The Executive Mansion statement, issued immediately following a sustained propaganda campaign carried out through respectable media outlets, concludes by describing the reports as purely imaginary; lacking all elements of truth-telling and professionalism.
Apart from Government’s official position on the matter, the European Union in a rather interesting twist of events came up with a terse statement, when contacted by this paper.
“The European Union has not requested an audit of the budget support previously provided to the health sector and nor has it placed a hold on future assistance to Liberia,” an EU statement on the issue said yesterday.
The EU rebuttal to the media publications stated it reminds all media outlets that “we are always happy to provide details of our cooperation activities”.
Media watchers and political pundits are of the candid opinion that the recent fictitious reports on former MFDP Minister Amara Konneh could be politically motivated and sponsored by his detractors who might want to dampen any political ambitions he might harbor for 2017 and beyond.
“It is interesting to note, the wordings of the media lead stories carried in the three dailies who falsely reported that government is summoning Amara Konneh to account for EU Ebola support; all three newspaper reports were written similarly – almost word for word. It was no accident that this happened,” says James Tarpeh of Gardnersville.
Since he resigned from government few months ago, Amara Konneh, the subject of the latest media controversy, says he is too busy working to ensure stability of fragile states around the globe to be bothered with “trivialities”.
“As an African and a Liberian in particular, I'm very proud of the work I am doing and my contributions to turnaround countries that are experiencing or have experienced deep fragility,” Mr. Konneh told the Capitol Times when contacted.
Amara Konneh is presently the Manager of the World Bank Group's Global Fragility, Conflict and Violence Hub in Nairobi, Kenya.
As part of his accomplishments, the FCV completed the Reconstruction and Peace-building Assessment that underpinned the Central African Republic’s post conflict development strategy.
At the donor conference held in Brussels headquarters of the European Union, approximately US$2 billion was raised in commitments.