Ban imposed on Nazeer Ahamed from entering military camps lifted

lead-Eastern-Province-Chief-Minister-Nazeer-Ahamad-2The ban imposed on Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed from entering military camps has been lifted, the military said today.

The ban was imposed following an altercation the Chief Minister had with a Navy officer in Sampur recently.

The Eastern Province Chief Minister had verbally abused the Navy officer in public during the opening ceremony of a science lab and computer unit at the Sampur Maha Vidyalayam.

US Ambassador Atul Keshap was a guest at the event while Governor of the Eastern Province, Austin Fernando was the Chief Guest.

Television footage showed the Chief Minister verbally abusing the Navy officer on stage at the event after accusing him of failing to understand protocol.

During the incident a child was also seen accidentally hit by the hand of the Chief Minister who even accused the Governor of failing to follow protocol.

It was reported that the Chief Minister was angry over the failure by the organisers of the event, which included the Navy, to initially invite him on stage to present gifts to the children.

He had later made his way to the stage uninvited and confronted a Navy officer over the failure to invite him to distribute the gifts. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Contrary to your repirt, the Chief Minister was in fact invited on stage by the Governor. It was at that point that a navy officer on stage obstructed the CM and told him not to get on stage although Governor Austin Fernando wanted him there. Unfortunately, the social media video do not show the navy officer blocking the CM and ordering him off stage. If you watch the video carefully, you will hear a reference by the CM sayng “you have no right to stop me.” That is because this officer did stop the CM. It is sad that the media is going to town based on a half truth. such is the power or danger of social media.

  2. Well this is a POLITICAL decision made by HE. President Maithripala Sirisena. There are three grounds/reasons for this decision. The first reason is that the President did NOT want his authority to be COMPROMISED by the Forces Chiefs, especially by that of the Navy Chief’s directive. The second reason, the President did NOT want his authority to be compromised by the Defense Secretary which had been done during the absence of the president in the country. Thirdly, the president does NOT want this issue to “ROCK THE BOAT” of the Yahapalana Government that maybe eventually crack the unity of the government and eventually lead to political disaster in the Eastern Province. On the other hand, this decision may NOT be most welcome by the Navy or the Tri Forces Command, but critically analysing it through the discipline of “Political Communication Research” and understanding, this can be considered not a good omen for the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province. President Maithripala Sirisena always says that he is not in a hurry and takes his time to resolve issues, both political and otherwise. The CM – Navy issue is not just resolved with what the President has announced. The FINAL decision, we will all have to wait and see, Insha Allah.
    Noor Nizam. Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, Former SLFP District Organizer – Trincomalee District and Convener – The Muslim Voice.

  3. I expected this to happen. Learned from the previous regim – “take no action for wrong doings”. That’s “Yahapalanaya” – excellent !

  4. This was a wise move made by the Govt. who did not play to the gallery but stuck to principles.and the President/PM should be commended for their unbiased decision. They did not yield into pressure exerted by racists.The Govt. should go beyond this and reprimand the army officials who took unilateral decision to boycott a civilian administrator without consulting the defence secy. and the minister and also discipline the CM, EPC for his arrogant behavior in the presence of dignitaries & invitees. If SLMP thinks that their member faulted and brought insult to their party, they should replace him with another person in the party.
    as a reciprocal gesture. It is a civilian administrated country we have and armed forces have no role to play where administering the country is concerned..


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