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* Sri Lanka's former defense secretary kept sharks and elephants at the expense of public coffers - former MP
Fri, Jul 10, 2015, 08:37 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 10, Colombo: A former parliamentarian of United National Party (UNP) Ajith Mannapperuma accused that Sri Lanka's former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa had raised sharks in tanks and elephants in his official residence at the expense of the taxpayer.

He exposed these facts addressing the 13th session of the Exposure programme.

Mannapperuma further stated that the former government had spent Rs. 100,000 alone to fix the name board Mahindodaya of the technological laboratories of the government schools. These laboratories were named after President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The former MP said that only a quarter of that sum was needed to install the boards after the regime change.

The MP said that the Ministry of Education had built these buildings so they can be seen from public roads.

He criticized the tender procedure of these laboratories and said that large sums were misappropriated through closed bidding.

He pointed out that the technological laboratories could be built at Rs. 7.5 million but some of the buildings were constructed at the cost of over Rs. 11 million.

The former MP said that these misappropriations had taken place whilst 1,382 schools of the island had no drinking water facilities.

Mannapperuma said that the schools in Western Province needed 264,338 toilets for the student population but there were only 4,463 toilets.


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