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PNM treasurer praises FIFA “mafia”; will the Rottweiler bite back?

PNM treasurer and Port of Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee continued his alleged double-life as a “mafia man” today when he figuratively kissed the ring of his professed godfather and FIFA president, Sepp Blatter.

Photo: Brazil president Dilma Rousseff (left) and FIFA president Sepp Blatter. (Courtesy Fabrice Coffrini/ AFP)
Photo: Brazil president Dilma Rousseff (left) and FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
(Courtesy Fabrice Coffrini/ AFP)

Well, that is what Opposition Leader Keith Rowley thinks anyway.

“I knew long ago that FIFA was a mafia,” said Rowley, in his motion on the Prime Minister’s failure to act against her ex-National Security Minister, Jack Warner. “When I was in Government and my colleague was doing his first term as a vice-president of FIFA (…) and I referred to FIFA as a mafia in the Parliament—and of course only mafia men live in mafias.”

Mr Live Wire wonders if Rowley knows where his treasurer is. Today, CONCACAF held its congress in Nassau, Bahamas where potential presidential candidates lined up for approval.

Guess whose side Tim Kee is on?

“When I took office (as Trinidad and Tobago Football Association president) at the end of 2012,” said Tim Kee, as quoted by Reuters journalist Simon Evans, “I took a decision to go to the seat of football seeking (the) ‘father of football’…”

Photo: TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee, who is a member of the FIFA Futsal Committee, tries out the furniture at the global football body's Zurich headquarters.
Photo: TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee, who is a member of the FIFA Futsal Committee, tries out the furniture at the global football body’s Zurich headquarters.

Even as current Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president Gordon Derrick, Warner’s successor, vowed that Blatter could no longer rely on a bloc of support from the region, Tim Kee—who was Warner’s longstanding vice president—made a public show of support to the FIFA president, who might be considered the world’s most successful despot without a personal army.

Rowley, of course, is not fooled by Blatter’s razzmatazz.

“Today it is common knowledge around the world that FIFA is the most corrupt organization in the world,” Rowley told Parliament on 26 April 2013.

But does Tim Kee’s ambition as Blatter’s new chief Caribbean cheerleader have any bearing whatsoever on his roles as Port of Spain Mayor and PNM Treasurer?

What do you think, Keithos?

“Insofar as that was his position in Trinidad and Tobago, given what his private business was, it called into question the standards and values of all the people of Trinidad and Tobago,” said Rowley, in his charge at Tim Kee’s former president, Warner. “All! Because people will ask the question: What kind of people are these who will so accept, blindly, blithely, and promote and defend what to the rest of the world is unacceptable?”

Photo: Former FIFA vice-president and TTFA special advisor Jack Warner. PNM treasurer Raymond Tim Kee served as vice-president under Warner for over a decade. (Copyright AFP 2015)
Photo: Former FIFA vice-president and TTFA special advisor Jack Warner.
PNM treasurer Raymond Tim Kee served as vice-president under Warner for over a decade.
(Copyright AFP 2015)

Reuters is asking its readers the same question this evening.

Five years ago, Rowley warned Kamla Persad-Bissessar against giving Warner a public portfolio. And, as the Chaguanas West MP fell spectacularly from the sky, the PNM boss did not miss his chance to say “I-told-you-so.”

“I warned them that this was going to expose us to scandals of FIFA,” said Rowley. “All I am saying to my colleagues and the rest of the country is that we have to reject that, because if we join him in going down that road we end up where we are today.”

There was much desk thumping in the Opposition’s trenches that day. Hopefully, they will be just as anxious to rid themselves of potential “mafia men” when they reside in their own trenches.

“The chickens have been clucking all along the route and they have come home to roost today,” said Rowley.

Photo: Opposition Leader Keith Rowley. (Courtesy Jyoti Communication)
Photo: Opposition Leader Keith Rowley.
(Courtesy Jyoti Communication)

Cluck, cluck. Mr Live Wire is anxious to see whether the “Rottweiler” has turned chicken.

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33 comments

  1. He was working under warner now he is d head ttfa he is mayor of pos he is d treasurer of d PNM he supports Blatter connect the dots people

  2. Are they friends or acquaintances?

  3. We may all friends of questionable character. We went to school with them, we grew up with them. However, will you bring them to work with you?

  4. If he calling out Kee thas a good ting …. Start afresh and move out the vermin ….

  5. Well, his term isn’t up yet as mayor or treasurer.

  6. If the constituency exec is chopping right and left for slightest whispers of impropriety, Tim Kee should not be good enough to survive their axes…

  7. I’m glad this was raised. Dr. Rowley has a great opportunity to show the electorate what he’s made of. I have always had serious doubts about Tim Kee’s integrity and leadership..especially after the fiasco with the women’s team.

  8. Like they doing everything possible to make winning this election hard.

  9. All I know is, is that I had concerns about the PNM both times he was appointed. I hope that if (when) they get in the appointments are not going to cause me regret.

  10. O lawd, Treasurer indeed, I echo your concerns Lasana. Tim Kee be like… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly6xLQKrUS8

  11. I called it early. Nobody said a word and protested when he was appointed mayor… As Lasana say… “Slow motion”

    I heard KR say on his platform that this same person is a “close friend of him”….

  12. And PNM continues to dig themselves deeper into the hole

  13. To quote Yogi Berra, “It’s like déjà vu all over again..”

  14. Joann Charles, it is like watching an accident in slow motion.

  15. It is like watching an accident in slow motion

  16. oh dear. They seem to be doing the PP’s PR work for them.

  17. 2nd mistake was making him the Mayor of POS.

  18. He may well be in the cabinet or another power post if PNM wins.. all that would prove is Trinbagonian politicians are all mouth…

  19. Just like the CDA fella was not a UNC. Tim Key is the only member of FIFA that not in the mafia.

  20. Rowley 1st mistake was allowing this joker to become PNM Treasurer. I guess he want some FIFA money in the PNM.

  21. Warner was a FIFA Executive Committee member; Tim Kee is no Warner, he’s not even a CFU (or CONCACAF) executive… let alone FIFA “mafia man.” How could Rowley’s comments apply to Tim Kee? We could handle the truth… is the fabrications and misrepresentations we does call b.s. on.

  22. Hannibal Najjar

    Anyone that has his or her hands and mental and physical energies strategically tied to several interests especially when these interests are not tied to the same buggy and in the same operation, that person is going to stumble, go astray, or never reach their destination. Stumble s/he will but more than that, the cost to those depending on those services shall be monumental. Imagine, the rider, Tim Kee, of a buggy with four horses, one raised in constant proximity of an insurance-sales environment, another in accounting and numbers, yet another in football, and still another, in mayoral duties and politics – could you imagine how out-of-tandem that ride would be for the rider and the people that are being ridden! Tim Kee, like his predecessor, will soon find himself thinking Insurance while talking to a football audience, thinking football and handing Rowley numbers that are intended for Webb or Blatter. Then, he could find himself talking and selling insurance to the Port of Spain’s members that have dire concerns about vending-in-the-street issues. Rowley himself should have anticipated this conflict and given the Treasurer’s charges to a less “spread” individual.

  23. Ah, boy! Somebody tell yuh yuh PNM slip showing so yuh want to fix yuh political clothes? Send we a selfie when yuh done dress nah.

    • Lasana Liburd

      Tongue in cheek. Lol. I’ve always called a spade as Yendor noted.

    • Look the somebody right here ..

      Well Done Mr. Liburd ….
      Responsibly displaying some semblance of impartiality …

      Any journalist who appears partial ….
      Is like bucket full of holes ….
      useless ..

      You still not getting away from misleading the public to believe the deputy DPP’s 6 page letter was : ” a simple statement of fact” .. One sentence , 2 lines long, written in crayon, across 6 pages of paper …

  24. And this is why people rate you Lasana…you call a spade a spade…and you are balanced in your reporting and writing..It’s not your fault that this government (the worst Government in the history of our country) has caused you to write more on them because of their plethora of missteps in office. However, unlike other weak-willed and selfish journalists ,writers, bloggers, trollers (or whatever we are calling them these days) who are easily bought thereby ultimately silencing themselves from ever being able to speak the truth , you have taken a non compromising approach where the truth and good sense are concerned..I hope Dr. Rowley is listening because hypocrisy has been the order of the day with Kamla and the rest of her mercenary bunch…Please show that you are of a different ilk and rid yourself and the party of Tim Kee before he becomes your Achilles heel.