ECONOMYNEXT – Matale Mayor Daljith Aluwihare has been suspended and an inquiry ordered into decisions he has made in the recent past.
The Central Province Governor Lalith U Gamage has issued a Gazette Notification temporarily suspending Aluwihare from holding the position.
The Deputy Mayor Sandanam Prakash has been ordered to preside over the council and act as Mayor.
Gamage also appointed a one-woman commission of inquiry to examine whether Aluwihare “has committed any misdeeds described in Section 277(1) of the amended Municipal Council Ordinance (Chapter 252)”
Retired High Court Judge Sarojini Kusala Weerawardena has been was appointed to inquire and report within 3 months’ time, whether Aluwihare has broken the law.
Aluwihare became Mayor after the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) and the United National Party (UNP) formed an alliance after the Local Government Elections of 2018.
The current acting mayor Prakash is a representative of the CWC.
Senior UNP sources in Matale told EconomyNext that Mayor Aluwihare had been involved in disputes with the Council over several projects he was sponsoring and passed funds for.
“Even the UNP Councilors have complained against him,” they said.
Governor Gamage is an appointee of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and this move may permit the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) to take power in the Council.
The SLPP and the SLFP combined have an equal number of seats to the UNP/CWC combine in the Council.
(Colombo, August 27, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana