Minister of Trade Bandula Gunawardena has vehemently refused to accept the post of Cabinet media spokesperson, internal government sources said.
According to those sources, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has nominated Bandula Gunawardena for the post of Cabinet spokesperson.

However, Minister Gunawardena has rejected the request stating that he would like to prioritize the duties and responsibilities of the Ministry of Trade.

Further, he has also requested Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to release him from any additional responsibilities that have been assigned to him.

Since Minister Gunawardena has rejected the post, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has been proposed as his replacement. 

Bandula Gunawardena and Ramesh Pathirana, who functioned as co-cabinet spokespersons for the past few months, have also been accused by certain sections of their own government.