Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 8th 2015 Contents ANNA-LISA PAUL
Port-of-Spain Mayor and pres-
ident of the Trinidad and Tobago
Football Association (TTFA), Ray-
mond Tim Kee, yesterday said he
was standing by statements he
made last week, confirming that
embattled former national security
minister Jack Warner used TTFA
funds to pay for a dinner banquet
hosted by the United National Con-
gress (UNC) prior to the 2010 gen-
Although the dinner was held at
a popular hotel and conference centre
in Port-of-Spain and attracted a
plethora of current and past politi-
cians, businessmen and other private
entrepreneurs, the bill was allegedly
forwarded to the TTFA for payment.
Questioned about the matter out-
side the Port-of-Spain City Corpo-
ration early yesterday---minutes after
presenting medals and trophies to
the winners of a 5K walk-a-thon by
members of the community to mark
City Month celebrations, Tim Kee
repeated, "I said I saw a bill and I
explained what was on that bill."
Pressed to respond on the matter,
which prompted leader of govern-
ment business Dr Roodal Moonilal
to label the claims as "rubbish" and
"nonsense" during last Friday s sit-
ting of the House of Representatives,
Tim Kee smiled as he replied, "There
is nothing to respond to. I have said
what I have to say, it was one simple
He declined to comment further
on the issue.
During his contribution on the
motion to adopt the second report
of the Standing Finance Committee
of the House of Representatives on
Friday, Moonilal referred to Tim Kee s
exclusive interview with the T&T
Guardian on June 4, in which he
confirmed receipt of the invoice for
the banquet. Saying the statement
was "reckless" and "irresponsible,"
Moonilal warned Tim Kee "to stay
out of that business before you your-
self are further implicated."
Asked yesterday if he was con-
cerned that more bombshells by
Warner could spell trouble for the
TTFA, Tim Kee said, "No, I am not.
Nobody knows what Mr Warner is
going to say next, he is a strategist
but it really does not matter. What
has gone has gone."
However, Tim Kee said he
remained focused on improving local
"I am looking in a new direction.
I am taking football to a different
paradigm, that is where my preoc-
cupation is," he added, reaffirming
his unwavering commitment to the
game and ensuring that local athletes
benefit from the sport.
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Tim Kee stands by claims
Jack paid for UNC banquet
Questioned how he was going to ensure that the
sport was untainted from here on out, Tim Kee
pledged, "Football is not politics. I will ensure that
football doesn't get involved in politics. Everything
has its own politics, but we don't want national
politics in it, not at all, absolutely not."
Assuring that the local footballing fraternity will
continue to be looked after, he continued, "A
national team is a national team. It doesn't
differentiate anybody from a particular persuasion.
You have all types of people from this country who
will represent us and that's it."
He revealed that as part of the TTFA's effort to
account to the nation, they will host a media
conference next week, "where everything we have
done so far will be ventilated to the national
community because we emphasise good
governance and transparency and accountability."
The date, time and venue is expected to be
FOOTBALL IS NOT POLITICS
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Three days after Chagua-
nas West MP Jack Warner
stated there was a link
between Fifa s millions and
the successful People s Part-
nership 2010 political cam-
paign, former attorney gen-
eral Ramesh Lawrence
Maharaj has asserted that
Warner pumped "millions of
dollars" into the United
National Congress (UNC) for
its 2010 campaign.
"I have spoken to Warner
and he has spoken to me since
his arrest," Maharaj told
reporters in St Augustine on
Saturday during a law confer-
ence hosted by the T&T Legal
Network, as he said Warner
was innocent until proven
"Mr Warner has assisted
the UNC. I was in the UNC.
He has given financial and
political assistance to the UNC.
He has assisted the Prime
Minister. He has given financial
donations to the party."
Maharaj said despite his past
misunderstanding with Warn-
er, "we have been friends. I
have remained friends with
Warner. We talk." Warner and
Maharaj made up the Ramjack
faction that demanded reform
in the UNC but subsequently
Asked if the sum was mil-
lions of dollars, Maharaj said,
"Oh yes, millions of dollars.
And if Warner pay a bill for
the finance campaign he is
making a contribution to the
UNC campaign. In the 2010
general election I know of
Warner s assistance to the
In the last general election,
Maharaj said, "if you wanted
to give a donation to the (Peo-
ple s) Partnership you had to
write three cheques, one to
the party and two to other
individuals. It is well known.
The time will come when
some of those cheques will
surface. So I don t know why
people are trying to say that
Warner did not help the UNC."
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