24 October, 2017

Poor Rajapaksa Thinks Villagers Are All Babies

By Rajiva Wijesinha –

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP

A Presidency Under Threat; Strange theories of Economic Development

One of my Tamil friends was recently at Temple Trees to participate in the exercises the poor President is now engaged in to try to win hearts and minds. But the experience was surreal, for discussion of substance was it seems left to Basil Rajapaksa, whilst the President contented himself with assuring his guests that he had taken precautions to stop further crossovers. Whether this was through carrots or sticks he did not elaborate.

Basil’s idea of substance of course leaves much to be desired. As the villagers where I spent the last weekend were saying, with regard to the sudden lowering of fuel and gas prices, the President thinks they are all babies. But at least the President, I still firmly believe, loves the people, and his tragedy is that he seems to love more those who do not share his own instincts and affections. But Basil it seems has nothing but contempt for them, for he thinks nothing of their future. As one shrewd Indian commentator put it with regard to the manner in which Kshenuka Senewiratne destroyed the goodwill Dayan Jayatilleka had built up, she ignored those without glamour except to ask them, when a crisis loomed, for their votes.

Kshenuka of course, unlike Dayan who could provide leadership to various causes, had nothing to offer in exchange. Basil has much. But the piling up of largesse in the form of sewing machines is not convincing, and the President should know this from the fact that, as my friend put it, the people of Uva took the sewing machines and voted for the opposition.

Mahinda BabyBasil’s answer to the request to cite some industries in the North was that, if he did that, he would have to sell the country. Since he is widely perceived as having done that already, beginning with his foolish handover of freehold to the Shangri-La Hotel, and since developing factories will cost much less than the fantasies that have been constructed in recent years, he only succeeded in upsetting his interlocutors further.

And being shrewd businessmen, they were even more bemused by his plaintive surprise that the overseas Tamils were not investing in the North. In the first place, there are the immense difficulties put in the way of investors, including the rent seeking of so many who make decisions about investment. I recall when I was in New Zealand in 2011 the enthusiasm of a group of Sri Lankans, Sinhalese and Tamil, who wanted to get involved but complained about the problems caused by the Board of Investment. Our Honorary Consul was assured then by the Governor of the Central Bank, who seems to have more sense than most of the others around the President, that there would soon be a One Stop Shop. But nothing of the sort happened. Instead even the Palace, as the indefatigable Kumar Rupesinghe calls the inner circle, started to get involved in laying down conditions for investment.

Arjuna Ranatunge’s horror story of the attempt to play out a man interested in funding the Hambantota Stadium is symptomatic of why we have received hardly any of the Foreign Direct Investment we anticipated way back in 2010. He had been asked, he said, to inflate the estimate of what a stadium would cost by 100%. He refused and cited the correct figure but naturally, when he ceased to be in charge, the investor went away. The state then funded the stadium, though whether the country was played out as had been planned with the foreign investor I do not know. Certainly the massive deficit Sri Lanka Cricket suffers, and the bills to other government agencies that remain unpaid, suggest that, when there are no foreign suckers willing to pay rent, the Sri Lankan people have to do so instead.

And then Gota also got in on the act. Basil must surely realize that the sudden stoppage of dual citizenship has also made many expatriates think twice about whether they would really be welcome. And the uncertainty about the criteria to be followed, when the privilege is available, makes it clear that the modern mindset we need for economic development, that encompasses transparency and the rule of law, is not in evidence.

Meanwhile Basil uses the enormous resources at the disposal of the Ministry of Economic Development only to enhance the image of politicians. The bizarre scheme whereby hundreds of millions of rupees were given out to select Members of Parliament, to dispose of at will, was obviously designed to enable them to stockpile funds for the election. Indeed that is perhaps one reason the President could not postpone the election, even though some of those close to him realized it was unwise to proceed. Since the government would have no money left, and could not engage in this exercise next year too, they had to go for broke, literally too, immediately.

Finding out what exactly Basil was up to was difficult, but I had been told in my meetings at Divisional Secretariats about the vast sums of money that had been made available – over 600 million rupees to one MP in Trincomalee, a large amount of which officials were convinced would not be deployed properly. I then asked some questions at the Consultative Committee on Public Management Reforms, where a couple of decent Government MPs such as Thilanga Sumathipala and Murugesu Chandrakumar explained the theory of making available such funds, on top also of the Rs 30 million that had been granted because MPs needed to have an impact in the District as a whole.

This last allocation was an earlier version of the cynicism with which Basil approaches our preposterous election system. Every MP – including those in the Opposition – gets Rs 5 million which is supposed to be spent in their constituencies (as perhaps the only National List MP without a constituency, I have spent my allocation half in the North and half in the South. In the North I started with Entrepreneurship Development Training for former combatants, a project which won a prize recently in Japan, at the hands of the wife of the Japanese Prime Minister. Later I moved to Vocational Training in the more neglected areas of Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi, and found that I spent more in those Divisions than other Members of Parliament combined – understandably so, given that they have relatively few voters, and my colleagues obviously need to spend money with elections in mind)>

But Rs 5 million is obviously not enough to win favour in whole Districts, so select MPs got 30 million for this purpose – with no guidelines as to how programmes should be planned so as to ensure sustainable development. I can just about understand the Rs 5 million being given to buy instruments for school bands and chairs for Funeral Societies, but the lack of planning for much larger sums is worrying. And I was immensely saddened when one Member said he was helping education by funding teachers to conduct classes after school, an admission that he had no understanding of developing effective systems.

In Trincomalee, spending on education meant spending on buildings. Apart from the obvious profits to be made on construction, the rationale for this became clear when I questioned, at the meeting of the Education Consultative Committee, why so many of the Computer Laborataries that had been built at vast expense were lying unused. The Minister said that there had to be opening ceremonies, so that the people would know who had gifted them these benefits. But when I pointed out that there was no question of a gift, since the funds used belonged to the people, he backed down and granted that I had a point.

At the next meeting I was told that several of the Laboratories had been opened, but it turned out that these were mainly in Uva. This caused vast merriment, and to the officials too. I then asked for a list of laboratories that were still not opened, and I finally received this, not with regard to the country as a whole, but as related to the North Central Province.

I could hardly credit what I saw. There are 75 laboratories still not opened in the Province. Perhaps some of these will be incorporated into the election campaign, but the President must surely realize that the people cannot be taken in any more, having seen the waste and registered the disappointment of their children over the last several months.

I cannot understand how the President, who understands the needs of children in rural areas, can tolerate this neglect and exploitation. But people change. The man who could control Prabhakaran cannot control his family. One should perhaps grant that that is the more difficult task for a warm-hearted man, but such indulgence should not be at the expense of less prosperous families.

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    Mahinda rajapaksa is very keen to not only kiss babies but…..?
    Most matured people know about his impure character.
    Unfortunately these foolish women and men do not care about it. These people are like soled materials.

    Very cheap attitude and foolish nature.

    Horrible

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      Rajiva Wijesinha –

      RE: Poor Rajapaksa Thinks Villagers Are All Babies

      “Basil’s idea of substance of course leaves much to be desired. As the villagers where I spent the last weekend were saying, with regard to the sudden lowering of fuel and gas prices, the President thinks they are all babies. But at least the President, I still firmly believe, loves the people, and his tragedy is that he seems to love more those who do not share his own instincts and affections. But Basil it seems has nothing but contempt for them, for he thinks nothing of their future”

      Yes, Villages are much smarter than what Medamulana MaRa thinks.The Babies are saying Jayawewa but to the other side…

      [Edited out]

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      Rajiva Wijesinha –

      Poor Rajapaksa Thinks Villagers Are All Babies

      They also think that the Sri Lankan Expatriate workers are babies too

      [Edited out]

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      Rajiva Wijesinha –

      Poor Rajapaksa Thinks Villagers Are All Babies

      NOt the Villages of Embilipitiya fron the South, near Hambantota..

      [Edited out]

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      If these babies that are being cuddled by MR are aware of the facts and figures about their future, would they have been happier. I mean each of them are made 4 lacks of rps debtors.

      Or in other words, if those kids knew that the man who hugged them abuses them grabbing their funds in 500 – 5000% in the forms of commissions ? would they be happier about the leader ?

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        Are those villagers that primitive not to sense right and wrong today ?

        What happened to our folks ? I thought ours are a highly literate folks

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        Sama

        “If these babies that are being cuddled by MR are aware of the facts and figures about their future, would they have been happier. I mean each of them are made 4 lacks of rps debtors”

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IKHJG5ztL68

        “That 8-month old child when I carried, the child who could not say mother, cried, Jayaweva, Jayavewa, Victory, Victory”

        ” They gave the child to my hands, and gave the vote to the other side”

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      Mahinda is an actor but even a baby can identify that his act is fake and he is cheating. When he kiss, his mind says if your mother and father do not vote for me I will kill you bastered. His inside is corrupt and 100% selfish. He will not even tolerate if that baby says something that cannot understand by him. His mind is full of violence if you say it is wrong he will immediately think he is my enemy and I should kill him.

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      MR is cold blooded charactor. Unfortunatley, the man has no vision to see that his credibility is totally lost to this days. Only a few that cough for him can paint a better picture today – while the majority men and women keep away telling nothing but being ready to put the feet out of the coalition.

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    You are dead right in this.
    But you guys were the ones who allowed the stupid man to abuse the rest.

    A man with professor title could do more than you have been doing today.

    Even if the nation is represented to the world by a man with PROF. title has lost everything to this day in terms of External Affairs. GLP is known to be the most weakened figure compared to his predecessors since indpendence. How this was made like that was due to the bunch of rascals being the command givers to them. Those man inclu you have no powers to act. But you guys together with that Nations pundit with full back licking nature DJ have made Rajaapskehs strongful.
    Please make this clear to the nation – specially to the rural masses if you really want to make them aware.

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    It is difficult to understand the mentality of the Sinhalese people in Sri Lanka, they can be easily fooled by these cunning leaders as they have a very short memory. MR is a very good actor (pretending to be a nationalist/patriot) and the Sinhala-Buddhists believed every rubbish he said/did (these days he is kissing the small kids). In the metropolitan areas, MR has already lost in the hearts of many people but however it is not the same in rural Sinhala areas. The opposition should concentrate more on the rural village areas.

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      This is nature of the many. I believe that is the same with Tamils and Muslims too. Most of them obviously are interested in surface values. For example, I asked the few whether there is exactly a progress seen in the country and why the life is made that expensive today – from average kind of people I came across there down during my 3 wks holiday in the home country. So many I spoke to failed to give me what they really focus on. Even some of my family members added similar thoughts. However, retired teachers within our family circles hated Rajaapkshes and their misbehaviours. Some went on saying that Mervin silva did a lot to Kelaniya while others hated him bitterly. Anyway, while travelling through near to Kadawath I happened to see people of lower middle class marching on the streets (it was a saturday) supporting the current leader. No vehicles could move there easily because of the silly marches on main road. People either sides of the street were helpless but failed to share me their honest views. Anyway, our people in gnerla are made fools as nothing can hel them get back. In India people respect lawful way of life. So are the east european and former communist countries. But what is purpose of a nation with 93% literacy rates to stay lethargic and so inddiferent being paralized by Rajapakshe brutal adminsitration. Most travelled in public or pvt busses were also seen as if they are scared still. Almost every other was busy with their hand phones and incoming and outgoing phone calls – to the manner Monkeys got mirrors. Anyways, our people in general are real fools than any other folks of comparable statuseS – were what I felt in the end. Just being able to drive on the highway, some thoguht that is similar to a wonder -I asked myself today, they are accessed to internet and should have seen the highway long before. Lanken longest highway sofar has not even two lanes on one direction. They have set just one resting place for a distance of 130km distance though it should be atleast 3. In Germany what they call Raststätte – Resting places are found atleast every 30 km. If not found them, in between there are just parking places allowing people a greater choice. Germany s highway netz is the best among any grand nation – still not chariging any cent sofar. It s also the only highway in entire world that some areas are to be used for no speed limits (you may drive even 240km/h – though it is not recommedable).

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    Poor Rajapaks must be a typo. Clearly it should be poor Wijesinha isn’t it?

    Complaining about the loss of official vehicle and all!

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      Thampala:Poor Rajapaks must be a typo
      Yup he meant to say “Rajapaksa Thinks Villagers Are All Poor Babies”

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    Cartoons in various newspapers always show Sri Lankan MP’s wearing sunglasses. Unfortunately, there is a truth in it:

    1. The sunglasses prevent the people to look politicians in the eye.

    2. Behind the sunglasses a politician can hide as even he is ashamed of plundering the state resources

    Even when an MP is “giving” the laboratories to the schools as suggested in the – delayed until conventient – opening ceremonies, they keep wearing those sunglasses.

    A new government should not only come with a law that forbids crossovers (as in many countries) but also it should forbid MP’s to wear sunglasses.

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    I completely disagree with you on your subtle insinuation (through this article and many others in the past) that you and Dian are great stewards for our country. I think both of you talk rubbish for your personal gain ONLY.

    The point you make “But at least the President, I still firmly believe, loves the people, and his tragedy is that he seems to love more those who do not share his own instincts and affections. But Basil it seems has nothing but contempt for them, for he thinks nothing of their future” You taint MR’s family (Basil and all) and paint MR white. What is your intention? My guess is- just in case MR wins you stand a chance to run back to him for your position.

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    I completely disagree with you on your subtle insinuation (through this article and many others in the past) that you and Dian are great stewards for our country. I think both of you talk rubbish for your personal gain ONLY.

    The point you make “But at least the President, I still firmly believe, loves the people, and his tragedy is that he seems to love more those who do not share his own instincts and affections. But Basil it seems has nothing but contempt for them, for he thinks nothing of their future” You taint MR’s family (Basil and all) and paint MR white. What is your intention? My guess is- just in case MR wins you stand a chance to run back to him for your position. Without any mandate from the people you aim very high. Don’t you?

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    So much is being said by the Prof. after knowing everything for so long; he is too late to reveal them has too much damage has been done to the country which could have been, at least to some extent, prevented if he had spoken of them a long ago.

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    ‘Poor’ Rajapaksa is rather smarter than we sometimes give him credit for. Also, he knows full well the value of cultivating those who will never forget that it was under his Presidency that the interminable war was finished.

    Basil is cock! As for Kshenookie; it is now common knowledge that the vamp is one of the most toxic in our EAM but nobody has the balls to bell this pussy. Still, Sirisena has plans for this caboodle and there well maybe a gnashing of teeth if he triumphs.

    I have lost count of the innumerable times that promising plans of would be foreign investors have come to naught when it was clear that somebody ‘big’ had their eyes on a pay-off. The sad thing is word is abroad now that Sri Lanka for all its attractions is a shit hole for investors, and many a time I’ve heard the refrain ‘fools rush in, where angels fear to tread’.

    As for the continuing ‘dual citizenship’ impasse, the backroom boys are still working on a ‘foolproof’ system that will keep out anyone that sounds they could be too smart for our simply ways. In reality there are the chosen brethren who continue to be blessed with this now rare commodity.

    Anyone for cricket?

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    Still self praising :-)

    Now that you are in the opposition, what are you doing in terms of the campaign?

    I am sure IF you come to power and return as an MP, a few years down the line I am sure you will find “someone” to blame for the non-performance of the government.

    That someone will NOT be you, for taking responsibility does not seem to be in you !

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    Rajiva Wijesinha
    “Poor Rajapaksa Thinks Villagers Are All Babies”
    My dear Rajiva, Rajapakse may think Villgaers are babay but he certainly treats you like one and you certinly behave like one .

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    Rajiva, every time you write something you are disgracing yourself more and more.

    Just go away.

    Readers are just fed up with you. You are making them vomit.

    Any means available to strip this guy of his doctor title?

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    That clown Dayan providing leadership ? – you must be joking ?

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    We as Citizens are not aware of these corruptions until insiders like Prof.Rajiva reveal them to the world.

    Same with village folks.They are not aware of these corruptions until somebody tells them. If they truly aware of these, I don’t think they will allow their children to be kissed by the President. They are innocent but been duped by the Politicians.

    Finally Patali Champika Ranawaka has come up with a Book on corruptions and unnecessary wastage and Hirunika talks about about Black Magic and fortune tellers.

    Why don’t Prof Rajiva publish his own book about his political carrier, his experience and the hurdles he had to face. This will help to educate the public as well as for future politicians to do a better job.

    People need information and education to differentiate between a Fox in sheep cloth and the real sheep.

    Over to you Prof.Rajiva.

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    RAJIVA: ‘ NOT THAT I LOVE CAEZAR LESS BUT THAT I LOVE ROME MORE’. NOW WE UNDERSTAND WHY ASTROLOGERS FIX ELECTION DATES SOON AFTER THE BUDGET AND WHY CROSS OVER BECOMES AWFULLY DIFFICULT

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    How does Rajive know about villages when he had never lived among them. To tell the truth, Rajiva could never have elected a MP either from Yankee doodles in cities or Bandas in villages. Mahinda Rajapakse has appointed him a MP, I believe as a marked respect for his father, Sam Wijesinghe. If Rajive is decent, he should have returned that gift back when leaving the government.

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    Mr. Rajiva,

    Weren’t you the ones trying to fool the world in the recent past that Rajapakse is innocent as a baby. Why are you pinching it now. Please do not make us laugh at you.

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    Wonder which one of the My Three this Professore is going to report to, on the 9 Jan 2015 !!..

    Is it My Three himself, Ranil or CBK ?..

    Because , the self appointed Exe PM, Ranil says he is going to scrap the Colombo Harbour City project on the 9th..full stop..

    Wonder what that 240 Acres of Prime Seaside real estate going to be , which already has been ear marked for the cream of the crop among the Money Bags..

    And that includes our well heeled Diasporians in London, NY and Toronto..

    Forecast value is USD 80,000 a perch..And it is serious Real Estate..

    Has My Three or Cousin CBK given the Okay to Ranil to abandon this prime land?..

    Then Ranil says his plan is to bring only the high net worth Tourists and make our Motherland the Tourist Mecca to beat even Monaco..

    Wonder how the Canadian Diaspora and our neighbour Naduans , who travel budget class feel abut this?..

    Has the TNA ticked this when Sambandan signed the MoU with Ranil on the side?..

    I mean these are the bread and butter issues facing the Elite, Anglicans and the Vellalas.

    And they are the backers of CC ,Sira to bring them a land of Milk and Honey where only Angels are in ministration to look after them.

    And it starts s with Ranil, Cousin, Ravi, Kiriella, Mangala and even Mervyn if the rest of the the 48 Cross Overs which Sira has promised Ranil, come through after X Mas..

    In case an Intelligentsia asks me why , Sobitha’s Abiththaya , Champaka haven’t got a mention , all I can say is, two MOUs have more clout than one…. .

    And democracy is all about majority… Right

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      “Elite, Anglicans and the Vellalas”.

      K.A.S.

      Can you make any comment without referring to these groups?
      Anyone will see clearly your hate for these group of citizens,
      and guess your level in society.

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    Rajiva
    I’m actually glad that you are outing these malodorous incidents via your serial articles, but cannot help but be amazed that you cannot see through the facade that King Kong has created for himself as someone who loves to kiss babies and ‘therefore’ loves the people….. by this are we to discern that a logical conclusion is that he is blissfully unaware of the goings on beneath his all-powerful office?

    If you do not believe that we should draw this conclusion, surely simple logic would dictate that you must hold King Kong accountable for his sins (even if these are only of omission, although many would say that he has his hands very dirty too and is fully in the same game, but uses proxies to do the dirty work).

    Or is it that you are playing safe (like your mate Dayan) who pleads for King Kong to be ‘given’ a third term since he deserves it for defeating the LTTE?

    A tad more sincerity will be welcome, mate.

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      Bend Over

      Rajiva saw no evil heard no evil spoke no evil (about the clan) while he was ardently defending them only few weeks ago.

      Would you buy a second hand car from him?

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    Rajiva Weijesingha has to be a honest peoples’ politician.

    Otherwise, there are so many politicians who say they want to serve people but they start serving they themselves.

    Most of Rajiva’s articles are about his grandeur in this and that, praises and grievances about or for Rajapakses and nothing else.

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    Rajiva Wijesinghe is talking about villages but not about Sirisena’s education and work background. CT subscribers who incessantly talked about the need of educational qualification for politicians are missing that important point here.
    Sirisena has been a member of SLFP since 1968. That means Sirisena was a long standing member of SLFP by 1994. But he was offered only a deputy ministers post by Chandrika in 1994 when she became President whereas a somewhat newer member, Mangala was offered a cabinet portfolio. Not just that, SB who joined SLFP much later than Sirisena was offered the secretary general of SLFP over the long standing Sirisena by Chandrika three years afterwards in 1997. Why? Because Chandrika knew Sirisena was a limited man with only O’level qualifications and a lowerly ex-gramasevaka.

    Indeed, Chandrika was proved right later on: By his own admission, Sirisena has failed to get two simple jobs done is spite of his position as the Sectary General of the party and a cabinet minister. 1) He failed to get regulations through for an act already passed to get the pictorial warning he wanted in the back of the cigarette packets. 2) He failed to retain a copy of an all important bill ( Seneka Bibile proposals) in the hard disk of his computer. And not just that, he openly complained that the bill was stolen by a woman named Theresa.

    Imagine where this country would head if Sirisena type incapable man is elected the President of Sri Lanka. I think the entire country will get in to a mess and grind to halt from the day one.

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    The Professario is continuously drumming these days from within abandoned homes with the feverent hopeof replacing the other Professario at the foreign Ministry.

    poor guy. He does not know that his empty rhetorics are only for the consumption of the retired Colombians & the Diaspora boys.

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