The Inquirer (Monrovia)

20 February 2013

Liberia: Condemning the Hidden Hands

editorial

FOR THE PAST two weeks it has been observed that some individuals said to be supporters of District#8 Representative Acarous Gray and Finance Minister, Amara Konneh have been at each other's throats by engaging in media campaign and protest actions which they have even taken to the homes of the two prominent men.

ON MONDAY, IT was learnt that certain individuals stormed the home of Rep. Gray in defense of Minister Konneh accusing him of financial malpractices.

WHILE ON TUESDAY another group of youths believed to be supporters of Rep. Gray stormed the home of Finance Minister Konneh, demanding his immediate resignation on grounds that he does not possess the requisite qualifications to head the Finance Ministry and is therefore incapable to handle the country's financial matters.

ALTHOUGH BOTH MINISTER Konneh and Rep. Gray have denied being the hidden hands behind the recent protest actions by these youthful groups, it is generally believed that the two groups are supporters of the two men who are bent on this kind of hoodlum acts.

WE ARE CONCERNED about this kind of protest actions by these young Liberians because we believe that there is a proper channel they can pursue rather than engaging in such acts that have the propensity to precipitate a situation that could cause serious embarrassment to this country.

EVEN THOUGH BOTH Rep. Gray and Minister Konneh have denied being the ones behind each other's throats, we still believe that these groups are not acting alone as there are people who are using their financial resources and other means to lure these youths to get involved in such acts, to create the impression of exercising their democratic rights to assemble.

WHILE WE RESPECT the rights of people to assemble to express their grievances, we feel that the way and manner in which these young people are reportedly carrying on their protest actions by storming the homes of people, is counterproductive, and could lead to something unimaginable and unthinkable.

CONSIDERING WHAT IS obtaining, we believe that there are hidden hands using these young people to engage in such kind of protests. We unequivocally condemn these hidden hands and say that if they mean business, they should come from their hideouts to know who they are and what they want to achieve.

ONCE MORE, WE denounce these kinds of protest actions and call on the young people to beware of these hidden hands whose aims are to use them as stooges and smoke screens.

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