The Informer (Monrovia)

19 February 2013

Liberia: Police Rescues Acarous Gray - From Angry District Residents, But...

It took the prompt intervention of an alert Liberia National Police (LNP) team to rescue Montserrado District #8 Representative Acarous Gray when dozens of angry residents of his district demanded that he leaves.

Holding placards, chanting battle cries and voicing anti-Gray slogans, the citizens said their lawmaker has failed them, is and excess to the district, and they want him out.

They stormed the premises of his home, held him hostage and accused him of threatening the live of the community's leader Joseph Konnah for which they claimed they were protesting his presence.

The citizens said Gray has done nothing good for the community and he doesn't deserve to be their leader after failing miserably to fulfill his campaign promises including the establishment of an office in the district.

Police moved on the scene, broke into the crowd and whisked off the tough-talking Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) lawmaker.

Rock Spring Valley Community Chairman Joseph Konnah said their protest stemmed from what happen two days earlier, when Gray allegedly threatened him. "Acarous Gray came to my house two days ago and made treating remarks against me," he claimed.

Konnah said Gray vowed he would not hesitate to kill him (Konnah) if he continues to undermine him. He said he has money and power and would do anything to anybody who wants to embarrass him, the community leader accused the Representative as saying.

Mr. Kanneh said he has Acarous Gray on record, threatening him. The early morning protest by the community, he said, was as a result of the threats made. "We aim to make Acarous Gray unpopular within the district," he vowed.

Gray was recently accused of "financing" a group to stage anti-gay protest against Finance Minister Amara Konneh. The group called for the resignation of Konneh on ground that he was a gay--a practice highly despicable in Liberia.

Konneh is among several top Liberian Government officials including the President's son Robert Sirleaf who have been accused being gay and reportedly sponsoring the back undercover. The accusers have yet to provide substantiated evidence, and Konneh has not broken silence.

Meanwhile Konnah clarified that the protest was not linked to the controversy and asked that the finance minister be left out of the district's internal wrangling.

"I don't know Amara Konneh; he has nothing to do with this," Konnah asserted.

Meanwhile the embattled Gray said he remains fearless of the protest and accusers. "It is not possible, I cannot be threatened," he boasted.

Gray called the protesters "Presidential attacks dogs," adding, "I hope the President can call off the attacks dogs."

He furthered: "I don't fear death, I speak truth to power."

He denied all allegations leveled against him by the community, and it remains unclear whether the "fearless" lawmakers will return to face the "angry" district residents who want him leave their community for "lying" to them and "threatening" their leader.

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