|A.G. Mahanama named acting GM,
The Ministry of Transport has appointed the chief
engineer of railways, A.G. Mahanama, as the acting
general manager of railways with effect from
Mahanama will oversee the functions of the railways
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
“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.