Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s trip to Uganda has plunged into controversy, after reports claimed that the Yahapalanaya Government had sponsored his Business Class airfare of Rs. 425,000 to Uganda.
Rajapaksa, is in Uganda to participate in the fifth swearing in ceremony of the country’s controversial President, Yoweri Museveni, and was taking part in the ceremony on a personal capacity, and not representing the state.
The Ravaya newspaper revealed that Mahinda Rajapaksa’s private secretary Udith Lokubandara had in a letter requested Foreign Secretary Chitranganee Wagiswara to bear the expenses of Rajapaksa’s travel, and accommodation cost. However, it is learnt that the Foreign Ministry had only borne the cost for Rajapaksa’s business class airfare. He and his delegation are reportedly staying at the luxurious Speke Resort Munyonyo, in Kampala.
Among others who joined Rajapaksa on the trip were; Gamini Lokuge, Udith Lokubandara, Lohan Ratwatte, Dhanasiri Amaratunge and several others.
The Foreign Ministry is yet to issue a statement explaining on what grounds the Government sponsored Rajapaksa’s personal trip to Uganda.