Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah, highly decorated naval officer and played one of the most significant roles during the war against the Tamil Tigers.
by Catapult Thangavelu
(October 24, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) This is all that we called the putrid results of the monkey politics within the bureaucracy in Sri Lanka.
The secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne who allegedly kept the letter, expressed the willingness to continue the service, submitted by the newly appointed Navy Commander Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah, without handing the matter over to the Commander in Chief, President Miathripla Sirisena. Finally, before the President’s visit to the United Nations in New York, the Secretary rushed and handed over the letter.
How can be such important letter by the commander of the Sri Lanka Navy be held back over two weeks, and why did the secretary manipulate the situation by handing over the letter at the very last moment. What exactly is going on in the Ministry of Defence?
It is not only that he was throwing out a file at the face of additional secretary but also exercising monkey politics along with his bed-fellows, leading the entire defence sectors into an abyss.
It is widely believed that President Sirisena who is having his third secretary to the Ministry of Defence, is somewhat strangely moving with the recommendations given by his secretary without realizing the consequences of the actions.
The service of the Navy Commander will be ended on Thursday! He expected the service extension as nowhere in the world commander of the Force (Navy, Army or Air Force) were retired in three months. That will be created havoc in the institution and will produce the extremely bad example in defence management in Sri Lanka.
Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah, highly decorated naval officer and played one of the most significant roles during the war against the Tamil Tigers. Later he was forced to retire during the previous government, then the President Government reinstated his service.
He was appointed as the Commander of Sri Lanka Navy, as the second Tamil origins naval commander in the history of Sri Lanka.
Will the Government of Sri Lanka continue his service?
Will the Ministry of Defence under Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne produce one of most racial discriminative actions in post-war Sri Lanka which is struggling for reconciliation based on truth?
The answer will decide the future political stability of the present government!
( The writer is a victim of 1983 Black July in Sri Lanka residing in Toronto, Canada. He is a founding member of the Sri Lanka Guardian, initiated since 2007)