Namal apologises after President slams Moratuwa incident

Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Namal Rajapaksa today extended an apology after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa slammed the incident involving Moratuwa Mayor Samanlal Fernando.

The President said that the incident was ugly and put a black mark on the successful vaccination program.

Speaking at a meeting held today, the President said that the locations to vaccinate the public were chosen scientifically.

He said that the Moratuwa incident damaged the good work carried out so far.

The President said that such incidents cannot be allowed to take place.

Namal Rajapaks then commented saying it was an isolated incident and apologised for what took place.

The President said he was aware it was an isolated incident but yet such incidents get highlighted in the media.

Moratuwa Mayor Samanlal Fernando was arrested today for behaving in an unruly manner during a COVID-19 vaccination drive organized in Moratumulla yesterday.

The Police said the Mayor was arrested after surrendering to the Mount Lavinia Police today.

He was accused of obstructing the duties of a medical officer engaged in the vaccination programme. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. The reason these incidents get highlighted in the media is so that people who DO CARE, can take appropriate action, Mr President. It is not done to embarrass any innocent individual.

    Individuals exercising their responsibilities diligently have nothing to fear from the media. Why is there so much paranoia about the media ? Any false accusations in the media are easily debunked.

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