Vedda Chief Uruwarigelage Vanniyale said he preferred his life in the jungle to town comforts and that he even used the vehicle issued to him by the government only for the purposes of his community.
“As the leader of a clan of more than 500,000 people, I must have a vehicle. However this ramshackle vehicle given to me by the Mahiyangana Divisional Secretariat gives trouble often. So, I feel like roaming in the jungle looking into the needs of my clan as in the past. The divisional secretariat issued me the vehicle on the directive of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. I use it only for trips involving social, cultural and welfare activities of my clan. I will never consider it a prestige to own a vehicle. However it is an ordeal to travel in this vehicle,” he said.(Palitha Ariyawansa)
Comments - 11
Andrew Pitugala Saturday, 20 July 2013 05:13 AM
He has always been cery much more sure on his reliable two feet in his jungle. So give him his jungle. Let us not destroy it.
sobers Saturday, 20 July 2013 10:21 AM
Using Veddah chief's name, i am sure the corrupt government offices will go to town with the vehicle.
Umar Saturday, 20 July 2013 05:49 AM
Dont worry, can give you a Rolls Royce after the CHOGM
Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 20 July 2013 10:43 AM
How about giving him a Lambroghini so that he can travel faster.
sanaboy Sunday, 21 July 2013 10:53 AM
Sen, why not to ur house
Critic Roshan Saturday, 20 July 2013 08:09 AM
The government should have supplied all his provisions on monthly basis instead of giving him an old vehicle with new coloring. Most of times, the driver must be using the vehicle for his personal use.
Gamini Saturday, 20 July 2013 08:24 AM
If the govt. is giving a vehicle give a proper vehicle.
sen Saturday, 20 July 2013 03:52 PM
may be he can supply meat item to temple trees using this vehicle also may be to BBS
Fauzy Saturday, 20 July 2013 04:21 AM
Labby Saturday, 20 July 2013 05:01 AM
A clan of more than 500,000 persons is a highly exaggerated statement. More than half of that number wear normal clothing and they cannot even be considered to be veddas anymore.
Mutu Saturday, 20 July 2013 05:06 AM
Well said Chief.
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