Prof. Wiswa Warnapala no more
General Secretary of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and
former Cabinet Minister Prof. Wiswa Warnapala passed away at a private
hospital in Colombo yesterday. He was 79 at the time of his demise.
Prof. Warnapala was appointed General Secretary of the UPFA in August
2015 following the resignation of Minister Susil Premajayantha. He was
an active member of the SLFP, since his university days. He was
appointed to the SLFP Central Committee by the late Prime Minister
Sirimavo Bandaranaike in the 1980s. He was the SLFP organiser for the
Kegalle electorate from 1983 to 1989.
Born on December 26, 1936, Prof. Warnapala entered politics from the
SLFP and was appointed a National List MP in 1994. He also served as the
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
and Minister of Higher Education.
Prof.Warnapala was also an author, scholar and political analyst. He
first earned a B.A. (Ceylon) in Economics with Honours in 1964.
In 1967, he earned his M.A. From Pittsburg, USA. Three years later he
obtained his PhD at the University of Leeds, England. In 1986, he was
the Professor of Political Science and Head of the Department of
Political Science, University of Peradeniya.