-Pres. Weah’s Office Speak on Autopsy Boycott by Families
By Mark N. Mengonfiaemail@example.com
Recently, Liberians wake-up to the death news of four auditors from the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) and Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) who mysteriously died at different locations.
These mysterious deaths, many Liberians have started laying the causes at the feet of the government while others are given different accounts with many different stories.
In this direction, President George Weah made a passionate plead to his partners to have an autopsy done on the remains of the four Liberian audit experts. The process started on Monday, October 19, 2020, but family members who should have been a part of the process did not show up on grounds that the process will not be transparent describing it as a ‘kangaroo process’ only intended to cover up for the Liberian Government.
The boycott by the family members of the auditors has not gone done well with the office of the President. Addressing the Tuesday’s pressing briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (temporary home of the President), Deputy Presidential Press Secretary, Smith Toby said the best thing any government can do is what the government is doing.
Toby said the government invited the media, family members, Civil Society Organizations, adding, “The purpose is to be transparent as the word transparent is.” He went on to say, “We are hoping that in their grieve and pains, the family members, well-wishers, friends and sympathizers, will allow the professionals do their professional work.”
Toby stressed that to back off is stabbing the process in the back.
He added that “The President, too, has many concerns and also like any other Liberian wants to know what happened to four of his citizens,” Smith said.
He said to place a doubt on an ongoing process out of fear or out of interest is not a good thing to do.
Giving confidence to the process, Smith said they heard that the Americans had some investigators on the field when they started the process. The office of the President during the briefing promised that the Weah led administration is determined to see the process done.
He said “The Government will not abandon the process because people are unsatisfied. Government will always want to play her part because the government itself needs to answer to the public, the government needs to tell the public what happened.”
According to Toby, the only way mixed views and different stories about the deaths will be lay to rest is for government to conduct the ongoing processes.
“If you thought that people died here in the past and reports were allegedly being tampered with and based on that perception or assumptions you think seminar thing will happen. Don’t think so,” he said.
“This government is investigating and conducting an autopsy, you need to give the people the chance to do their work because the same questions you are asking we are asking the same questions,” the Deputy Presidential President said.
He intoned that they, too, are in sympathy with the bereaved families members. In which way the outcome of the ongoing investigation ends up with, the government needs to do all in its powers to establish the real causes of the deaths of the four audit specialists to lay to rest all mixed views, different stories and concocted stories in the public about those deaths.