This Army Commander not suitable at least for Salvation Army, says Mangala
Sarath Fonseka should be punished for breach of discipline
(Lanka-e-News, November 28, 2008, 9.30 AM)
Defense Watch spokesman, Sri Lanka Freedom Party - People s Wing leader Mangala Samaraweera says
that Army Commander Sarath Fonseka is not suitable at least to command Salvation Army.
He mad these remarks at a press briefing held yesterday morning (27) in Colombo by Defense Watch.
Commenting on the Army Commander s remark that the persons who sew women s wear were not eligible for analyzing war, Samaraweera said that he did not know to sew clothes and he was the first Sri Lankan to be graduated with honors by the topmost art university of England.
Any Army Commander in the world never talks politics. They do not sling mud at politicians.
The present Army Commander attacks even the Opposition Leader through newspapers. The main policy and the discipline of the Army is that the Army Commander and other officials not engaging in political dialogue, said Mr. Samaraweera.
Samaraweera said that the present Army Commander was coming after him during the period of 2004 and 2005 appealing him to be appointed to the Army Commander post. But he was not given it since he had no vision to hold the post.
Samaraweera said that Sarath Fonseka who joined the Army n February 02, 1970 and commissioned in June 1971 had worked for 30 years under many Army Commanders who never awarded him with the 'Vishishta Seva Vibhushana.'
These persons handle death squads on behalf of Rajapakses
Samaraweera siad that as soon as Fonseka assumed duty as the Army Commander he recommended himself for the Vishishta Seva Vibhushana.
MP Mangala Samaraweera said that this kind of people is the ones that handle death squads for Rajapakses.
He pointed out that Sarath Fonseka was penalized on disciplinary grounds in 1975 when General Cyril Ranathunga was the Army Commander, challenging Fonseka to prove if this fact was wrong.
Advising him to safeguard Army discipline, Samaraweera asked the Army Commander to appear on behalf of the Army personnel. He pointed out that the Army Commander had allocated for him at the cost of Rs. 45 million for a Benz car instead of providing facilities for the Army soldiers