21 January 2013

Liberia: NPP Partisans Want Autopsy

Partisans of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) are demanding an autopsy on the mortal remains of their late Secretary General, Senator John Francis Whitefield, who died last week at the St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital in Monrovia.

Grieving NPP partisans told this paper on Friday in Monrovia that an autopsy would clear their doubt on how Senator Whitefield died. They said Whitefield's death was a big blow not only to the people of Grand Bassa County, but the NP, of which he was a stalwart.

"Therefore, we are demanding an autopsy to be performed on Whitefield's body but we do not want same to be that of Moses Tandapolie," said Claudius Kweh.

Another partisan said an independent body should conduct the autopsy to avoid the scenario of the late lawmaker Tandapolie, whose autopsy report continued to raise many eyebrows in public instead of being accepted.

Senator Whitefield died three days after members of the 53rd Liberian Legislature returned from their annual agriculture break, becoming the first member of that august body to have suddenly collapsed and pronounced dead in 2013. His body has been deposited at the Samuel Stryker Funeral Parlor in Sinkor, Monrovia, pending interment; T.K.S. reports.

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