Congress for Democratic for Change (CDC) lawmaker Acarous Moses Gray has received serious lashes for the second time for reacting unruly against the office of Vice President Joseph NyumahBoakai recently at the Capitol Building.
Representative Gray last week rejected 16 cartoons of Tuna Fish donated to his office by the office of Vice President Boakai as part of gesture to staffers of lawmakers at the Capitol Building on grounds that he couldn’t accept gift from a political opponent.
However, he failed to return all, but nine of the 16 cartoons of Tuna, and was demanded to produce the balance six after he led his staff to the office of the Vice President and rained insults, action that has been greeted mass public condemnation.
Now the General Overseer of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church International or APCI Bishop Dr. KortuBrown, has warned that disagreement in societyshould not result to disrespecting people in authority. Bishop Brown says instead, disagreement should provide an opportunity to the best way in finding solution or common ground.
He says the recent saga between Representative Gray and the office of Vice President Boakaiis as the result of disagreement, which did not warrant issuing insults, as it has the propensity to sow seeds of hatred, and provide an opportunity for others to disrespect people in higher offices.
Rev. Brown spoke over the weekend at the close of the 11thAnnual Conference of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church International of the New Water in the Desert Assembly in Brewerville outside Monrovia. The conference brought together members from at least 11 counties and it was held under theme “Amazing Grace, Look Back; Look Around; and Look forward” from text I Chronicles 17: 16-19.
“In my mind, I think the attitude exhibited by Hon. Gray is uncalled for and does not resemble his deportment as a Lawmaker. I think we can disagree without showing some level of disrespect to the other.”
“Now mind, if we must move forward as a state then there is need for us to give or show respect to our Leaders. I am not saying you cannot disagree, but solution must be found after the disagreement”, he emphasized.
He says Liberians, no matter their status, should always respect constituted authorities, adding, “We have to find way to make our politics civil; our values portray us as religious people – Christians. We cannot manage our politics in a chaotic way all the times in this country. I think the way forward, there is a need for courtesy in our governance; there is a need to uphold our values because we Liberians are special people, religious people.”
By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne