Signalling a new low in the Yahapalanaya government, new State Minister of Law and Order Piyasena Gamage has demanded STF security for his son, Randima Gamage, a Provincial Councilor, on the former’s very first day at work.
Piyasena Gamage, who entered Parliament as the replacement of former MP Geetha Kumarasinghe, was appointed to the new position by President Maithripala Sirisena.
The two Gamages are known to be ‘Sirisena loyalists’ in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
“STF security is usually provided for VVIPs as they are a specialised force. VIP security is usually handled by the Ministerial Security Division (MSD). Many politicians believe that getting the STF to flank them, boosts their image. That is why they are greedy for STF security,” a highly placed government source told Colombo Telegraph.
Colombo Telegraph also contacted Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka to ask if he was aware of the development. However, all our attempt to contact the Law and Order Minister turned futile as the official who answered his mobile phone said the Minister was at a meeting at Temple Trees.