Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa should be held responsible for the Salawa Army Camp explosion, UNP Spokesman Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said today.
The former president had said the war would have to be stopped if this blast occurred under his administration.
Even Gotabaya Rajapaksa said arrangements had been made to move the army camp to another location during the tenure of the previous regime but it had to be put on hold when the then regime was defeated.
“The war came to an end in 2009 and in the six years after that they could have relocated the armoury if they wanted to. I challenge the Rajapaksas to show the written and legal documents to the people if they had plans to move the armoury to a safer area,” Mr. Kariyawasam said.
He said if the previous government wanted to remove the armoury, they had to follow internationally accepted procedures of the United Nations.
“Now they are making irresponsible statements without following relevant procedures,” he said.
He said that there were several incidents of blast that happened during the previous government’s tenure such as the Armoury store blast in Vavuniya in 2009 and the blast which occurred in 2014 when the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) was about to topple.
“Without considering those incidents, the Rajapaksas are shedding crocodile tears over the Salawa Army Camp explosion,” he said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
Do your words help to boost any production in the country? Just a matter of talking and we are perishing in poverty.
citizen Thursday, 09 June 2016 04:40 PM
you are correct Akila, what they were doing since 2009 End of War.
NAF Thursday, 09 June 2016 04:42 PM
We came to find faults with others not to work time fly we earned mad people vote again
Bala Thursday, 09 June 2016 04:57 PM
After the incident MR and Gota get wise to issue statements to cover their failing. Also there seems a systemmatical series of explosions takng place as if it had been an evacuation procedure to prevent opponents getting the armoury and not accidental. There is more smoke in this fire.
max Thursday, 09 June 2016 04:59 PM
Thanks for making us - the mass - laughing non-stop Mr. Minister
Sharon Thursday, 09 June 2016 05:00 PM
Prasangi Thursday, 09 June 2016 05:02 PM
Why did your President and the Government fail to move this camp since 8th January 2015? 16 months is a long time for you to act. We are not fools, although you politicians think so
Farook Thursday, 09 June 2016 05:13 PM
You are absulutely correct they are the ones to blame. I am on your side. SIR
Ameer Thursday, 09 June 2016 05:20 PM
In the one year and a half years that you have been there what have you done Mr.Minister?
pradeep Thursday, 09 June 2016 05:22 PM
Pointing fingers to previous government has become a joke now and should be stopped.
ara Thursday, 09 June 2016 05:30 PM
Ranjan F Thursday, 09 June 2016 05:42 PM
When you try to manage an unwieldy army far more than a small country need, this will be the result. No one knows what happened.
Siri Thursday, 09 June 2016 06:00 PM
All they know is to point fingers but what good have you done?
Gerry Thursday, 09 June 2016 06:16 PM
Wow..This Akila guy is a real smart dude. He has finally found out who is responsible for the explosions. What would this country do without such intelligent ministers.
Kumar Friday, 10 June 2016 11:17 AM
Akilaa do not provide jokes to Audience.
korala Thursday, 09 June 2016 09:06 PM
I think mason bass is full responsible for this
Manjula Friday, 10 June 2016 07:53 AM
Is he the minister of education or minister of comedies
RuwanL Thursday, 09 June 2016 04:26 PM
Don't pass the buck! MR and Gota were changed one and a half years ago. Now the Army Commander and the current President are responsible! How about Sarath Fonseka? He should also be responsible if you blame Gota!!
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