Chairman of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change, says detractors and organizers of the December 30 protest, shocked at the speed at which he and Rep. Acarous Moses Gray have reconciled with President George Manneh Weah, have resorted to extreme measures, including trumpeting a leaked audio recording in a bid to boost the protest.
Speaking to cross section of reporters on Sunday, Mr. Morlu said the disagreement with President Weah has been resolved and the two have reconciled.
At a news conference last week, Mr. Morlu threw pointed jabs at the President, declaring that it was embarrassing and shameful for the socio-economic disparity to continue to widen between the haves and have-nots, while we are expected to remain silent.
Over the last 72 hours, speculations have been rife of a purported recording on which Mr. Morlu is said to have suggested that plans are afoot to replace Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor with Mr. Bill Twehway Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA), on the party’s ticket for the 2023 presidential elections.
Late last week, President Weah reportedly placed a call to the ruling party chair and summoned him and Rep. Gray to a meeting after which peace between the feuding pair was reportedly brokered. Speaking Sunday, Mr. Morlu acknowledged the disagreement with the President is now water under the bridge as he weighed in on new wrangle involving the purported recording on which he suggests an affair between the President and a Deputy Minister at the NPA.
Mr. Morlu said the purported recording being leaked is aimed at escalating friction between him and President Weah. “These are things anyone would say when angry, but it does not necessarily mean it is the truth. Whatever I have ever had to say to the President was said directly; anything else is mere liquor talk.”
Throwing pointed jabs at whoever may have recorded him, Mr. Morlu concluded: “If I was ever recorded, then it has to be by an inside job, carried out by someone right inside my living room. I do not go to entertainment areas; neither do I talk recklessly. The crisis has its impact on me, especially to hear that the Minister of State was supporting her to undermine the party structure. Such an anger led to many angry comments that are necessarily not the truth. The president is a decently married man who remains faithful to his wife, and any such politics pushed by the dwindling opposition is nonsense and should be treated with mockery and disdain.”