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Sunday, May 7, 2017
Now the country is not at war: I do not understand how Rajapakse can argue that he needs more Security and privileges than I do -CBK
(Lanka-e-News- 06.May.2017, 11.50PM) The former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarathunaga issues a statement regarding Mahinda Rajapakse's Security Detail as follows
The Regularisation of Hon. Mahinda Rajapakse's Security Detail
I watched with amusement the agitation of the Joint Opposition MP's regarding the reduction of the Security accorded to Hon. Mahinda Rajapakse.
It is pertinent to remind Hon. Rajapakse of the manner in which he treated another former president and the Security he accorded her.
I retired in November 2005, while the civil war between the State of Sri Lanka and the LTTE was going on. The LTTE issued several formal statements announcing that they would attempt to assassinate Chandrika even after her retirement, giving the main reason for this as the take-over of Jaffna from the LTTE by the Kumaratunga Government and clearing Jaffna of the LTTE, compelling the LTTE to limit themselves to the smaller areas of Killinochchi and Mullativu.
The Special Committee of the Security Council studied my security needs after retirement and suggested that I be given a Security detail of 300 personnel with the required vehicles and weaponry. Acting on my usual principle of cutting down Government expenditure to the maximum, I rejected the Security Council proposal and agreed to only 150 personnel and 10 vehicles, including security vehicles.
In September 2007, 15 months after my retirement, President Rajapakse and his brother Gotabhaya Rajapakse, who was responsible for the entire security apparatus of the Sri Lankan State, instructed the relevant authorities to withdraw every single one of my Security personnel, all vehicles and weaponry. I was left without any Security for two months.
Protests expressed by a few MP's of the UNP and several foreign governments (ALL MP's and other representatives of the SLFP being forbidden from talking to Chandrika Kumaratunga or taking up any issues for her) compelled the Rajapakse Government to restore a small part of her Security - 40 personnel in all and five vehicles in poor condition. Until the present day my Security remains the same.
The Sirisena/Wickramasinghe did inform me that I could ask for more Security. My Security has now been increased by only eight more Security personnel.
At present the country is not at war, the security situation is stable and I do not understand how Hon. Rajapakse can argue that he needs more Security and privileges than I do.
I am not surprised that Hon. Mahinda Rajapakse is acting, as usual, as if the country owes him and his family special privileges that need not be given to any other Sri Lankan.
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga
Colombo, 6th May, 2017.
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