Colombo Mayor and UNP Member A.J.M. Muzammil yesterday participated in the opening of the Mihindu Senpura housing scheme in Dematagoda, inaugurated to coincide with President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 68th birthday celebrations.
The 500 unit housing scheme will house the residents of slums that were removed to make way for the ‘Mihidhu Senpura’ project.
President Rajapaksa said that his Government had not considered party affiliations in deciding the beneficiaries of the houses.
The housing units come with all basic facilities and are built in keeping with high quality standards. Each stage of the housing project was under the constant scrutiny of Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, the Defence Ministry website said.
The Colombo Mayor is visible in the pictures with the President, the Defence Secretary and Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and other Government figures.
When shanty dwellers were forcibly evicted from these areas in Colombo Mayor Muzammil failed to raise a voice against the move by the Secretary to the MOD run UDA. Having failed to stand up for the electorate that voted him into power the UNP mayor was now attempting to take credit for work completed by the regime, senior UNP sources said.
Party members quipped that it was ironic that while the entire opposition was against the construction of the President’s Cult of Personality, the UNP elected Mayor of Colombo was seen to be applauding the promotion of the Rajapaksa image all over the country.