Country loses another gentleman politician

sarath-1.jpgFormer Jaffna security Forces Commander, military spokesman and Deputy Speaker Sarath Munasinghe died at a private hospital last morning at the age of 59.

By a strange coincidence the then Speaker and senior politician Anura Bandaranaike under whom Major General Munasinghe functioned as Deputy Speaker also died the day before at the age of 59.

Major General Munasinghe had enlisted in the Sri Lanka Army as a cadet on February 15, 1970 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Sri Lanka Artillery and rose to the rank of major General on February 23, 1998.

During an army career spanning twenty nine years he served as the Commanding Officer of the 6th Artillery Regiment; Commander 15 Brigade Group, Mannar; Commander 12 Brigade Group, Colombo; Coordinating Officer Welioya; coordinating chief Batticaloa, Ampara and Polonnaruwa Districts, General Officer commanding 51 Division and 54 Division.

Major General Munasinghe was also the Army Director Psy Ops and director Media Operations headquarters, Ministry of Defence and Director Media Army Headquarters whist being the Army spokesman.

He was elected to Parliament from the Kurunegala district on the PA ticket in 2000.

The Major General joined the UNP after parliament was dissolved in 2001 but was unable to secure his seat at the General Election that year. He was later appointed chairman of the Building Materials Corporation and the National Housing Development Authority.

At the time of his death, he was the UNP organizer for the Polgahawela electorate.

Major General Munasinghe was a contemporary of the present Army Chief Sarath Fonseka and former Army Chief Shantha Kottegoda.

A father of two, he was an old boy of Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala and the UNP was to meet last evening to discuss his funeral arrangements.



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