The Sunday Leader

Basil Prints T-shirts Using Tourism Funds

by Ranjith Gunawardena

During the last Uva Provincial Council elections, former Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa had given instructions to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority to print 8,000 T-shirts to the value of Rs. 5.22 million promoting the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

Sources said that the T-shirts were printed to mark the World Tourism Day which fell on September 27, 2014.

Electronic and print media were also used to promote the UPFA for the Uva Provincial Council elections to the value of Rs. 25.29 million using funds from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.

Meanwhile over 12,000 T-shirts, printed to be used by Sri Lanka at a tourism promotion event held in Russia from September 27, 2014 to October 07, 2014, have been found unused by the Tourism Development Authority.

When contacted, Tourism Minister John Amaratunga said that corruption committed by Basil Rajapaksa in the local tourism industry is being investigated and the details will be presented to the Financial Crimes Investigations Division and the Bribery Commission.



4 Comments for “Basil Prints T-shirts Using Tourism Funds”

  1. Psycho

    What’s wrong?
    Rajapakse and co itself is a tourist attraction once they are caged in plush VIP cells.
    At least we can charge some entrance fee from tourists to see them.

    • haris

      hi Psycho what a cracking joke and my partner due to visit sri lanka she couldn’t stop laughing for a while,nothing but a good sense of humour.

  2. roger Halliday

    what is the point of publishing all the news about the thieves who have swindled state money forged passports if the present rulers cannot take action

  3. If MR & Co had come to power they will print under wear with UPFA sign & one side image of MR & other side Basil & Gotha. Basil never cared about money becouse he loaded his foreign Bank Accounts to the brim.

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