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Morlu cannot have it both ways

By Serena Golafaley  
I cannot not speak with utmost certainty as to which political party will win the U.S. elections, but I can bet my neck that one person who will cheerfully vote on November 6 in the state of Virginia is John S. Morlu.

Wow! I know many Liberians find it fascinating, and I have started to ponder why Morlu will be voting in the U.S. elections while he at the same time continues to partake in Liberia’s national political debates.

Well, Morlu, like some others with deep roots in the U.S. take Liberia to be their distant up-state farm. That is the reason why Morlu uses the U.S. citizenship he acquired in 2003 to not only leverage opportunities in Liberia; but to also experiment with Liberian politics.

In fact, Morlu has never paid taxes in Liberia. Over the four-year period he served as Auditor General, Morly clacked a salary the shape of US$ 15,000 monthly in the first two years, and 22,000 monthly in the second two years. Even with this behemoth income, Morlu did not pay a dime in taxes to Liberia.

On the other hand, he pays high taxes in the U.S. regularly, and on time and dare miss his due date. This coupled with the fact that his wife and four children are American citizens, answers the question why Morlu will be voting on November 6. That’s because he has a stake in the U.S. elections.

But there is another side to the question or concern that has not been addressed; and that’s why Morlu continues to dabble into Liberian national politics and political debates when the same Morlu in 2003 renounced his Liberian citizenship, and sang the Star-Spangled Banner and pledged allegiance to the constitution and flag of the United States.

This question or concern is critical because it raises an important constitutional issue regarding dual citizenship. The Liberian constitution outlaws dual citizenship, therefore no matter how oblivious of the fact Morlu pretends to be  he is technically and legally not a citizen of Liberia. And also because he waived his birthright to Liberian citizenship when he chose to become a citizen of the United States in 2003. Morlu holds an American passport. This is a fact he very well knows and will be foolhardy to dispute.

Hence, his furtive mission to brand himself as a ‘likable material for the presidency’ of Liberia in 2017 at the disadvantage of this current Liberian Government and people of Liberia (actual citizens), which he began immediately with his declaration that the government was “three times more corrupt” than its predecessor seems the most likely impetus behind his foray into Liberian politics.

But if political motives are what drive Morlu then Liberians will not hesitate to contact the U.S. State Department or Immigration to have his U.S. citizenship profile published to save their country from this foreign impostor.

The truth of the matter is that Morlu, as a U.S. citizen, tacitly insults the intelligence of Liberians across party lines whenever he feigns uprightness and proffers lectures on corruption, leadership and administrative systems and practices. Because his own records at the GAC on procurement, salary apportionment, human relations, and his dealings with female employees, etc., are unenviable, and shows the extent to which he lacks probity.

Morlu’s dubious records on corruption at the GAC, and his refusal to audit the Liberian legislature when he headed the GAC, should provoke more questions and concerns among Liberians when they reflect on the diminutive bow-tie wearing man.

A look at Morlu never stops to negatively fascinate people. As a way of maximizing the opportunities of his American citizenship when it was clear to Morlu that he would not retain his job as Auditor General, he began to impress on his fellow American, former U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Linda Thomas Greenfield, to help fetch out a job for him at the UN.

Ambassador Greenfield, being generous influenced a U.S. recommendation for Morlu for the post of Head of Internal Oversight Services, since the US has a quota at the UN. Nonetheless, the UN, as well as some in the U.S. government raised questions over whether Morlu had the administrative knowledge and experience to lead that huge and intricate agency.

After the loud talk of over qualification and international marketability, many Liberians are wondering whether the diminutive bow-tie wearing man currently works in the U.S., and wants to know what he is actually doing.

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