Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Media Secretary Rohan Welivita, issuing a media statement as the Prime Minister’s Media Secretary said no official by the name of Sagala Ratnayaka is currently working at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Welivita said a statement issued by Parliamentarian Ratnayaka on a letterhead of the Prime Minister’s Office, had no validity whatsoever.
“We wish to inform the public that no official by the name of Sagala Ratnayaka works at the Prime Minister’s Office and that it is completely illegal for him to issue statements on a letterhead of the Prime Minister’s Office claiming to be the Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister’s Office,” Welivita said.
In a statement issued yesterday, Ratnayaka said Ranil Wickremesinghe was still the legitimate and constitutional Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and the appointments made by the so-called new government were illegal.
He added that stern legal action would be taken against those obstructing the work of the official and legal Prime Minister when the legal government establishes its power through a Parliamentary process.
Ratnayaka issued the letter in the capacity of the Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister and the official letterhead and the address of the Prime Minister’s Office were used for the letter.