he in or out?
It's a case of cohabitation being put to test once again. A ministerial
team named by the United National Front Government to process military
procurements comprised three Cabinet Ministers - Tilak Marapana,
then Defence Minister, Karu ayasuriya and K.N. Choksy. They were
assisted by a representative from the Treasury.
President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga taking over the defence,
Mr. Marapana has ceased to be Minister in charge of that subject.
last week, he had been re-nominated as the UNF candidate for the
Committee. Insiders say President Kumaratunga wants a change. She
says he is no longer in charge of Defence and wants the UNF to name
coming weeks will show whether the UNF will cohabit by doing so
or insist Mr. Marapana should remain.
liaison officer for Army
The Ministry of Defence will see a new Military Liaison Officer
(MLO) from next week. Taking on the post is Major General Jayantha
Ranaweera, now on leave preparatory to retirement from the Army.
He held the post of Military Secretary until last week.
Gen. Ranaweera is to be re-called to serve from the reserve list
and posted to the new position. He will succeed retired Brigadier
Bandula Ranasinghe, who functioned as MLO until last week. He has
been asked to step down.
Remember the local intelligence man who served a European capital
for three years, came back home and wanted to go on a four-year
stint. That was for a specialised degree on international affairs.
man has been told he cannot do so. He has put up his papers for
retirement. They are now held up. Insiders say he will be called
upon to first face a disciplinary inquiry.
reason - he is accused of keeping away vital information from the
bosses and misleading them.
Insiders say some surprise changes are in the offing in the higher
echelons of the intelligence community. The guessing game over who
will get what goes on.