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Shame on you Minister Rohitha!!!

During the yesterday’s launch of housing handover ceremony The Island Financial Review learnt that, since the launch of construction last year, necessary support has not been extended by the respective authorities of the area which also include the Foreign Employment Promotion Minister and Deputy Minister for Post and Telecommunication Rohitha Abeygunawardena.

It was also learnt that Minister Abeygunawardena who is the Member of Parliament for the area and lives within 200 meters away from the construction site has not appeared at least once, but has gone to the extent of ordering the SLMANA to invite him as the Chief Guest.

"SLMANA donated this valuable project to Sri Lanka. I returned to Sri Lanka after 15 years from United States out in doing something for this needy community. However, when politicos demand things in their favour we get discouraged. Minister Abeygunawardena who lives next door could not visit the site for the last 9 months but had the audacity to demand to be the Chief Guest," said Better Homes and Gardens Kotugoda (Pvt.) Ltd. Managing Director and the Designer of Long Island Fishing Village Dr. Seba Jayamaha.

When contacted by The Island Financial Review, Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena denying allegations leveled against him said: "Supporters of the opposition political parties spread such rumors and it is not an easy task to visit each and every house in this electorate. I managed to acquire this 3-acre land especially for this project though we are yet to pay the compensation to the former owner. The Government has utilized Rs. 650,000/- and Rs. 2 million for drinking water and electricity projects respectively for this village. It is observed that tsunami devastation has become a source of income for some people who still enjoy their former land by the seashore while having a new house in this village.- AH

 

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