Johnston urges Catholic clergy: Don’t become Opposition’s cat’s paw

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 29 2021
News Johnston urges Catholic clergy: Don’t become Opposition’s cat’s paw

Highways Minister Johnston Fernando urged the Catholic clergy not to become Opposition’s cat’s paw.

The minister said, the Opposition’s conspirators have infiltrated the Catholic Church. He was speaking during a ceremony marking the launch of the Road Development Authority’s premix plant at Andigamawattte in Katugampola.

“I urge all Reverend Fathers and other members of the clergy not to fall for the Opposition conspirators’ tactics and become their pawns. They have used the summons of Rev. Fr. Cyril Gamini to the CID to spread hatred against this Government. His purpose for visiting the CID was to record a statement. He made public statements, and the CID wants him to provide an official record. That is in accordance with the country’s current laws. Rev. Fr. Cyril Gamini made his remarks on the Easter Sunday Attacks,” he said.

Speaking further, he said because the CID is the investigating body for the Easter Sunday terror attacks, it is natural that they record a statement from the Reverend Father, and that if the CID did not do so, the same Opposition would have claimed that they did not conduct the investigation. “That is the nature of the Opposition in this country right now,” he said.

Minister Fernando expressed gratitude to the RDA’s Chairman and staff members for launching the new premix asphalt plant. “When I visited the Ganepola premix asphalt plant in January, there were heaps of machinery to be auctioned off as scrap iron. For years, they lay abandoned. Following inquiries, I found that the parts of equipment and machinery that had been exposed to the elements could be repaired and re-used. Some workers claimed to be able to repair them. They accomplished this in a matter of months. They spent Rs 28 million to build a Rs 152 million premix asphalt plant. Today, we reopened this new plant, with our employees resuming use of the equipment. This plant has a monthly capacity of 4,000 metric tonnes of premix asphalt,” the Minister said.


CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 29 2021

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