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Rs.19 mn to Pushpa Rajapaksa Foundation was a donation - CICT

12 July 2018 12:15 pm - 41     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Colombo International Container Terminals Limited (CICT) has reiterated that its payment of Rs.19,410,000/- (equivalent to US$150,000), to the Pushpa Rajapaksa Foundation was a donation, in good faith, for the construction of houses for the less privileged, CICT said in a statement. 

It also states, “This donation was made long after the project concession agreement for the Colombo South Terminal had been signed and construction work on the terminal had already commenced. This payment is clearly reflected in our audited accounts for the relevant year. We therefore categorically reject the implication that the payment is tantamount to a bribe.”

“This issue had already been brought up in the media and was investigated by the relevant authorities three years ago. However, in the wake of these latest reports, we reiterate and bring to the notice of the media and the general public that CICT made a donation to the said foundation, as part of its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and did not intend it to be, nor believe it to be otherwise.”

“CICT has already provided the required information on this matter to the relevant authorities. The company has no further information to provide on the matter, other than for what has already been provided.”

“For the record, we wish to reiterate that this donation was a part of CICT’s CSR commitment, and in keeping with this commitment, we have also supported other deserving projects such as providing support to the victims of the Koslanda landslide in 2016 with cash donations and rations; major sponsorship of the Wheelchair Tennis programme of Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA); and a donation through the China Merchant Charity Foundation of foldable intraocular lenses and cartridges worth $ 60,000 along with an allocation of $ 200,000 for cataract surgeries for needy patients under the ‘Tribute to love, China – Sri Lanka Free Cataract Surgery Campaign’ etc.

Once funding is allocated, CICT believes that the funding so allocated would be utilized for the said projects by the receiving agencies, without CICT having to play a supervisory role as to the implementation of such projects.”


  Comments - 41

  • VERY GENEROUS Thursday, 12 July 2018 01:15 PM


    Marine Friday, 13 July 2018 08:53 AM

    19 m to Pushpa, nothing for me!

    Lakshitha Thursday, 12 July 2018 01:19 PM

    Yes you say its a donation,,,but we have to now check where this money has gone and who has utilised it,,CID must check the Bank account and get to the Bottom of it,,,Normally donations are given in public for all to know and there is transparency,,why this is secretly given??

    Shehan Saturday, 14 July 2018 12:20 PM

    Cancer.... Cancer.... Cancer

    Sunil Thursday, 12 July 2018 01:22 PM

    Hahaha China caught red handed bribing the Rajapaksas!

    Ajja Thursday, 12 July 2018 01:40 PM

    CHEC also can state the same to NY Times in the case of Mahinda's election campeign money " Commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility" (CSR)

    Matilda Ellepola Thursday, 12 July 2018 02:58 PM

    Those who stole the poor masses Tsunami donations can go any low depth.

    Fouzi Friday, 13 July 2018 06:22 AM

    'Helping Hambantota' - tasty menu !

    Ram Thursday, 12 July 2018 03:03 PM

    The Donor categorically say the purpose of the gift. To build houses. Check with the foundation if the intention of the donor was fulfilled. If not that is misappropriation

    Ruwan Thursday, 12 July 2018 03:08 PM

    How many houses were built other than the Malvinas house

    Ranjan de Silva Thursday, 12 July 2018 03:09 PM

    ha haaa.... I too should form a foundation to get donations..China harbour please donate me....

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 12 July 2018 04:09 PM

    Donating to Pushpa has pushed their business higher.

    C.K.Lankaputhra Thursday, 12 July 2018 03:11 PM

    This must be the largest donation made to a high level politico wife. Why? Sri Lanka has number of genuine charities who provides yeoman service to innocent people. Can well understand the motive behind this , if it is a donation.

    Dayan Thursday, 12 July 2018 03:40 PM

    Even when the police caught some people for high speeding some cops accepts so called donations and allow him to go.

    sahanthapriya Thursday, 12 July 2018 04:29 PM

    whatever donation you made that helped directly or indirectly to stop the brutal war carried out by LTTE warmly welcome by common SL people

    Pradeep Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:54 PM

    May be this money also gone to fight the brutal war against poverty. But whose poverty is the million Rupee question.

    Lal Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:01 PM

    Did the entire Rajapaksa family go to war?

    Citizen Friday, 13 July 2018 09:37 AM

    Please don't talk bull and try to come out of the well.

    Gamaya Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:19 PM

    OMG smacks of " Helping Hambantota "When will they ever be convicted?

    Isurilu Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:52 PM

    Please send me some donation CHEC "isuru cahamara foundation" , i feed disabled goats..

    Upul Thursday, 12 July 2018 06:07 PM

    I thought that only Basil was defrauding, but now, I see that the whole family had that decease.

    Buddhist Thursday, 12 July 2018 06:13 PM

    Where is the proof of the houses being built and where did the monies go from the withdrawal of these funds.. its a BRIBE>

    Jaliya Thursday, 12 July 2018 06:22 PM

    “For the record, we wish to reiterate that this donation was a part of CICT’s CSR commitment, and in keeping with this commitment, we have also supported other deserving projects such as providing support to the victims of the Koslanda landslide in 2016 " .... CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHEN THE DONATION WAS MADE TO Pushpa Rajapaksa Foundation ? [and] how many OTHER CSR projects being completed by the CICT prior to them being investigated by FCID ??

    Mandayan Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:06 PM

    From Helping Hambantota to bribing even the LTTE and bribed by Chinese, the Rajapakses mastered the art of corrupt politics.

    BSV Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:29 PM

    No point by giving this much details of this probe. This message would have received to present government early. But now only publishing to Sri Lankan citizens, because election is coming on. And Gota also got into politics

    Araliya Friday, 13 July 2018 04:17 AM

    Cheers Namal also got a donation from KRISH CORP to promote ruggerThese looters must be thinking that we are buth kana gonas like them

    vinushi Friday, 13 July 2018 05:21 AM

    Honestly who the hell is pushpa rajapakse? If you are making a donation why cant it be given to a trustworthy and established source rather than someone in the rajapakse clan? are people in sri lanka blind to want this sort of corruption even in the future?

    Padeniya Friday, 13 July 2018 05:28 AM

    Rajapaksha clan seem to be born robbers ,CID should investigate how the money spent who's account money went ,Rajapaksha family robbed Tsunami money this is nothing for them

    Asrar Friday, 13 July 2018 06:09 AM

    Kiyanna Karunu Thiyanawa, Nathinag hadala kiyanawa

    Chanaka Friday, 13 July 2018 07:46 AM

    Maybe 10% of something :D

    sira Friday, 13 July 2018 07:55 AM

    so how many houses have been constructed and given to less priviladge people. hhahah. Rajas family are always crooks. pl investigate and let the public know where this money has gone. Bisides, China has not acted in good faith as if needed to give houses, they could have given this money to their embassy and oversee how it has been spent.

    Arnold Friday, 13 July 2018 07:57 AM

    But there are so many poor people in China itself. Charity should start at home.

    Puma Friday, 13 July 2018 08:34 AM

    That story is over, let's start another one SOON

    Perera Friday, 13 July 2018 08:36 AM

    Could they show one house built by this foundation?Or at least a foundation for a house built by them.

    CHAMAL Friday, 13 July 2018 08:54 AM

    We all know Daily mirror is a puppet of UNP . Even if you people do not publish this comment it is the truth and all know this. . This is old garbage now taking back for mud for political benefit. and DM do the leg works for dirt carry DM has never been impartial newspaper anyways.

    Common Man Friday, 13 July 2018 08:55 AM

    Whenever a disaster struck the poor gets poorer and the Rajapakshas get richer.......

    hss Friday, 13 July 2018 09:44 AM

    ha ha the red faced ones could not find a better foundation it had to be Rajapakse founded , by this i guess they pretty much covered all the Rajapakse base.LOL

    Daily boru Friday, 13 July 2018 09:48 AM

    Like helping Hambantota?

    I A Nihal Peiris Friday, 13 July 2018 09:53 AM

    Huge Donations by China Bank to Big Politico WIFE is clearly a Bribe as there are very poor children's here PL Confiscated all this money immediately

    Vernon Friday, 13 July 2018 09:53 AM

    Even a traffic policeman request only for a donation to their welfare fund, when a traffic offender is apprehended by them. The meaning of donation is well understood in SL

    Jerome Friday, 13 July 2018 09:11 PM

    Even though born in Sri Lanka, never had friends to donate money in that scan.

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