Crystal, Minn. – The youngest member of the financial department of FELMAUSA, who was brought onboard to attract youths to the organization has resigned.
Ansu Soumaoro, a young financial expert in Minnesota emailed his letter of resignation on July 12,2014 to Bamba 1 News and to Mr. Abubakarseleke Soko Sackor, Jr., Secretary General of the Federation of Liberian Mandingo Associations in the USA.
According to Mr. Soumaoro, his resignation comes in the wake of the recent 501(c) 3 crisis the organization continues to battle. As a Real Estate Associate Accountant at CBRE in Bloomington, Minn., he said he does not want to wreck his professional reputation for something he knows nothing about.
In a video interview with Bamba 1 News, Mr. Soumaoro said he had attempted on multiple occasions to gather facts from President Bangalee Trawally, regarding the organization’s status with the Internal Revenue Services, but to no avail.
He called on executives of FELMAUSA to remove his name from all documents related to the organization. Asked why he wants his name removed, he said in the event of any legal action from the IRS “I don’t want to be attached to it.”
Mr. Soumaoro also called on the B. T. administration to use the organization to unite the community, “Don’t separate people.” He said the administration’s refusal to admit dishonest behavior will not resolve this issue, he is therefore calling on the FELMAUSA administration to come clean and find a lasting solution to it’s 501 (c) 3 crisis.
To the contrary, President Trawally affirmed to Bamba 1 News on July 13,2014 that his organization is indebted to the IRS for three years. He said necessary payment and documentations have been submitted to the IRS to address the issue. He also disclosed that he is in constant contact with the agent assigned to FELMAUSA’s case.
Commenting on the resignation of Ansu Soumaoro, he said at no time was Ansu appointed as board member as indicated in his letter of resignation, “He was a member of the financial committee.” President Trawally said, claims by Ansu that he was a board member is a clear indication that he did not know what he was doing. The video interview with Ansu points out squarely the opposite. He did not sound as innocent as projected.
In 2013, Ansu Soumaoro walked out of Mankato State University in Minn. with triple majors. He has Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Art in French with minor in Business Administration.
Even though the 501 (c) 3 case was inherited by the B.T. administration, but one thing remains clear, it was the hope of many that the coming onboard of Ansu Soumaoro would attract youths to the federation, but that hope has been crushed into pebbles. Whether the B. T. administration has a stronger broom to assemble these pebbles in order to attract young folks to the organization will be something to watch for.
FELMAUSA lost its 501 (c) 3 status with the IRS under former President Mohammed Bility, it was later made known to the community by whistleblowers. The 501 (c) 3 is the life line of the organization’s famous medical mission to Liberia, a mission that is welcomed by many, including the Liberian government.
The biggest issue at hand is, whether there will be another medical mission to Liberia any time soon as donors will have to file their donations with the IRS.