15 October, 2019

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Yahapalanaya Ministers Pass The Buck Over Wattala Walking Path Destruction

Yahapalanaya ministers John Amaratunga and Champika Ranawaka have come under flak over the destruction of the walking path in Wattala, as residents took to the streets on Monday demanding justice and for the restoration of the walking path to its original condition.

Wattala distructionResidents who were engaged in protest alleged that Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Affairs John Amaratunga was involved in the act, while Amaratunga passed the buck on Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Champika Ranawaka saying it was carried out by his ministry, an allegation flatly rejected by the Megapolis Minister who said that the particular walking path did not come under his ministerial purview, and so his ministry was not involved in it.

However, in another instance Amaratunga unofficially took responsibility for the destruction when he reportedly told the Sirasa news channel that the walking path which was destroyed will be converted into a road.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation Asela Iddawela who visited the site said that no one was given approval to carry out any development work in the area, nor was approval given to demolish the walking path. “We assure the residents that we will restore the walking path to a much better standard than what it used to be,” he said.

Following his assurance, Iddawela also visited the OIC of the Wattala Police where the matter was discussed further. Speaking to the media following his meeting with the area OIC, Iddawela said that the backhoe used to demolish the walking path is in police custody, and the driver of the backhoe as well as the contractor had been identified, and action will be taken against them.

However residents noted that even though it was obvious that a senior minister was involved in the act, the residents highlighted that action will not be taken against him, as he is in the government, and instead action will only be taken against the innocent driver and the contractor, who carried out the task under the minister’s authorization.

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    So, why don’t the residents protest until the minister in question resigns?
    Democracy and public opinion has a cost, and people must be willing to pay the price. Sitting on your bums and talking or writing nonsense does not change anything. If the pathways were destroyed for nefarious reasons, the half-asleep media should be doing their jobs. AND, it is time editors stop tolerating stories with innuendo and guilt by association. Either you get your facts in order, or get out of the business of news reporting.

  • 24
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    John Amaratunge is a crook, he tell lies todisperse crowds. Everyone knows how he taken bribes by selling mushy land of Wattala along the new negombo road stretch.Not sure why government is keeping this old bloke in the cabinet.

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      He is also the one that worked with LTTE to destroy SLA intelligence unit during the previous tenure of RW. I also wonder why any government wants to keep this old bloke in power in any government. Time to throw his overboard.

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    Rajapakshas got their cut making walkways. The lot in this government takes their cut by destroying to Contract extant walkways. Really no difference between greedy and bird-brained Ministers in either party.

  • 12
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    Ranil, Sira and ministers are bull shitting …
    Pa.Cha. Ranawake is actually leading the b.s. gang …
    He always say I’m soon disclosing all electricity Mafia, robbers, corruptions by the name for years … Not a single name disclosed except just decalring Mahinda is a robber .. He never accept responsiblity … Not even a run over a person on a road … He shamelessly hide behind his driver …
    These guys have no skills what so ever to do some work tangible …. So they b.s. right and left …
    At least, they should take their hands off from the work Mahinda/Gots had already done rather destroying … because they haven’t got a cent in treasury to rebuild what they destroy …

  • 15
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    Both Amaratunga and Ranawaka have shady pasts (don’t they both have charges hanging over their heads?), so it comes as no surprise to see them shift the blame to each other. Surely the ‘authorities’ can find out from the operators of the backhoe who issued the orders?

    By the way, what of the accident that Ranawaka ran away from???

    More evidence of the broken promises from those we voted for hoping for change!

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    [Edited out] Please avoid typing all capitalized comments – CT

  • 18
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    He is the minister who had a overdose of viagra and was in the hospital because he could not wear the pants ?

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      And he is Minister of Christian Affairs breaking the 10 commandments! Shame on you Cardinal MR for protecting this bloody crook!

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    This is joint opposition trying to get attention. Once they are jailed, they don’t talk about destruction they do, instead, they talk how wrong the yahapalanaya govt is.

    I think the Hyde park rally, blowing up of transformers did not work for them.

    More like this will be there.

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      Do you want joint opposition who highlights govt misdeeds to be jailed for this reason? Where is democracy in this country? Who else will highlight these? How will people be informed otherwise?

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      JS
      You have to raise a flag when you make a tongue-in-cheek comment like this.
      See the number of thumbs down for this.

  • 13
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    This man John Ameratunge’s sell-by date is long gone. He should be forcibly retired. He has even suggested that Gota should be brought back. That would be like the camel and the tent.

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      the amount of hair dye he uses reduces his age by 30 years.. I think we will have to rely on nature for him to be ousted from this position.

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        What about the Viagra he uses?

  • 9
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    Why these guys keep digging holes, literally and figuratively. No wonder they don’t want to hold any elections. Ranil has to get his house in order.

    BTW, I was petrified when I heard Ranil talking about education. I’m a victim of his experiment as the Minister of Education in late 80s. 1987 O/L had 8 subjects, 1988 (exam was in 1989) O/L had 6 subjects (Ranil experiment) and 1989 O/L had 8 subjects.

  • 10
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    Pathala Champika thinks that he is above the law. Indeed that he is God or the Sinhala Buddhist Emperor in waiting of Sri Lanka.

    The Politicians have acquired a GOD COMPLEX under Ranil-Sira Ayahapalanaya govt. which has failed to convict a single corrupt politician.

    Time is running out for Ranil-Sira govt. they need to deliver on the promise to fight corruption and end Jarapassa style corruption and cronyism or GET OUT with their jumbo cabinet of criminals and morons.

    Pathala white elephant so-called MEGA city project man is a MEGALOMANIC who is in a rush to do MEGA White Elephant development projects that cause DISASTERS – environmental and financial. He has no concept of environment and people friendly development, because he is above the law like all the other clowns in the Diyawenna Parliament.

    The destruction of the perfectly good walking path is an good example of a DEVELOPMENT DISASTER that the Mega city – China port city project that is pushed by Pathala Champika represents for the residents of Colombo who must go on the streets and protest..

  • 9
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    The police must carry out a proper investigation and the culprit tried and put behind bars and the responsible minister forced to RESIGN for waste of public funds.

  • 9
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    Problem is that are too many stupid and corrupt ministers in Miracle of Modayas! They waste time and public resources – passing the buck. When will this joke end and politicians made accountable to people?!

  • 4
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    Wanton destruction of public property by greedy developers with the conniving of Ministers. Shoot the lot.

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    Don’t you all know that the ministers and the ministries under them should work or show us that some work is being done.
    So they break, build then break and rebuild. So please wait for more episodes of this drama.
    Also in our land, politics is married to commissions. The above method is a way of earning some commission for the poor politicos and their henchmen. Jayawewa!

  • 0
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    We go from one mess to another. What is wrong with these politicians? Someone must be getting rich, or else they will not want to mess up a good thing. People appreciate and enjoy this walking path, and it is also very good for their health. Such a simple thing, but typical of our politicos to destroy a good thing, and NOT take responsibility.

  • 3
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    Whatever it is this is wanton destruction of public property. Criminal action is a must. Certainly the driver and other did not destroy for the fun of it but did so on instructions and WHO gave the instructions? Since the chairman of SLLRDC has assured the restoration the state has to bear the damages. It is nothing but fair that the so called high up who ordered the breakup be required to pay for the restoration to tell the least. SHOCKING! If this kind up break up can take place without knowing who did it then even a tall building in the heart of Colombo could crumble down overnight using even explosives on the orders of the so called higher ups. So in fact are we safe?

  • 2
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    This is what Viagra John is up to. Selling land and getting huge kick backs.

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      Somewhere I read that Viagra John wants to erase the name Of Mahinda Rajapakse and want to write his name on the walk way.

  • 0
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    Oh… Rev. Sobitha. Are you somewhere there? What a change you brought about? From above you can look and see what a set of “CLOWNS” we have got. The left arm does not know what the right arm is doing and keep blaming each other. In the end who suffers? Not any of those; but the people. According to one Minister, he wanted to build a road and the walk-way had to be removed. If that serves better, then before doing all this destruction let the people know and keep them informed well in advance. Having, destroyed what was there, the worst JOKE is the promise given to re=build it. Again to “RE_BUILD” whose money is this Minister going to spend. That is why I say all the time these BASTARDS must be got rid of and sooner the better. Where is “Mr CLEAN” and “MS Yahapalanaya”? Have BOTH of them gone to sleep?

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