Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today rejected the statements made about him by the present government and said these statements were ‘false’ and ‘misleading’.
“At a recent TV interview, it was said that over Rs. 100,000 million had been allocated to the Presidential Secretariat for the year 2015 and that it had now been reduced to Rs. 2,720 million. A sum of 100,000 million was never allocated to the Presidential Secretariat. The actual sum allocated for 2015 was Rs. 9,593 million (Koti 959),” the statement said.
It further said that no less than 25 state institutions such as the National Salaries and Cadres Commission, the National Ocean Affairs Committee etc, were listed under the vote of the President.
“Former presidents and their widows are also maintained by the Presidential Secretariat under this vote. The Establishments and Organizations Division of the Presidential Secretariat serves all the above mentioned institutions and absorbs the bulk of the expenditure. This expenditure therefore represents a large number of institutions and not only expenditure allocated to the President,” it said.
The actual sum allocated to the Office of the President (which is only one component of the vote that is designated under the President) for 2015 was Rs. 3754 million. This included Rs. 1,000 million which was meant to be spent on the construction of various community projects around the country. If this item is removed, the expenditure on the President’s Office is reduced to the Rs. 2,750 million that is said to be the new allocation for the president.
“It was also said that a special plane for my exclusive use was to be bought with taxpayers’ money at a cost of 16 million USD. No plane was ever ordered for my use. When Sri Lankan Airlines ordered new aircraft, Airbus Industries had provided a complimentary VIP conversion kit to install a cubicle with special facilities for special customers on commercial flights which can be installed and dismantled as required. The sum of 15 million USD was only the manufacturer’s indicative value of this kit which is actually provided free,” Mr. Rajapaksa said in the statement.
The various presidential residences are being mentioned in such a manner as to convey the impression that I had built them for my use. Temple Trees, President’s House and the residences in Nuwara Eliya and Kandy have been used by heads of State and government since the colonial era. The presidential residences in Anuradhapura, Embilipitiya, Mahiyangana and Kataragama were built by President Premadasa.
“None of these properties were built during my tenure. It was reported in one newspaper that Temple Trees and President’s House will be opened for public viewing soon. I welcome that because tens of thousands of schoolchildren from rural and remote areas and adults toured Temple Trees even when I said that 22 Defender Jeeps had been ‘discovered’ in Borella and another 53 vehicles belonging to the Presidential Secretariat found ‘abandoned’ in Pitakotte.
These are official vehicle yards of the Presidential Secretariat and to say that vehicles were ‘discovered’ at such places is absurd. The vehicles found in Pitakotte are mostly high security vehicles dating from the 1980s which were condemned but cannot be auctioned off as per the normal procedure. All vehicles used by me and my staff have been returned.
The details of other vehicles that had been issued to various officers and institutions under the Presidential Secretariat should be known to the Establishments and Organizations Division and can easily be traced by perusing the register maintained for the purpose,” the former president said.
Comments - 9
mack Tuesday, 10 February 2015 11:14 AM
when has he ever excepted his wrongs via DM Android App
Cobra Tuesday, 10 February 2015 08:02 AM
Hey guys, have you been gifted with MR/Namal wall clocks?
Sue Tuesday, 10 February 2015 11:50 AM
Hahaha... and we are supposed to believe what MR says? Get a life people; you are still living in a dream world.
Ganesh Tuesday, 10 February 2015 12:45 PM
Who needs this useless clarification after the massive robbery and from an international lair other than some gullible mad fellows ? Once he opens his mouth always lies and lies even now no change mentally.
sri Monday, 09 February 2015 08:04 PM
So far nothing has been proved with all the allegations. Including the Coup !
percysen Tuesday, 10 February 2015 01:36 PM
what about Seychelles story ?
Lalantha Perera Monday, 09 February 2015 05:08 PM
Thank you Mr President for clarifying these issues as some people tend to believe every baseless lie in connection with you.
Samantha Monday, 09 February 2015 09:27 PM
Nothing will be proved as there is nothing. This is just a wide scale conspiracy of Tamils colliding with US Europe and other western nations who only want Sri Lanka seen as a unstable useless country.
anura Tuesday, 10 February 2015 10:49 AM
The real truth will come to surface ,however much people try to sling mud at you. Till it is proven no one should be regarded as a culprit.
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