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