New Serjeant-at-Arms assumes duties at Parliament
February 01, Colombo (LNW): Kushan Sampath Jayaratne officially commenced his role as the 7th Serjeant-at-Arms of the Parliament of Sri Lanka yesterday (31) morning, succeeding the retired Narendra Fernando, who served as the 6th Serjeant-at-Arms.
The handover ceremony, a traditional exchange, took place near the Silver Door leading to the Parliament Chamber.
During the ceremony, the outgoing Serjeant-at-Arms Narendra Fernando handed over the Mace and the Sword of the Serjeant-at-Arms to his successor, Mr. Kushan Sampath Jayaratne, according to a statement from the Parliamentary Communications Department.
Jayaratne brings a wealth of experience to the position, having served in the Sri Lanka Navy from 1994 to 2007. His naval service included extensive involvement in operations related to the Fast Attack Craft Flotilla. In 2007, he transitioned to the service of the Parliament of Sri Lanka, initially as an Assistant Serjeant-at-Arms. In recognition of his dedication and capabilities, he was promoted to the position of Deputy Serjeant-at-Arms in 2018, a role he held until January 30, 2024.