Ex-minister lambasts govt. lethargic response

Insurgent attacks on lawmakers’ houses

By Shamindra Ferdinando

SLPP lawmaker Dr. Nalaka Godahewa has questioned the failure on the part of the new administration to investigate the organised violence, unleashed on members of Parliament, on May 09.

Dr. Godahewa, who was the Media Minister at the time violence erupted, countrywide, in the wake of attacks on those who had been protesting opposite Temple Trees and Galle Face, raised the issue at a government group meeting, jointly chaired by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, at the President’s House, on Monday (30).

Dr. Godahewa lost the ministerial portfolio in the latest Cabinet reshuffle, and the new appointments that followed UNP leader Wickremesinghe receiving the premiership, on 12 May.

The Gampaha District MP said the mindless violence that had been directed at ruling party members of Parliament was reminiscent of the 1971 and 1987-1990 insurgencies, mounted by the JVP.

Close on the heels of Dr. Godahewa’s criticism, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a three-member committee, comprising Supreme Court judge Buwaneka Aluwihare, PC (Chairman), retired Senior DIG S.M. Wickremesinghe and Additional Chief Valuer N.A.S. Wasantha Kumara, to probe the well-organized massive violence across the country, with mobs carrying name lists of those they wanted to attack, whether on the streets, individually as they travelled in vehicles, or the addresses of homes of targeted individuals.


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