Former Speaker W.J.M Lokubandara passed away

Former Speaker W.J.M Lokubandara passed away at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Angoda today while being treated for COVID-19. He was 81 years old at the time of his death.

Lokubandara had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.

He was Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka from 2004 to 2010 and Governor of Sabaragamuwa Province from 2010 to 2015.

Lokubandara was appointed Minister of Cultural Affairs, Education and Media by President Ranasinghe Premadasa.

With the defeat of the UNP in the General Elections of 1994, Lokubandara became the Chief Opposition Whip of Parliament. He held this position until 2001. A UNP Government was formed in 2001, and Lokubandara was appointed the Minister of Justice, Law Reforms, National Integration and Buddha Sasana.

Uditha Lokubandara, the son of the former Parliamentarian, had told Colombo Gazette that his father had tested positive after undergoing a PCR test at the Sri Jayawardenapura hospital.

When inquired on the source of transmission, Uditha Lokubandara said his father had not reported to work and had remained at home prior to testing positive for the virus.

He said however, people had visited Lokubandara at his residence in Colombo and that he had also participated in a religious observance held at his residence.

Uditha Lokubandara said steps were taken to immediately inform all those who had attended the religious observance. (Colombo Gazette)