The Inquirer (Monrovia)

20 February 2013

Liberia: What Is Happening Between Rep. Gray, Min. Konneh's 'Supporters'?

What is really happening between supporters of Montserrado County District#8 Representative, Acarous Gray and Finance Minister, Amara Konneh is the baffling question on the minds of political pundits as the situation between the two men is said to be degenerating into a chaotic one.

Reports say the two men are said to be using thugs to attack the homes of each other for reasons well known by them though both of them are placed in positions of trust.

The two men are said to be in serious confrontation something that is said to being orchestrated by some hidden hands for either political reasons or for selfish motives.

Groups of young men and women are being used in the situation as supporters of the two men to continuously attack the homes of each of them.

The latest incident occurred yesterday when a group of youths believed to be supporters of Rep. Gray allegedly stormed the home of Finance Minister Amara Konneh, on Eighth Street Sinkor, demanding his immediate resignation.

The group accused Minister Konneh of not doing anything at the Ministry of Finance and as such, there is a need for another qualified Liberian to occupy the position.

Meanwhile, on Monday, another group of young Liberians said to be defending Konneh, stormed the home of Rep. Gray accusing him of financial malpractices.

The youths said there is no reason for Minister Konneh to resign his post as Finance Minister of Liberia because he has done great things at the Ministry.

In recent times there have been accusations and counter-accusations between the two men with both allegedly using their supporters to stage demonstrations at the home of each of the men for different reasons.

With such situation obtaining between the two young leaders who have been entrusted with state power, many Liberians are wondering as to what really is ongoing between Rep. Gray and the youthful Finance Minister, Konneh.

At the same time, the chairman of the Rock Spring Community, Mr. Joseph Kanneh Jr. says his life is not safe because Representative Acarous Gray has allegedly planned to kill him and his relatives in electoral District # 8, Montserrado County.

He alleged further that Representative Gray had always sent unknown people to his house at night to hunt him and his relatives in the community.

According to Kanneh, Representative Gray accused him of having met with Finance Minister Amara Konneh and some government officials and vilified him. He said that the allegation made against him is not true and at no time had he ever met Minister Konneh or had any meeting with him about Mr. Gray.

A source close to Representative Gray said it is indeed very regrettable to have elected him because he does not represent the people of District # 8; it was just a mere mistake made by the people to have voted for Gray because his attitude does not reflect the good image of a lawmaker, especially one who represents thousands of people in the National Legislatures.

The source further said that Gray said the power is invested in him and if he kills someone, nobody will ask him any question and he would not go to court because he is a representative.

According to the source, representatives are elected in the Legislatures to represent their people and address the issues that confront them but not to threaten and insult them. But not in the case of Representative Acarous M. Gray, who insults and refused to deal with the issues confronting inhabitants of his district. He stands in the streets and says the power is in his hand, which the people deem unprofessional, unethical, uncivilized, unrealistic and furthermore, not accepted in any society.

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