Rep. Gray blames “big hands”
Faced with public pressure from his district over alleged squandering of Ebola funds, Montserrado County District #8 Representative, Acarous Gray, says “big hands” are influencing “kids” to demand investigation against him.
Gray alleged recently that kids from his district were being used as collateral damage “probably” by some unidentified “big hands” that want to get him under “hot pursuit.”
Appearing on Truth Breakfast Show on Monday morning, February 2, 2015, the CDC lawmaker, who had faced constant criticisms from his people for neglect and lack of development, said “kids” from his constituency were being influenced by people he calls “big hands” to get at him.
“I’m giving you an example – if you collect kids probably in the rumor of Representative Gray to shield himself – and the government needs Representative Gray but under hot pursuit, probably one or two of the kids would die in the process because you need Representative Gray. So the kids become what? The Collateral Damage,” he said.
The corruption claim hanging over the opposition lawmaker from the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC arises from an alleged L$537,440.00 raised for his district Ebola task-force last September.
A group of youth from his district is making claims that he has diverted the money into his personal use, days after he allegedly dissolved the entire District 8 Ebola Task-force.
But in his response to the allegation, Gray chose to tell his audience that he does not go after “the creatures,” instead, he goes after the creators, though he failed to name those he referred to as creators.
He additionally alleged that some of “the kids” requesting his probe did not vote in his district, while confirming that in October 2014, a little over L$500,000 was collected.
As it stands, the lawmaker said he and Montserrado County Superintendent Madam Florence Brandy, who he said, committed L$300,000 to the district, will finally have to discuss the matter, maintaining he was not prepared to say it the public.
He claimed to have requested all the district chairpersons and a decision was reached after a meeting for five selected persons to head the task-force, but denied issuing fake checks, saying, “My checks cannot bounce.”
By Winston W. Parley