If you appoint a weak leader, he removes able leaders around him. That is how a weak leader protects his leadership from the natural born leaders.
We could see that phenomena taking place in the United National Party at National level and the provincial levels. Weak leader removes the capable leaders at the national level and give the prominence to like-minded sissy-boy weak leaders at the provincial level. Subsequently, the those weak provincial leaders do anything and everything to get rid of the better leaders at the provincial level.
When Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe became the leader of the United National party, it was a cake walk for him as the real leaders of the party were assassinated by the LTTE terrorists. From the first day, Mr Wickramasinghe was busy getting rid of real natural leaders of the United National Party. Natural leaders such as Mr Keheliya Rambukwella, Mr Wijepala Mendis, Mr Sirisena Cooray, Mr Mahinda Samarasinghe, Mr Bogollagama, Mr Imitiyaz Bakeer Maker, Mr Lakshman Seneviratne, Mr Gamini Lokuge, Mr P Dayaratne, Mr Upali Amarasiri, Mr. Milinda Moragoda, Mr Jhonston Fernando etc. were chased out of the party while remaining folks such as Mr Aluwihare and Mr Budhdhika Pathirana were sidelined.
Kurunegala district was home to some brave and efficient leaders of the United National party. Genial and patriotic figures such as Mr T. B. Welagedara and Mr Lional Jayathilaka, diplomats and foreign ministers such as Mr Bogollagama are products of Kurunegala district. Firebrands such as Mr Jhonston Fernando and Mr Gamini Jayawickrama Perera are also from Kurunegala.
We could see the natural born leadership phobia is taking place at Kurunegala district and it destroy the party. Brave and efficient Jhonston Fernado and popular youth leader Dayasiri Jayasekara were chased out. Mr Indika Bandaranayike also followed suit.
Only one real leader remains in the Kurunegala District United National Party membership. That is Mr Gamini Jayawickrama Perera. He was educated at Nalanda Vidyalaya, Colombo and used to open bowling for the first XI. Being a medium pace bowler and a good athlete, he could face challenges and reply in kind. During the 88/89 insurgency, Mr Perera defended his borrow "amicably".
These days, whenever the United National Party back benchers demand the leadership change, the Sirikotha goons offer to sack Mr Gamini Jayawickrama Perera. All of a sudden Mr Perera has become the sacrificial lamb of the UNP! Perhaps a sissy boy from Kurunegala district is jealous of natural born leaders. Perhaps that sissy boy is persuading someone at the top to remove Mr Gamini Jayawickrama Perera.