Johnston Fernando

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Johnston Xavier Fernando
Project Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports
In office
Minister of Co-operatives & Internal Trade
In office
2010 – 12 January 2015
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Kurunegala District
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1964-12-05) 5 December 1964 (age 52)
Nationality Sri Lanka Sri Lankan
Political party United National Party (Democratic)
Other political
United People's Freedom Alliance
Residence 61 Wilgoda Road, Kurunegala
Alma mater St.Anne's College, Kurunegala
Occupation Businessman
Religion Roman Catholic

Johnston Xavier Fernando (born 5 December 1964) is a Sri Lankan politician, former Cabinet Minister of Co-operatives and Internal Trade



Johnston Fernando was arrested on 5 May 2015 in relation to the non-payment for goods worth more than 5 million rupees but was released on bail amounting to Rs. 25,000 and three sureties worth Rs. 2.5 million each. He is also being investigated on financial irregularities connected to Sathosa during his tenure as the Cooperatives and Internal Trade Minister.[1] The bribery commission also filed a case against him for failing to declare assets and liabilities from 2010 to 2014.[2]

Threatening an MP[edit]

When the United National party MP Mujibur Rahuman mentioned Wasim Thajudeen a group of UPFA members including Fernando surrounded the MP obstructing is speech. It was claimed that the group made death threats to the MP.[3]


  • 1991 - Councilor in Kurunegala Municipal Council (6936 Votes - 1st Place)
  • 1993 - Minister of Health Ministry and Member of Wayamba Provincial Council
  • 1994 - Candidate for the Parliament Election (40794 Votes)
  • 1999 - Member of Wayamba Provincial Council (50489 Votes - 2nd Place)
  • 2000 - Member of Parliament (94385 Votes - 2nd Place in Kurunegala District)
  • 2001 - Minister of Spots and Youth Affairs Ministry (114845 Votes - 2nd Place in Kurunegala District)
  • 2004 - Member of Parliament (112601 Votes - 2nd Place in Kurunegala District)
  • 2009 - Minister of lands, land development and Armed Forces welfare
  • 2011 - Minister of Co-operative & Internal Trade

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "UPDATE: Johnston Fernando released on bail - Newsfirst". Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | | Breaking. Retrieved 2015-12-13. 
  2. ^ "Sri Lanka : Bribery Commission files case against former minister Johnston Fernando". Retrieved 2015-12-13. 
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 2015-12-13.