President Sirisena’s plan to ban carpentry sheds and timber mills may not have anything to do with deteriorating forest cover at all. Given the family are experts at monopolizing industries, this maybe an attempt to help his son Daham Sirisena’s father-in-law Athula Rohan Weeraratne monopolize trade for his home fixtures business.
Sirisena in a speech yesterday announced a set of ‘revolutionizing’ moves to put a stop to rapid deforestation in the country. The radical moves is set to include a ban on timber mills, all equipment used to fell trees and carpentry sheds.
His intentions though may be motivated very little by his love for forests, and have a lot to do with helping Daham’s father in law’s business benefit. The newly added range of business interests to the Sirisena family following Daham’s wedding includes aluminium home fittings as well as wooden flooring!
It was on May 09 – not even before a month expired since Easter attacks – that Daham wed Nipuni in a lavish ceremony at the Hilton Colombo.