Western Province Governor Alavi Mowlana and Home Affairs and Public Administration Minister Karu Jayasuriya, who were tasked with resolving the crisis gripping the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC), are to make a final decision today.
Mr. Mowlana yesterday told the Daily Mirror that they would be meeting this evening for a discussion and take the final decision and a report handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa the same day. He explained that a change in the CMC administration was on the cards.
Governor Mowlana explained that the matter had been discussed at last Wednesday`s Cabinet meeting too and that they were assigned to resolve the crisis.
Meanwhile, those at the helm of the Council administration are expected to be charge sheeted shortly by Western Province Chief Minister Reginald Cooray. When contacted by the Daily Mirror, Mr. Cooray said an initial inquiry had revealed that there were certain findings to which the CMC administration should be answerable. Therefore, he said, the Council administration had been asked to submit their explanations. `If they fail to submit answers we will have to take action against the CMC administration,` he said.
CMC`s Opposition Leader Vasudeva Nananayakkara commenting on the matter said there should be a consultative committee comprising people`s representatives in the event of the suspension of the present CMC administration. He said the interests of the people should be protected. `If not, the Competent Authority will have the opportunity to do what he pleases,` he pointed out.
Leader of the Independent Group 3 and Deputy Mayor S. Rajendran said would not go against any decision taken by the President regarding the CMC. However, he said none of the Independent Group members had engaged in any malpractices. He conceded that there were some weaknesses in the administration.