Oct 26, 2020

Speaker appoints family to pvt. staff ; asks approval to appoint 5 more secretaries

Speaker of Parliament - Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has appointed close family members to all prominent positions of his staff, reports say.During his Throne Speech, president Gotabaya Rajapaksa had urged not to appoint family members to personal staff positions.

However, the Speaker has appointed two of his brothers Wasantha and Sarath as his private secretary and media secretary respectively.

His son - Chameera and another brother - Indunil have been appointed as coordinating secretaries.

The post of PRO or Public Relations Officer has been handed over to his brother-in-law - Premananda.

In addition, it is reported that he had also submitted a cabinet paper seeking special approval to appoint 05 new project secretaries.

His remaining brother - Janaka Yapa Abeywardena has already been nominated for one of these positions, sources add.