20 February 2013

Liberia: Finance Minister Must Resign

Several youth with placards Tuesday morning converged at the residence of Finance Minister Amara Konneh in Sinkor to demand his resignation.

The protesters accused Minister Konneh of mismanaging the nation's finances and added that the open budget initiative is a "ruse".

Reacting to the protesters, Minister Konneh told journalists that Liberians should get used to people expressing themselves, adding that it was part of Liberia's democracy which, he noted, is "good for us."

He denied ever sponsoring protesters against Rep. Acarous Gray as claimed by the Montserrado County District #8 lawmaker.

"I cannot comment on that until somebody can show me evidence that I have sponsored protesters against him," Konneh noted.

Minister Konneh said he does not know Rep. Gray's contentions, noting that he has so much respect for the Representative.

"I have a lot of respect for Rep. Gray; he is one of our national leaders; but the truth is I want to know the real issues why all of this is happening," Konneh noted.

It can be recalled Representative Moses Acarous Gray accused Minister Konneh on Monday of being the one behind protest that took place at his residence, a claim the Minister has since refuted.

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