Amara Konneh Takes Issues with Samuel Tweah

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Former Minister of Finance (Republic of Liberia), Amara Konneh

– over his statement that President Weah’s was not elected to pay civil servants

Former Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh has branded Samuel Tweah, the current occupant of the office, as “insensitive” to the plights of hardworking civil servants who are experiencing a countless number of difficulties to receive their salaries from the banks.

Former Minister Konneh’s statement comes in the wake of Minister Tweah’s public declaration that “President George Weah was not elected to pay government workers on time.”

Min. Tweah earlier last week told his kinsmen from Barrobo Statutory District, Maryland County who reside in Clara Town that President Weah “did not run for office to pay people on time”.

Minister Tweah furthered added that the main economic problem in Liberia was high prices, the inflation rate, and lack of money in the banks.

“These are not the problem he (President Weah) is coming to solve. That’s not the reason why he wanted to be President. George Weah does not want to be President so when you go to the bank you will get money from there,” Konneh recalled Tweah’s statement on his Facebook page.

Contrary to Min. Tweah’s statement, his predecessor, Amara Konneh, said the Minister should understand that his assertions were wrong because economics and politics are linked together.

Konneh added that the minster’s statement suggestion  that the President was not elected to implement policies that put food on the tables of families, by paying their wages on time and ensuring honest workers get their money from banks when they need it, is embarrassing and grossly insensitivity to the plights of hardworking families.

“Economics and politics go together. Economics is about people, and people elect politicians, including Presidents. That’s how you got your job,” Konneh said.

He added,  “The government, led by elected politicians, is expected to foster stable economies that create jobs in the formal sector, empower those in the informal sector and win more votes for them to stay in power, but if the economy does not perform – doesn’t get into normal gear – it will cause inflation, which affects the people (businesses and households) that elected them.”

Konneh added that any Minister of Finance who does not understand these dynamics is incapable of helping his/her boss (the politician) to deliver promises and meet the aspirations of both households (voters) and businesses.

He said for the Minister of finance to say that a country’s President was not elected to do those things that would help to improve the human condition is “absurdly insensitive” and shows a lack of understanding of and appreciation for the job.

“{If} he/she is unable to get the economy into a normal gear and everyone suffers as a result, but especially the poorest and most marginalized people in society, that tall building on Broad Street is not MICAT. Let the real MICAT do the talking,” Konneh said.

Konneh recalled that during the days of the Unity Party-led government, all Christmas wages were paid and stressing that such loosed talks and excuses do not grow economies to put food on the tables of poor families.

“Look, Ebola was 4 years ago; UNMIL departure was 2 years ago, and all the politically motivated lies are being told about the previous government that it left behind a 12-year mess. The 2-year old political rhetoric is mostly tolerated to buy you time to show your juice. Unless one is blind or dumb, everyone knows that the 2017 Liberia left behind by the UP Government in which most of you served was not the Liberia it inherited in 2006, and certainly not the Liberia of 2019,” said Konneh.

“The campaign was over two years ago. What the Liberian people need now are solutions, not blames and excuses. Loose talk and excuses don’t grow economies and put food on the tables of poor families. Working very long hours in a disciplined way does the trick,” Konneh added.

Konneh noted that the Minister’s statement hurt his boss, the President, more than it helped him during this holiday season, especially so when workers were accustomed to getting their pay on time during the 12 years reign of his predecessor.

“That statement was the real news of this week that should have enraged the Unity Party, not President Weah’s ELBC interview. The UP should be fighting for families that are hurt rather than fighting for the elites,” the former Finance Minister said.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. Konneh, as one claiming to be educated, tell the Liberian populace the truth – that during the 12 years of Ellen’s administration, the cash flow from UNMIL on a monthly basis through our Central into Commercial Banks was between 50 to 70 Million USD, both our Central and Commercial Banks were never cash-strapped as the case is since UNMIL’s departure from Liberia in 2018 up till now!
    Also you and old man Boakai, who does not want to respect himself and his old age like mine in the seventies but continues to fight for the Presidency’s position with someone as old as his son whom we all know worked in the Bureau of Maritime Affairs, should begin to tell the Liberian populace that UNMIL presence stabilized our economy, made it buoyant and floated throughout their stays in Liberia.

    UNMIL, too, was in charge of Liberia’s Security unlike since 2018 when it is now in our hands and we all are forgetting our sacred duty to our nation not to toy, play and poke fun with our NATIONAL SECURITY by planning to protest now and then.

    You and Boakai should also begin to tell our Liberian populace that proponents of protest here and there in our beloved Liberia are playing and poking fun with our NATIONAL SECURITY! A HINT IS SUFFICIENT FOR THE WISE! TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT!

    • You better shut up your shirty mouth, you blind sycophant of a human being. You hellish people who’s brought untold sufferings to our doorsteps. What kind of excuse can you devils put forward for the inability to do a job your inept and incompetent political leader wasn’t created to do? Why are you people always blaming past regimes after spending two years and more at the helm of affairs in this country? Are we still in the past or the present? Is it Madam Sirleaf (I don’t still support her) who is still in charge or your empty-headed, bloody Jorweah? Why are you people always in reverse motion when all your political leader can do is to simply walk away from power to give us a breathing space instead of “going down the drain” with him. But we are telling you guys one thing: Mama Liberia will not go down with your ineptness and insensitivity. Liberia will rise after you guys are gone. Mark my word. Wicked human beings parading as saviors!

      • I AM A MINISTER OF GOD/GOSPEL AND A SEASONED CONTRACTOR WHO SERVED UNMIL AS A CONTRACTOR AND MADE MILLIONS OF UNITED STATES DOLLARS SERVING THEM AND BY VIRTUE OF THAT I AM CURRENTLY SERVING UNCT AS A CONTRACTOR, HENCE I AM HERE TO EDUCATE OUR LIBERIAN PEOPLE AGAINST POLITICAL MISINFORMATION THAT IS COMING FROM THE LIKES LIKE YOU. THE TRUTH MUST BE SAID NO MATTER HOW RUDE YOU ARE AS A COMMON IGNORANT POLITICIAN!

  2. LOL… Konneh and Ellen were more insensitive to the plight of Liberians considering they had 12 yrs with money flowing into Liberia from intl sources. Now the Original Mr. Budget shortfall wants to talk. konneh couldnt deal with what Tweah is dealing with, that’s why he is still attached to Ellen’s hip.

  3. Granted that considering public safety anxieties surrounding bleak times and threats of more protests, statements attributed to Finance Minister Tweah were reckless, yet ex- Finance Minister Konneh’s feigned righteous indignation sounds like the pot calling the kettle black. After all, had he and EJS exhibited fiscal maturity and responsive to citizens’ cries for equality of opportunities, this government wouldn’t have inherited a sick financial environment. To make matters worse, an alliance of partisan media outlets and a Henry Costa- led COP persistently obstructs attempts at stopping further blood loss of a profusely bleeding bequeathed economy.

    Of course, the levity of few political leaders belies gravity of the situation Liberia finds herself. But that doesn’t justify an uprising, or a step down confrontation that could embolden a military intervention and setting up of an Interim government. Although few arrogant media pundits labeled some of us “sycophants” and so on, we unapologetically object to the anti-majoritarian agenda of our best and brightest. Democracy has been restored. Let the ballot box remains the only channel for changing our leaders. Mind you, our Americans overlords don’t change theirs by street protests or assassinations: Give rule of law a chance as the constitution dictates.

    • Plz read article 1 of the 1985 constitution and explain what it means by when the people happiness and safety so requires they can alter and reform a government.

  4. You said it well Mr. Konneh.. Every day people complain that there is no flow of money when we still have donor partners that were here in the past regime still exists. With the exception of UNMIL, all other UN auxillaries still exist. Why complain. Its time you work to clear the so called mess u claim to have met and leave the revolutionary tendency.

    • YOU AND ALL OF OUR IGNORANT LIBERIAN PEOPLE NEED TO BE EDUCATED IN THE SENSE THAT SINCE UNMIL LEFT LIBERIA ALL UNCT -UNITED NATIONS COUNTRY TEAM – ARE SUFFERING FROM DONOR FATIGUE UP TILL TODAY.. BY UNCT I MEAN UNDP, WFP, WHO, IMO, UNICEF, UNHCR….ETC… TODAY UNCT CANNOT EVEN PAY THEIR CONTRACTORS TO ENABLE THEM COMPLY WITH THE PAYMENT OF LIBERIAN DECENT WAGE BILL TO THEIR SKILLED WORKER…. IF UNCT IS INDEBTED TO THEIR CONTRACTORS HOW MORE GIVING A CENT OR DIME TO OUR BELOVED LIBERIA AS GRANT? PLEASE INVESTIGATE AND MAKE RESEARCH BEFORE YOU SAY ANYTHING IN THIS MEDIUM, OKAY!

  5. Someone should remind Hon Amara Konneh that faced with life-denying pervasive poverty as a result of mass unemployment, he an his boss are on record for saying that the markets, not government, should create jobs. Unbelievably, this was when the US government (Emperor Capitalist) embarked on public sector investments in physical infrastructural development to also help reduce joblessness.

    The above isn’t defense of a government which needs to be more serious. It only goes to show the irrationality of stoking instability when those who presided over the economic mess are pompously parading corridors of power in western capitals. I consider the hypocrisy witchcraft when poor powerless people are still the victims, and some will be collateral damage again in case of a violent upheaval.

  6. Although man happens to be a political animal, he is also rational and the factors of socialization instill, ensure, and reinforce that rationality so indispensable to societal cohesion and stability. Those trying to normalize unstableness in a fragile postwar Liberia – regardless of motives – are on the wrong side of history. And that’s unarguable…

    • Another prattling syncophantic apologist, in this other miscreant. Liberia can in no way still be “fragile” as these inveterate liars would want us to believe, after 15 years of peace building and reconstruction, all the familiar and expected economic encumbrances notwithstanding. If anything, shouldn’t these shameless lies in blaming everything on the previous government have surfaced two years ago, at the inception of this ignorant blind and visionless government? Does this Mr. Baghdad Moses recall their Finance/Planning minister telling the Liberian people that their special style of governance did not require a plan? Callously bragging that they can rule without plan? Retorting, “After all, what did all the plans all the previous administrations do for this country?” Imagine a government operating without roadmap! And when faced with the stark reality in such foolhardiness, the previous government becomes a convenient scapegoat? But just as alluded above, Mr. Baghdad Moses, above and beyond being “political animals,” Liberian are rational also, especially in knowing the source or cause of their current economic predicament. Not the bloody fools you take them to be. Not anymore!

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