Merriam Wants Speaker Dweh Investigated


The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

Distributed by

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

August 18, 2004

A former member of the legislature and a signatory to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement(CPA) says NTLA Speaker George Dweh should be investigated for his constant utterances which are inimical to the peace process.

Mr. J.D. Hodo Merriam, addressing a news conference yesterday in Monrovia, said Speaker Dweh should be suspended from government and investigated if he cannot prove his allegation that the Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia is keeping US$4 million.

He said Speaker Dweh’s disclosure that a huge number of arms has gone missing from the Executive Mansion is something he should be investigated for.

He wondered if such weapons were placed there by the Speaker, saying “he is from a warring faction and such a statement is counter-productive to the peace process.”

He said the government also needs to investigate the recent revelation that Speaker Dweh is planning to overthrow the Gyude Braynt-led transitional government.

Mr. Merriam, who is the former Chairman of the National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL), a party to which Speaker Dweh belongs, said “it is unfortunate that Speaker Dweh is always antagonizing Chairman Bryant, using propaganda. This must be stopped.”

Mr. Merriam, a prominent citizen of Maryland County said, “we sat when propaganda killed one of our sons, Gray D. Allison, we will not allow propaganda to take away our son Chairman Bryant.”

He said instead of the Speaker promoting the peace process, he is rather making all attempts to undermine the process through propaganda.

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