The United National Party, UK Branch as well as British Sri Lanka Forum have strongly protested against the appointment of a UK based dual citizen Manoj Warnapala as the head of the Consular Division of the Sri Lankan HC in London.
They alleged that Warnapala being a lawyer and UK qualified solicitor could benefit from the diplomatic appointment at the expense of other Sri Lankan lawyers/law firms.
Those campaigning against the appointment asserted that the government favoured Warnapala as he was the son-in-law of Eastern Province Governor and former Polonnaruwa District Government Agent Austin Fernando. They also expressed concern over the appointment of a person outside the Foreign Service and Administrative Service to handle confidential documents at the mission.
They have made representations to Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Acting British HC Dr. Chanaka Talpahewa.
A section of the media also attacked Foreign Secretary Chitranganee Wagiswara for allegedly facilitating the appointment.
Reacting to allegations, government sources said that dual citizens had received diplomatic appointments under successive governments. Former HC Chris Nonis was a dual citizen. They maintained that being a dual citizen wasn’t a disqualification.
Sources said that during the previous government lawyers sent from Colombo held the post now given to Warnapala. (SF)