Gotabaya appoints Silva as head of SL operation centre to prevent corona outbreak

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 22:51 GMT]
SL President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who commanded the genocidal war on Eezham Tamils in 2009, has appointed his war-crimes alleged genocidal commander Lt Gen Shavendra Silva to “spearhead the National Operation Center for Prevention of COVID- 19 Outbreak,” in the island on Tuesday. In his address to the people on the current status regarding measures against the Coronavirus outbreak, Mr Gotabaya said: “We have faced and won over challenges before. We are ready to face the challenges.” He was making an indirect reference to the 2009 genocidal onslaught against Eezham Tamils as a previous challenge. During the 2004 Tsunami catastrophe, it was the LTTE that received widespread recognition as the force that effectively and quickly responded in helping the people on the ground while the SL military was preoccupied with assessing the possible losses occurred to the LTTE.

Mr Gotabaya was using his speech on the Coronavirus pandemic to promote his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa’s position in the upcoming elections.

“I ask from you to empower me with a strong government led by Mahinda Rajapaksa, who as a matured politician, is loved by the people. In this moment, our responsibility is to govern the country properly,” he said in his address.

Gotabaya used the opportunity to justify why he dissolved the SL Parliament.

“After dissolving Parliament, with the powers bestowed on me, I passed a vote on account budget. Accordingly, payments to essentials have begun. This also allowed us to meet the challenges of this current disaster,” Gotabaya said.

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