Dr. Mahanama who was a monk, a socialist , had a doctorate was ideally qualified to be an elusive crook – his putrid antecedence…

(Lanka-e-News - 05.May.2018, 7.55PM) The putrid antecedence was delved into  and discovered  by Lanka e news inside information division , of Dr. I.H.K. Mahanama  the  chief of staff of  the president who was caught red handed when receiving a bribe of Rs.20 million on behalf of president Gamarala  as advance out of a promised full sum amounting to Rs.100 million (Rs. 540  million was originally demanded as bribe ) 

His place of birth is Kithalagama , Matara. His name at birth was Indikatiya Hewa Kusumadasa. Believe it or not , unless it is a joke , he was a monk during his young days. His name then was Kithalgama Mahanama .While wearing the robe he entered the Kelaniya University  and secured a degree in economics. Lo and behold ! what happened thereafter ? he gave up his robes  , and changed his name again to Indikatiya Hewa Kusumsiri  Mahanama.

While he was in the University he was a staunch JVP activist- imbued with socialism . After his University career , he somersaulted to the SLFP. Thereafter , he successfully completed the SLAS examination , and his first appointment was as   Agalawatte district  secretary. Subsequently during the period of president CHandrika through the SLFP connections he secured a secretary post under her. His wife too at that time worked in Chandrika’s secretariat .

Prior to his  association with Chandrika , Mahanama was residing in Ragama . Afterwards , with the aid of president’s powers he obtained a flat in  Summit official quarters , Colombo , and his two sons attended Royal College. 

As both husband and wife were under Chandrika , they made hay while the sun was shining . After selling the Ragama house , he bought a property  in Wewelduwa; bought a shop at Thorana junction , Waragoda , Kelaniya , and more lands .

Indian fake doctorate  degree  

Mahanama then became a secretary of Mahinda Rajapakse during his corrupt  era. During that period he constructed houses on the lands in Wewelduwa and sold them , and carried on a business. During that same period he went To India and obtained a doctorate degree. Interestingly  that was the time ruffians and rowdies too acquired doctorates including Mervyn Silva . Mahanama’s Indian doctorate however is surrounded by suspicion . In any case fake or not that enabled him to call himself as “Dr. Mahanama”.

During the corrupt Rajapakse era , Mahanama  earned illicitly and infinitely like the Rajapakses. Mahanama who purchased a land along Kandy Road , Kelaniya constructed  a mansion which a government servant can never dream of with his monthly salary during his entire lifetime.  It is worthy of note , salary of a  most senior secretary of the SLAS is less than  Rs. 140,000.00 per month (inclusive of allowances) .One looking at the mansion of Mahanama one would certainly agree that even if the official salary per month of Mahanama is twenty fold more , such a mansion cannot be constructed out of his official earnings.
 
He fetched all his family members from Kitalagama to give them residence in Colombo and Gampaha . In addition he found employment for them .The worst part ! his younger sister (loku nangi) failed in mathematics at the G C E O/L , yet she is become a Vice principal.(now retired)  Those are the Fake Doctor Mahanama’s  achievements .

Then came  the good governance government , and he became the permanent secretary of Lands ministry . 

During those days , he took his two sons and went to Japan. It was Sunil Gamage who was with ex president Rajapakse who helped him. Now his elder son studied in Australia.  The post of secretary lands ministry is  rife with opportunities for  bribe taking . It is through him lands are granted to investors. Bribery being his favorite hobby he earned unhindered and without limit. But those did not come to light . Crooks and the corrupt get caught but once only after  they have committed a series of such crimes.

Possessed of all the qualifications characteristic of an elusive crook.

While he was the secretary of Lands ministry , his time for retirement arrived.  In any event , he was possessed of all the habits and traits of a downright elusive crook  : he had worn the saffron robe, he was a socialist , acquired a doctorate degree, and  while working under two presidents of the country  he  also had learnt the methods  to suppress all his monumental  corruption  and illicit earnings. It is despite all these evil propensities and his  preoccupation , president Gamarala who is best noted for appointing misfits to high posts  gave him an extension in service and made  him the chief of staff  of his division. 

Lanka e news has always acted in  good faith when criticizing and exposing Gamarala’s  grotesque  conduct and rackets. It was all in the best interests of the nation  and himself. However if he still persisting in his old ways which he does not want to mend despite our sincere constructive criticisms , it is because Gamarala during the last 18 months remaining of  his  term wants to earn the maximum on the sly , and towards that goal it is such scoundrels like Mahanama he most needs.

Bribes were as a rule collected after  flying to Singapore and Dubai , on this occasion the venue was suddenly changed  to  SL at Taj Samudra hotel which is close to the presidential secretariat  ,because  the culprits  had long experience of collecting bribes with  the president close at hand  . Unfortunately however  that day was most unlucky to State leaders, and things went awry  even to  President Trump . On that day Trump was being vilified  in America over his scandalous involvement  with a whore  while  President Gamarala’s reputation was sullied and torn into shreds in SL after  his closest cronies including his chief of staff were caught red handed collecting a bribe of Rs. 20 million.

Gamarala realizing the odds are heavily against him , is now  making loud announcements  that  maximum punishment  shall be meted out to  these two culprits (of his). If that is so , then why did he give an extension in service and take  into his fold a crook with such a putrid antecedence ? Is it to lift and lick him  or   is  Gamarala  the well known  ignoramus pretending he is not only innocent but an infant who knows only to cry for mother’s milk  ? 

It is well to remind Gamarala that  people have not forgotten , by Gamarala chasing out the Bribery Commission Director general Dilrukshi who trapped  Gothabaya  and summoned him to court, clearly demonstrated his own evil  proclivities and lawlessness unbecoming of a president .
 
If Bribery and corruption which is reigning supreme in the country is to be stamped out , expeditious legal  action shall be instituted and deterrent punishment shall be meted  out. Their pension should be stopped and all their assets earned illicitly shall be confiscated in order that the other  government servants will dread to ask for a bribe, let alone accepting it. 

What will happen to Gamarala the  day he is divested of his immunity is a foregone conclusion.

By Chandrapradeep

Translated by Jeff

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