Fresh reports reaching Bamba1News indicate that Musa Fofana of Atlanta, Georgia has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federation of the Liberian Mandingo Associations in the USA, FELMAUSA.
Mr. Fofana was elected by FELMAUSA board members representing the States of New York, Arizona, Maryland, Georgia, and Minnesota.
Information assembled prior to this report indicates that the electoral process was conducted through teleconference.
Representatives from the States of Pennsylvania and North Carolina abstained, but at the same time remained on the phone until the electoral process was over.
The act of remaining on the teleconference by these FELMAUSA board members representing the States of Pennsylvania and North Carolina was seen my other members of the board as forming a part of the electoral process.
Also elected as Co-chair of the FELMAUSA Board of Directors was Mr. Mahamud Jabateh of the State of Arizona.
According to the Chairman of the FELMAUSA Board of Directors, Mr. Famod Konneh, in conjunction with an agreement reached by board members on June 25, 2013 regarding attendance of boards meetings, Mr. Francis Duwana of Pennsylvania and Mr. Salia Kamara of Texas were barred from the electoral process. “The two individuals did not attend board meeting for more than a year.”(Famod)
Up to press time, Bamba1News did not contact Mr. Francis Duwana and Salia Kamara for clarification.
It can be recalled that FELMAUSA Board members representing the States of Wisconsin and Illinois respectively vowed never to recognize the results of Friday election.
Emails repeatedly sent to the FELMAUSA listserv from Mr. Siaka Toure, President of the Wisconsin Mandingo Association, WIMAM, accused the Chairman of the Board of Directors of FELMAUSA, Mr. Famod Konneh of “fraudulent process by denying their constitutional rights to cast their vote by muting, blocking and disconnecting them.” (Siaka)
In an interview with Bamba1News, Mr. Famod Konneh confirmed that the electoral process was free, fair and transparent.
Meanwhile, another email from Mr. Kalamoh Donzo of Illinois accused Mr. Mohamed Enzah Dorley; President of the Minnesota Mandingo Association, MMA, of refusing to issued him the number to the teleconference.
Bamba1News did not contact Mr. Dorley for clarifications prior to the publication of this report.
It can be recalled that the FELMAUSA National Convention on July 2013 was dazed by similar disagreement between the Minnesota Mandingo Association and the FELMAUSA administration thereby blurring the candidacy of President-elect, Bangalee Trawally, alias B.T. who did not get the blessing of his chapter prior to vying for the highest office in FELMAUSA.
A truce has since been reached between FELMAUSA and the Minnesota Mandingo Association through the quick intervention of Imam Mohamed Dukuly of Masjid Al Nur and Liberian Finance Minister Amara Konneh.