We have not even spent Rs 4, President says


President Ranil Wickremesinghe refuted allegations that the Government is preparing to spend Rs. 400 million of State funds to renovate the residence of Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

In response to a statement by Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Rohana Bandara during yesterday’s Parliamentary sitting, the President said the Government has not spent even Rs 4 to renovate Rajapaksa’s residence.

“There are reports that the Government is going to spend Rs 400 million to renovate former PM Rajapaksa’s residence. What is the rationale behind this? Is rain water pouring through his roof?” Bandara queried.

“Those reports are not true. Let alone Rs 400 million, we have not spent even Rs. 4 to renovate former PM’s residence. But we are legally bound to provide necessary facilities to former Presidents and their widows,” he said.

By Methmalie Dissanayake