The Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) is calling on President George Weah to dismiss the Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Samuel Tweah.
Addressing a news conference Friday, September 21, 2018 at the group’s head office in Monrovia, the group’s Project coordinator, Bob Johnson said that IREDD decision to make such call is triggered by the Minister’s recent statement regarding the alleged missing of L$16billion Liberian bank notes.
“We call on the President to relive Finance Minister, Samuel Tweh of his position as Minister of Finance and Development Planning on account of undermining the ongoing investigation in the missing 16billions,” Johnson said.
Johnson said that the Finance minister comments have the propensity to undermine the ongoing investigation surrounding the alleged missing 16billions Liberian dollars in the country, thus, IREDD is baffle by the huge degree of contradictions coming from key players within government.
“IREDD, emphatically states here that the statement from the Finance Minister, Samuel Tweah undermines the investigation committee set up by the President of Liberia, George Weah. We believe that Minister Tweah’s statement is a cleaver attempt to throw dust in the eyes of Liberians and have us blindfolded,” Johnson stressed.
The IREDD executive indicated that his group is deeply trouble and concern by Minister Tweah’s comment contradicting the government chief spokesman, Information Minister Leen Eugene Nagbe that no money has been missing in the country.
He further “not only this revelation a grave concern and tantamount to labeling Liberia as a ‘rogue nation,’ we are baffled by the huge degree of information contradictions coming from the Ministers of Finance and Information, Samuel Tweah and Leen Eugene Nabge and former Central Bank Governor, Milton Weeks,” Johnson noted.
Johnson asserted that the action by the Finance Minister to debunk earlier comments made by Information Minister that the alleged 16billions is missing suggests that there is a sinister motive on the part of the government to conceal information about the alleged missing billions.
The IREDD Project coordinator stated that in the face of all these contradictions, the institute is kindly asking the Liberian leader to immediately address the nation to provide accurate state of information on the ongoing saga so as to restore what he termed as lost trust within the public as a result of this unfortunate situation in the country.
It can be recalled that Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel Tweah told a local radio station that there are no money missing contrary to statement made by Information Minister Leen Eugene Nagbe on the Voice of America (VOA) focus on Africa program.
Meanwhile, the IREDD is challenging the Central Bank of Liberia to display the resolution authorizing the CBL to print additional 10 billion Liberia dollars bank notes apart from the initial five billion authorizations.