OPPOSITION+LEADER+SAYS+2+BILLION+RUPEES+WAS+PAID+ONLY+TO+THE+MAIN+CONTRACTOR%3B+COPE+ALSO+TO+INVESTIGATE+THE+ALLEGED+LOTUS+TOWER+SCAM
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 - 15:53
OPPOSITION LEADER SAYS 2 BILLION RUPEES WAS PAID ONLY TO THE MAIN CONTRACTOR; COPE ALSO TO INVESTIGATE THE ALLEGED LOTUS TOWER SCAM
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Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa reiterated that an advance payment of two billion rupees have been paid only to the main contractor of Colombo Lotus Tower, the China National Electronic company.

In a communiqué issued with regard to the allegation of the disappearance of two billion rupees in the construction of Lotus Tower, Opposition Leader Rajapaksa said the same company is still continuing its constructions.

He further said that no payment has been paid to any other contractor including the ALIT company.

He also said the allegation made against a multinational company belonging to the Chinese government is an insult to the Chinese government.

He further stated that publicly insulting a major world power that has always been friendly and helpful to Sri Lanka is unconscionable.

He said that this unfounded allegation of a Rs. two billion fraud in the construction of the Lotus Tower was made at its opening ceremony in order to prevent the credit for constructing such a national asset, going to the SLPP and the Joint Opposition.

Opposition Leader Rajapaksa stated that in April 2019, the Auditor General published a 670-page special report on the Lotus Tower project, but it makes no mention at all of a Chinese contractor who disappeared with Rs. two billion.

Opposition Leader Rajapaksa further said since all documents pertaining to the Lotus Tower project are available with the TRC and the Auditor General, ascertaining the truth with regard to this matter is not a difficult task at all.


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