Yoshitha was sent to UK, Ukraine for training on state expense

YoshithaYoshitha Rajapaksa, the son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was sent to the UK and Ukraine for training on state expense after he joined the navy, Parliament was informed today.

Responding to a question raised in Parliament by the JVP, Media Minister Gayantha Karunatillake said that Rajapaksa was recruited to the navy when the former Government was in power, reportedly in an attempt to encourage youth to join the navy.

Karunatillake said that it was understood that youth were reluctant to join the military when the war was at its peak and so Yoshitha Rajapaksa was recruited to the navy to encourage other youth to also join.

However he said that Rajapaksa was later sent to the UK and Ukraine on Government expense for training and was hardly in service in the navy in Sri Lanka.

The Minister also admitted that there was a delay by the navy in implementing a set of recommendations submitted by the Ministry of Defence based on an investigation conducted on Yoshitha Rajapaksa by a three member navy committee.

Gayantha Karunatillake said said that the recommendations had been sent to the Presidential secretariat which in turn had advised the navy to take appropriate action. (Colombo Gazette)

16 COMMENTS

  1. Gayantha has come to rescue Rajapaksas. Don’t loose your credibility by attempting to cover up the criminal activities of Ma-Hinders. Plenty of youth joined Military before Yoshitha was recruited. Yoshitha was recruited for a future grand plan drawn by Ma-Hinder to protect Namal (wanna be the President).

  2. Joining the nations forces is a credit and pride. To be an officer cadet one must qualify with academics or sports of high standard or both. Did the hat fit Yoshita ? The nations president was also the commander in chief of all the forces and his influence overrode all requirements.
    This is a normal matter in many developing countries when one is right up, high and mighty.

  3. A Ukraine firm footed the expenses as part of “payment” for warplanes purchased by the former regime.
    Yoshitha did not obtain fitness or seniority criteria for an unadvertised training abroad.

  4. Yoshit did not have the required qualifications. Secondly the practice of sending officer cadets to Dartmouth was discontinued in the sixties. Thirdly he never faced active combat duty, but sat in a air conditioned .office with his BMW parked outside.

  5. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER TINY NEPOTISTIC ACTIVITY OF MR FOR NAD ON BEHALF OF THEIR SIBLINGS.MUNG WA HELIWELLEN AWWE THIYALA PUKE KAHAMBILIYA THEL GAALA KASEN THALANNA ONEY. HEMA DEYAKMA THAMANGE EVUNTA VITHARAI. AMMAPA LEJJAV GAVILAAWATH NEDDA

  6. Isn’t Navy a part of the Government? If any officer is sent for training by the Navy it is the Government that has to foot the bill. So what is the problem with this? Who footed the bills when other Officers were sent for training? Was it their parents or well wishers? Whom are these people trying to take for a ride by making it a big issue?

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