Dec 09, 2016

Ranil orders Gayantha to obtain Bopage’s signature Featured

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ordered subject minister Gayantha Karunatilake to immediately obtain the signature of parliamentary affairs and media ministry secretary Nimal Bopage to the documents to implement a finance ministry decision to lease jeeps for 56 MPs.

Accordingly, Karunatilake met Bopage several times at his office yesterday (08), but the secretary noted it would be the finance secretary who should be signing the documents, and insisted he could agree to be party to an illegal act.

Bopage went onto say that despite pressure by the PM and the finance minister to give his signature, he was yet to receive at least a draft of a letter for such an agreement from the finance ministry.

He said that if he received such a letter, it would be referred to the attorney general for advice.

Threats by PM, Ravi

At a meeting of the economic affairs management committee, Wickremesinghe has told Bopage to resign and go home if he could not sign the documents.

Karunanayake too, has threatened that he would not allocate funding hereafter for the media ministry if the secretary did not sign the documents.

However, maintaining his opposition and alleging a lack of transparency, Bopage said he could not approve an agreement for 60 months, as the present parliament has a term of only 45 months.

It was after this that the PM told him to leave his position.

Subject minister Karunatilake was presently, but remained silent.

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Bopage, a senior administrative officer who played a key role in his successful presidential election campaign, as the ministry secretary.

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