29 October, 2020

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Yahapalana Double Game Exposed: Rajapaksa Continues To Enjoy Military Security

Amidst much hue and cry that the military security given to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was stripped on a government order, it has now come to light that Rajapaksa continues to enjoy military security, despite initial reports that his military security detail was stripped and replaced with police.

According to reports, Rajapaksa who left for Uganda on a ticket bought from public money, had with him four army personnel, including a Major and a Colonel as part of his security detail that accompanied him. The request for the foreign ministry to bear the cost of Rajapaksa’s ticket was also sanctioned by Foreign Minister Mangala Saramaweera.

According to highly placed sources, it appears that the Yahapalanaya Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are playing it to the gallery, attempting to appease the public by showing as if action is taken on certain matters, whilst in reality things are not what they are portrayed to be.

Rajapaksa who was accompanied by Gamini Lokuge, Lohan Ratwatte, Dhanasiri Amaratunga and Udith Lokubandara, was also accompanied by; Major Neville Wanniarachchi, Colonel Mahendra Sampath, Saman Amarasinghe and Harsha Wickramarachchi. It is learnt that even the registration numbers of the vehicles, including the Army vehicle bearing license plate ARMY 50551, which transported Rajapaksa’s security detail, was forwarded to officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport, to obtain approval to enter the VIP area of the airport.

Early this month, the government announced that the military security provided to Rajapaksa had being withdrawn and it was replaced with policemen including members of the Special Task Force. Rajapaksa reportedly had a security detail of 102 personnel, which included five Army Majors and 45 Commandos.

Rajapaksa’s trip to Uganda also plunged into controversy over the weekend, after reports revealed that Rajapaksa’s Business and First Class airfare from Colombo – Uganda – Colombo was paid for by the Foreign Ministry. The former President was invited on a personal capacity to participate in the fifth swearing in ceremony of Uganda’s controversial President, Yoweri Museveni.

Photo – Major Neville Wanniarachchi ( center) :Major Neville Wanniarachchi - Center

Photo – Colonel Mahendra Sampath (right) :Colonel Mahendra Sampath right

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    RE: Yahapalana Double Game Exposed: Rajapaksa Continues To Enjoy Military Security

    Now Mahinda is Vice president, the Cry Baby. The Parent Sirisena is appeasing him.

    He is Representing the President at the Uganda Dictators 7th Swearing in Ceremony!

    This is called Yahapalanaya.

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      Amare – You said it right. The Govt. is slowly giving up hold on the Govt. and one could see trouble brewing between Sira & Ranil as to
      who is the boss. There cannot be two SLFP and MR has to be brought
      in to the fold, so they have to appease him in many ways to field a
      united SLFP to contest UNP. There will be no more unity govt. but it
      will be either UNP or SLFP. You & I will not be surprised if a new position of vice president is created and do not forget, there is going to be a cabinet reshuffle in late May.

      MR wanted the govt. returned to him if it cannot be managed and it looks like it is coming to it.

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      How would Rajaakshe explain why he visited Uganda. Even if anyone invite lanken leaders, why cant they think before leap.

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        no matter even Rajaakshe goes on amok, stupid folks would raise nothing.

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    New Labour/Labour Left Worldwide play the same game – “Capitalism”

    Are the Yankees against it??
    No they Reveres old traditions.

    Lanka is a capitalist dictatorship from the day Banda’s ruled.
    Oh how can there be the stinking rich 1% and the warlords.

    Consumer has to pay external budget tax on consumption
    Internal debt is high too- stinking rich too.

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    Please god take me from this shitty island.

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      Shamil,no problem,recently,YAHAPANA GOVT,opened an embbassy in ETIYOPIA. you might fit in there very well,so on your way mate

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    How can this man ever be exemplary ?

    Why cant he sense that ?

    what he thinks about the message being passed to the people/future of the nation ?

    Not even his buddy Uganda Musalini seems to be behaving this low ?????????????

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    Another “impressive” and a “creditable” action by the FCID to help the Rajapakse clan has come to light. The MAIN witness in the case against BASIL filed in Matara courts has been allowed to go abroad along with the wife, in spite of AG,s instructions to obtain a travel ban on that witness. This witness along with wife is reportedly now living in Canada. How nice that “Yahapalanaya” is functioning? Where are those “Civil Societies” who brought us this “Yahapalanaya”?

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    The stark truth is the rogues who emptied the meagre resources of the State get to keep the loot. That is because the successors to the Rogue regime – now at the helm of affairs – are themselves looters who had enriched themselves by fooling the people and misappropriating resources. Ranil, Malik, Kabir and a few others may be rare exceptions. How did Aiyo Sirisena and his immediate family acquire billions worth large Rice Mills, Hotels, Land-Buildings-Real Estate. After all, he is yet another who entered politics in an old bicycle in Bata slippers only 2o years ago. What is the Inland Revenue Dept here? Look Sirisena’s record when he was in charge of Irrigation/Mahaweli, Health etc., As the poor man in the street says “mung okkama horu” (all these b..g..rs are rogues) The game of “You scratch my back, I yours” among our political leaders is in full wing.

    As to the King-maker in the street – the ordinary man and the millions of foolish voters – their job, or fate, is to bear the punishment inflicted by the lending agencies for all the looting – VAT at 20pct, increasing CEB charges, Petrol/Fuel and many other. Sri Lanka is not alone in this. Thieving despots in fashionable clothes, forked tongues and sweet smiles are continuing to have fun on the blood and misery of their millions – very poor, poor, middle class and now the upper classes as well.

    A.D.J. Perera
    Rajagiriya

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      A.D.J. Perer ,

      To be fair ,could you quote one incident/fraud committed by MY3 ? His brothers wealth need immediate scrutinising ,there is no question about it . there are so many allegations against most of them . MY3 let us down in a very astonishing way , soon after the swearing in ceremony( even before the ink gets dry ), his crook brother was appointed as the top man of SLT; next , taking his son to the UN ;however, all these are negligible when it compares to Mahinda’s heinous crimes which he committed against his citizens.
      Even-though MY3 has done some grave blunders since his inauguration , there are more positive things been done to strengthen the SL democracy.

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        Srilal

        How did MY3’s brothers get the multi-billions to buy the Hotels in
        Polonnaruwa/Nuwara Eliya, Rice Mills etc., The many corrupt mega-deals in bringing down under-grade pharmaceuticals in the Health Ministry also found their way to the media at the time. That is good enough for starters, I think. The man is corrupt no lessto most under CBK/MR despite the friendly smile.

        A.D.J. Perera

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    The only way to solve the problem of Rajapaksa is to assassinate him along with Sirisena. Then we can see whether Ranil will grow a pair of balls.

    Any patriotic volunteers?

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      Take your pills man take your pills!

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      Watch your words, Truthspeaker. Or else the white van might come for you too. It would be said that you were conspiring to kill good people!!

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    Where is the tough talking Field Marshall SF now. Or was his speech in parliament also hogwash. We know that what My3 utters these days is absolute hogwash. Now Mangala also joins the hogwash brigade by giving the corrupt godfather of Sri Lanka MR a free ride to Nigeria – for what official work we do not know.

    My question is whether SF has also joined the hogwash party.

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    The “double game” will end in disaster for MS and RW. There are too many moves they have made that are inconsistent with what they say.

    They can’t fool all of us all the time, so they should wake up and do the right thing or face the consequences.

    Just ask MR!

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    ‘MR is entitled to have such facilities’
    2016-05-15 20:01:02 23 5742
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/109515/-MR-is-entitled-to-have-such-facilities-

    Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is entitled to be facilitated by the state for his travel expenses on official tours such as the Uganda trip, according to the law governing benefits for retiring presidents in the Presidents’ Entitlement Act no. 4 of 1986, his Private Secretary Udith Lokubandara said today.

    Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the Private Secretary to the former president said there was no preference given by the Foreign Ministry to Mr. Rajapaksa, in deciding to bear the travel expenses of the Uganda trip.

    According to the Presidents’ Entitlement Act no. 4 of 1986, there shall be provided to every former President, official transport and all such other facilities as are for the time being provided to a Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers.

    Amidst the controversy about the state sponsoring the Former President for his Uganda trip following an invitation of the Ugandan government, Mr. Lokubandara said it was not a private trip, but was to represent the country at the inauguration ceremony of Ugandan President Yoweni Musaveni who was sworn in for his fifth term as President.

    “His recent visit to Thailand was a private trip and therefore we did not inform the Foreign Ministry at that time. All the expenses were born by him,” Mr. Lokubandara said.

    He said there should not be so much fuss about the state money given for the airlines tickets of Mr. Rajapaksa, because it should be done for any former president’s official tour.

    However, he said the Foreign Ministry declined to bear the expenses of accommodation, food and security and only agreed with conditional facilities of travel fares.

    “Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is entitled to have an office for him as same as the former president Chandrika Kumaratunga. When the office received an official invitation from the Ugandan government which has directly addressed and invited only Mr. Rajapaksa, we informed the Foreign Ministry. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera himself telephoned and informed us what procedures to follow. Everything was done in line with the normal protocol. No favoritism involved,” Mr. Lokubandara said.

    He said after the Foreign Minister approved the tour, Mr. Rajapaksa’s office confirmed the Ugandan government about his attendance and requested them to provide him with other facilities.

    Further, he said that the entourage comprising Gamini Lokuge, Dhanasiri Amaratunga, Lohan Ratwatte and some of Mr. Rajapaksa’s personal staff members bore their travel and other expense by themselves.

    “It was a state visit as a former president of Sri Lanka who is having very good connections with foreign countries. Everyone talk about these few benefits he is entitled to, and not the due facilities. Even though he should be given an official residence, the government has not given him one. We are requesting and requesting, but to no avail,” he said. (Piyumi Fonseka)

    – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/109515/-MR-is-entitled-to-have-such-facilities-#sthash.ecZQgLyv.dpuf

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    Can anyone tell me whether Mangala Samaraweera, the Minister of Foreign Affairs donate a Rs 425,000 worth ticket, which is public money, to Mahinda Rajapaksa
    without cabinet approval?

    Though a former President, he is neither a Minister nor the leader of a political party. So how can he represent Sri Lanka. In giving him the ticket,
    Mangala has effectively sanctioned MR to represent Sri Lanka at the inauguration of Mussaveni. This is when no Government dignitary is invited.

    Looks like the Government is drifting without any direction. The Navy Commander says his organisation has stopped building a church in Kachchativu after Indian protests. In the first place, who did he ask before beginning work? Is it from an ignorant and inexperienced Defence Secretary? Now he has given an interview to Hindu newspaper that they are not building a naval facility.

    Such interviews will have to come from the Foreign Minister or the Deputy Minister of Defence. The Navy Commander has usurped their authority. The Government is moving without any sense of direction.

    A principal witness in the case against Basil Rajapaksa is allowed to go from the country ignoring the Attorney General’s advice. Basil is allowed to travel from Colombo after being arrested in an air condtioned vehicle by the FCID to the Matara Courts. Ordinary citizens will be carried in broken jeeps. This is Yahapalanaya. One regime is no better than the other.

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    This article is poor journalism. The government several time stated that not all MR’s army security was removed. However, this author is messing up and claiming that Yahapalanaya is weird! What a world. Some people will get misled. This is not even basic journalism – reporting another’s statement or whatever.

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    What was the result of SF’s speech in the parliament? Created calamity – an exhibition or Drama.

    “Okkoma Horu” cannot believe anyone.

    Sira has no spine –

    Rana playing to MR’s cards in secret.

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    According to EMIRATES web site full flex 1st class return ticket is Entabbe is Rs.228,900/=
    Foreign ministry officials has paid 425,000/=
    FCID where are you?

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    President Sirisena and the prime minister whom are you trying to fool?
    the poor sri Lankans who were robbed!We did not vote for you both to dance to tunes of the criminals but to punish them and put them behind bars!We are very disappointed in you!

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    As long as India is our neighbour and we are good with them, there is no need to worry about MR or his army buddies. There is no chance for any trouble to our government by the army – spending money on army is a waste of public money. One word, the powerful Indian army will be in srilankan soil and why we waste money on our army. Government should not waste time on MR &co.’s fireworks. India saved srilanka from JVP and LTTE and will save us from any one in the future. LTTE should have negotiated for a viable solution when they are powerful with the help of India but they made a huge mistake and paid a huge price.

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    This trip is a cover up for MR rearranging his financial deals and assets that are in Uganda. Yoshitter was also to accompany him to get the funds out to Anotehr pariah state. The Yahalpanaya government paying for this trip is a disgrace. He is only an ordinary MP and should be treated as such. Come on Ranil, stamp your authorirty nd do not let this thug intimidate you. Start an investigation on what the despot was up to when he went to Uganda.

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    Your tax money at work

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    Rajapakse doen’t need to explain anything to you suckers. He is a Hero for majority of Sri Lankans. Who ever hates him won’t have any valid reasons unless they are pro LTTE terrorists.

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