Six former Mayors back Milinda Moragoda
Six former Mayors of the city of Colombo have come forward to ensure
the victory of the UPFA Group, led by former Minister Milinda Moragoda
in the Colombo Municipal Council election.
They are M.H. Mohamed, A.H.M. Fowzie, Hussain Mohamed, Sirisena
Cooray, Prasanna Gunawardene and Omar Kamil.
When contacted by the Sunday Observer, Special Commissioner, Colombo
Municipal Council (CMC), Omar Kamil said UPFA Mayoral candidate
Moragoda’s knowledge and experience will be immensely useful to continue
the much praised development activities already implemented by the
Government in the city during the past two years.
“There is a visible change in the city today. We are confident that
Moragoda, as the first citizen, will transform Colombo in to one of the
most attractive cities in the world,” he said.
“There is a considerable difference between the Central and Local
Government administrations. An experienced politician such as Milinda
Moragoda could make the city reach the high standards envisaged by the
UPFA Government,” he said.
Senior Minister A.H.M. Fowzie said the massive development drive in
the Colombo City, launched by the UPFA Government, should continue
uninterrupted. If the UPFA Group, led by Milinda Moragoda, is voted in
to office, the Government could achieve the target of making Colombo the
most beautiful city in Asia, he said.
Milinda Moragoda is the best mayoral candidate, said former Minister
He said that Moragoda is of excellent character. He does not
criticise others whether from his party or in the opposition. He has
proved his mettle as a true politician, having close relations with
local and foreign scholars and politicians. The city cannot be developed
without the support of the Central Government. “As a former Mayor of
Colombo, I could launch many development projects due to the close
relations I had maintained with the then government,” he said.
Former UPFA Senior Minister M.H. Mohamed said the UNP has no unity or
discipline within it today, as it had misled the masses with canards to
cover up their political bankruptcy.
Mayoral candidate Milinda Moragoda has the vision to make Colombo the
most advanced city in the world, he said.
Colombo Mayoral candidate Milinda Moragoda said the Government has
made heavy investments to develop Colombo to make it more pleasant,
cleaner and environment-friendly. Landscaping, road development, tree
planting, improving the drainage system, efficient disposal of garbage
and cleanliness and order are in rapid progress at present.
Moragoda said he would work closely with the Government to ensure the
speedy completion of the continuity of development activities. A
comprehensive program in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence and
the Police will be introduced to make Colombo a safe city, he said.
He said he would introduce a system to coordinate with the Central
Government and the Western Provincial Council to solve several issues
related to the public.
Such issues had occurred due to the absence of an effective mechanism
to coordinate with the Central Government and the provincial
administration, he said.
Moragoda said unused old buildings and children’s playgrounds will be
developed to benefit the people. There are several buildings of that
nature in the Bloemendhal Road, Suduwella, Modera and Mattakkuliya
areas. Such buildings will be effectively used for public purposes, he
UPFA candidate Yamuna Ganeshalingam, wife of former Mayor K.
Ganeshalingam, said that UPFA Mayoral candidate Milinda Moragoda is a
gifted leader. “I am a social worker and that is why I took to politics.
It would be easy to work with a person of the calibre of Milinda
Moragoda to implement our policies.”
“Development activities are going on in the CMC and it needs the
support of the Central Government. People should exercise their right to
vote and cast their valuable ballot for the right candidate during the
“All should cast their votes to elect the members of their choice.
“I will give priority to set up a special desk with telephone
facilities at the CMC for women and elders to come or call at any time
and lodge complaints on anything.
Arrangements will be made to upgrade all maternity hospitals and
dispensaries located within the CMC,” Ganeshalingam said.