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Friday, June 14, 2024

SENATOR KONNEH’S OFFICE BURGLARIZED, KEY INVESTIGATION DOCUMENTS STOLEN

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MONROVIA – Senator Amara Konneh of Gbarpolu County, a prominent critic of the Unity Party government under President Joseph Nyuma Boakai and former Finance Minister during the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration, has reported a burglary at his Senate office. The incident, which occurred over the weekend, has raised serious concerns about the security of public buildings and the safety of lawmakers and their staff.

In a statement, Senator Konneh detailed the break-in, saying, “I am sad to report that my Senate office in the Capitol Building was burglarized over the weekend. The burglars entered through the back window, ransacked the office, and made away with documents related to the MedTech investigation, a log of compensation and gasoline benefits my staff and I have received since February, and LRD 10,000 office petty cash for staff lunch.”

The burglary has not only affected Senator Konneh but also reportedly impacted the offices of two other senators. Senator Konneh highlighted the importance of public awareness regarding such incidents. “I’m reporting this here for two reasons: 1) the public needs to know when criminals break into a public building. We and our staff’s safety matters, and 2) to create awareness concerning any stringent security measures the Legislature may put in place to protect lawmakers, their staffers, and public records to prevent a recurrence,” he stated.

The stolen documents included crucial investigative materials related to the MedTech investigation, a significant probe that Senator Konneh has been actively involved in. The loss of these documents is a setback for the investigation and raises questions about the motives behind the burglary. Additionally, the theft of the log detailing compensation and gasoline benefits poses a risk to personal and financial information security.

Senator Konneh expressed his concern over the incident, calling it “very unfortunate.” He emphasized the need for enhanced security measures within the Capitol Building to prevent similar incidents in the future. “Our Pro Temp has launched an investigation,” he added, indicating that steps are being taken to identify the perpetrators and understand how the security breach occurred.

The news of the burglary has sparked a wave of reactions among the public and within political circles. Many are calling for immediate action to address the security lapses and ensure the protection of lawmakers and sensitive documents. The incident has also intensified the scrutiny on the current administration’s handling of security issues, especially concerning the safety of government officials and public properties.

Senator Konneh’s office has been a focal point of his work as a lawmaker and critic of the current administration. His efforts to hold the government accountable and his involvement in high-profile investigations have made him a target for those opposed to his work. The burglary is seen by some as a deliberate attempt to intimidate and undermine his efforts.

In response to the burglary, security protocols within the Capitol Building are expected to be reviewed and strengthened. Lawmakers are advocating for better surveillance systems, stricter access controls, and increased security personnel to safeguard their offices and ensure the safety of their staff.

As the investigation unfolds, there is a growing call for transparency and accountability. The public and lawmakers alike are eager to see the results of the investigation and the measures that will be implemented to prevent future incidents.

Senator Konneh remains resolute in his commitment to his legislative duties and the investigations he is involved in. Despite the setback, he vows to continue his work with renewed determination. “This incident will not deter me from my responsibilities. I will continue to fight for transparency, accountability, and the protection of public interest,” he affirmed.

The burglary at Senator Amara Konneh’s office is a stark reminder of the vulnerabilities within public institutions and the need for robust security measures to protect those who serve the nation. The ongoing investigation will hopefully bring clarity and lead to enhanced security protocols, ensuring the safety and integrity of the legislative process.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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