Third generation Wijewardene family member enter politics

On the UNP ticket


Duminda Attygalle, a third generation Wijewardene family member, is contesting the forthcoming local government election for the CIVIC from Cinnamon Gardens as a UNP candidate.

"Politics affects us all. Policies impact all our lives, whether they are fair or unfair; planned or ad-hoc; positive or negative. We cannot responsibly ignore the state of Sri Lankan politics. This is why I have chosen to run for Municipal office", he says.

"My ambition is to contribute towards a political culture that is free of corruption and focuses on the needs of the people. I hope to encourage ethical, community-minded youth to enter politics and public service in order to develop our country and serve our citizens", he noted.

Contesting for the Municipal Council on February 10, 2018 will be the first step towards achieving these goals. This will help me gain the knowledge and analytical skills essential for politics, and give me a deeper understanding of governance at the grassroots level", Attygalle said.

He said that he draws inspiration from his grand uncle, the late Upali Wijewardene, a visionary entrepreneur who contributed to Sri Lanka’s development and prosperity and brought pride to the nation. He was consistently honest, true to his principles, and generous and compassionate to all in need.

"I am further motivated by other members of my family who have served Sri Lanka, particularly Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the late President J. R. Jayewardene. I

am honoured to represent the same party they led because the UNP has consistently implemented people-friendly policies that have built a stronger economy", he stressed.

"My primary and secondary education at Royal College, Colombo gave me lessons essential for life and politics: about teamwork, empathy, and striving for excellence. At Royal, I was a senior prefect and had the joy of leading the Royal Rugby team to victory at the Bradby in 2010. Since then, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management, and currently reading for my Master’s of Business Administration. I also gained corporate experience in blue chip companies", he says.

"Upon entering the Colombo Municipal Council, I will focus on the smooth functioning of systems that impact on people’s daily lives. Key initiatives include eradicating dengue, streamlining garbage collection, lighting streets, improving drainage and sewage systems, and building public toilets. To improve traffic congestion in Cinnamon Gardens, it is essential to maintain roads, systematize parking, and educate school children on road safety", he noted.

Attygalle said that he will ensure that under-served settlements in Colombo receive regular and high-quality services and infrastructure improvements. "I want to empower females heading households to pursue education and entrepreneurship, and to increase access to early childhood education by establishing preschools and day cares".

"I hope to connect Colombo’s citizens with their Municipal Council, for example by establishing a mobile app or online portal to conduct bureaucratic business. Digitalization will maximize speed and efficiency and minimize corruption and abuse of power. I intend to work with the private sector and NGOs wherever possible to improve Municipal services".

"During my time in the Colombo Municipal Council, I will strive to be a worthy representative of the people of Cinnamon Gardens and Colombo. Throughout my political career, I will work with dedication to build a better Sri Lanka", he assured.

More information on his campaign is available on his Facebook page:

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