District Secretary of Hambantota W.H. Karunaratne said Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera has been appointed Co-Chairman of the Hambantota District Coordinating Committee, in place of former Speaker and Hambantota District UPFA Member of Parliament Chamal Rajapaksa.
The District Secretary said the Presidential Secretariat had informed him in writing about the new appointment.
The Hambantota District Coordinating Committee met on 18 July co-chaired by Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, State Minister for Fisheries Development Dilip Vedaarachchi and Chief Minister of the Southern Province Shan Wijayalal De Silva.
When we asked the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Mahinda Amaraweera, whether he had been appointed Co-Chairman of the Hambantota Coordinating Committee, he said that in his capacity as a minister he headed the Coordinating Committee meeting.
Chamal Rajapaksa had chaired two meetings of the Coordinating Committee as Co-Chairman under the present government.
While he held this office, he had joined the 2016 May Day Rally and protests organized by the Joint Opposition and also participated in the protest in Tangalle against the arrest of Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa.