Published On:Saturday, December 29, 2012
Posted by Sri Lanka Guardian

Impeachment Motion: To whom it may concern

| by Kapila Karunaratna and  Renuka Bandaranayake

( December 29, 2012, Perth, Sri Lanka Guardian) We have been made aware that certain individuals and factions have been perpetrating malicious and false rumours about us in Sri Lanka. The implication of these false accusations and insinuations, especially in the light of the impeachment motion brought unto Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake, is that, the apartment at Trillium Residencies was not bought by two of us and later that the funds used to purchase our apartment in Sri Lanka was ill-gotten.

Whilst we are appalled at the baseless accusations levelled against Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake and us, it is imperative that justice prevails and thus our intention with this statement to portray the truth.

We have been working professionals in Australia/Canada for over 22 years and in that time; we have worked in varying capacities but predominantly in senior managerial positions. We are hard pressedand perplexed at the inference that we, being employed by respectable and international organizations would be unable to afford an apartment in Sri Lanka. For over two decades, we have functioned as qualified senior engineers/ Managers in Australia and Canada.

Considering the unfounded and blatantly inaccurate rumours being spread, we believe it is the opportune time to set the record straight.

In relation to Kapila; he is a qualified charted professional mining engineer, with an MSc in Mining Engineering from Russia and an MBA from Australia. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institution of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy. He is a respected professional in the Australian mining community (the only Sri Lankanmigrant and non-westerner to manage "Superpit", Australia's largest open pit goldmine, itsoperation far outweighs any other mining centre in Australia.); He also worked as the Senior Technical Manager at Barrick Corporation Canada, the world largest gold producer.

He is currently a Board Director at Crosslands Resources Ltd (Western Australia) and Okajee Port andRail Pty Ltd. (Western Australia) respectively. He is also the General Manager Technical at MitsubishiDevelopment Pty Ltd. He has previously held numerous senior mining positions in both Australia andCanada.

In relation to Renuka, a mechanical engineer and a graduate of the Moratuwa University, Sri Lanka.

She is the incumbent Regional Capital Manager of Newmont Mining Corporation, Asia Pacific. Moreover, she is one of the few Sri Lankan female migrants in the mining industry to have reached such a position.

She has previously held positions in the capacity of a Senior Advisor - Project Management and Project Controls Manager - Newmont Mining Corporation and as a Project Superintendent - Managing Project group in Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines respectively.

We migrated to Australia in 1990 leaving all our assets behind in Sri Lanka and throughout the past 22 years have worked hard to garner our reputations and wealth. What is saddening and bitter at this unfortunate time is the fact that, individuals with malicious motives are instilling lies and propagating hate and doubt in relation to our hard earned living.

Furthermore, it was our goal to one day enjoy our retirement in Sri Lanka with our family and thus the reason for the purchase of an apartment. As Sri Lankan's, we feel a calling towards our motherland and we believe that no matter how distant Sri Lankan's will be from their motherland that one day they find their way back home. We wanted to invest in the country that we both belong to and live peacefully during our twilight years.

Whilst we are appalled at the baseless accusations levelled against Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake and us, it is imperative that justice prevails and thus our intention with this statement to portray the truth.

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