Nimal Lanza and Anura Yapa are both members of the spanking new Cabinet which is so large, it can only be convened at the Nelum Pokuna. But, Keheliya Rambukwella, Dullas Alahaperuma and Shashindra Rajapaksa have been brought before the Presidential Commission on financial crimes.
The size of the Cabinet is enormous and this is discounting the pleased as pink members of it, who find themselves being thus elevated, having been kicked out by the people at the elections
Join them, and yesterday’s scum transmogrifies into today’s poster boys. But dare oppose them, and you’ve bought your ticket to hell.
This is cynical slash and burn politics that reeks to the heavens, and makes anything that came before it look sublime by comparison.
Ask Ranjan Ramanayaka about Nimal Lanza. There is a video that is doing the rounds of Ramanayaka berating the drug barons who he said were granted impunity, when President Rajapaksa was ruling, and Ramanayaka was in the Opposition. Special mention was made of this man Nimal Lanza.
I do not know if Nimal Lanza is a drug baron or not. But this much I can vouch for. Ranjan Ramanayaka was, with all cylinders firing, vouchsafing for the fact that Lanza is a drug running local mafia don, and from the then UNP opposition benches, loud cheers rang out in the House.
Now, this Lanza is a Deputy Minister.
Ranjan Ramanayake is also a Deputy Minister.
Lake House newspapers were on fire immediately after the General Elections on January 8, with all guns trained against Anura Yapa who was said to have been the mastermind behind the document produced by former UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, attesting to the alleged pact between the UNP Leader, and R. Sampandan of the TNA.
Anura Yapa now holds senior cabinet rank. Muttuhettigama is a Deputy Minister, the latter constantly vilified as a lout by the then Opposition UNP.
The list of rouges gallery notables — as per the UNP — now holding high Cabinet rank, goes on and on, but Keheliya Rambukwella, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and others are brought before the Presidential Commission regarding alleged financial crimes.
The message is clear. If you are on the inside pissing out, you are as pure as the driven snow. But you dare so much as keep one foot outside of the comfort zone, and you are the devil incarnate, and will be chased to the ends of the earth, vilified, demonized, and destroyed.
Cynical politics, partisanship and unprincipled skulduggery has never been so brazen, and the country is now ruled with impunity by the lawless, cynical and degenerate. The size of the Cabinet is enormous and this is discounting the pleased as pink members of it, who find themselves being thus elevated, having been kicked out by the people at the elections.
Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera, the mascot of Yahapalana and Wickremesinghe’s darling, offered that he is shocked by the losing elements being smuggled into Parliament by the president, and the latter and his joined at the hip twin responded by kicking Sobitha’s rump, and making a few of this kind, top ranking Cabinet ministers to boot.
The fig leaf is now gone as well, and the president is cavorting around in the buff, being cheered on by his minions. Tissa Jayatilleka and the kultur gentlemen of the Friday Forum nor the NGO set in their echo chambers are saying a word these days. Mouths sewed shut, we suppose they are watching the naked President and his equally debauched Prime Minister unable to decide whose instructions they should take before they make their next move.
The opposition leader is a pretender, but when the prime minister is a pretender given how the election victory was achieved, and when the president pretends he is the leader of the SLFP, Sambandan’s pretense is all in a day’s work.
It bears mention that there are people such as Wimal Weerawansa who seem to take the president at his word!
Attaboy! There are the notably gullible, but fool me once and shame on you, fool me ten times and shame on me, and a seven generations that are to follow?
Has Weerawansa ever heard of that?
Where is Mahinda Rajapaksa by the way?
For the forty two lakhs or so who voted for him, the fact that his son is being persecuted and his wife is being summoned to the FCID is, by way of explanation for the relative silence, small comfort.
The people, particularly the majority of the Sinhala people who voted for the UPFA in vast numbers, have been kicked in the shin and then kicked hard in the vitals, and been shoved into Mangala Samaraweera’s dustbin for the unbowed and upright.
Anybody who is a moral degenerate today, is in power. However, if there was a single person who even tangentially thought of justice, equity, gratitude and probity before self, he or she is in Mangala Samaraweera’s dustbin for the brave.
Those who say the opposition leader necessarily has to be a person who is not in the national government, have forgotten how easy it is to disenfranchise 42 million people, and they have neglected to tell you about how the president carried out the daylight robbery of their ballot by refusing to forward the letter requesting the Speaker to make Welgama the Opposition Leader, to Karu Jayasuriya.
The majority of the UPFA now in Parliament chose not to be part of the so called National Government. Even if they did, they have no right to be part of that fiasco as National Government was not part of the UPFA manifesto, and not part of the granted mandate, ergo.
Mahinda Rajapaksa has to answer to this. Why are the people who voted for you abandoned, and is Wimal Weerawansa a complete idiot to say that he believed, actually believed the President when he said that the Opposition members can choose their own Opposition leader? What are we taken for? Cattle?
And what is the vote of the people who voted for you folk, taken for? Cattle feed?
This much is certain. People who gave you 95 seats would strike back and when they return, it will not only be a swift swipe at the president who prances about naked with his joined at hip twin, the puerile Prime Minister, but also at anybody who belittles or ignores the wishes of the 42 lakhs who supplied 95 seats to empower Mahinda Rajapaksa’s UPFA in Parliament.
Do not trifle with the wishes of the people who refuse to be herded around like cattle. The Emperor may be naked, the former President may be overwhelmed and cowed, but truth is not on a lien.
This travesty of the people’s rights, this ugly, unabashed squashing of democracy underfoot, all in the name of good governance, will be avenged.