Amid anger among some CDCians following recent disclosure by Senate President Pro-Tempore Albert Chie that he gave US$3, 000 to opposition Senator Abraham Darius Dillon to pay his poll workers, the chairman of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change has come to the Pro-temp’s rescue, dismissing any wrong doing Addressing a news conference in Monrovia Friday, June 05, Morlu defended that the assistance from Pro-Tempore Chie followed the Montserrado County senatorial by-election, which the ruling Coalition lost to the opposition Liberty Party. The CDC chairman noted that after the poll, Dillon went on begging spree to raise money to pay poll watchers he had hired.
“Dillon went on bended knees to the Pro-Tempore for help. What I gathered from credible sources [is] that poll workers have threatened to burn his house, if he had delayed to pay them. The Pro-Tempore being a leader of the senate, who needs votes for the passage of bills and other relevant instruments decided to help,” he argued.
The revelation by the Pro-Tempore last week, came as the Senate set up a committee to investigate Dillon, who has been critical of procedures on Capitol Hill, following a communication by Lofa County Senator George Tengbeh for branding that body as “rotten, useless and spineless” amid rumors that he could suspension or expulsion. But ordinary CDCians are unhappy that Chie, a member of the ruling Coalition, would be so nice to pay poll workers of an opposition candidate, who uprooted the CDC from its stronghold in Montserrado County.
Morlu insisted however that it is distasteful and disingenuous for some members of the opposition to run with the assistance rendered Senator Dillon after the election as ‘betrayal’ to Coalition for Democratic Change candidate Pauilita C.C. Wie during the 2019 by-election.
At a heated debate in Plenary of the Liberian Senate last week, Pro-Tempore Albert Chie told fellow senators he assisted Dillon with US$3,000 after the by-election to pay his poll watchers. He also revealed that Dillon had worked for him and was paid personally from his (Chie’s) pocket but didn’t specify which kind of work.
“Senator Chie remains a strong partisan of the CDC. We will not be carried away by the tricks being played by those in the opposition. Through our engagement, we have been able to establish that the intent was good. As Pro-Temp and a member of the ruling government, he needs the legislative support to help us succeed,” Morlu further defended. Meanwhile, in an effort to help build the capacity of party loyalists, the ruling Coalition has vowed to register 3,000 ‘militants’ for the next Entrance and Placement exam of the University of Liberia.
Registration for the UL entrance and placement does not automatically qualify candidates for enrolment, as applicants are required to successfully pass at least one of the two basic subjects (Mathematics and English) before acceptance, and then do a remedial study in the course of deficiency for one semester without credit.
However, Morlu continue that it is the duty of the Coalition to empower those he called ‘militants’ who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice for the success of the party. “We need to ensure the viability of our partisans [militants]. Beneficiaries will be selected from the electoral districts across the country.” He said beneficiaries would be allowed to select courses of their choice to prepare them for opportunities ahead.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Editing by Jonathan Browne