Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa did not deserve more protection, Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said yesterday.
Speaking to the media during a visit at Nandimitragama in Vavuniya, the Field Marshal said that the security detail of former Defence Secretary was higher than what was given to him.
“I have been given 17 Police personnel. But Gotabaya has enough protection. As far I know the former Defence Secretary has 25 security personnel from the Army, Special Forces and Commandos.
“I have seen during a demonstration that he had the protection of the STF. I am not aware of the fact that Police protection was given after the military protection was withdrawn. But, he is well protected,” Field Marshall Fonseka said.
He said he was cordoned off by 500 military personnel during the war.
“But it is not necessary now because of the situation in the country. Former Defence Secretary is a normal citizen. He is not holding any responsibility for the government or for the people. He is not legally entitled to Presidential and Prime Minister or even a Ministerial protection.
“As far as I know, no secretary was given a protection once he retired,” he said.
Field Marshal Fonseka said that there were so many people in this country who had death threats and the country’s money would not enough if all of them were given bulletproof vehicles.
“If he was scared for his life, he can leave the country because he has a US citizenship,” Fonseka said. (Romesh Madushanka)
Gota is a jobless government servant. My father too was a government servant and retired . He got no security protection . Sri Lanka as the saying goes, a land like no other.
Dallas Sunday, 23 September 2018 03:33 PM
Do not pls drag ur father into this discussion Obviously you have no idea what ur talking aboutBecause I respect any father I would not comment about u comparing ur father to gota
sarath Sunday, 23 September 2018 04:25 PM
Dear Unchikun, You are so wise to compare uncomparables. Now can you compare MR to CBK. there is no one kill CBK but MR.
patric Sunday, 23 September 2018 05:30 PM
there are government servants who contributed to eliminate terrorists and other government servants whose participation was to watch the war on TV. The second type do not need protection from revenge takers. So your last sentence suits the kind like you but go on enjoy the peace that prevail.
Lokusalli Sunday, 23 September 2018 06:09 PM
It's a way of politicians pretending of being important .When Gita is in America he becomes just another ordinary Joe !!
BUSHEL Sunday, 23 September 2018 06:54 PM
so that ur fRTHER IS NOT PROTECTED AND GOTTA SHOULN'T BE PROTECTED?
ari Sunday, 23 September 2018 07:21 PM
If your father was instrumental in saving the country from a brutal terrorist war that lasted 30 years, he would have deserved maximum security and gratitude of the entire country.
mk Sunday, 23 September 2018 07:34 PM
what department did he work for? Postal services? Then he will surely need some security
Gayan Sunday, 23 September 2018 08:06 PM
Yr father was a former defence secretary who contributed to destroy Ltte too?. If so please accept our respects.
Liqen Sunday, 23 September 2018 08:10 PM
All Donkeys and bulls who ran behind ministers does not need protection. Gota need protection as still LTTE rump is plotting against him.
Vish Sunday, 23 September 2018 09:42 PM
Was your father the defense secretary who overlooked the ending of a 30 year war?
Dias Sunday, 23 September 2018 02:17 PM
Without any political opinion, he deserves more security
patric Sunday, 23 September 2018 05:33 PM
sensible response from a erudite individual.
dilip Sunday, 23 September 2018 06:12 PM
Well said Dias.
Sun Sunday, 23 September 2018 03:38 PM
Former Defence Secretary Mr. Rajapaksha was appointed by his President brother although he was not a citizen of this country. Holding an USA passport he was appointed a important post of Defence Secretary. Today he is just a visitor on visa I think. So, on whose authority was he given security?
Machan Monday, 24 September 2018 10:23 AM
Son, either you are an idiot or a child born after 2009.
Senarath Sunday, 23 September 2018 03:45 PM
When stupid talks only people realise that he is a stupid. Gota was not an ordinary secretary. He was one of the main pillars who held responsibility and fully engaged with cordination of forces during final war. Without his role the war would not have been eradicated from our country. Also the other reason, Gota never went to see LTTE leaders with apple parcels.
Saman Sunday, 23 September 2018 03:59 PM
If there's a threat to someone's life, he should get the protection irrespective of any political view point. Someday SF too might have to face this issue if he behave like this.
johan Sunday, 23 September 2018 04:00 PM
Yes If a retired government servant is fear for life why he is roaming on the streets .He must confine to his palace.Even present Mps are not given much protection
sam Sunday, 23 September 2018 04:03 PM
same man, same stupid comments. He is the true SriLankan Idiot.
Nissanka Sunday, 23 September 2018 04:04 PM
What a fool this FM is? He is worse than a LTTE terrorist. He has forgotten the fact how he cried over his security after he left the army. Gota deserve more security than the president as he was the master performer behind LTTE
Keppetipola Sunday, 23 September 2018 04:22 PM
Absolutely Gota deserves more security unlike this Velvidane Sarath Fonseka who entered the parliament illegally from back door after people rejected him
Sampath Sunday, 23 September 2018 04:37 PM
Maluwa nahinney kata hindalu
observer Sunday, 23 September 2018 06:22 PM
Please secure the wild life as per your portfolio.
kalu Sunday, 23 September 2018 06:47 PM
Gota has played a major role in winning the war.He deserves official protection.We should not be petty minded
Mawella.p Sunday, 23 September 2018 07:11 PM
This man was promoted as the Commander of the Army by him, when Ms Chandrika Bandaranaike swallowed to garbage bin. What a greatful man, holding the post of field marshal. This is clearly exposes the generics of Sri Lankan. Nothing more than Mr Sarath Fonseka
Kamalan Sunday, 23 September 2018 07:11 PM
LTTE and their supporters staged a massive protest against SL Government and army in Geneva few days ago. During this recent demonstration, thousands of Tamil LTTE supporters gathered and accused Gota and government while SL has a opposition of Tamil people. So Gota needs more protection.
Maru Sunday, 23 September 2018 07:24 PM
25 personnel already... 25 x Rs 40000 per month. This means Rs 12 MILLIONS PER YEAR ALREADY only for the security of a US citizen. ( this is despite of not considering the amount he looted before)And people are crying for more. Land like no other.
Chanak Sunday, 23 September 2018 07:44 PM
Why is SF speaking about Gota having too much protection? Is he planning to assassinate him? SF Pls worry about your ministry! Protect wild life! Improve our national parks!
Dam Monday, 24 September 2018 11:00 AM
People he is not speaking .... media is asking questions and he replies
Ceylon Sunday, 23 September 2018 07:49 PM
Why he asking everything from this poor country srilanka? Why his country america don't bother about him?.
Liqen Sunday, 23 September 2018 08:06 PM
Gota had saved the country. that angered who earned Pounds in Millions from War trade. (Tamil Diaspora , Tamil Politicians, Indian Politicians, UK Politicians etc.)SF has no threat now as he has become a puppet of Diaspora through Ranil. Why not ask 17 security people wasting tax payer's money hanging around SF removed instead.
Citizen Monday, 24 September 2018 08:01 AM
FOR GODSSAKE SHUT UP!
TJ Monday, 24 September 2018 09:03 AM
The simple logic is that Gota is more unpopular than you
johan Monday, 24 September 2018 10:43 AM
But he is popular for his crimes to the humanity
Dam Monday, 24 September 2018 11:03 AM
I can see so many trying to support about extra protection to Gota. Can those clarify out of Gota and FM who needs more protection when there are is no war at all. What we hear in social media and and other kinds of medias is a proxy war. LTTE will never rise up again ... it is all dramas
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