The management of the Passion Hotel in Gbarnga, Bong County says report of Montserrado County Representative Acarous Gray held at its premises for hotel bills is a calculated lie probably intended to defame the Honorable or a simple attack on the business.
“Whatever the reason, Mr. Papa Morris who reported the story, did not speak with anyone member of my staff or myself on the status of Honorable Gray’s bills and there was no outstanding bills with Hon. Gray during check out on Sunday, November 23, 2014”, a statement issued here on Wednesday by the hotel management read.
It details that Honorable Gray and most of his colleagues’ lawmakers have always lodged at the hotel and they remain very good customers of Passion Hotel with no history of outstanding bills.
“On the visit in question, the reservation was made on Hon. Gray’s behalf by his Party’s (CDC) contact in Gbarnga for three (3) rooms. The total bill was US$675.00 (Six Hundred Seventy Five United States Dollars). This amount was paid on November 22, 2014 the night before he check out and a receipt was issued him”, the clarification added.
This paper quoting inside sources from the hotel, reported Tuesday, 2 December that Representative Gray, was held from checking out after he could not pay his bills for four days.
It was embarrassments for the Montserrado County District # 8 Representative, who was visiting Bong County to boost the campaign efforts of the Bong County candidate of the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC, Mr. Augustus Flomo, especially when hotel staff began describing him as a “good-for-nothing Lawmaker” upon noticing that he could not pay his hotel bills.
Representative Gray, who arrived in Gbarnga, Bong County on Thursday, November 20, 2014, reportedly booked a local hotel in the city and spent four days on assurance from the party candidate Augustus Flomo that he (Flomo) would be responsible for accommodation at one of the county’s most luxurious hotels- Passion Hotel, owed by former Transport Minister Tornola Varpilah.
Our Bong County correspondent quotes a source at the CDC local office in Gbarnga as saying that Representative Gray, along with a ‘concubine’ got stranded when he could not see or hear from Mr. Flomo with regards to the bill payment on the day of his departure.
Some partisans of the CDC in Bong County pointed accusing fingers at the party’s Bong County candidate for the humiliation suffered by the CDC Lawmaker while visiting their county to boost his (Flomo) election chances. However, others argued that it was unimaginable for a Lawmaker to allow himself to be humiliated by travelling without cash, only because he depended on the party’s candidate’s pockets.
When contacted in Monrovia on the apparent humiliation, Representative Gray responded in a SMS text message, “The news of me being held hostage is a big laugh and it is intended to undermine the business environment of the hotel. It’s cheap politics as the hotel owner and I have a cordial relationship and this will not prevent me from stopping over whenever I am in Gbarnga.”