SF takes President to the cleaners; Blames CBK for selecting him
UNP MP Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, yesterday, told Parliament that he had opposed fielding Maithripala Sirisena as the common candidate against Mahinda Rajapaksa at the 2015 presidential election as he had realised Sirisena’s inability to handle national security.
“I was dead against him. It was Chandrika Bandaranaike who brought this Kodivina (voodoo). I also correctly predicted that he would assume the SLFP leadership after his winning. However, it was a collective decision and we had to work for his victory,” Field Marshal Fonseka said, participating in the two day debate on current security situation in the country.
“We still have not neutralised the danger. The politicians would not understand this.
Anyone conversant with security affairs else must be aware that the danger is still lurking. The situation is still chaotic. Terrorism is not a problem that one can be eliminated within two to three weeks. Nonchalant approach is one of the serious obstacles to resolving this crisis. The politicians capitalise on this crisis to sling mud at each other and score political points.
The government needs the support of the opposition to solve this problem. For that purpose the government, too, should be genuine. The biggest obstacle to solving this problem today is the President holding the post of law and order minister. We, the government, should be given that ministry. The opposition, too, should help us secure it. That ministry should be renamed as Ministry of National Security.
I am against reopening of schools. The time is not yet suitable for that. The Minister of Education asked me for my opinion. I told him that if I was asked to make decision, I would not reopen the schools. Then the Minister told me that it was crucial to open schools for otherwise there would be delays in holding GCE Advanced Level and Ordinary Level examinations. But my opinion is that by reopening schools we will be placing our children in danger at this juncture. That decision should have been made after consulting the Opposition as well.
The Minister of Defence and the National Security Council think that the problem is over. However, what they do not realize is that the game of hide and seek is at its best right now.
According to the President the problem is now over. The NSC says that the crisis will be over in two weeks. It will take at least two years to strengthen the intelligence units and neutralise the threat. The security officials should realise this. In the meantime there is another security warning that there will be bomb explosions at Nawala, Panchikawatte, Wellawatte and Fort Railway Station on May 13. These are serious warnings. We as a government should take cognizance of them.
We cannot agree with the President’s speech in Parliament on Tuesday.
Around 50 per cent of security force members with the experience of war now have left the service. Today, the army and the police do not have the experiences of the war times. Therefore, what we can expect from these services is very little.
A presidential committee has been appointed to find a scapegoat. That committee was appointed after the President attended to all his problems. After the blasts, he had lunch at Banana Leaf in Singapore and went on shopping at Mustapha’s. That was how they reacted soon after the bomb explosions. We, too, have information on how they spent time Singapore in the immediate aftermath of the terror strikes.
Now, we are told that he summoned defence and security experts and specialists and held talks with them on how to solve this crisis. Had he invited men with qualifications we too should have been there. There is no other country that could eliminate terrorism. We are the only nation that did so. Ours is the only army which achieved that goal. According to the President’s opinion, we should not shout about the bomb explosions under his presidency because there were such incidents under the previous presidents. According to him, this country experienced a 32-year old war and, therefore, the Easter Sunday carnage is not so serious a matter.
It is unfair to send the IGP home for not delivering the letter of warning to the hands of the President. It was an insult to the entire police department. The IGP informed the President. The Defence Secretary, too, informed the President. Defence officials have told me that they informed the President of the danger 15 times but he was just looking up.
MP Wimal Weerawansa: Did you not know that when you appointed him as the President that he would lead our country to a disaster like this?
Field Marshal Fonseka: I knew. I was against him being fielded the common candidate. It was Chandrika Kumaratunga who brought this kodivine (voodoo).
“Now, there are cartoons to the effect that I am protecting Gotabaya Rajapaksa. On this issue, I ignore party politics. My standpoint on Rajapaksa has not changed. One of the ministers in our cabinet accused Gotabaya Rajapaksa of funding the terrorists. I do not think he did so. I also do not think he could do so now. We have a shortie who thinks he is omniscient. The only thing he cannot do is to extract teeth. He tried to treat me to a lecture on national security the other day.”
(Source: The Island – By Saman Indrajith)
This person is a leader par excellence.
He really knows how to call “a spade, a spade”.
Well done Field Marshall, you are our HERO, no doubt.
Of course the President has to say the country is normal and not in danger. Dont forget his son is getting married to day at the Hilton. Disgraceful! I am sure there will be much more security officers than guests. Instead of spending this money for the easter Sunday victims in his Son’s name, having a big party in a 5 Star hotel will brong more sadness to the Sri Lankans.
President Maithripala Sirisena’s son Daham Sirisena is to enter wedlock today.
He will take the hand of Nipuni, the daughter of Athula Rohan Weeraratne, who is the owner of Elcardo.
The speciality of this wedding is that no politician is invited to attend. The ceremony will be held at Hilton Colombo with the participation of around 400 guests.
Daham’s wedding to darling Nippuni has to go ahead as the best auspicious times for the couple falls on this day, Maithripala and First lady Jayanthi had decided to go ahead with the ceremony today.
Who cares about terrorism in the country?
The first family had lunch in Banana Leaf, Serangoon Road and did shopping for the son’s wedding in Musthapha’s in Little India after the Boss was informed of 250 detahs in terrorist bombing.
When the army commander pays lip service to a halfwit of a president then he should relinquish his army command and the army should be able to find someone who can command an army.
We are not at peace. The media trumpets fake news with siriseana saying one thing and then the prime minister saying another and army commander not sure as to whther he is coming or going. The other politicians hanging about like a flock of birds waiting to scavenge an opportunity. Strange that the key UNP twits like rajitha, senaratne has yet to come out of the wood work.
I was wondered as to why Sarath Fonseka was not given the defence portfolio and came to the conclusion that the ranil is scared of him, sirisena even more and the ranand file of the UNP, futher the JVP has not musch to talk about Sarath Fonseka.
They are all scared for the simple answere that he is straight and scred. He ought to be appointed Defence Minister forthwith before the crisis exscaletes further. People are scared to go out and sirirsena talks garbage when he claims the situation will be under contro for the elections may maybe not sometimes he might not survive another election
So bring back Sarath Fonseka