Mar 30, 2017

Ranil wants disciplinary action against Muthuhettigama Featured

Accusing ports deputy minister Nishantha Muthuhettigama of having violated the cabinet tradition, prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the meeting of the ministers on March 28 demanded immediate disciplinary action against him.

Since subject minister Arjuna Ranatunga was overseas, Muthuhettigama represented him at the cabinet meeting on March 21 and submitted an observation paper regarding the Hambantota port handover to a Chinese company.

PM Wickremesinghe charged that on the previous day, the deputy minister had given a copy of the report to the joint opposition.

This report has been included as evidence by JO leader Vasudeva Nanayakkara in a petition filed in court against the port agreement.

Wickremesinghe warned that Muthuhettigama’s action could delay the signing of the pact and said it was part of a conspiracy to take the country to an economic crisis.

However, reports reaching Sri Lanka Mirror say the observation paper was prepared by Ranatunga and Ports Authority officials, and that a copy was given to Nanayakkara by a personal staff member of the subject minister.