Jan 21, 2017

Mafia still exists within SriLankan - Kabir Featured

Public Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim says that a mafia still exists within the national carrier - SriLankan airlines.

Speaking at a media briefing at the ministry yesterday (20), the minister also expressed disappointment over not being able to clean up SriLankan Airlines and bring the offenders to book.

“There is a mafia within SriLankan Airlines and they still exist. It is not only SriLankan but even other government institutions have this. The Weliamuna report was released during the first 100 days but no action has been taken,” the minister told a media briefing at the ministry.

The Weliamuna report accused several top officials including its former Chairman Nishantha Wickremesinghe of financial misappropriation.

“Certain people have to go to clean up SriLankan and I am determined to clean it up. We are going ahead with the systematic changes that need to be made. I don’t want it to be seen as political revenge,” he said.

The Minister further said that the airline is now being restructured through a private-public-partnership.

Response to JO's charges
Responding to the complaint lodged by the Joint Opposition (JO) to the Bribery Commission and the CID on Jan. 18, the minister said that the government had prevented a massive loss of Rs. 43.2 billion from being incurred by cancelling orders given by the previous administration for four new A-350 aircraft.

The following are several documents presented by the JO when lodging the complaint.

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