(Lanka-e-News -08.April.2017, 2.00PM) Retired major general Sumith Balasuriya the security advisor to prime minister (P.M.) Ranil Wickremesinghe has contracted an odious ‘Prime minister fever’ cum ‘Royal fever’ , consequent upon which henchmen and the corrupt are being appointed to the posts in the army ‘s nerve center whereby the defeated deflated pro Gotabaya groups are being administered saline and revived , according to a true war hero of the army who has made these allegations with evidence.
This war hero has addressed a letter to president Maithripala Sirisena the commander in chief of the forces with a copy to Editor , Lanka e news. Since these base actions of retired General Sumith Balasuriya should be stopped forthwith , we are publishing that letter for the benefit of the public.
His Excellency the president
Commander in chief of the forces.
Mr. Maithripala Sirisena
His Excellency ,
It was the fervent hope of all of us , following your victory on 2015-01-08 , the pro Gotabaya Rajapakse group which was on the rampage within the Sri Lanka army until your victory , would end and justice would prevail through good governance .
However , even after one year elapsed since the advent of good governance , the fruits were collected by the same pro Rajapakse group within the army. Even when Good governance completed two years in 2017-01-08 , there weren’t any changes, and the same Rajapakse groups remained entrenched.
The main reason for this unwelcome situation is , Sumith Balasuriya who is the security advisor of the P.M. ,by flaunting his powers as P.M.’s security advisor before the army commander is awarding foreign scholarships to follow courses , giving appointments to army officers who were Royal College students and to those who were true to him when he was in the artillery regiment of the army ,violating laws and procedures.
Major General S.T.D. Liyanage the Military Liaison officer (MLO) was replaced by Brigadier D. R. Ranawake of the artillery division. When Ranawake was serving as the head of the 56 th regiment , in order to execute a plan of Gotabaya Rajapakse , along with actress Anoja Weerasinghe under the pretext of rehabilitating the LTTE terrorists he canvassed votes for Rajapakse .
Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne (artillery) who was the assistant security co ordinating officer was appointed as the director , army’s media .
While major general Kariyakarawana , an officer of the Wijayaba regiment was confirmed as an utterly incompetent officer during the period of the war , and there is also a letter recommending that he should not be given any commanding posts , yet because he was an old Royalist , on the recommendation of Sumith Balasuriya and the army commander he is appointed now as Kilinochchi commander.
Brigadier P.L.T.B. Jayawardena (Sinha) and officer W.A.S. Werawardena (artillery) belonging to course No. 4 were recommended to be sent on retirement by the army headquarters based on inefficiency. Yet Weerawardena was appointed as the chief of the 65 th regiment , and subsequently Brigadier Jayawardena was sent on retirement because there was no backing for him.
Recently , there was a circular under the signature of Major General Walgamage stipulating that officers who were absent during the period of the war without applying for leave for more than two days shall be sent on retirement sans promotion beyond the final rank . Some days later because the circular was militating against several favorites and minions , it was amended so as to increase the number of days of leave to 4 days so as to rescue them from the penalty. . This is clear inference directives are changed from time to time to suit each individual.
Even after the amendment to the directive to permit four days leave without applying , Brigadier Thilak Weerakoon of the Artillery regiment who during the period of the war took more than 4 days leave without applying in fear of the war was , instead of being brought down in his seniority rung and punishing him was sent to serve in the SL embassy in China because he was a stooge of Balasuriya.
Wives of Balasuriya and army officer Anura Sudusinghe are together engaged in export of flowers . In order for Sudusinghe to supervise this business better , Balasuriya has got down Sudusinghe to Colombo as Director sports. Mind you this was effected ignoring the officers who are serving in difficult areas North and East for over two years .
A board was appointed recently in regard to promotions to the major general post. Brigadier Jagath Gunawardena who was removed because he could not endure the war hardships , and became insane during the war period , is being groomed by the army commander to be made a major general after his NDC course , it is learnt . The reason for this is , Jagath and the army commander have been in the same regiment .
Yet Brigadier Wimal Dias who was reinstated by the president to the military police after the former was sent on retirement owing to political victimization , despite having all the qualifications was deprived of the opportunity . Wimal Dias’ wife committed suicide because Dias was sent on compulsory retirement by Gotabaya .Dias who is a father of two children will be reaching the age of 55 on 28 th February 2017, meaning that he will have to retire promotion. It can be imagined what injustice he has suffered.
In the same way , Sumith Balasuriya of his own accord has appointed retired major general W.B. Jaysundara (artillery) his crony as army secretary .
Therefore , Sumith Balasuriya has been appointing his stooges to prominent positions in the army unjustifiably. This is akin to oxygenating Gotabaya’s force of the previous government . Mahinda Rajapakse had to pack up and go home because of Gotabaya’s unjust and corrupt activities .Hence, it is a pertinent question whether the good governance government too despite being fully aware of what happened to Mahinda is also heading in the same direction owing to Balasuriya ?
Your Excellency , the examples furnished above illustrate how good governance is being undermined within the army. Slowly but surely , the officers who faced sufferings during the war are to be sent on retirement through criteria created via the army commander. We wish to draw the attention of your Excellency to the necessity to send the officers who left the forces in fear of the terrorists during the war be sent on pension after preparing the necessary criteria towards that as this is the opportune moment, and keep back the competent officers only. In that event the 563 rd commander in chief of the Jaya Sikuru operation will get the opportunity to retire. Thereby all will stand to gain .
Moreover , might we pinpoint , officers in the army who are stooges of Gotabaya and currently paving the ‘way for disaster’ are earnestly anticipating the return of Rajapakses to power .
In the circumstances , we are requesting your excellency , the commander in chief of the forces to establish a just and good governance which would hold sway within the forces
Copies to :
Hon. Prime Minister
Editor, Lanka e news.
by (2017-04-08 08:53:46)
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