18 January, 2021

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UNP Unaware Of Reasons Behind Chandrani’s Son’s Diplomatic Posting: Kiriella

UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella today called upon the government to ensure appropriate legal measures are taken against Monitoring MP of External Affairs Sajin Vass, against assaulting Chris Nonis – the Sri Lankan High Commissioner for UK and thereby set a precedent to protect Lankan diplomats.

UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella

UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella

Speaking at a media briefing today, Kiriella told media the ‘Minister responsible for the assault’ should be duly apprehended using relevant criminal law provisions.

“There are plenty of eyewitnesses to this incident to which includes the Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs and the President himself. If they abide by the rule of law, appropriate legal action should be taken against this Minister in question,” the MP said.

He referred to an incident that occurred several years ago in Sri Lanka involving a Burmese diplomat, his wife and a Lankan journalist that led to a murder as a result of an extra marital affair.

“Necessary legal measures were taken regarding the incident. Criminal law does not discern state level officials – it is equal to all,” he said.

He also blamed the highly politicized situation in the Foreign Service that has resulted in the present plight, pointing out that 75% of the diplomats are political appointees.

“This government appointed a tea powder merchant as the Ambassador to the US. He went there and swindled millions of public money. Although these deals were revealed by media no action has been taken so far against him,” he said.

Meanwhile, queries were also made concerning the diplomatic posting given to UNP MP Chandrani Bandara’s son recently – a disclosure made by Colombo Telegraph.

“I am not aware on what basis his appointment was given. Maybe he passed the relevant examination to enter the diplomatic service. What is important at this juncture anyway are the top positions and he was not appointed as an Ambassador,” Kiriella said.

The son of UNP Parliamentarian Chandrani Bandara, Rukshan Jayasinghe has been given a diplomatic posting by the Rajapaksa Government even though he has not passed the Sri Lanka Foreign Service Exam or gone through the appropriate channels.

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    He is not aware only about “Chandrani Bandara’s sons appointment. He knows all about other appointments. Whether it is an ambassador or driver, there must be a proper selection criteria. If Chandarni;s son has complied with it and got selected , no one should bother but congratulate him. But if he got the position just because of his mother;s influence, then that is the issue. Mr Kiriella . dont be a Andare!

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    Ane Kiriella – Are you a baby?

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    Mr. Kiriella: You are a “Totta Baba”. You do not how that son of a UNP member of Parliament got appointed into the Foreign service?

    Also you do not know how MR is virtually “Managing” the affairs of your party. See how and why one of your “Governing Council” member resigned and remaining as the Secretary of the party. Even your “Big Man” is at the back and call of MR. So what is this “Double Game” you all are playing? Come “clean” and act “clean”; otherwise get out and keep quiet.That would be a bigger service to the country and the people.

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    Does all the Chandrani’s of this world regularly spread their…?

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    Mr. Kiriella, I am disappointed in you. If the appointment was bonafide, you should have stated so.The way this had been handled indicate that it is not an above the table appointment.Being a leading light for the opposition, if you attempt to avoid the question, imagine what it will be when you form a govt.This is the problem with Sri Lanka’s politics.The last time a politician was punished for misdeed was a joint effort of Mr.SWRD and Mr. Dudley Senanayake re RE.Jayatilaka, Mudliar Kariappa and Mr MP Soyza.Since then the wrong doings of the predecessors have been covered up by the successors,and the country had sunk to this abyss.The public believe that this is to ensure that the successor too can indulge in similar nefarious activities.

    It now right for the citizens to believe all the under the carpet stories of the governments since 1977.

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    rohantha,Ebola da Silva, douglas,Upali Wickramasinghe,

    So what you all imbecilic jokers want him to do? Climb on to the roof and wank?

  • 0
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    How abt Diplonut in Sydney Bandula funding a luxury life with Aussie women

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