"President Mahinda Rajapaksa without security and backup vehicles was touring the city of Colombo yesterday to monitor the vehicular conduct of VIPs on the road.
While the President was proceeding towards the Parliament Road, a Minister’s security convoy nearly brushed on the President’s vehicle.
The President told another in his car, “I personally came to see the trouble these VIPs are giving the ordinary people on the road. See how that fellow is driving that convoy nearly hitting me.”
President Rajapaksa last week warned Ministers not to cause problems to the public on the road by driving fast as he got many reports on VIP vehicles hitting innocent people on the road.
The President is likely to continue these sudden routine checks on the road to gather first-hand information on VIP vehicular misconduct in public. Lankapuvath"
In the Sinhala, Silumina of the same day also on the front page it said, "Janadhipathi thumage vahanaya anunamayen beruna" roughly translated means, the unmarked vehicle in which the President was travelling was saved by a whisker from considerable damage.
It is therefore now in the open about the potential and actual damage caused to people and property by this kind of act of over 100 convoys plying the roads.
What may I ask has been done to indemnify the affected todate, and what future steps will be taken to allow justice for the aggrieved. That sadly was lacking in any of the reports, as just telling the errant to behave is not enough, there must be penalties for this type of action, as otherwise the same or worse injury and loss of economic benefit and livelihood would continue as a result.
It is not just enough to become aware of the problem, what action one takes to correct the wrongs is what leadership and good governance is about.