Lasantha’s daughter terrified of repercussions if Gota wins

Ahimsa Wickrematunge, daughter of slain journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga, says she fears the repercussions if Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins the Presidential election.

In a statement today Ahimsa Wickrematunge said that many people say that this election is a simple choice between democracy and dictatorship.

“What I see is more personal. I see a young child who grew up in the shadow of an invincible, incredible and beloved father. I see someone whose life was turned upside down the moment their father was murdered in a despicable and cowardly act of terrorism. I see someone who faced the terrifying challenge of trying to inch forward their father’s mission. In so telling the story of how candidate Sajith Premadasa came to be, I cannot escape the feeling that his journey, his anguish and his struggles have closely mirrored my own,” she said.

Wickrematunge says the the events that shaped Sajith Premadasa into who he is today resonate strongly with her because the same experiences and challenges made her who she is.

“At this election, one choice is a man forged in the same fires that moulded my own soul. The alternative is the coward who celebrated my father’s murder on television. Even Prabhakharan did not boast about his senseless slaughter of President Premadasa. But Gotabaya Rajapaksa could not hide his glee when a death squash killed my father. When evidence emerged linking the military to this attack, he did not promise to investigate or protect other journalists. He vowed to shield the perpetrators from justice. Only cowards meet words with bloodshed,” she added.

Wickrematunge says Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in the face of countless criminal charges, has never proved his innocence and instead has always wriggled out through delays and technicalities.

Wickrematunge says she is terrified that if Gotabaya Rajapaksa becomes President, many brave police officers, prosecutors, witnesses, judges and journalists who have crossed his path in the line of duty will find themselves on the firing line.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Dear anyone voting in this election!,

    Democracy is built on the pillars of non corruption and freedom. Look at the state Sri Lanka is in… people can’t talk freely, publish freely, live freely. Peoples houses are stolen, young girls are raped and the court process is so long that rapists walk free, people on death row are pardoned, senior level of authority turn a blind eye to extreme corruption, police are bribed, lawyers are like mafia, authorities are biased, the law is bent to influence. .. and that’s just the parliament. What the hell is left for common people? They are fodder for the rich to get richer and the thugs to be dictators.
    Everyone who can is getting out of this country. And the rest are kept uneducated and unaware so that divisive political tactics like racial tension can be used.

    At the end of the day, the choice is clear. Look at the history of dictators in the world. Note that they are often families, note that adults never change. When you vote make sure that if everything turns to rubbish, you can vote them out. It’s easier to vote out a single man than a family.

    Despite what we want, a nation won’t change overnight, it’s a slow process. Don’t do anything drastic, go slow, take one step at a time. Go forward, thuggery never paved the way to goodness.

    Above all, remember the standard of a country is not judged by how well the rich live but how well the poor live. Vote for someone who cares for the poor.

    Maybe that way, one day, justice will be served to those who lived their lives seeking only justice for our beloved country.

  2. Dear Ahimsa,

    I am so sorry for the terrible anguish and sadness you have been condemned to for life by your fathers murder. There is nothing I or any one else can say to ease your mental anguish. So too, does my sympathy extend to Sajith Premadasa.

    There is an unwritten code of conduct that precludes speaking ill of the dead. In that vein, I shall refrain from any comment about Premadasa senior. Suffice to say, he wasn’t a Saint. But let’s not forget, he was the “genius” that armed the LTTE to fight the Indians. The cries for justice from the fallen Son’s of the Motherland were silenced with his passing.

    Given the endemic corruption in the Country, who amongst the thieves masquerading as representatives of the people are likely to lead Sri Lanka to fulfill her potential as the Hong Kong of the Indian Ocean ? Desperate times call for desperate measures, and albeit, very risky solutions.

    A wise man once said to me: a murderer never goes unpunished. Often the punishment of suffering bestowed in life can be worse than death itself. Let that be your consolation.Unfortunately, the children will pay for the sins of the father. The curse will be upon the family of the murderer.

  3. My dear child Ahimsa,
    Justice will be served sooner or later. It’s made it harder for you to bear as it wasn’t a natural death, due to illness or an accident . I am certain that you two will be re-united in this cruel ‘Samsaric’ cycle once again. Until then be brave & face the obstacles on your way to the everlasting ‘World of Peace’, ‘Nibbana’.

    “Fresh milk does not immediately turn into curd,
    and evil acts do not immediately show their fruits;
    however, fools do suffer from the consequences of their foolishness (Avijja)
    as they would be burned
    by standing on coals hidden in ashes” # Dammapada Verse 71

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