Sunday, February 25, 2018 06:30:23 AM

Political Garbage

By Hilmy Ahamed - Thu Apr 20, 11:52 pm

Featured image courtesy Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte

The Meethotamulla tragedy has brought back the politics of garbage to every screen, newspaper and radio. Street protests are happening around every garbage dump. Modern day popular communication technologies have taken over and they broadcast or stream live coverage of the tragedy with first hand information and drama. There is ample blame being apportioned on the current Government and regretfully, most of the current politicians including those who oppose Government policies have been the elite that governed during the last three decades when garbage was piling up all over Sri Lanka.

Like everything else in our beautiful land, the tragedy of 32 deaths has become the propelling slogan for the ‘focusless’ or visionless Opposition. Their dying Central Bank scandal theme is being replaced by the “kunukanda”. It is indeed a joke that Udaya Gammanpila who is chastising his former partner in crime Minister Champika Ranawake for the environmental disaster, when he himself held the position of Chairman of the Central Environmental Authority. Dinesh Gunawardene, one of the sons of Philip Gunawardena, the Lion of Boralugoda, castigates the Government for not resolving the garbage issue when his own brother was the Mayor of Colombo in 2002….

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