Witches and whatnot
Begging your indulgence, this Kitty Cat will take last things first.
Yes, you've guessed correct. Let's get the witch-hunt business out of
the way. I've read several times in newspapers and heard over TV news
that the ex President accuses the present Government of conducting a
witch-hunt on him and his family. Now, the present government is
represented by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil
Wickremesinghe with Dr Rajitha Senaratne close behind.
Can you imagine any of these three as witches? Can you visualise any
others like Harsha, Eran and Sujeewa brandishing tapers to set fire to a
stake? Not on your life! The highest of the land is too maithrified and
full of the milk of human kindness; the second in command cannot really
be bothered by such suppositions for he has too much work on his
political plate and the others who talk loud and clear would never stoop
to low tactics and hitting a person below the belt.
So we have to assume and presume that Mahinda Rajapaksa is imagining
things, he is deluded. Maybe he feels hunted but he cannot pass on to us
his impression that it is all wrong, he is blameless and they are
hunting him - a poor innocent person who was completely selfless and
altruistic and toiled and won wars and built roads so the people of this
country had the best in life. He was merely asked to present himself for
What a witch-hunt that was for him! His minions immediately undertook
a fast unto death in the revered House, aided and abetted by the
Parliament canteen which kept them well supplied with victuals. And they
entertained themselves all night long!
The ex-President's brothers have been questioned, his second son on
incorrect things done by him as a naval officer. No witch-hunts! The
latest cry of witch chasing is the President deriding the taking into
police custody an Armed Forces person from his security posse who
accompanied his eldest son to a meeting at that wonderful sounding place
- Angunakolapalessa - where President Sirisena was present.
Hue and cry
The hue and cry, actually muted when considering the circumstances
and probabilities that arise in the mind, was that the Armed Forces
person was armed with a loaded gun. That sent this feline's bristles
a-quiver, her fur standing on end, her tail raised and her back arched.
Menika was thus, imagining if the gun went off in the direction of
the President. 'Oh! An accident' would be the verdict and the short span
of memory of the average Sri Lankan would overtake all so that after a
dastardly murder, the dust would settle down with hope that ex-rulers
and sycophants can make a comeback. Of course if people are sufficiently
incensed, there could be complete chaos in the country - two situations
that are desired by deposed rulers: elimination of he who rules now and
the country in turmoil.
In a newspaper of Wednesday, May 6, a smiling Mahinda Rajapaksa
denies the above allegation. He goes into a rambling story about how his
son was accompanied by one of his Commandos and what ensued before,
during and after the Balamandalaya meeting.
He says: "Corporal Kumara had told the CID that he had left his
official handgun with the Army driver of their vehicle before
accompanying Namal to the auditorium." He adds that Kumara, who was
standing outside the meeting was asked to go back to the vehicle he came
in. The old wail ensues: "This persecution has now been extended even to
members of the Armed Forces providing protection to me."
He does not categorically deny that the Commando who went to the
meeting with Namal carried a firearm but clouds the issue. So this
feline, with thousands more people of Sri Lanka demand the truth. Are we
to believe the CID who announced the fact of the gun carrying Commando
being at the meeting or our ex President who denies it and also faults
the police for delay."A statement was obtained by the CID from Corporal
Kumara two days later on April 27. He was arrested, a week after the
alleged incident." We want the truth.
A question as to why such a risk was taken, if it was, brought this
answer from a local Dr Watson: Maybe they were testing the ground. Is
security really tight around the new President? (You should know who
"I cannot prophesy the future"
Menika listened to a TV interview in which Dr Jayampathy
Wickremaratne was questioned by an announcer cum interviewer of Sports
1st TV Channel. It was revealing and deeply interesting. Dr
Wickremaratne, one of the principal drafters of the 19th Amendment, gave
valuable information on the process of drafting that started three years
The Opposition in Parliament (how can it be the Opposition with some
UPFA members being Cabinet Ministers in the Yahapalanaya Government)
were out to sabotage its passage. Anyways, he said so and it was obvious
to viewers of the live telecast of the debate in Parliament that certain
blue persons, in addition to red, were trying to torpedo the Amendment.
Dr Wickremaratne, full of praise for the President revealed that he
was in Parliament, in his room we suppose, talking to this MP and that
in an effort to get the Amendment passed which was actually guillotining
his powers as the newly elected President of the land.
When asked about the success of the Amendement, Dr Wickremaratne
declaimed prophesying mpowers.
He came, he saw, he congratulated!
And now to the historic meeting. We'd better make that plural -
meetings. Yes, Menika means the meetings had with US Secretary of State
John Kerry. What a lot he crammed into 24 hours - meetings, addresses
and a visit to the Kelaniya Temple.
And he was positive about Sri Lanka and also respectful and spoke
with such dignity and finesse. We were glad that he came and saw and
appreciated. We also wondered why Weerawansa, the champion protector of
Sri Lanka from the rapacious west and duplicitous America was not at the
gates of the American Embassy protesting against the visit.
Another nugget of news to gladden the heart of this fat cat. Menika
has always been an admirer of the British House of Windsor - the real
members like the Queen. In gossip sessions with friends, she sided with
Prince Charles when Diana was playing around with the British media and
two Muslim men. Menika was ostracised by some of her friends as she shed
no tear for poor Princess Diana killed in Paris, while they openly cried
for her. And so a sweet announcement that the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge have a daughter now - Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. This cat
purrs with delight since here is a celebration of family, a young couple
to be admired, down to earth and attempting to be as ordinary as
possible, sensible parents. And the tittle tattle on internet is how
come the Duchess looked so radiant, in high heels to boot, just a couple
of hours after giving birth - a real battle to some.
Not apparently to this young woman. Of course she was attended to by
one or more dressers and beauticians, but her joy gave her radiance.