Monday, 16 February 2015 - 16:43
36 political appointees recalled, including Keheliya's daughter
Thirty six political appointees in Sri Lanka Missions abroad, below the level of Head of Mission, have been informed that their tours of duty end with effect from March 10 this year, and have been instructed to return home. These include relatives of politicians and of public officials closely connected to those in the previous regime.
Those recalled are First Secretary- Brussels, Dharshie Lokuge, daughter of former Minister Gamini Lokuge, Second Secretary- Tokyo, J.M.S.L. Bandara, brother of MP Janaka Bandara, Second Secretary- UN, New York, Ms C.J. Rambukwella, daughter of former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, Second Secretary- Washington, Janathri Nanayakkara, niece of MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Third Secretary- Dubai, UAE, Dilrukshan Jayasinghe, son of Minister Chandrani Bandara.
However, four former military officials who are also political appointees, have been allowed to stay on till their terms end. Political appointees have been recalled from Australia, four from the High Commission in Canberra and two from Sydney.
They are Deputy High Commissioner- Canberra, Lakshman Hulugalle, Minister Counselor- Canberra, D.G.N. Rambukwella, Second Secretary- Canberra, Ms T.K. Chanitra Shalendri, Third Secretary- Canberra, Mrs Rathna Ranaweera, Consul General- Sydney, Bandula Jayasekera, and Consul Minister- Sydney, Yasara Abeynayake.
The others are Deputy Chief of Mission- Vienna, Srimal Wickremasinghe, and Second Secretary- Vienna, Nawodh S. Hennayake, Consul General- Toronto, Mohan de Alwis, First Secretary- Beijing, Ms M.I. Thuduwewatte, Second Secretary- Cairo, P.K.M.R.S. Wijeratne, Second Secretary- Paris, Ms P.R.B.W. Cooray, Second Secretary- Berlin, Roshan Nalin Wijesinghe, Consul General- Frankfurt, Pradeep Jayawardene, L.M.S. Liyawdeen, Baghdad, Minister Chennai- Anusha Shivarajah and Second Secretary- Chennai, B.M.U.N. Bandaranayaka. Third Secretary- Jordan, Pradeep Maddhumabandara, Second Secretary- Kuwait, J.M.S.L. Bandara, Minister Counselor- Kathmandu, Dixon J Perera, Consul General- Jeddha, Dr Adambawa Uthumlebbe, First Secretary- Abu Dhabi, UAE, W.K.S. Dissanayaka, Minister- London, Lalith Sepala Ratnayaka, Minister- London, Dr (Mrs) Hashini Kokila Waidyartne, Second Secretary- London, Ms Muthu Padmakumara, Second Secretary- New York, Umayanga Nanayakkara, Minister- Washington, Tanuja Usliyanage, Minister- Washington, K.D. Ranjith, and Minister- Washington, Waruna Epasinghe.