Sri Lanka Trade Union Alliance Calls For Resignation Of Sirisena Brother “Horā”

The Sri Lanka Telecom Trade Union Alliance has demanded Chairman of SLT, Kumarasinghe Sirisena to resign from his post for allegedly committing financial extortions of SLT and Mobitel assets, and for his unethical business conduct.

In a letter addressed to Sirisena, who is the brother of President Maithripala Sirisena, the unions said that since Kumarasinghe was appointed as SLT chairman, he has failed to work in a manner beneficial to the organisation. “We have observed your bizarre behavior, where you have tarnished the image of the SLT group, and have not done anything ethically or empathically for the benefit of SLT,” the letter sent on April 18, 2016 said.

The union alliance noted that SLT is a highly sacred place for over 8000 employees who earn their bread and butter, hence it was the unions’ duty to protect the organization from people who are harmful to it.

The unions also alleged that Kumarasinghe had utilized his position at SLT to provide employment for his son, who had also made several foreign trips despite being under probation.

The unions charged that Kumarasinghe had been involved in the violation of a tender procedure of Mobitel which resulted in an over Rs. 20 million loss on an insurance deal, while advertising contracts have also been given to an agency of President Sirisena’s daughter. “You have manipulated board minutes, which is detrimental to the company and also authorized documents, which you cannot, as you do not possess executive powers,” the unions said.

They also accused Kumarasinghe of appointing, R. Rubasinghe, who was interdicted, as CEO of SLT campus, while also insisting that the SLT Board of Directors approve a house rent of Rs. 750,000 apart from attempting to obtain a threefold salary increase by submitting a board paper.

They also accused him of removing Board Directors Thusitha Haloluwa and Cooray from their positions, and appointing Wegapitiya, a friend of Kumarasinghe, as a Board Director.

“Mr. Chairman, since the day you took up office, you have been involved in enormous scandals, which humiliates the prestige of the organisation. The money of this company is from the hard earnings of the hard labour by the employees, if you’re intentions is to plunder company money, then we as a trade union sincerely and very humbly request you to resign from this position without getting branded as a horā (thief),” the letter added.


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