Colombo Telegraph

SriLankan Airlines: Chair – Men Play Musical Chairs

In a unique first, SriLankan Airlines the island’s national carrier had three different Chairmen occupying the airline’s hottest seat in three consecutive days, when G.S. Vithanage, the Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation was appointed as the Chairman of the SriLankan Airlines on the 13th of November 2018 and announced yesterday.

Kapila Chandrasena

It is however still to be established if a fourth Chairman would be appointed after the parliamentary sessions conclude today.

Ranjith Fernando, a veteran banker and a public servant who was the appointed Chairman till the 11th of November 2018, was ousted by the current fake Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was recently illegally appointed as Premier of the nation by President Maithripala Sirisena.

In a shocking announcement Dalrene Thirukumar the Head of Corporate Secretarial Services/Company Secretary (Company Secretary’s Dept) | SriLankan Airlines, sent an email much to the chagrin of all staff on the 13th of November 2018, announcing that Kapila Chandrasena the former CEO during the previous Rajapaksa led regime, was appointed as the Chairman effective 12th November 2018.

However the earlier day’s disappointment of the airline’s staff turned into joy the following day, when Dalrene Thirukumar issued a second email announcing that the former CEO Kapila Chandrasena’s appointment was cancelled and that G.S. Vithanage was appointed instead.

Chandrasena who is currently being investigated for massive acts of fraud and corruption by the ongoing Presidential Commission of Inquiry technically became the shortest serving Chairman of SriLankan Airlines, occupying the seat for less than 24 hours.

Several employees of SriLankan Airlines including Dalrene Thirukumar herself had earlier testified against the former CEO Kapila Chandrasena for serious acts of fraud, corruption committed and especially for plunging the airline into billions of rupees in losses.

Earlier in 2015, Lawyer J.C. Weliamuna who was entrusted to investigate the airline for acts of fraud and corruption recommended that the former CEO Chandrasena be prosecuted for his alleged crimes committed prior to being ousted from his post.

Dalrene Thirukumar’s email sent to all staff of the airline sent at 09:46 am yesterday read “I am pleased to inform you that Mr. G. S. Withanage/Secretary of the Ministry of Transport & Civil Aviation has been nominated and appointed to the post of Chairman and as a member of the Board of SriLankan Airlines Limited effective 13th November 2018. The appointment of Mr. Kapila Chandrasena as Chairman and as a Board member is hereby cancelled”

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