The first Sri Lankan with a differentiable to be an elected representative and a lawyer and 2016 recipient of the Henry Viscardi international Award for exemplary leadership among the disabled, Uva provincial councilor Senarath Attanayake has passed away this morning at a private hospital.
An old boy of Royal College Colombo, 51 year old Senarath Attanayake was the son of former parliamentarian and former Basnayaka Nilame of the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devalaya, Jayawardena Attanayake.
Senarath joined active politics in 1999, following the death of his father and has served as the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation, Livestock, Land and Forestry of the Uva Provincial Council from 2000–2005 and was also the acting Chief Minister for a brief period.
By the time of his death Senarath had pioneered a project to make Moneragala the first Disable Friendly District in Sri Lanka, with the assistance of the World Health Organization.
He represented Sri Lanka at the 6th, 7th and 8th Conferences of State Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Senarath was married to Lasanthi Daskon an Attorney-at-Law and a Disability Rights Activist.
Remains will be taken to Bibile tomorrow (30) and the funeral will be take place on Thursday (31) in Bibile.
kumudu Tuesday, 29 August 2017 09:34 AM
May you attain Nibbana Sena, thank you so much for all the good you have done for the disabled
sanje Dabare Tuesday, 29 August 2017 09:36 AM
Great individual. Great personality..... Rest in piece my friend..
Nina Kamal Tuesday, 29 August 2017 10:37 AM
You have done and achieved much goodness in this short span of your beautiful life, May you rest in peace knowing that you will be rewarded immensely! Niwan Suwa
Kamz Tuesday, 29 August 2017 10:57 AM
He was an inspiration to the physically-challenged community in Sri Lanka. He did more than he could to promote an inclusive society. May he attain the Supreme Bliss of Nibbana.
DillonDP Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:14 AM
it was a pity your name was not hear before your death, may be its my ignorance, or the fact moronic politicians are capturing media time which i feel is the real fact.May you rest in peace and totally proud for what you have achieved, its a real inspiration to me
lkboy Tuesday, 29 August 2017 03:09 PM
May you attain Nibbana!
Old Rotaract Buddy Tuesday, 29 August 2017 06:30 PM
RIP my old friend Sena.
heidi Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:45 AM
So good to hear of a honest politician in this day and age. Why is it that there is no group/ organisation or people's movement to highlight politicians like him as an example for the rest of the politicians and for them to emulate? Society continuously harps on the bad but nothing good is shown to inspire people.
mike Wednesday, 30 August 2017 04:43 PM
With all your achievements, can the patents of a differently abled person, or blind person with mental issues open a bank account in Sri Lanka, NO, Why?
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