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Sparta?! Ha-ooh! Battle lines drawn as Tim Kee finally calls emergency meeting

Franklin Khan: A thousand armies of the PNM empire will descend upon you. Our arrows will blot out the sun!

Raymond Tim Kee: Then we will fight in the shade.

Photo: You are generous as you are divine, O Keithos and Frankie Khan. Such an offer to resign only a madman would refuse. But the, uh, the idea of kneeling, it’s—You see, running rings around allyuh and the media has, uh, well it’s left a nasty cramp in my leg, so kneeling will be hard for me… (Courtesy 300)
Photo: You are generous as you are divine, O Keithos and Frankie Khan. Such an offer to resign only a madman would refuse. But the, uh, the idea of kneeling, it’s—You see, running rings around allyuh and the media has, uh, well it’s left a nasty cramp in my leg, so kneeling will be hard for me…
(Courtesy 300)

Well, Mr Live Wire paraphrased slightly but it appears to be time for a royal battle.

Four days later than he promised, Port of Spain mayor Raymond Tim Kee has finally called a special meeting with all aldermen and councillors at the Port of Spain City Hall for 3 pm this evening.

No agenda was provided or even the slightest hint offered for the purpose of their get-together. But Mr Live Wire suspects that the aldermen and councillors will be asked to consider an unusual case of loitering by none other than the Mayor himself.

Tim Kee publicly promised to resign his post on Saturday afternoon, after a furious backlash to reckless comments made in the wake of the murder of Japanese pannist Asami Nagakiya.

But he never issued any notice to that effect to his colleagues at City Hall and then attempted to deceive the media about Monday’s agenda there, as revealed by Wired868 yesterday.

It was like playing hide and seek with a child who stands in clear view but closes his eyes.

Photo: Doh study Live Wire, hoss! The best place to hide is always in plain sight! Port of Spain mayor Raymond Tim Kee (right) and former COP MP Anil Roberts at the FIFA World Cup trophy tour in 2013.  (Courtesy Wired868)
Photo: Doh study Live Wire, hoss! The best place to hide is always in plain sight!
Port of Spain mayor Raymond Tim Kee (right) and former COP MP Anil Roberts at the FIFA World Cup trophy tour in 2013.
(Courtesy Wired868)

Really?! You know we can see you, right Ray?

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and, more emphatically, PNM chairman Frankin Khan have since whittled away wriggle room for the Mayor by insisting that he keeps his vow.

Two stories about Tim Kee might help provide insight in what happens next.

When Louis Lee Sing was appointed Port of Spain mayor in August 2010, Rowley, according to multiple well-placed sources, offered Tim Kee the position of deputy mayor. He refused it.

“He wanted to be mayor,” the source told Wired868, on condition of anonymity. “He said it was all or nothing.”

Tim Kee eventually got his wish, three years later. He is a man who distinguishes himself by his appetite for titles but not the work that comes with them.

Photo: Port of Spain mayor and PNM treasurer Raymond Tim Kee, who is a member of the FIFA Futsal Committee, tries out the furniture at the FIFA's Zurich headquarters.
Photo: Port of Spain mayor and PNM treasurer Raymond Tim Kee, who is a member of the FIFA Futsal Committee, tries out the furniture at the FIFA’s Zurich headquarters.

Last October, Tim Kee, despite a controversial and utterly unremarkable term as Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president, faced the polls in an effort at re-election.

After the first round of voting, he trailed contender David John-Williams. And, without waiting for the second ballot or to congratulate his eventual successor, Tim Kee got up, walked out of the room and never returned.

He did not even stay to support his own slate of vice-presidential candidates, Colin Murray, Keston Nancoo and Kamau Bandele, which faced the ballot next. When the Trinidad Guardian called for a quote the following day, rather than wish John-Williams well, he described the new TTFA president’s success as a “misnomer.”

In short, Tim Kee does not do classy exits.

He did not summon the gang to City Hall for farewell hugs and a parting bottle of wine. It’s not for nothing that the Mayor probably has Denyse Plummer’s “Nah Leaving” on repeat in his iTunes these days.

Photo: I think Port of Spain is better with me and I can’t see why any right thinking person would disagree. Any questions? (Courtesy Wired868)
Photo: I think Port of Spain is better with me and I can’t see why any right thinking person would disagree.
Any questions?
(Courtesy Wired868)

An insurance salesman by profession, Tim Kee—who was seen as more liability than asset long before his outrageous comments on Nagakiya’s passing—now has the hardest sell of his career.

He must convince his aldermen and councillors that there is something in it for them to give the middle finger to their political leader, chairman and a large cross-section of the local public.

In the same way that his former special advisor, Jack Warner, once got the constituents of Chaguanas West to turn their backs on Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s UNC.

But, in more ways than one, Tim Kee was always a cheap version of the enigmatic yet supremely flawed Warner, which is why Rowley’s judgment in selecting him in the first place remains questionable.

Warner, mind you, actually did resign when he said he would. And, as Joanne Charles might point out, when you have less credibility than a man that fleeced Haitian earthquake victims, you really are lower than a midget in a pothole.

Photo: "Two for me, none for you, two for me, none for you..." Former ILP political leader and FIFA vice president Jack Warner shares the wealth. (Copyright Diego Urdanete/AFP 2015)
Photo: “Two for me, none for you, two for me, none for you…”
Former ILP political leader and FIFA vice president Jack Warner shares the wealth.
(Copyright Diego Urdanete/AFP 2015)

Editor’s Note: Mr Live Wire has recreated two possible scenarios for this evening’s Port of Spain City Hall meeting with some help from professional actors, Leonardo Di Caprio and Denzel Washington. Tell us which actor nailed it!

Raymond Tim Kee resigned as Port of Spain mayor at an emergency meeting at City Hall this afternoon. Tim Kee is set to be replaced by deputy mayor Keron Valentine.

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85 comments

  1. I saw the flyer from the Mayor’s Carnival Cruise ….. cannot stop laffing…..

  2. So glad he saw reason and finally resigned.

  3. Our local women still getting killed beaten and rape who protesting for them if u ent a foreigners with straight hair light skin u ent worth nothing

  4. Deputy mayor Keron Valentine set to be appointed as new Port of Spain mayor, after Raymond Tim Kee finally resigns in emergency meeting this evening.

  5. So which speech are we likely to have in City Hall? Wolf of Wall Street? Or Training Day?

  6. Burd I can’t be hypocrite and criticize you when my party in power so while I will not commit to a position I appreciate your humour and honesty on the issue…I still wish this young lady’s family my personal condolences

  7. It’s all too horrible to really laugh at but you did get me LL. Hopefully it’s all part of a bigger social evolution.

  8. What Raymond Tim Kee REALLY said in today’s interview: media misleads public again on Mayor’s third non-resignation
    http://wired868.com/2016/02/16/media-misleads-public-again-on-tim-kee-live-wire-demands-their-resignation/

  9. Lord. And you know people on other posts saying they hope the police will find the killers now that the Tim Kee business is over. Sigh…people actually think the police waiting to see what happening in Tim Kee land. I starting to think Trinidadians getting “dotisher” by the minute!

  10. Okay. I have listened to the actual clip and Raymond Tim Kee did NOT say he resigned. He said he intends to resign at emergency meeting this afternoon.
    So media reports saying he has resigned seems to be… Well I don’t know what to say. Ardene C. Sardine, can you put the audio clip here please?

  11. Ardene, that clip proves that I’m right. He can resign now if he chooses. But I will tell you what happens in the meeting this evening.

  12. Lasana, yuh hit the nail on the head : “He must convince his aldermen and councillors that there is something in it for them to give the middle finger to their political leader, chairman and a large cross-section of the local public.

    In the same way that his former special advisor, Jack Warner, once got the constituents of Chaguanas West to turn their backs on Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s UNC.”

  13. Think about the statement again Mel Lissa: “Embattled Mayor of Port of Spain, RAYMOND TIM KEE, has resigned as Mayor and an Alderman from the Port of Spain City Corporation.
    In an exclusive interview on SKY 99.5 FM, Mr. Tim Kee revealed that he did not resign on Monday, because he wanted the opportunity to say a fond farewell to his friends and colleagues at the Corporation.
    More details to follow…..”
    Where is the suggestion of proof there? Where is even word that the media saw documentation on proper letterhead?
    They are just asking you to take their word for it. Be skeptical when anyone asks for blind faith. Including the media. Who is the reporter he spoke to that is so dependable?
    Best to wait for something more concrete than that.

  14. He will resign. There is no turning back after the PL flip flopped and said his remarks were distasteful and that his original decision to resign was correct. If he still tries to hide behind the council then they will be showing the political leader and chairman of the Party their middle finger .

  15. Point. Given the history and all. So much for credibility eh. Sigh.

  16. Now ah have to go get meh real news from i955…. oh well..

  17. It is possible Ardene. And it is possible that the CEO simply didn’t bother to forward the news to the members that they already called to an emergency meeting this evening.
    But is it likely? Why go through the trouble of informing the media and NOT your councillors and aldermen?
    And why should the media take the chance without a document or something legit?

  18. It is possible Ardene. And it is possible that the CEO simply didn’t bother to forward the news to the members that they already called to an emergency meeting this evening.
    But is it likely? Why go through the trouble of informing the media and NOT your councillors and aldermen?
    And why should the media take the chance without a document or something legit?

  19. shucks…. ah guess the video of the badman crab from john john wasnt true either? The internet is a lie!!….

  20. Lol. And Guardian said on Monday that the council was locked in a debate on Tim Kee’s position. That wasn’t true either.

  21. It’s possible he submitted his resignation to the CEO.

  22. It’s possible he submitted his resignation to the CEO.

  23. If he hopes to canvass support from the councillors and aldermen, he can tell the press that he resigned and beg them to stand by him.
    If they don’t support him, he can claimed he had already resigned.
    If they back him, he can say that they convinced him to stay on.
    The media should wait for facts before publishing.

  24. soooo… 961 is not a reputable news source? …. Dem say dey buss de mark officially on Tim Kee resignation….

  25. Lasana yuh right yuh know. I hope they have a recording of him saying so too because he [and others] does come back and say ‘he never said that’

  26. Ok. Just to confirm, the members of City Corporation have NOT been informed officially about any resignation from Raymond Tim Kee.
    So, unless his resignation is a private matter between Tim Kee, the CEO and the entire media but not his actually councillors and aldermen, then I suggest caution on those news reports.

  27. ‘He must convince his aldermen and councillors that there is something in it for them to give the middle finger to their political leader, chairman and a large cross-section of the local public.’…that’s it right there, he is actually defying his Political Leadership, that’s how far this has come … wow …

  28. So unless the media produces proof from the CEO, then tread cautiously.

  29. Okay. I can confirm that there has been NO confirmation of his resignation. And this is from people who ought to know.

  30. Bess I get some motion sickness pills yes

  31. We will know soon. But we have been down this road before. I prefer to err on the side of caution and wait for his resignation to be confirmed.

  32. Nicole and Mel, if he resigned to the CEO and there is an emergency meeting for this evening called by the CEO, I would expect that his resignation would be conveyed if even by a text message.
    His resignation is not official yet as far as I know.

  33. That cover photo makes him look like such a narcissist that he might actually not think either Leo or Denzel good enough to play him. Lol.

  34. Now on the the MP for POS South

  35. I thought he finally resigned ?.

  36. wait…he hasn’t actually resigned yet?!

  37. Mel, I just saw your comment about his impending resignation. (Again!)… Maybe he will leave. Maybe not. But he hasn’t communicated any desire to leave to his councillors and aldermen up to now.
    So he could still be trying to stall for time while he gauges them to see if they will support him.