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Keheliya resigns as Cabinet Minister

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Colombo, Feb 06 (Daily Mirror) - Minister Keheliya Rambukwella who is in prison has tendered his resignation from the position of Environment Minister to President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The Daily Mirror learns that the letter has been forwarded to the President's Secretary Saman Ekanayake and President Ranil Wickremesinghe has accepted the letter.

Accordingly the Ministry of Environment will be placed under the President.

Keheliya Rambukwella was remanded until the 15th of February over the controversial human immunoglobulin procurement scandal and is currently admitted in the Prison Hospital.

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  • Nilmini Welivita Tuesday, 06 February 2024 03:00 PM

    Sad day in the history of the country.

    M Fernando Tuesday, 06 February 2024 11:58 PM

    Yes. It is very unfair and frankly quite ridiculous that a Sri Lankan Minister or Politician of any rank should be compelled to resign over any kind of wrongdoing. This is completely alien to our 2500 year-old culture. KR should be re-instated immediately and be given a more important portfolio

    Mahila Wednesday, 07 February 2024 05:33 AM

    Wish to share, your "over abundant" grief at the loss of Great Contributor for the emancipation of Sri Lankans, by transcending Healthcare to NEW level!? Enabling Transition to NEXT world, so EASY, CONVENIENT, SMOOTH and COMFORTABLE!!?? ‘Jathika Vasthuwa’ Performing, miracles after “Lightning Visit to Neighbour India” – Mid-2023, unbeknown, even highest in land when “Overseas Travel Curtailed – ‘FINANCIAL CRISIS’!!!?? Claimed ‘SOLE AMBITION’ was solve urgently needed Public Health DRUGS!!?? FINANCIAL CRISIS IS SECONDARY?? PHILANTHROPHIC – used PERSONAL FINANCES instead!!!??? Good to know, whilst greater population POOR, sacrificing 1 meal-a-day, (‘WEREN’T STARVING’), our SL LEGISLATORS – for Drug Provisioning – have WHEREWITHAL, “SPARE Cash” Spending on TRAVEL Overseas on “Meagre Incomes”, is GOOD NEWS!!!??? Which should GLADDEN, WARM Cockles’ of anyone’s burdened heart?? Notwithstanding, their “DAILY TRAVAILS, CHORES”!!?? Good Samaritan!! KEEP IT UP!!??? GENIUS - ANY MEASURE!?

    Mohamed Adham Wednesday, 07 February 2024 09:33 AM

    What sad day ??? Maybe for beneficiaries like yourself, but, the country would once again be in celebration mode , when this scumbag would be taken away from "hospitals" and put behind bars and injected with all the fake medicines that he made money on.

    BRING THEM DOWN ONE BY ONE Wednesday, 07 February 2024 09:38 AM


    Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 07 February 2024 06:32 PM

    Nilmini Welivita has got the dementia or permanent damage to her brain cells. Or , she wants people to respond to her comments and get attention or popular .

    You are pretend now Thursday, 08 February 2024 02:52 AM


    Kalakani Thursday, 08 February 2024 03:13 PM

    One Kalakaniya out. Many more on the waiting list.

    Steve Tuesday, 06 February 2024 03:01 PM

    Will he be appointed Minister in Charge of Prisons?

    Palitha Ahangangoda Sunday, 11 February 2024 05:06 AM

    He is one of the genuine politicians in srilanka

    Piyagala Siripala Tuesday, 06 February 2024 03:02 PM

    No more Pin Padi! But Gon Padi will be getting! Next Myna, Kappama etc!

    L Jaya Tuesday, 06 February 2024 03:05 PM

    At last, may be RW asked him to tender resignation. Lejjai!

    joshua Tuesday, 06 February 2024 03:08 PM

    Thanks for all who fought to force this man to resign. Hope the legal system will now take over and ensure that highest action is taken for the crimes against humanity.

    Amaran Tuesday, 06 February 2024 11:21 PM

    Yes, at last the justice prevails. Hope government will compensate those who have been affected/died due to the counterfiet immunoglobulin

    Disgusting Behaviour Tuesday, 06 February 2024 03:12 PM

    He should have been suspended from ministerial position six months ago when the issues in Health Ministry were highlighted. Instead the President tried to protect this criminal till the end. This is disgraceful behaviour by the Ranil .With this leadership come 3048 we will be in the same hole.

    Ram Tuesday, 06 February 2024 03:18 PM

    Keheliya would have resigned on the request of RW who did not want to remove him but wanted to receive the resignation from Keheliya himself

    This is reality Tuesday, 06 February 2024 03:18 PM

    Trying to imagine those 113 colleagues who stood by him, scratching their heads yeah!

    Sachith Tuesday, 06 February 2024 03:27 PM

    Yet another drama begins. No wonder if he endup as a common candidate for upcoming presidential election.

    Mahila Wednesday, 07 February 2024 12:14 PM

    DEFINITELY WINNER - our emancipated 6.9M -1 erudite voters!!!??? NEXT EP!!??

    Jayantha Tuesday, 06 February 2024 03:33 PM

    Nice drama. All

    NV Jen Tuesday, 06 February 2024 03:44 PM

    One down, Many more to go.

    ANTON Tuesday, 06 February 2024 03:46 PM


    A Good Citizen Tuesday, 06 February 2024 03:54 PM

    His resignation is not accepted as country needs more culprits like him!!!

    Innocent Tuesday, 06 February 2024 03:56 PM

    What resignation? Should have been dismissed until proven innocent. Reinstated after proving his innocence.

    HoraPolice Tuesday, 06 February 2024 04:06 PM

    That is not the end to the saga. He has to be charged for murder and put behind bars. No bail please.

    Janaka Tuesday, 06 February 2024 04:14 PM

    Only after being given an ultimatum by the president....?

    Aquarius Tuesday, 06 February 2024 04:28 PM

    Some good news, but he should be held responsible for the deaths and after effects of the medications he imported. He should not be allowed to walk away just because he resigned.

    Sobers Tuesday, 06 February 2024 04:30 PM

    What a disgraceful Minister cum politician. There are many others who should be prosecuted.

    Consuming prison meal is no big deal Tuesday, 06 February 2024 04:31 PM

    Keheliya has proved that he is a man with dignity and sensitive to public outrage. When the public demanded his resignation yesterday, he did not wait, but resigned today. We should applaud him. There was a news item that said Keheliya was allowed to get down his meals from his home. If somebody protest about this privilege, he will stop it and consume prison meals too.

    Dr. Champika Tuesday, 06 February 2024 04:36 PM

    Consolation award for people of SL. Let us selecting a major award such as elimination of RW and pohottuwa democratically.

    melville perera Tuesday, 06 February 2024 05:40 PM

    how very considerate and thoughtful. The letter should not be accepted which is further proof of his guilt but he should be officially stripped of his position and priviledges and sacked for his arrogance and heinous crime against society

    Vadivelu Yogaratnam Tuesday, 06 February 2024 05:57 PM

    Resignation is a drama he will ever never will be convinced long as Rajapaksa is in the political arena, waite and see.

    Mahesh Tuesday, 06 February 2024 06:13 PM

    Why was he allowed to resign but not sacked? Who brought him into the cabinet in the first place and what are their credibilities in terms of maintain good governance?

    Mahila Wednesday, 07 February 2024 05:50 AM

    He's Pohottuwa MP!!?? Pohottuwa controls Government!! None Else, Sagara, Basil!!!???

    DOT Tuesday, 06 February 2024 06:14 PM

    This is a lesson for most of them. Still he is a very small FISH! Big once are freely flying!

    Ram Tuesday, 06 February 2024 06:15 PM

    How many of our loved ones we lost? Who is going to talk about compensation to those who lost their loved ones?

    Rohini Wijetillekee Tuesday, 06 February 2024 06:24 PM

    Is he getting an assignment in UGANDA ?

    Uncle Paradise Tuesday, 06 February 2024 06:36 PM

    Isn't there something called collective responsibility in the cabinet? Shouldn't all cabinet members at the time now resign?

    Mahila Wednesday, 07 February 2024 05:44 AM

    Don't think anything wrong in Cabinet decision?? FAULT in CHECKS, CONTROL, BALANCES of Implementation stage of Desired Action?? ADMINISTRATION!!??

    Blessing Tuesday, 06 February 2024 06:40 PM

    If he had the conscience, he should have resigned long time.

    Cisco Tuesday, 06 February 2024 06:59 PM

    Shouldn't have been sacked him? Why the hell president wait until his resignation received?

    DOT Tuesday, 06 February 2024 07:10 PM

    Resign from MP also .

    Sam Silva Tuesday, 06 February 2024 07:23 PM

    Finally he will be given pardon and everything will be forgotten just like other matters.

    cineha Tuesday, 06 February 2024 08:32 PM

    At last he has sensed the reality....

    Ssz khan Tuesday, 06 February 2024 08:49 PM


    Namal Baby Tuesday, 06 February 2024 09:09 PM

    He should have be kicked out long ago.Thanks to our God father of criminals Ranil.

    roni Tuesday, 06 February 2024 09:43 PM

    See the culprit in the luxury of prison hospital sends his resignation, this joker was given another ministry upon been removed from health. It begs the question if the traveling president is worthy of his office or merely survives on the instructions of Basil.

    Chinthake Mallawarachi Wednesday, 07 February 2024 02:51 AM

    In true Sri Lanka style, just need his wife to declare that she is taking on his 'work'.

    C I A Wednesday, 07 February 2024 03:22 AM

    As the Health Minister he had a choice as the drug shortage was not created by him and beyond his control . Either stick with the long drawn out government procurement procedures and let patients suffer or die due to the drug shortage or get the drugs to the hospitals ASAP. Purchase of quality drugs is the responsibilty of the purchasing officers and not the Minister.

    shanaka Wednesday, 07 February 2024 05:53 AM

    next please

    Satiesh Sunderalingam Wednesday, 07 February 2024 07:30 AM

    This is a forsaken family...

    UAli Wednesday, 07 February 2024 07:38 AM

    Civil right movements, shit fertilizer shipment from China also similar to this,take action to muster then and present minister to court, both are responsible for loot from bankcrupt country

    Dr. M.K Wijeratne Wednesday, 07 February 2024 09:03 AM

    Now he should be thrown out from the Parliament.

    Lambert Soyza (Kandy Fish Market) Wednesday, 07 February 2024 09:04 AM

    Even if he would not have resigned, we could have made this criminal to resign by force.

    Dr. M.H.M. Sulaiman - Private Practitioner Wednesday, 07 February 2024 09:10 AM

    No problem to Rambukwella as he has billions to his account for 5-10 generations, all black money. CID must check the black money he earned from poisoned drugs.

    Lal Perera Wednesday, 07 February 2024 09:19 AM

    In any other country such things are a non bailable offence. Here he happily resigns from his portfolio.

    Mohamed Adham Wednesday, 07 February 2024 09:35 AM

    Should have been FIRED. No resignation for this scumbag.

    Rukton Wednesday, 07 February 2024 11:10 AM

    One down how many more to go.....

    Percy Wijenayake Wednesday, 07 February 2024 11:37 AM

    Good start, more are in hiding fix, them as well.

    TAKE THEM DOWN WITH YOU Wednesday, 07 February 2024 01:29 PM


    ANNECUNT Wednesday, 07 February 2024 03:25 PM

    resignation NOT ENOUGH need to go to jail for several years and confistigate all his belongings . Pay compensation to victims

    Rausdeen Thursday, 08 February 2024 02:33 AM

    Hitiyath ekai. Nathath ekai. Nathnam wada hondhai.

    Bandu Friday, 09 February 2024 08:19 AM

    There should be a rule to kick politicians out for corruption, no need to resign.

    Platha Ahangangoda Sunday, 11 February 2024 06:24 AM

    He is one of the genuine politicians in srilanka .

    UMAS ALI Sunday, 11 February 2024 01:28 PM

    What happens to all the DOLLAR NOTES in the kitchen cupboard

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