Finance and media minister Mangala Samaraweera was to deliver a speech at the birth centenary commemoration of Mahanama Samaraweera. However, he refused to do so, telling the organizers, “I don’t know anything about my father. I was only nine when he died. I don’t remember what he did.” That act by Mangala is commendable amidst all the sons and daughters who try to go up in politics with the help of the memories of their late fathers.
The best speech at the commemoration was given by former Akuressa MP H.G. Sirisena. “Mangala is here today because of his parents. Mangala does not remember that, but we remember that. In 1989, Mangala did not receive votes. It was the votes for Mahanama and Khema,” he said.
Mangala’s mother too, was closely involved in politics in the area and served the people of Matara. When he died, Mahanama was the housing minister, but he had no house of his own.