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Extravagant spending: Bogollagama does it again

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Colombo, Dec.4 (Daily Mirror) - Rohitha Bogollagama, known as one of the most extravagant Foreign Ministers in the history of Sri Lanka, has re-entered public service as the High Commissioner designates of Sri Lanka in London and has allegedly resumed his high-spending lifestyle even in less than a few months of travelling to the UK.

Bogollagama was nominated as the special representative of President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the 2023 UN peacekeeping ministerial meeting in Accra, Ghana.

He was to arrive there today.

In keeping with his past behaviour, he insisted on having a retinue of officials under his command in Accra. Not surprisingly, he succeeded despite the host country arranging all the protocol and facilitation of the logistics for the delegates. He insisted on having the Sri Lankan envoy in Ethiopia, leaving his duties to travel to Ghana to run errands for him and merely look after his and his wife’s logistics in Accra, in addition to a military official from Sri Lanka joining him at the meeting.

As in the past he has been observed squandering taxpayers' hard-earned money on extravagant expenses. In the past, from lavish travel accommodation to unnecessary perks, Bogollagama’s spending habits raised serious concerns about accountability and transparency in government expenditures and he has allegedly started the same practice in the few weeks of assuming office in London.

Bogollagama is yet to present his credentials in the UK.

Such flagrant misuse of public funds not only undermines the trust on the citizens and taxpayers but also highlights the urgent need for stringent oversight and ethical standards to ensure that taxpayer money is utilized responsibly.

Not surprisingly, as in the past, his wife this time too accompanied him to this highly significant military event in Ghana.

Despite a circular issued from the secretary of the President, disallowing the use of business class travel by all government officials, including ambassadors, Bogollagama travelled exclusively in business class to both from Colombo to London to take up his position and then now from London Heathrow to Accra breaking the directives.


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  • ravin Monday, 04 December 2023 07:04 AM

    make arrangements to kick out both appointee and appointer is the only solution.

    Terrence K Monday, 04 December 2023 07:23 AM

    Sri Lankans are suffering and these parasites are living luxurious lives when will this stop is it after another Aragalaya. Making hay while the shine shines !

    Hello Hello Monday, 04 December 2023 07:37 AM

    These are the type of guys who should be kicked out and not given any postings, but then what do you expect from a country and government like SL.

    Srilankan Monday, 04 December 2023 07:51 AM

    Well-done Bogallagama for representing bankrupt nation!

    Ram Monday, 04 December 2023 08:01 AM

    Is RW blind to the antics of this rascal. If Yes I have to assume that RW too is supportive of extravagant spending. He must be removed before he present his credentials

    ROSH Monday, 04 December 2023 08:04 AM

    Excellent news. We need more individuals like him to representing the bankrupt country led by unelected master debating president spending last few months of career in mile high club. He made the club too steamy and comfortable to use his bed while master debating different leaders including current presidents and prime minister on his double bed on mile high club. We must mare sure we must elect individuals who are educated young come from all corners of the country. We should not make mistake and use our vote wisely.

    Sri Wickrema Monday, 04 December 2023 08:12 AM

    He will never learn a lesson same as RW.

    Mahila Monday, 04 December 2023 08:12 AM

    If anyone doesn't know he is a rule unto himself, is definitely out of his Mind!!!??? That is if they have a Working Mind After all!!!??? Insane IS the Crystal Clear Operative Word!???

    Kps Monday, 04 December 2023 08:15 AM

    This is called System change. When will see the light in the corrupt Srilanka.?

    Sivalingam Monday, 04 December 2023 08:47 AM

    Leeches of Diyawannawa and their parasite stooges. People need to wake up.

    Kandiah Balendran Monday, 04 December 2023 08:48 AM

    What a leech, while the ordinary people are struggling.

    ERAN Wicks Monday, 04 December 2023 08:49 AM

    People need to protest this expensive clown.

    VJ Monday, 04 December 2023 08:53 AM

    If he has broken the rules, punish him. Not only him but all those officials who violated the financial rules by authorizing the expenditure. If the government cannot take action in such cases, we are doomed for ever. We have no accountability in our system anyway.

    James Monday, 04 December 2023 08:57 AM

    Once a crook always a crook

    Ama Monday, 04 December 2023 08:59 AM

    RW appoints radicals. Utter waste of Tax Payers money. Brain less president. We all know type of person RB is.

    Mohomed Monday, 04 December 2023 08:59 AM

    This kind of irresponsible officials, appointed president and acting IGP who has court case/s drag the country further down.

    Mohamed Adham Monday, 04 December 2023 09:05 AM

    Ranil ta Jayawewa !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Popaye Monday, 04 December 2023 09:10 AM

    Surely a coat and tie politician as we know can do something as a diplomat.completely out through a peoples vote or national list .some chance no enjoy maximum

    Does Ranil need him? Monday, 04 December 2023 09:20 AM

    This guy may have an axe to grind against Ranil, by deliberately bringing disrepute to Ranil.

    Poochie Baba Monday, 04 December 2023 09:24 AM

    Does anybody expect anything else from this government?

    Tax Payer Monday, 04 December 2023 09:35 AM

    Does not our matta President and Foreign Minister know these happenings? Bogollagama's appointment should forthwith be cancelled and he should be recalled.

    enough is enough Monday, 04 December 2023 09:45 AM

    When you look at this guys track record its shocking to see him getting such high profile postings. But its Sri Lanka where always the exact opposite happens when its good vs bad.

    Siripala Monday, 04 December 2023 09:47 AM

    Well done Ranil

    Sick of these wasteful imbeciles Monday, 04 December 2023 10:10 AM

    The only way to stop the rot of our country is to get JVP in power. Otherwise these parasites will make this a nation of baggers.

    Waco Monday, 04 December 2023 10:14 AM

    These are jokes. Ranil is talking about development . But he is taking the entire Sri Lanka for. Ride.

    Lalitha Tuesday, 05 December 2023 03:08 PM

    Jw taking entire nation for a ride to the bottom of the ocean

    D S de Silva Monday, 04 December 2023 10:19 AM

    Another great achievement by Ranil the greatest hypocrite ever to walk on Sri Lankan soil.

    roni Monday, 04 December 2023 10:22 AM

    How can Ranil Rajapakse direct or take any action as even his latest trip to Dubai how many were taken with taxpayers' money. So, squeeze the ordinary citizen and live a luxurious life is the order of the day.

    Chxii Monday, 04 December 2023 10:26 AM

    Ahh! My poor hard earned tax money. Seems to have been put to good use noh?

    Disgusted citizen Monday, 04 December 2023 10:46 AM

    The political system in the country needs to be fumigated to get rid of these parasites.

    Punchi Monday, 04 December 2023 10:48 AM

    Not to worry, as a 2500 year old supreme civilisation we need to maintain our extravagant lifestyle as individuals and country. Also our overseas representatives have to conduct themselves with facilities commensurate with our elevated status in the world. Grants from India, China, US, EU etc can be diverted from their intended purposes for this.

    Lion Monday, 04 December 2023 11:12 AM

    This is not surprising the appointer and the appointee are in the same habit of enjoying the tax payers money while the 80% of the population are struggling have a one square meal a day . Even Sajith comes to power this position will continue as it is since he too is surrounded by A grade rouges. Only hope is NPP which will definitely put a stop this and they will recall this man immediately.

    Lalithan Monday, 04 December 2023 11:33 AM

    Does srilanka need a president at all of rw caliber

    Mahila Monday, 04 December 2023 11:36 AM

    Hi all, “Not surprisingly, as in the past, his wife this time too accompanied him to this highly significant military event in Ghana. Despite a circular issued from the secretary of the President, disallowing the use of business class travel by all government officials, including ambassadors, Bogollagama ‘TRAVELLED EXCLUSIVELY IN BUSINESS CLASS TO BOTH FROM COLOMBO TO LONDON’ to take up his position and then now from ‘LONDON HEATHROW TO ACCRA’ breaking the directives.” Nothing new, when considering some Finance and Real Estate Property Realtors, used the Money of Poor Investors 2 decades ago!!!??? The Finance Company and Kotelawala were in the SHADE!!?? Leopards hardly lose their SPOTS over time, whatever length it be!!!???

    Shamelessly Begging to Show Off Monday, 04 December 2023 12:13 PM

    These are scumbags the security personnel should imprison for public wastage

    Nadarajah Monday, 04 December 2023 01:06 PM

    increasingly I now feel only a JVP/NPP regime can implement a rapid change for the better of this country -definitely not any other party

    I.G.P. Buriyanandan Monday, 04 December 2023 02:18 PM

    Pohottuwa saradeva

    Nimal Monday, 04 December 2023 02:21 PM

    Hey, Why are you worried about Borg's expenses when we are there to provide comforts to him and his wife? . We still have rooms to tighten our belts. After all Borgs too will join us to make us smarter in 2045.

    Mervin Enderamulla Monday, 04 December 2023 02:24 PM

    The problem is not with this guy because we know his track record. The problem is with the President who appointed him. He condones the corrupt and expects others to be clean, like the proverbial crab .

    Vive James Monday, 04 December 2023 03:25 PM

    So sad to watch from Overseas how Srilanka became to this sorry state, gradually. It didn't happen overnight. Little by little, inch by inch from 1956 then accelerate under JR, Premadasa and then again under Mahinda and Gota. Pathetic. Corrupt, racial ,biased politicians in Srilanka . Sad part is they are very popular. 6.9 million voters. Who has to be blamed? We or them ?

    Rajiv DE Silva Monday, 04 December 2023 03:59 PM

    Let us pay more taxes.

    Spartacus Monday, 04 December 2023 04:22 PM

    We everyday hear of this Ministers antics and impunity but we are a country of ponnayas who will read this news and do nothing about it.

    Siriyawatie Thummodara Monday, 04 December 2023 04:41 PM

    Hora will never go on to the correct track! Always go on Gon Pare! However, this saves the Banku Hora Nayakam RW!

    A Monday, 04 December 2023 04:49 PM

    NPP.is needed badly

    Volker Metzger Monday, 04 December 2023 05:00 PM

    The decision to revive Ranil Bogollagama politically and to give him a post is one of the excesses of a government that has "failed" at all crucial levels of political action, proves its incompetence again and again and cannot escape its disempowerment and defeat!! ! Sending Bogollagama, a shady, flamboyant personality to London as High Commissioner does not speak for Ranil's political wisdom and closeness to the people!!! On the contrary, it speaks of political stupidity and ignorance of the needs of the people in the country!!! All in all, the people of Sri Lanka should now get rid of Ranil and his followers once and for all and give their vote to the parties that strive for a social and equitable society with economic prosperity! But what is still missing is an impeccable, convincing and strong presidential candidate who embodies the unifying force of the opposition in the country!!!

    Buddhist Monday, 04 December 2023 05:15 PM

    Maybe Bogollagama is also collecting money for Ranil's UNP election war chest!

    Jonklaas Monday, 04 December 2023 06:38 PM

    This idiot is likely to deny and say reports are false !

    Sambo Monday, 04 December 2023 08:04 PM

    This why no one voted for RW in the election and he is taking his revenge from the public. You will pay for this in due future and your morons.

    Mm Monday, 04 December 2023 08:33 PM

    The most corrupted governor in eastern province. I am not sure how these corrupted one are able to manage sustaining the position consecutively

    Revamp Monday, 04 December 2023 09:04 PM

    Very true. Just returned after holidaying in SL. Prices for the average person has gone up tremendously

    Wilma Monday, 04 December 2023 10:17 PM

    Ranil gets dollars from one side and ensures that his merry men spend it well from the other side leaving the poor citizens to fend for themselves.

    NV JEN Monday, 04 December 2023 11:23 PM

    This is Ranil. Never practices what he preaches. Appoints the unworthy and the corrupt for high positions.' Old habits die hard', even after facing humiliating rejections.

    Nihal S Tuesday, 05 December 2023 04:40 AM

    MPs - please raise this issue in the parliament asking the FM to respond, thank you. This got to be stopped.

    Moh Sleiman Tuesday, 05 December 2023 05:14 AM

    Well I feel sorry for you guys.RANIL is a SCUM BAG,For RANIL it is now or never, Only solution is for a BETTER SRI LANKA, if you guys vote for ANURA KUMARA because he is the last Straw.

    Kumar Sriskanda Tuesday, 05 December 2023 05:23 AM

    His travelling in business class is not an abuse! But taking his staff in the business class is not proper. Taking unwanted staff also is an abuse of power. Nepotism must be avoided. But this is not new in Sri Lanka. Too late to rectify!!

    Sanath Dharmasena Tuesday, 05 December 2023 05:23 AM

    We need good governance from NPP. All these acts are preventable saving billions of Money, No more cronies, get NPP led coalition to Power.

    Paramanathan Tuesday, 05 December 2023 06:15 AM

    Rohith Bogollagama is supposed to be a relative of President Ranil Wickremesinghe. President Ranil Wickremesinghe doesn't want to punish him for his abuse and corruption but to empower him with more responsible assignments to enable him to spend country's resources lavishly. That way our president too is a top abuser of power to appoint offenders for higher positions.

    Patcitz Tuesday, 05 December 2023 01:55 PM

    Even a minor recognizes the face of BOGOLLAGAMA being sealed with CORRUPTION in his FOREHEAD, so why has Corrupt Ranil posted him to such a responsible position is the question that everyone asks.

    Wiraj Tuesday, 05 December 2023 02:31 PM

    Whatever the little good things Ranil do are neutralised by such actions, worse it goes into negative mode. RANIL does not know the pulse of the people and alienates himself further from people because of his arrogance, the main reason he is unsuccessful in winning crucial elections.


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