The Sunday Leader

Battle At The UDA

By Nirmala Kannangara

Dinesh Gunawardena

Minister of Urban Development and Sacred Area Development Dinesh Gunawardena and Chairman, Urban Development Authority (UDA) Sanath Weerakoon are at loggerheads over illegal political recruitments to the UDA.

Ignoring the Election Commissioner’s (EC) directives, Minister Gunawardena has recruited 140 party loyalists to the UDA after the dissolution of parliament.  In defiance of this move, UDA Chairman Sanath Weerakoon, in a letter dated February 22, 2010 to all

Directors General and Heads of Departments, has requested them not to accept Ministerial orders regarding new appointments, saying that they are in violation of  election laws.
According to sources at the UDA, 140 letters of appointment were issued on February 15, backdated to February 5.

Sources told The Sunday Leader that “All these new appointees have been placed in UDA sub-officers.  Interviews have not been conducted at the UDA or at the Ministry but at Minister Gunawardena’s and Deputy Minister Rohana Dissanayake’s party offices at Maharagama and Matale, respectively, soon after the dissolution of parliament.”

Chairman Weerakoon, in a letter dated February 22, 2010 to Urban Development and Sacred Area Development Secretary Dr. P. Ramanujam, has stated that he was not willing to allow new recruitments, which are against the Election Commissioner’s directives.

The letter states, “This refers to the letter addressed to you (Dr. Ramanujam) by the Commissioner of Elections No. PE/2010/04 dated February 19, 2010 with a copy to me requesting you to issue instructions to me to cancel all appointments, promotions and transfers affected during the period referred to.

“As I have not received any instructions from you even after four days since the Election Commissioner’s letter was issued, I am compelled to carry out the EC’s instructions in order to avoid serious repercussions in the future. I also do not wish to be a respondent in an election petition by violating the election laws and the relevant instructions of the EC.

“Therefore, this is to inform you that I have already issued directives to all Directors and Heads of Divisions and relevant officials of the UDA that I have cancelled all new appointments, promotions and transfers and not to violate instructions issued by me and the Elections Commissioner”.

In response, Ministry Secretary Ramanujam, in a letter dated February 22, told the UDA Chairman that it is up to the Director General of the UDA to take necessary action as the Accounting Officer in respect of this matter:
“Please refrain from sending letters implicating the Ministry of any violation of election laws. I wish to reiterate that your lack of experience in administration is clearly indicated in the letters you have sent and please refrain from sending misleading letters and making them public for media consumption.”

19 Comments for “Battle At The UDA”

  1. Pissa

    Umbalata Pissuda.? Than Dinesh ganiyek velada?

  2. Mandalay Big Katchal no ..

    Mahinda’s Hora Pakshaya has set these Hora Standards which are becoming the norm of the Day.
    Sri Lanka Oh Sri Lanka..When will we ever be free from alll these filth and scum that plagues the progress of this lovely country.
    When, just when will be rid of all these pests and parasites in Rajapakses and all his corrupt and greedy family, ministers and goons.
    May be one day, some day….Sooner the better.

  3. dipsomaniax

    Presume ramnujans Idea of experience is to stay mum and allow the government (minister to do as he pleases. Sounds rather spineless to Me

    • Malcolm

      Yes. he has been that way(not only spineless but minus everything)in order enjoy the perks at the expense of the tax payers.

  4. Kandy Lamisi

    The main thing is that wEERAKOON HAS STOOD BY HIS GUNS,BUT UNFORTUNATELY HE WILL BE FIRED, AND NO ONE WILL TAKE ANY ACTION BUT TALK. THE vOTE IS THE ANSWER BULLET OR NOT THUGS OR NOT Vote against thuggery< robbery< and family

  5. This practice is going on for years, to stop these the Right man is SF.

  6. jaya

    Why do people worry about illegal appointments by ministers now they got a golden chance of changing all these things and could see a free and fair election with the implementation of election commision under Gen; FONSEKA

  7. Gundappa

    In response to Jaya, … its because our electorate in uneducated.

    Their brains, if they have any, are “shelf life expired”

    That is why, although they see the rampant corruption, their minds cannot comprehend.

    They will keep on sending people like the famous Dr. Silva to parliament

  8. VINTAGE VOTER

    DINESH AND BANDULA ARE A DAMN DISGRACE TO THE GOONEWARDENEFAMILY; PHILIP AND ROBERT. EVEN THOSE WHO DID NOT AGREE WITH THEM WILL ADMIT THAT THEY WERE HONEST AND GREAT MEN.
    WELL WE CAN CHANGE SO LETS NOT GET CONNED BY RAJAPAKSE AND CO.
    HIS BANKRUPTCY IS EVIDENT FROM THE TYPE OF CANDIDATES COMING
    FORWARD UNDER UPFA TICKET, -GEETA, SUSANTHIKA, SANATH AZATH
    DUMINDA AND THE “MONKEYS FROM THE UNP” WHO JUMPED OVER.
    NOW WE HAVE ANOTHER SCOUNDREL MILINDA PREACHING MORALS.
    TO HELL WITH ALL THESE CHAPS. LETS USE OUR VOTE TO THROW
    THEM OUT.

    • IBT

      the fundamental fact is that dinesh and bandula are not related…and rest of the argument is just trash

  9. HERO

    ALL SHOULD GET TOGETHER AND VOTE INTELLIGENTLY TO THROW OUT THIS CORRUPT GOVT. AREN’T SANATH, SUSANTHIKA AND GEETHA AHVING LITTELE BIT OF SHAME??? MR. SANATH WE ARE SORRY TO SAY THAT YOU NOW HAVE LOST ALL YOUR RESPECTS FROM THE PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA AS A CRICKETER WHO BROUGHT LOTS OF RESPECT TO THE COUNTRY…So YOU HAVE STARTED EARNING (STEALING) POOR PEOPLE’S TAX MONEY???

  10. jayathilaka

    DINESH LOKKATH LOKKATA DENNA WAGE HADANNE

  11. IBT

    btw…this chairman is stooge of a inner circle goon at high office…he just want to put the minister and others in trouble…theres a stack of files against this chairman on violations as an administrative officer…think he was sacked/suspended from public service…but some how found an appointment thanks to his goons at some high office…entry from back door!

    just trying to tarnish the ministers image by releasing misleading info!

  12. SL Citizen

    Dinesh Gunwardena and Ramanujam has earned enough from the UDA. They would have continued to steal public property and money but alas, Since the arrival of the new Chairman to the UDA, these things can’t happen that easily. Dinesh tried to get into the national list but too bad so sad that the Rajapaksa’s have asked him to contest. Now that he’s bound to loose at the upcoming elections, he’s trying to get all his goons positions in the UDA so that he can get a cut out of illegal dealings. Good on you chairman for standing your ground and sticking with election laws. Gunawardena also disobeyed Election law during the Presidential campaign, when he had asked all UDA staff to remove cutouts and banners of any candidate other than the Rajapaksas. Shame on you Dinesh for all the corruption and under hand ways. Your father must be turning in his grave!

    • Orpheus Perera

      I don’t believe any of these stories against Gunawardana’s. Gunawardana of Boralugoda was one of the richest families in Sri Lanka half a century ago. Mr. Philip Gunawardana held ministerial positions twice, one under SWRD and one under Dudley. Was an MP since the days of the State Councils. He never made a cent out of politics. Instead he ended up with nothing at the end of his political career. He left nothing for his children. Dinesh may have tried to help a group of people who are desperate. I wouldn’t believe unless you provide a copy of any letter signed by Dinesh. He could have delayed this until after the election. There is no doubt that Dinesh is going to win again.

  13. Frankly Frank

    IBT is Ramanujam’s goon. He’s trying to get Dinesh in the good books of the public. Not going to happen IBT. We are onto you. Go back to you country Ramanujam and all your goons. You tried to steal our country for years, now you’re stealing our money. Tax payer’s money. Go to hell with you Boss Dinesh.

  14. Gunapala

    Dinesh, I see you’ve set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.
    Boralugoda Ralahami and Philip are haunted by your actions. Chee chee chee. Lajja nedda ah! Hora Dinesh and hora government. Bring democracy and human rights to Sri lanka. People, we all have a say, dont vote for Hora ministers.

  15. BringItOn8April2010

    Ahh mei Chandrika Nangi ne! Moko mey pathethey? Ahh, I know I know. Waters Edge deal eka with Dinesh ahu wunane! So you want to make another deal now?
    Too late, SF is in remand. Dinesh ta wath Trophy eken illanna wei for you to come back.

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