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A.G. Mahanama named acting GM, Railways

By Sarashi Samarasinghe

The Ministry of Transport has appointed the chief engineer of railways, A.G. Mahanama, as the acting general manager of railways with effect from tomorrow.
Mahanama will oversee the functions of the railways temporarily.
The General Manager of Railways, P.P. Wijesekera, was earlier interdicted by the cabinet, pending a court case against him on charges of misappropriation of funds early last week.
He was charged with irregular purchase of axle boxes in 2001 needed for railway engine carriages.
Meanwhile, the convener of Organisation for Protection of Properties and Rights of Railway Employees (OPPRRE), Sumathipala Manawadu, told The Nation that the interdiction of Wijesekera was based on a complaint by their organisation to the Bribery Commission in 2005 and that they agreed with the cabinet decision.
“We made several complaints concerning corruption and fraud which took place in Sri Lanka Railways from 2000 to 2005. The government lost Rs.60 million because of these acts,” said Manawadu.
He said the complaints also included irregularities that occurred while purchasing alkaline batteries, power sets, spare parts along with some others.
“These items were purchased from countries such as Australia, Germany and India,” he added.
Manawadu also said the OPPRRE did not have any personal grudge against any official but against all wrong doings in principle.