you propose to put it right.

      You should read up on The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) (1951-2001) Japan, recruitment policies. MITI recruited the best candidates for this Ministry trained them who later played a crucial role in Japan’s growth miracle. MITI bureaucracy was pro active, creative and introduced many changes to technology, Industry, production and distribution.

      In fact MITI was batting for Nippon where as our bureaucrats are batting against this country.

      • 10
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        She seems like the woman Swiss case of Cuban diplomat MR friend and DJ clan style.
        Does the woman have blood on her hands : Agatha Christie. Channel 4.

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        Apart from legendary MITI recruitment, one can also refer to excellent policies adapted by late Lee Kwan yu in selecting & nurturing intellectually superior public servants for Singapore.

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      Why did lal her husbands brother kick her out….. one has to wonder why?
      what skeletons exist in this familys closet?i mean her husband of 13 days family to kick her out?

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    This is out of jealousy folks., for one thing she have the education as well as the credentials for this job and not another widow of a politican or a daughter as we had Keheliya the licker of Rajapaksa backside in front of media for the same job I reckon.

    You need to give away some of the perks and job in this kind of democracy and what I believe is its 70 on foreign service and 30 on political assosiates and still this is much better than Rajapaksas who sent Tea dealers as well as restaurant owners who went with the business deals using all the resources from the diplimatic post.

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    What else can we expect from the man who appointed his brother SLT chairman within two weeks of winning the election? These sickening people are similar to Rajapakse. Maithri will pay a heavy price for his stupidity.

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      MARA’s family appointments were okay for u? stop being dumb… that being said she should not have been offered a post at the SL mission… this is similar to what the previous regime did..

      ALL those who are appointed to SL missions MUST come from the Foreign Service..

      Yes we understand that her husband was murdered, there are so many in SL not in USA whose husbands were murdered during the previous regime, does it mean ALL those widows should be appointed as political appointees at SL missions? I dont think so….

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        Snowden Edward Asange ,

        “ALL those who are appointed to SL missions MUST come from the Foreign Service..”

        Not really , New regime follows 70:30 rule.

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          70-30 shouldn’t happen, its coz of this kinda loop-hole that goons like Halugalle and even Dayan got appointments.. NO POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS… period ! or even sympathy appointments….

          IF at all some good should be done in recognition of Lasantha it should got to his daughter… not some woman who was in his life for 2 weeks that wants the pie…who also alleges that Lasantha would have been murdered coz he was spying for a Foreign Country… She seems to not have ethics and wants to benefit out of late Lasantha… I pity the daughter who would be awed at the statement this woman has made…

          ugh…no wonder someone said….”ITS HARD TO LIVE WITH WOMEN, AND EVEN HARDER TO LIVE WITHOUT”…now the Feminists can take a swipe at me…:P

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            “” not some woman who was in his life for 2 weeks that wants the pie…””

            convincingly curious; did she fall off the lotus no but was a working colleague they romanced and finally made it official. Surely your associates weren’t the brokers to the issue of marriage.

            Sentiments aside: she has not lied in stating that she is so and so’s wife- a positive note or else how do you think media has created spice girls who cannot sing and many more celebrities (like you naming elected RM as king mahinda) that great artist have commented- media blitz and she is qualified to use it – luck by fate its not cheating- she was struggling to survive in the US was last we heard of her on CT.

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              working colleagues who romanced…ummm now is it ethical to romance while she was married to someone? I doubt.. She just wanted to ride on the popularity of Lasantha… now that’s a fact…

              There is NO need for anyone to find it hard to survive..in the USA especially in NY..all BS.. even with the minimum wage one could lead a decent life.. IF ppl like Gota who worked at a 7-11 ringing up cash registers and working on the coolers…could lead a good life so could any active person…unless someone wants to draw a check from Social Assistance…

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        ‘MARA’s family appointments were okay for u? stop being dumb… ‘

        No they were not okay. But we expected better from these ‘clean and upright’ politicians.

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        Snowden Edward Asange ,

        Did you not learn that :
        honesty is the best policy but the man who follows it is not an honest person- doing the tic how far you go is only a dream

        your concocted name speaks of 2 fugitives Take care don’t go on the beat for the sake of it- no journalist stopped corruption in this world- it was just the times.
        That is how corruption is tackled in the US/Russia/China remove your closest rival nothing more
        Morals are for men not for God to be perfect . But be practical.

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    I am against nepotism, and we saw nepotism in the biggest way with the last regime. Which nation can boast it had over 200 family members holding the TOP posts in their nation? Even dictatorships are not that obvious. That said, if Sonali is fully qualified to hold this post, then it can be accepted, and she does not fall into the family category, when it comes to nepotism.

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    Not only this appointment, the Cabinet, on 22 april, has also approved, Cyril Gunapala, another crony of Chandrika Kumaratunga to Sri Lanka Mission in Canberra. He is over 70 years old. This man worked in CBK’s office when she was the President. Then he was posted to Canberra High Commission in 2005. This is this man’s second appointment to the same Embassy. He is a dual citizen of Australia and Sri Lanka an now lives in Australia with his family.

    This is why the JVP is correct. Nobody can give any guarantee to these so called politicians. Above all Maithripala does not know what is happening around him.

    There is another talk that all plum Ambassador appointments has been reserved fro cronies of the UNP and career diplomats have been given less important appointments to sleepy places. Appointments to capitals like Canberra, Tokyo (Dhammika Ganganath Dissanayake has been nominated by Ranil), Singapore, Pretoria, Rome, Stockholm, London, Paris, Moscow etc has been reserved for UNP cronies.

    So no body can expect any justice from this rogues of so called “Yahapalanaya”, in fact there is nothing like that.

    The country knows that late Foreign Minister Kadirgamar promoted career officers as Ambassadors at very young age as he knew very well the importance of training people early. Career officers with service records of 13 – 14 years were sent as Ambassadors by late LK. They all did extremely well.

    I think the slogan at the Republic Building should now be “Bring back sajin Vass”!

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      “Bring back sajin Vass”! with his baby elephant. Beware Nonis!.

  • 48
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    First Sirisena tried to bring all 4 brother’s to the Bribary Committee but everytime he failed to put them in jail and the brothers (whom EVERYONE knows have plundered the state accounts – even some MPs admitted ‘we plundered enough’ during the election campaign remember) laugh at it and use the publicity for their benefit as usual.

    Now Sirisena is finally making a strong point by appointing the wife of perhaps the best Sri Lankan journalist ever, who was killed after publishing evidence on how Gota was involved in purchasing heavily overpriced MIG’s from Ukrain.

    And again Sri Lankans start complaining. Why not be grateful for what is happening …. or go back to MR’s police state where people, newspapers, basically everyone acts as slaves to the rajapakses.

    Perhaps Sri Lankans just want remain colonial slaves no matter what!

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    Nepotism is defined in the Dictionary thus. Undue favouritism in awarding public appointments to one’s relations without regard to the superior claims of other candidates.

    During MR’s regime MR’s relatives are the one’s who benefited most from these Diplomatic appointments. Two such Diplomats are in the Wanted list today. Sonali Samarasinghe is not related to MS nor RW nor Mangala. Then how can it be Nepotism? Sonali has all the credentials and the ability to conduct herself with dignity preserving the image of the country. I am sure Tisaranee Gunasekara is another deserving case. Can any of MR’s relatives match the standards of English and the wealth of Knowledge of these two Ladies? I wonder!

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      To Gamini malli,

      the practice among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.

      https://www.google.co.uk/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=Xq06VYePJsTH8gfSg4CQAg#q=nepotism+meaning

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      I fully agree with you Gamini. Reading some of these letters written by some of these Idiots, I think these people still support MR after his Clan had robbed the Country. These people are anti UNP and they should enjoy the FREEDOM of the country by supporting the govt. to move forward.

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      @Gamini. What you described is Family Bandyism and not Nepotism.
      Cronyism and Nepotism as in this case need not be relatives.

      In Sri Lanka it is also defined as Ploitical “Catchers”.
      In the case of the 13 day bride, she was Late Lasantha’s Ex Wife. So we can now prove that Lasantha has powers even from his grave.

      Ranil and the GOSL should help Lasantha’s children and not his long term girl friends and very short term bride.

      This is part of Good Governance? My foot.
      It is true that Sonali is not a FRCS. lol.

      What did she do for Ranil and the opposition last 10 years? Then one say that she was a human rights and opposition activist. She cannot even spell Human Rights. She was only working for her Self Rights and telling even lies.

      She has brought discredit to Lasantha’s good name and another headache for Ranil. As well for her sponsors in USA who spent a lot of money on her for years. The Journalist associations are powerful and influential. now next in line will be Frederica Jansz who received the same benefits from the same sponsors in New York. She is now a Interior Designer.

      US is more worried of these 2 Journalist but care a Sh……t about 4 war criminals who are US citizens or green card holders. Gota and Basil Rajapakse, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, and operator of concentration camps Minister of Justice Milinda Moragoda.

      What a shame. This UNHRC resolution a few years ago, is a cruel joke on the Tamils and just delay tactics and tricks of the USA.

      Donald Gnanakone
      Tamils For Justice

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    Horrible!. Is this another Hirunika parade?

    I do not know about this woman. There is no question the new Royal will soon beat the Old Royal’s record. As long as China is there, the corruption can not stay asleep for long.

    “Samarasinghe has also gone on record to state that her husband’s murder had nothing to do with journalism. She has revealed that Lasantha had worked with the intelligence service of a foreign country and hinted that it was this fact that led to him being killed.”

    I do not see a point in talking about her husband death. If she is not qualified she has to come back home. Her husband did not die in government service. She can go after the white van’s insurance company. There are 90,000 widows, in North, whose husbands were murdered by the Lankave old Royal Government. Will Ranil give all of them an ambassador post?

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      Dear Mallai

      Can you please elaborate the following statement of your comments above.

      “There are 90,000 widows, in North, whose husbands were murdered by the Lankave old Royal Government”.

      Were those so-called 60,0000 husbands murdered while reading “Bagawath Geethawa” in kovils or else praying for SL peace and unity at that time?”

      Readers would like to know the real truth about them.

      Thanks

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        The real truth is these husbands were murdered in cold blood by Murderpakse & Co., 1000 s surrendered to Doggabaya`s savage Sinhala army then vanished……

        This is why this matter has gone to UN now……OK?

        An elected government MUST respect international laws in the time of conflict and war ……but not necessary for others who are labelled as terrorists by Big Nose Emperor Jayawardana ( this guy called JVP killers as extremists he he he )

        Shut up till this Murderpakse & Co ., landed at International Criminal Court at The Hague ..

        Butcher Charles Taylor the ex-President of Liberia can give company to this Murdepakse & Co., in The Hague prison…no worries

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          Cholan with Kolan

          Thambi, do not dream too long. Your Peelam will not be real in your life. Remember SL government elected by us will decide who will go to Hague not by peelam looser like you

          We have seen your pathetic leader Podian Preba’s administration for 30 odd years. Wew all know how mass murderer Preba respected the law.

          Hey Dole bludger go and fly a kite.

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    In addition to the fact that the appointment is politically motivated, one cannot also not notice the very distinguished wolfish nose. May be that swayed Mangala Samaraweera’s decision.

    As for me, I wont touch even with a barge pole a woman who was kicked out of the Sunday Leader by her own brother-in-law, and a woman who implies that her husband deserved to be gunned down in the street because he worked as a spy for the “intelligence service of a foreign country”.

    Mangala must be quite warped in his thinking.

    Poor Sirisena. First Ranil brings in a mega fraud as boss of Central Bank. Now this. May the Deities save Sri Lanka.

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      “one cannot also not notice the very distinguished wolfish nose. “

      Come on CT , do you think we are stupid , didn’t you have any other suitable photograph to display , first thing came to mind after looking at the photograph , this must be witch hunting , when i finished reading , it became clear what was the real agenda , CT we have lot of respect for you guys , be careful don’t think we don’t know what’s happening behind the curtain.

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        Srilal, can you tell us what is happening behind the curtain? Really like to know.

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          The grudge against Sonali ( by Uvindu k , you can edit this part )

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            Who is Uvindu k? And what the grudge? Can you explain?

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              Sarath Kumara Weerasinghe ,

              If you don’t know whom i was referring , forget it mate !

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        Bullshit. I just searched what CT has published so far re the subject.
        CT has a reputation exposing the nepotism in the FM. All these exposures are due to personal issues?https://www.colombotelegraph.com/?s=Diplomatic+Posting&x=8&y=5

        Vasu’s niece, Chandrani Bandara’s son, Rosy Senanayaka’s daughter, Yoshitha’s ex girl friend, Banduala Jayasekara, Hulugalle and lot more. Stop talking bullshit Sira when your Sira government in power.

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    I am against nepotism, and we saw nepotism in the biggest way with the last regime. Which nation can boast it had over 200 family members holding the TOP posts in their nation? Even dictatorships are not that obvious. That said, if Sonali is fully qualified to hold this post, then it can be accepted, and she does not fall into the family category, when it comes to nepotism. Every politician finally fills the lucrative jobs with someone they know, and hardly look for qualifications. I cannot think of another Rajapaksa nepotism situation again in this country.

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    “”On what ground she was given that diplomatic post?””

    In Lankan politics anything goes – there are no friends there are only necessities of open theft, economic refugee smuggling, confiscation of property, missing persons and day light murder.

    Its now the psyche nothing is going to change Lankan GRAFT Virus.

    Murder! Murder the world cried in vain for what???
    money oh money that beautiful thing let me be the driver.

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    Let us look at this issue from a point of view of Good Governance:

    Firstly accusations must be substantiated. The article though its heading speaks about nepotism, does not provide the relationship of the appointee in question with any of the appointers. Therefore I have to dismiss the heading as an eye catching caption to evoke interest among readers.

    There is no point harking on what MARA did by appointing a preponderance of cronies. Some say that they are not even fit to be bathroom coolies (Must substantiate).

    There is also no point talking of a quota of 70 is to 30 rule. We have to go by the merits. All positions in Foreign Missions must be identified and I believe a recruitment scheme was always there. Sources close to Foreign Ministry tell me that during the era that Shirani B. was pally with MARA there case against appointments violating the recruitment outside the scheme was DISMISSED. (What poetic justice?)

    It is within the gift of the President to appoint Ambassadors. (NO 19A, No Constitutional Council.) So let the best person who has a heart and capacity head the mission and must be selected with the greatest care.

    I must also add that the Foreign Service Mandarins should not think that all the plums should belong to them. They must excel in competencies and work tirelessly. If not there is always the pressure for any government to make outside recruitment and bring in thugs like the monitoring MP they had, to cry out “Jack Peter Mack” (In local parlance “Jahpitamak”) to drive them.

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      “Firstly accusations must be substantiated. The article though its heading speaks about nepotism, does not provide the relationship of the appointee in question with any of the appointers.” what do you mean by “relationship” ?

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        Sirimavo’s crocodile tears and romance with Nasser the Pan_Arab brought in the maid business which India and Pakistan have banned but Lanka and Bangladesh of similar genes goes for it.

        669,000 sinhala buddhist women in the medieval middle east sex-slaves.. more in the pipeline.
        Young boys advertised in the EU gay magazines.

        Listen to the Video on CT of the other woman editor of Sunday Leader – I am free I left my hubby back at home. I now have a green card but need 3 more years to apply for nationality so I cannot come.
        Almost everyone with green travel out in and several just pop in annually for a week to register their interest.
        They are to face defamation cases so the fuss.
        This one waited and finally whooosh slept it out.
        Cavity check call in the Punjabi maestro at NY.

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        I am not referring to casual bedroom relationships and an appointment or award made to that kind of relation do not fall into nepotism. If there is any blood relationships or close relationships by marriage and if such a relation is given an appointment or favor then that can be regarded as nepotism on the face of it. I must stress that an appointment or award made after a due process even if there is a blood relationship or a relationship by marriage then that cannot fall into the category of nepotism.

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    CT, there is an underlying current of envy and jealousy in your article. Sonali is well qualified to do this job, considering that it needs someone who has got a good grasp of the English language, is presentable and will lift the low status that the Sri Lanka had sunk to at the UN with the godaya, sycophants and war criminals that were posted to this unit previously by the despotic MARA regime. CT is completely out of its depth in this instance asking for an explanation from the Foreign ministry. As a private website you are entitled to comment but you will be well advised to remember that Mangala is not answerable or accountable to CT. You can ask but you will not receive, so dont waste the time of your readers with crap like this.

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    After WW2 , Both Spain and Portugal ran corrupt fascist regimes with the blessings of America’s Ronald Reagan and the other Presidents the only known power.

    Saudi is a American special case banana. North Korea is a Russian prodigy.

    Lanka’s new government is to follow the line of its former rulers pirese koppa silva Portugal- Estado Nuevo- corrupt to the core but blessed by partners India, America.

    Lanka failed state is blessed by corrupt America and India.

    86% villagers all left leaning.

    Totalitarianism is a parasite that thrives on Democracy.

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    When your government is in power this is all about “jealousy”! When MaRa Jilmart was in power?

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    What can our inhabitants expect from Mr Samaraweera.!!!!!

    I am talking about our 5.8 Million inhabitants…

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “I am talking about our 5.8 Million inhabitants…”

      At present the population (inhabitants) estimate is about 20,962,204. Where have the rest of the population of 15,162,204 gone?

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    LOL. This woman has no other qualification other than being Lasantha’s girlfriend while he was married (having met [Edited out]).

    Knowing Lasantha was “close” to Ranil, she got closr to Lasantha for benefits. Lasantha and Ranil are also good friends thanks to [Edited out]

    This woman capitalised on Lasantha’s death to migrate to the US. Shameless woman supported Fonseka even though [Edited out] Lasantha.

    This whole lot of holier than thou Church goers and “freedom/democracy champions” loved and funded by the West who think they are so superior are nothing more than cheap disgusting oppurtunists who will do anything to benefit themselves where death means nothing to them if it means they can advance themselves and get money.

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      I think White Flags must have had Alchohol in his Brains when he wrote this letter. He should have been picked up by some WHITE VAN and crucified.

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    Lasantha’s wife is doing very well with her husbands name
    she wasnt even known before marrying lasantha
    nepotism continues

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    The woman is only relevant today because of who her husband was lasantha w also made frederica jansz relevant along with many others
    had lasantha not married her she would be nobody

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    Bible bashing anti Buddhists activists who were financed by NGOs and Kuragala Muslim Chiefs have been assigned to give good governance aka Yahapalanaya to our inhabitants, 70 % of whom are Sinhala Buddhists.

    And the great majority among them are poor rural folk, who were living peacefully after three decades of disaster.

    This Yahapalanay has been facilitated by none other than y one of their own real Buddhist who even worships Bo trees.

    And he is well looked after and protected morally as well as spiritually by Venerable Rathna and his chief Dayaka Mr Champaka.

    The latter, I am told is more pure than our pure old Arahants..

    And Mr Champika wants to be a monk after he fulfil his mission to establish Hela Urumaya for the Kuveni Majority and then proceed to attain Nirwana for himself..

    Because the previous Snhala Buddhist President who has a Catholic wife was bad for the majority.

    Thousands of Sinhala Buddhists have been culled not only from our Foreign Service but also from Public Institutions like RDA and UDA because they were also bad for the great majority.

    EExcept the FS most of these employees were from Dalit families in the South.

    Now the Bo Tree hugging President reports directly to the US, UK and German Ambassadors before he addresses the inhabitants..

    Most probably this culling and substitutions must be one of the KPI in his quarterly Reports to the West.

    Alongside the removal rate of the Sinhala Buddhist Army from the North and the East to clear the decks for Vellalas and the Muslims to take over.

    Plus arrangements to negotiate new commission structures to re start the stalled Chinese funded Development Projects.

    I mean the last item was not in the address to the Nation.

    Budu Sarani (Blessings of Lord Buddha ) to Ven Rathne and Holy Champika.

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    Would all those highly critical of this woman stop blathering “nepotism” because it IS NOT a blood relation who has been appointed to this diplomatic position. End of that particular pejorative claim.

    Whether Sonali Samarasinghe is an appropriate person for the job can be discussed and debated ad nauseam but what is very evident here is that this is a “poison pen” piece that CT needs to stop publishing in the interests of journalism of integrity.

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      Has Poorty become the Town Crier for the rulers of the Elite , Anglicans, Vellalas and Muslims to sugar coat their Nepotism, Corruption and Bovine poop.?…

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    Well said White Flags. This is a day and age when a foreign ministry sees it fit to reward mistresses. In her own admission she was ‘carrying on’ with Lasantha for 10 years, most of it while he was still married. (although those close to them know how much he tried to squirm out of the ‘relationship). The psycological scars suffered by the family due to this power-hungry woman’s self serving acts are still evident. All her so-called achievemnts and credentials are those gained by offering her services to established men. Wither sri lankan foreign service!

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    What is the job description of a “Minister Counsellor”?

    What are the basic qualifications needed for such a post?

    Was that appointment so urgent? If so, were other candidates considered for the job?

    Are there similar vacancies in all our other Missions?

    Or is this another case of ‘jobs for the boys (and girls)’?

    Yahapalanaya should not use public funds to do favours for the regime’s cronies.

    Can Mangala please clarify?

    Otherwise he will be behaving like MR, or worse still like that rascal Sajin!

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    I thought Lasantha Wickremetunge’s wife is Raine? Is this the born again evangelical christian LW’s second wife after an affair? What graduate credentials does she have besides being a Ranil acolyte?

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    I’am afraid that the killers of Lasantha(MR,GR,SF)will never be brought to justice.The kick upstairs to sonali with plum posting is to keep her quiet because as the ex wife she has every right to pursue the government as to why no arrest is being made.How to arrest MR and GR when SF has deployed the army personnel at their bequest.Ranil has decided to let the matter go as SF is badly needed by the current government for the future.

    I also believe that when there are many other ways to get the rajapakshes going after this one which will implicate SF too will be a mistake.Also lasantha was not that popular with the sinhalese and it could backfire.

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    as for qualifications, there are several qualified people in the country. but they do not have the necessary connections and therefore left out of lucratice positions. what sonali got is the ‘social capital’-may be mangala, ranil etc. ‘what do you know is not important. whom do you know is important’. this clarifies the notion of social capital.sonaly u are lucky because of lasantha.

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    30% is reserved for political appointees. Give the lady a chance.

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      Hey Mate,

      Will it be Fazi Mohammed,Ms Serasinghe,Ms T and the Editor of LankaeNews who make up the rest of that 30% ???.

      They did a yeoman service didn’t they?

      I mean they worked 24/7 on rotating shifts on behalf of the Vellalas, , Diaspora and the West.to denigrate Sinhala Buddhists and their Monks to make Mr Mangala Samaraweera the number one crusader against the great majority of the inhabitant population.

      Not forgetting the Wahabi clan lead by Bathudeen, Sally and Hakeem..

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    The question is whether this position should be occupied by a career diplomat. Bensen

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