It’s like deja vu all over again. Precious resources have been misused and abused, the Sister Isle has been cheated and mistreated, and morality and ethics—yet again—are all at sea.
And Trinidad and Tobago, once more, is in an uproar at the sight of brazen, stark naked corruption and a reckless disrespect for the property of others.
But enough about “Naughty Honeybee.”
The public ought to at least be equally concerned by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and his ruling party’s attempt to make common sense “tap out” as the country picks over the bones of the ferry fiasco.
On Tuesday, Rowley appointed businessman, Christian Mouttet—a man who has probably never made the leaderboard in Pokémon Go, much less collared a white collar criminal—to probe this most sensitive issue involving party financier, deputy political leader and Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan.
Mr Live Wire still remembers Sinanan as the nervous fellah who, immediately after his swearing-in, told the media: “Just so allyuh know, I ent going and tief anything eh… That not even on my mind!”
It brought an old Latin saying to mind: “He who excuses himself accuses himself.”
Even more important, Mouttet’s 30-day probe will be done under the supervision of… I meant with the assistance of the Attorney General’s Office rather than with members of the Fraud Squad. And the final report will be handed to the Prime Minister rather than to the DPP.
You see, while the Opposition party and skeptics contemplate Mouttet’s competence or impartiality, they ignore one key point: Rowley certainly is not impartial; and he is attempting to stage-manage an investigation into corruption at the heart of his own party.
Hear Rowley describe Sinanan’s worth to the PNM within minutes of victory at the polls on 7 September 2015:
“One of the big issues in this election, which we have just won, is that we had no policy. But we had deputy political leader Rohan Sinanan, policy and campaign manager for the 2015 general election.”
Would it matter if Sherlock Holmes himself was investigating United States President Donald Trump’s links with Russia if, once done, Holmes had to hand his report over to Trump?
Let’s review the case so far: The Gov’t scrapped the Superfast Galicia that served the route between the two islands before finding a suitable replacement—shades of The Donald’s war against Obamacare?—then acquired a new ferry with less due diligence than a $5 buy at a flea market, failed to deliver on time and attempted to cover-up the array of mechanical and technical issues discovered which made the ferries totally unsuitable for the job they were purchased to do.
And how has the State responded? By apparently suspending the whistleblowers.
Or, as Naughty Honeybee might explain without the salty adjectives: “Dais how we do… We in the bush and we ent acting stoosh!”
It is hard to shake the feeling that picking between red jersey and yellow jersey on election day is like deciding whether to leave the club with R Kelly or Usher.
By now, we know Rowley’s preference.
At Sinanan’s 50th birthday party two years ago, two special guests who caused a stir were dodgy contractor Ish Galbaransingh and football racketeer extraordinaire Jack Warner. Both are still wanted by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) for fraudulent activities and were fighting off extradition at the time.
“Ish has been a friend [for some] time and I have known Mr Warner for years,” Sinanan told the Sunday Express. “This is who I am and that is one of my strengths. These people have been my friends. It doesn’t mean that anyone can be compromised.”
Rowley did not bat an eyelid. In fact, despite his deputy political leader’s choice of friends, he made Sinanan his next Minister of Works and Transport—ironically, a position previously held by a certain ‘fire trucking’ Warner.
Yet when Marlene McDonald showed up at her swearing-in ceremony with a man ‘known to the police’—albeit one who, unlike Ish and Jack, is not facing criminal charges… Well, let’s say the Big Mac was binned so fast that she must wake up at night and wonder if she dreamt the whole damn thing!
Remarkably, some people wait expectantly for Mouttet’s report on the ferry fiasco in the hope that the Government will be more transparent in this matter, which affects it closely, than it has been with the Clico debacle.
Meanwhile, the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT), the Integrity Commission, a parliamentary Joint Select Committee rush—or limp in the case of the IC—for front row seats to the farce. Everyone but the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.
Common sense tap out. Yuh done know!
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@ last paragraph…Can already see…They did it so we can too. Smh
Let me do the investigation and I sure Trinidad and Tobago will like to see what I come up with it will be are election date for sure
The modus operandi of the UNC is PNM failure,sorry I have it wrong, ,the black man who is their Prime Minister to fail especially given the way they left the countries treasury and infrastructure.
The minister clearly owns the boat .its obvious he try a ting and it didnt work out for him .and guess what they going to leave him right there doing that job because they can and they dont care
Scotty, the new purveyor of bacchanal! Yuh leave de party or wot?
You r so stupid for a pm come men u should take a time out cuz because u don’t know what to do with the boat fiasco who u r going to blame for ur stupid arrangement for one man to investigate that problem r u walking on ur head come on men cut the crap
Himself investigating himself
Lasana Liburd, I see you have some competition! Nice. Lol.
Lol. It was a funny piece. I could do with satirical contributions on wired868 actually. Need the rest!
Yeah Darryn have the right formula ?
Brilliant piece…too funny
De fellah good
Dr. Rowley always holding up his hands in the air as If someone is pointing a gun at him.
The most powerful group in TNT they got their own Army.?
Social media and every other media will not stop “investigating” until we get to the bottom of this…fiasco or not. The voting citizenry must realize transparency and accountability…yuh cyar change a party and put in another party tuh rule with the same khaki pants. T&T is tired and fed up of the nonsense. Is doing it right so hard to understand?
Tobago Ferry fiasco have all the same procurement and payment features of the the ‘Dog Rice Fiasco’ Ken or Kenny local leg of Bridgeman Ferry Services? Registered office is a house occupied by Ken or Kenny a former employee of Navarros!!! located in Freeport with a gardener as the person answering the door bell…connect the dots people…no need for a party financier to tell you which dots to connect…dont know when Trinis will get smart! …is a straight case of the wise living off of the foolish and we like it so!.
I fed up with the Bachannal and Politics PNM needs to get the house in order
Sorry, but pnm house is in order, thats d plan, whenever they in power its a big rip off. Whats new?
he went babados now there is truble there
Are we citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.please stop criticizing and work together .as children of God for all citizens of this blessed land .
Dr Rowley,Dr Eric Williams,Dr Brinsley Samaroo not Rowley etc
I find that when people are questioning things done by PNM they always have to say well you know the PP was not any better. Whether that is so is unimportant. Please just talk about the mis management NOW. I dd not hear the complaints between 2010 and 2015 having the comment well you know that the PNM was no better.
One from one% leaves none,that’s what we getting from this investigation.
Red and yellow. The devil and the deep blue sea. Sickening.
Lasana Liburd this may be a silly question, however, can’t Mouttet simply turned the job down? He admitted he does have experience. I would hope nobody is holding a gun to his head to do this job.
On the one hand, it is difficult to say no to your country if you feel you can help. On the other hand, it could be in your interest down the road to do the ruling party a favour…
I hear you. The favour part though…
Well, I don’t know for sure either way eh.
….and is that!
Lasana have you had any word from small businesses in Tobago? How have they been managing? Things were bad before this whole ferry fiasco so I imagine many of them must be struggling to survive.
Can only imagine. Must be $50 for a loaf of fresh bread by now. :-/
Ok. Not trying to make light! But it’s gotta be bad.
Liz Williams? Anthony R. Hector?
There is also the impact of less Trinis going to the island for the weekend or vacation.
We are adults.Stop believing in ferry tales.
Sinanan doesn’t come out of this Ocean Flower calamity smelling of roses for sure!
Yuh mean “incident report” as one die hard put it…smh
Rastafari leads the way
Once cannot my sister ‘relegate this to history’..These discourses should/must lead to corrective national political action..Very soon we have to join those who out there typing and texting in the streets and on their feet.
See my comment above. It was solely in reference to honeybee. Gack! And y’all making me talk bout her now ?
I understand you Nadeera eh but don’t respond dear just tap out….sorry dear just a little fun lol
Neisha Dowridge hahaha, I good
Ok dear but I totally agree with you on that subject ..
On a completely unrelated note, while I applaud the creativity of this work, stop giving a voice to the morally degenerate of our time. Tap out is not funny, it’s pathetic and we should do our part to relegate it to obscure history as soon as possible.
Nadeera, I appreciate your thoughts on this issue. Yes, this is a sordid and nasty situation and as you correctly state, we need to not dignify the “morally degenerate” amongst us. We have to confront these happenings and so maybe we need to time to properly ventilate, investigate and document. It may just be too soon to relegate to history because in the rush to move away from the nastiness, the degenerates may once more win (or escape). Just a thought
Brian Harry I was only referring to the references to tap out. I agree with the context of the article. This is too important an issue to treat with in that manner. Truthfully, I got hung up on the references to honeybee and the writer lost me. I just didn’t want to read anymore because it’s sickening this fascination with a woman who has been handed her 15 mins on a sliver platter and with glee.
Nadeera, the Naughty Honeybee is part of society too. No sense trying to pretend otherwise or bury our heads.
I appreciate your point of view of course. But I like to keep an eye on what is happening and catching the attention of the public, even the seedy bits.
For instance, before it was the man who would boast and shame his mistress while the women tried to cover their sexual ‘misdeeds’.
Honeybee has flipped that on its head. No apparent care for what society might think. No apparent care for retribution from the mister or his madam.
She is smoking a joint. What does that mean for societal view of marijuana?
As sordid as her behaviour is, I don’t think it is impossible to discuss in a thoughtful manner.
Lasana I suppose you are right eh. I am frustrated by how much of a joke it is. And I’m all for discussing it in a serious manner. You raise a valid point there.
Collectively, it seems like all we as a society do is laugh about these serious things.
Nadeera Supersad you are raising some great points about the seriousness of these events. When I read the article I didn’t get a laugh but a sick feeling that this just happens repeatedly and seem to have become apathetic as a society. Articles like that that even draw attention by paralleling with the nasty Honeybee simply highlighted the vulgarity of this public theft
Brian yes that was a master stroke, hence why I appreciate the creativity of this piece.
Nadeera I feel like trinis feel so impotent about the things that are happening around them that they prefer to switch off and say “we can’t change it.”
So by injecting a little humour and inviting them to mock the wrongdoers, I just try to draw them in and get them talking about current events.
It’s a start I hope…
Lasana I grudgingly accept this premise but I refuse to capitalise the name honeybee ?
Lol. Noted. And I know it is risqué. I walk a thin line sometimes.
Well look how I so out of it! Completely missed the whole Honeybee episode and tap out references. It’s ok though. I get this feeling every Sunday night when Facebook light up with GOT references?
Rose-Marie, if you think you’re up to it… Parental discretion advised: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mMNzlwQ6ig
Thanks. Will check it out later when I safely home?
Rose-Marie Ingrid Lemessy-Forde yes! I belong to the 1% (that has never seen whatever GOT stands for)
Rose-Marie Ingrid Lemessy-Forde doh thank me til after you see it nah. Cause yuh might still end up turning around and cussin mih! :-/
Thanks Lasana, thought was me alone, yes..
Buh, wda! Dais the best of T&T?
My lips are sealed…
Well yes?. Ok so this is her claim to fame? That she coin a new phrase “tap out”?.
But also that there are people out there who think this is funny. Faye Ann Lyons for example, has boarded the train as well. Meanwhile, impressionable children are laughing at a joke they do not understand, and the ones who do understand don’t see what’s wrong with the picture presented.
So I’ve seen the video and I understand what it was about. But I don’t get what the issue is. Have people been glorifying her video and giving her 15 mins of fame?? I’m really clueless here. I guess it says something for my friends that I never saw anything on anyone’s feed and I haven’t seen any posts about “tap out”. In fact while I was at the stadium today a track parent actually used the term. He had finished a few laps round the outside and was joking to the other ladies that he “tap out”. I was actually glad I had just read Lasana article so I had a clue what it meant but hadn’t yet seen the video. I don’t know what people are saying about “honeybee” herself but I doubt they “bigging her up”?. Probably laughing at the man I figure?
Hey, after Minister Two Pull… I guess anything goes. :-/
Rose-Marie Ingrid Lemessy-Forde well she got her 15 from Ian alleyne, boom champions and now Fay Ann. Plus all the memes circulating out there.
After our ministerial pool has created the likes of Para-diggim, Ah-dole-scents, Archie-tex, Breakfasses, Homey-sides, People’s Par-ship, Gyass Reserves, Fee-nance and others, “tap out” is tame, accurate and correctly pronounced by comparison.
We are not blameless here..A man sells us a Corbeau, turns around and says “I have not 1 but 2 dreams” and we fall for it?
I was wondering what was the logic of leading both vessels from same company, the equivalent of putting all your eggs in one basket; it’s not as if we are seeing any significant savings.
“It is hard to shake the feeling that picking between red jersey and yellow jersey on election day is like deciding whether to leave the club with R Kelly or Usher”
Analogy boi Lasana
For those who know eh Brian! ??
Ent! I wonder how many people reading that know it wasn’t their MUSIC you were referring to LOL ?
Music? You mean their horizontal sports accompaniment pieces? Hahahaha
Besides let’s not ahead of the narrative.As a deputy political leader Comrade Sinanan enjoys diplomatic from prosecution in the courts and dismissal..Also the post he hold is a ‘buying’ job not a paying one, i.e you finance your way into it …So no one can fire you if you have hired yourself.
I’m guessing you mean an unwritten immunity and not a legal one right?
The point is in frank and brutal terms, like the Teflon dons in the mafia, they are clearly themselves above inquiry/investigation within or without…..immunity in that sense.
It making sense
Can we trust a Minister who was willing to buy A “Cobeau”..Read the techniclal reports..The boat did dead long time.
Read fb comment somewhere the engineer only reported what he was told. Smh. Is it so hard to believe this situation stinks to high heaven?
Any enquiry should go back to why the Galicia was not offered a 3 year contract, despite recommendation from that Board.
Then we have to answer why, if we were looking at value for money, we decided to go with older and more expensive boats.
Then we get to the good stuff-when boats were bought, when was tender submitted registered offices, officials of companies etc.
Lasana, if your name wasn’t Lie-burd, I wouldn’t believe a thing here. Lol
Forget the boats. Build a bridge. Has to be more cost effective over the long term.
And they might finish build the bridge before they get a good working boat. Lol.
As long as they finish it before we all tap out and are still in a position to use it.
Guess we just sipping tea until then…
Yuh mean build an overpass at Curepe junction instead..
Build a toll bridge , it may be be profitable as a long term investment.
This headline… ‘Sana, I’m going to ban you from the World Wide Web! Lolol