The Liberian community in the state of Minnesota, the United states has become porous lately as the community poised to celebrate the 166 years of Independence of their country (Liberia) this weekend on ‘July 26’. Liberians in the state of Minnesota are at loggerhead on the decision of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM), the umbrella organization of Liberians in the state for what they call a handful in the organization’s leadership who unilaterally invited the Liberian Finance Minister to serve as orator of the official program marking the 166 Independent Anniversary of their country.
Liberians opposing Finance Minister Amara Konneh serving as Orator as one Liberian said, because he is yet to account for US$13 million at the Finance Ministry, money allotted for child mortality and mobility by the European Union though Mr Konneh last month said the funds were expended between the country’s health ministry and health institutions but all the institutions categorically denied ever receiving the funds.
Some Liberians in the community accused their leaders who invited the Minister as the ‘few who used their power’ to bring in the Liberian Finance Minister as orator at the displeasure of the organization and community did so with the sole intent to harvest financial reward in the short-term and a long-term springboard to securing jobs in the Liberian government.
Atmosphere in the Liberian community in the state of Minnesota is charged as some Liberian media outlets, TMZ Web Radio Int’l’s ‘Issue in the Press’ and ‘The Liberian Journal’ are caught up in the shenanigans as both sides trade accusations, labeling the other of instigating the hype and tension.
In defiance, those inviting the Liberian Finance Minister are going ahead with their plans for his ‘July 26’ oration brushing off outcry from the community that they are dividing the community for their selfish gains, using an event and a significant day of the country’s Independence Anniversary which should be used to bring all Liberians together.
Some Liberians vowed the Finance Minister will not serve as orator and are planning a protest to abort his oration. Minister Konneh, a United States citizen who usually enters the United States as United States Citizen and not as a Liberian diplomat like all other Liberian officials with U S status do not to risk losing their status , is traveling to the United States for his ‘July 26’ oration and has dispatched in advance about a 10- man delegation, many of whom have U S status and have families living in the United States in anticipation of the tough times he might encounter to leverage the impact of the opposition and planned protest.
Those support of the Minister say they consider the campaign against Minister Konneh as unfair and with sinister motive they can not comprehend.