Home / News/ Vehicles of other convoys wrongfully reported as mine: Ruwan

Vehicles of other convoys wrongfully reported as mine: Ruwan

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Saturday, 18 May 2019 00:00


  • Says he was only given two vehicles as security detail, uses personal vehicle  
  • Vehicles shown in reports belonged to other police and military officials as well as MPs


State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene yesterday said the vehicles that were seen with his convoy during his visit to Minuwangoda this week were military vehicles that were used for security purposes in the area and not part of his security detail. Issuing a statement, Wijewardene said that he had undertaken a visit to Minuwangoda to see the impact of the anti-communal attacks first-hand this week. However footage of this visit had been widely publicised and shared on social media erroneously indicating that he had a large number of vehicles for his security. 

“As State Minister of Defence, I have only been given two vehicles and 10 security personnel. When I visited Minuwangoda this week, I was accompanied only by those two vehicles. Since I took over my post, I have used my personal vehicles and not any given by the State. However, in this instance, there were a number of important officials who were part of the visit and their convoys were mistakenly publicised as mine. This is a misleading report,” Wijewardene said in the statement. 

He said seven high-level police and military officials were present as well as a number of Parliamentarians and one Deputy Minister from Gampaha. Their convoys together with the security vehicles that were already deployed to restore calm to the tense situation in Minuwangoda were also present, the statement added. “An erroneous impression of me has been created due to these vehicles being mistaken as my security detail. I request all media to clarify this situation and ethically report the situation,” he said. Minuwangoda was badly affected by the anti-communal violence that swept through the Gampaha district earlier this week. Dozens of shops were attacked by large and well-organised groups with many being set fire to. Sri Lanka’s largest pasta factory that manufactured the ‘Rosa’ brand and was Muslim-owned was also gutted in the attacks. Management told media that a group of about 200 people showed up at the factory, bringing with them tires, and set fire to the entire complex. The factory mostly employed Sinhala Buddhist people. Management has estimated damages to be about Rs. 700 million.  


Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

Poson ponderings on positional power: ‘Authority vested’ vs. ‘authority wasted’

Monday, 17 June 2019

We witnessed a serene Poson Poya, in a far more improved security setting in Sri Lanka. Whilst the Sri Lankan life slowly returning to normal, political fronts do not appear to show the same. Has the political power become the people ‘pava’ (sin)

Emperors without clothes: Is Mother Lanka naked too?

Monday, 17 June 2019

The expression ‘The Emperor without clothes’ derives from the Hans Anderson tale that is based on Sufi wisdom. The Emperor in Anderson’s story was without doubt, the finest dressed man in the land and he loved wearing fine clothes and spent al

The confusion of the collision is becoming indescribable!

Monday, 17 June 2019

Strange are the things we are witnessing in the political scene. The fast-evaporating trust and confidence in politicians and the Government are seriously destroying the harmony of the nation. The Prime Minister of the country has admitted that the

Inculcate moral values in children: A change we need

Monday, 17 June 2019

We commemorated World Women’s Day on 8 March and the theme for this year was ‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change’. One of the initiatives taken by the Government to commemorate World Women’s Day was the introduction of separate com

Columnists More