Video: New Defence Secretary asked to explain

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President Maithripala Sirisena has called for an explanation from the newly appointed Defence Secretary on the statement he made regarding an account held by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Cabinet Spokesman and Minister Rajitha Senaratne said today.


“It appears that the Defence Secretary and the Army Spokesman have commented on the controversial account so as to protect Mr. Rajapaksa. The Army Spokesman is not aware about the fiscal policies of the country,” Dr. Senaratne told a Cabinet news briefing and added that action would be taken on this matter.

He said the Cabinet was considering the removal of the spokesmen of the three armed forces because there was no war in the country. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  Comments - 29

  • Bala Friday, 23 January 2015 11:00 AM

    What the DS sais was not a truth but a wrong statement due his ignorance of govt. ARs

    Ranja Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:58 AM

    Mr President. U have got the mandate of people. Do not wait. If guys of this type r suspicious, take immediate action to remove them. They may hv 2 legs in presnt P and Ex P.

    Sabe Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:37 PM

    Dear Liberal One, IF the government stance is to create a pure and just society yes, you have to follow it or risk arrest and punishment.

    Kamalan Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:38 PM

    Including War Crimes.

    Dayana Thursday, 22 January 2015 07:48 PM

    No idea as to why a person without basic government financial regulations is appointed to a such a higher position is state service.

    Dude Friday, 23 January 2015 09:30 AM

    Remember what he said the first day...? "I spoke with the former DS, I have his blessings"..........!!!!!What more is MY3 waiting for ????

    Banda Friday, 23 January 2015 09:34 AM

    This account is not a dummy account. Who is the signatory in the name of Defense Secretary - its non other than Gota. It may be a corporate account, but still its private - not government.This new DS is a puppet........

    luckyweeramantry Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:51 PM

    Good Action Mr President. Keep It Up

    sanjay Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:43 PM

    Speaking up for the truth is attracting intimidation. This is UNP style

    Albert Gunasekera Thursday, 22 January 2015 06:04 PM

    These activities are governed by Treasury regulations, this guy does not know the fiscal regulation might even do worse thing by ignorance or deliberate effort. Put him under watch

    Eds Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:48 PM

    Hooray, three cheers for the circus!

    ratne Thursday, 22 January 2015 06:08 PM

    what you want may not be the truth always.

    Albert Gunasekera Thursday, 22 January 2015 06:09 PM

    Former Chief Justice Sarath N Silve failed to deliver the appropriate verdict on Helping Hambanthota to make the countrymen to be aware of the Financial Regulations of the country

    johan Thursday, 22 January 2015 06:10 PM

    How can a new defence secretary be appointed when he does not knowthe correct procedures of handling the sales proceeds of lands.Before heutters something why cant he call atleast an Advance level commerce studentand check

    C.K.Lankaputhra Thursday, 22 January 2015 04:41 PM

    Very good. This secretary is suspicious and looks not reliable.

    Liberal One Thursday, 22 January 2015 04:43 PM

    In yahapalanaya you have to maintain the official stance of government or else you risk the possibility of arrest, intimidation and removal. This is sick.

    Sri Lankan Thursday, 22 January 2015 04:48 PM

    People of this country has all the rights to know the truth. So please reveal the truth in proper manner.

    Mahendra Thursday, 22 January 2015 04:49 PM

    Transparency and truth is also a part of yahapalanaya.

    chandra Thursday, 22 January 2015 04:57 PM

    What defense secretary said is correct. Account was in the name of Defense Secretary not Mr. Rajapaksha.

    Charlie Thursday, 22 January 2015 04:59 PM

    only few days.....Mandale katchal....

    supun Thursday, 22 January 2015 04:59 PM

    Isnt this too much? The newly appointed DS has said what he had to say honestly. Second statements cannot be accepted because it could be politically motivated one.

    Perumal Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:01 PM

    Good screening before being appointed would prevent such things

    Mevan Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:07 PM

    If his explanation is reasonable it should be accepted. Otherwise replacements can always be found.

    Sam Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:07 PM

    The Secretary is either ignorant or he is covering up misdeeds. He must be removed immediately

    sri Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:19 PM

    That is the weakness of Sri Lankans being truthful.

    Balu Mekka Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:22 PM

    Yahapalanaya also appears to be changing to Dictatorship. This is Sri Lanka. If oliticians are not cheaters they cannot live in Sri Lanka.

    Aba Jayasekera Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:24 PM

    I is unthinkable that the present Defence Secretary does not know that receipts from sales of Govt. property should without exception, be credited to the Consolidated Fund ! Abaj

    Kalum Thursday, 22 January 2015 07:36 PM

    Mandale Gaha ganna lagai wage

    CITIZEN Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:29 PM

    I think the Secretary was too soon to comment on the B/Account and he did so without going deep into the matter. He may have been misled. But, this conduct cannot be expected from a Senior Administrative Official. On a matter of this nature he should be thorough before making a statement - for or against. Anyway, the tone of the statement itself sounded a little funny!


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