Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been given a plush bungalow in Colombo 7 by the government.
The bungalow which was occupied by incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena when he was Minister of Health, has been renovated at a cost of Rs. 30 million to suit the former President’s taste.
“Rajapaksa had initially refused to move into the bungalow as it was not fit for him because it was in a dilapidated state, subsequently steps were taken to renovate the two storied bungalow at a cost of Rs. 30 million as per his instructions,” a source said.
Rajapaksa is entitled to an official residence, security as well as a vehicle among other perks as a former President. Earlier, Rajapaksa had requested for Visumpaya, located on Staples Street Colombo 2, which the government had flatly refused and had offered him the bungalow in Colombo 7 instead.