Stop spreading false ideologies and look into the future; requests former President Mahinda from the government

Sunday, 05 April 2015 - 19:20

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa states that the current government should focus on the future instead of spreading false opinions about the past.

He added that due to false statements expressed by the current regime, people might tend to disbelieve and doubt all development projects.

By issuing a 3 page long communiqué through his media unit, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated this in response to the views expressed by Minister of Highways Kabeer Hasheem while addressing a media briefing held in Colombo recently.

Minister Kabeer Hasheem made an accusation that during the time of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, fraud and corruption have occurred in Highway projects due to the allocation of funds exceeding the estimated sums.

Accordingly, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa responded to several views expressed during this media briefing.

It was mentioned that in 2010 the general expense of a 2-lane highway cost 75 million rupees per kilometer, and that high way projects do not have fixed prices like sugar and dhal.

The expenditure can be higher or lower based on each project which differs due to moor, mountainous terrain, bridges, culverts, as well as acquisition of lands.

In addition, the specifics in roads mentioned by Minister Kabeer Hasheem had been further clarified separately in this communiqué.

The communiqué released by the former President accuses that the traditional practices of the construction industry have been misinterpreted as malpractices of the Rajapaksa regime.

They can direct various allegations that may appear to be true since these are complex and highly expensive procedures.  

However, all the funds for these projects have been subjected to critical investigations through Tender committees appointed by the cabinet.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s communiqué states that due to these fabricated opinions, if people begin to doubt the development projects, it would have adverse effects on the future generation.

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