Voice Against Corruption Movement questions how ICTA CEO was re-appointed ignoring president’s advice

Voice Against Corruption Movement questions how ICTA CEO was re-appointed ignoring president’s advice

Voice Against Corruption Movement questions how ICTA CEO was re-appointed ignoring president’s advice

Written by Keshala Dias

09 Mar, 2017 | 9:04 pm

The Voice Against Corruption Movement questioned how the CEO of the Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) was reappointed, ignoring the advice of President Maithripala Sirisena.

A media release was issued on March 09, stating that the CEO of the ICTA, Muhunthan Canagey was re-appointed to the same post. The media release has been sent out by a public relations company and the letter was not signed by any competent authority.

The release had quoted the Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, Harin Fernando saying that Canagey’s appointment had been made in consultation with President Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

However, on January 26, 2016, the President in a letter to the Secretary to the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure had provided instructions that Muhunthan Canagey be only appointed as a Director of ICTA.

The Secretary to the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure says, the Ministry has not been informed of the reappointment.

Wasantha Samarasinghe of the Voice Against Corruption claimed that the President had sent a letter saying that the current CEO not be reappointed as a result of the WiFi controversy, but that the Prime Minister, Ravi Karunanayake and Harin Fernando did not listen to the President’s instructions.

“They said they will do what they want”, he added.

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