Posted on February 25th, 2018

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

The much awaited Cabinet shuffle of the National Unity Government took place yesterday, with President Maithripala Sirisena changing six ministerial portfolios and appointing three state ministers and one deputy minister. The President, while congratulating the newly appointed Cabinet, State and Deputy Ministers, said in keeping with the message received from the electorate, changes and corrective measures would be taken in order to implement the future programme of work successfully on behalf of the people. These changes as well as those soon to be made on the UPFA side of the government, will strengthen us to better serve our people,” the President added.

In the Cabinet re-shuffle, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed as the Minister of Law and Order.

Does this mean that previous Minister has failed? Is I because of his inability to arrest the culprits involved in various criminal activities including corruption??

Argument by the President that people are not happy with the way government was handling punishment of the corrupted people .Justice minister who is responsible for a flawless judicial functions should have been changed ,But the President took away Foreign Employment Portion of the lady minister ?She should have been changed too

The Prime Minister will also function as the Minister of National Policy and Economic Affairs. However, sources at the Prime Minister’s office said that Premier Wickremesinghe has accepted the Law and Order portfolio only for a short period of time.

I wonder whether the Prime Minister will start behaving like a Bull in China Shop and arresting people .But it looks like he changed the Minister of Prison Reforms! I am sure that he is going to establish open prison camps and bring more bullet proof  black marias” !! , to transport them scammers safely ??

Minister Sagala Ratnayaka who was the Law and Order Minister before, was appointed the Minister of Youth Affairs and Southern Development.

South has hardly been developed. Galle harbour development is still standstill, Hambanatota has been given away on a platter ? but this minister is retained  ?

Minister Harin Fernando was given the ministerial portfolio of Foreign Employment, in addition to his Digital Infrastructure Ministry.

There is no relevance in combining both .May be the minister will make money by establishing efficient telecom and digital service for our expat workers to give calls to loved ones more often??The Foreign Employment portfolio was earlier held by Minister Thalatha Atukorale who is the Justice Minister.

Lakshman Kiriella, who was the Higher Education and Highways Cabinet Minister, was appointed as the State Enterprise and Kandy Development Cabinet Minister. UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim, who held the Public Enterprise Development portfolio, was appointed as the new Higher Education and Highways Cabinet Minister.

A minister who has failed in Sri Lankan Airlines has taken away an important ministry. I Can he resurrect  highways and higher education which are in  a royal mess ? Air transport has been messed up and almost grounded, Now ground transport may have the same fate ?

Ravindra Samaraweera, who was the Labour and Trade Union Relations State Minister, was appointed as the Sustainable Development and Wildlife Cabinet Minister, a portfolio held by Minister Gamini Jayawickrema Perera. Perera will remain as the Minister of Buddhasasana.

Many wild elephants have been slaughtered. Some prominent Buddhist monks were keeping elephants illegally. Ven Sobhita Thera was killed by a ( not so wild ) elephant .But the two legged elephants who runs amok have failed ,hence people voted them out in local elections .Is this the reason for shifting the portfolio ??

Piyasena Gamage who was the Law and Order State Minister was sworn-in as the Youth Affairs and Southern Development State Minister.

This is a reward for helping to kick out the vociferous silver screen actress from the parliament. Not very convincing? 

Ajith P. Perera who held the portfolio of Power and Renewable Energy Deputy Minister was sworn-in as the Prison Reforms, Drug Prevention and Community Correction State Minister.

As mentioned earlier he will surely build more prisons to lock up the scammers and looters and help the Prime Minister in maintaining law and order

Dr. Harsha de Silva, who was the National Policies and Economic Affairs Deputy Minister, has been appointed as the National Policies and Economic Affairs State Minister.

Lot of theory but no tangible results in development hence  no sense ?

Kurunegala District UNP Parliamentarian J.C. Alawathuwala was appointed as the Home Affairs Deputy Minister.

No sense at all

State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva speaking about the changes said it will help the government to forge ahead with new vigour.

Meanwhile, newly appointed Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Ravindra Samaraweera told the Daily News that he will strive to find sustainable solutions for the Human-Elephant Conflict on a priority basis. Minister Smaraweera also said that he will implement a special conservation programme for the protection of the already dwindling tuskers in the country

Is he going to train more mahouts who can control wild elephants? Is this the message given by the people ? Build more prisons and save elephants ?

.Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment Harin Fernando commenting on the Cabinet reshuffle said it is important that the government listens to voice and demands of the general public when moving ahead. He also said a team of professionals have been appointed to expedite the ministerial work and provide an excellent service to the public within a very limited time frame.

I fully agree


Army commander justified recalling of the Brigadier from London who behaved like a school boy in a big match ,that it was a tactical redeployment

Analogue is,government has also carried out similar action and redeployed tactically and shifted various Generals !

It makes no sense.

Dr Sarath Obeysekera


  1. Christie Says:

    Indian puppet Sirisena reshuffles the props.

  2. Nanda Says:

    Opp Leader post: Despite sound and fury, no official request : JO parliamentary group to decide tomorrow
    25 February, 2018

    by Uditha Kumarasinghe

    The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday said that their parliamentary group will decide tomorrow whether to make a formal request to the Speaker demanding the posts of Opposition Leader and the Chief Opposition Whip.

    Following the SLPP performance at the February 10 LG polls, the JO frontliners at several public fora demanded that the posts of Opposition Leader and Chief Opposition Whip should be given to them as they command the majority of MPs in the Opposition.

    However, parliamentary sources confirmed that no formal request has been made by the JO so far to the Speaker regarding this matter and added that since the JO MPs were also a part of the SLFP-led UPFA coalition, there was no possibility of giving the Opposition Leader and Chief Opposition Whip posts to the JO.

    “If the JO wants to accept these two portfolios, either they should quit the UPFA and act as a separate group in Parliament or the UPFA MPs in the Government should leave the Government,” the sources said.

    JO frontliner and UPFA Ratnapura District MP Ranjith de Zoysa told the Sunday Observer though they were elected to Parliament on the UPFA ticket, all MPs in the JO have voted against the Budget and some Bills presented to Parliament by the Government.

    Even when the SLFP-led UPFA contested the recently concluded LG elections from betel leaf and hand symbols, the JO launched its election campaign by contesting under the Pohottuwa symbol of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, he said.

    MP Zoysa said under the 100-day program of this Government, when MP Nimal Siripala de Silva was appointed as the Opposition Leader, some of the UPFA MPs functioned as the Ministers of the Government.

    Meanwhile, former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaka told the media, on his way to Parliament last week, that he did not ask for post of Prime Minister but that of the Leader of the Opposition.

  3. Hiranthe Says:

    What a marvellous selection. Ranil for Law and Order? Now he will give orders to arrest himself being the biggest rogue in the country. My3 is so smart and kept the promise he gave to people and made it easy to bring the Bond Scam culprits to trial.

    My3 has easily broken King Kekille’s records. This will go to history… ha ha.

    What a lovely country it is??

  4. SA Kumar Says:

    Ranil for Law and Order? Hora, hora havutha (who is ) hora !!!!

    Velu where are you ????

  5. Nanda Says:

    Is there anything worse than ‘Horage Ammagen Pena Ahanava’ ?
    This is like ‘Horagen pena Ahanawa’.
    Why can Sirisena take ‘Law and Order ‘?
    Becuase he still can blame on others for not catching Horu. Even Sirrisena is scared of Fonseka.
    Hora Guhava !

  6. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Traitor vaira pala nari sena has given the nariya to look after the chickens. One thing is guaranteed, the chickens
    are 100% safe and the files will be disappeared! Now nari sena says it is only for a week. Maybe the nariya said 1 week is enough to clear all the files of the CB day light robbery and cleanse his catholic mafia. Traitor puppet the rubber stamp vaira pala nari sena has been proving again and again he is just a mere puppet.

  7. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:


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