16 November 2018
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Why does Gota visit Ceylon Steel Corporation twice a week?

gota-22Defence ministry secretary Nandasena Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, despite his busy workload, pays at least two visits a week to the CHICO, Ceylon Steel Corporation at Oruwala, and this has become quite puzzling for its employees. Some of them wonder as to whether he is paying the visits to personally ensure that personnel of Rakna Lanka security service, owned by him, do their security job at the Corporation properly.

Nandana Lokuwithana, who lives in Dubai, is the owner of the Corporation, and is a very close friend of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Therefore, the defence secretary is paying the visits in order to assist his friend, say executive officers of the institution. However, its director board says something entirely different – that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has bought the Corporation to the name of Nandana Lokuwithana.

Another place the defence ministry secretary frequently visits amidst his busy schedule is Lanka Hospitals Corporation (formerly Apollo Hospital). He has indirectly admitted that he owns a majority share of the hospital. With regard to Ceylon Steel Corporation too, he will soon admit that it is owned by him. Patriotic Sri Lankans should be proud of the progress achieved by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who was only a computer data entry operator in the US 10 years ago.

Recently, Nandana Lokuwithana bought Dubai Marriot Hotel for 300 million US dollars. On the day of the signing of the purchasing agreement, he was flanked by former Sri Lankan ambassador in the US Jaliya Wickramasuriya, who is presently the defence ministry consultant on procurements, after Canada rejected his appointment as the Sri Lankan ambassador due to his being accused of defrauding Rs. 45 million while in the diplomatic service.

Thirty Sri Lankan journalists were taken to Dubai on a tour of the Marriot Hotel bought by Lokuwithana. Last weekend national newspapers carried pages of descriptions about the hotel and its owner. He has generously spent money from his own pocket but owned by some other person for the visiting journalists to go shopping, in addition to the other facilities they were provided, say the journalists who made the tour.

These journalists have inquired from a sculptor who was making a statue at a secret location at this hotel as to who the statue was depicting. The only reply they got was that it was in tribute to a Tamil man who still lives in Sri Lanka.

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