Port-of-Spain Mayor finally resigns
Keron Valentine, who has held the post of deputy mayor for the past six years, is now the mayor of Portof-Spain,Trinidad.
At 3 pm on Wednesday former Port-of-Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee tendered his resignation to the Chief Executive Officer of the Port-ofSpain City Corporation. It came two days after he announced his intention to resign in the face of a public outrage, endorsement from Prime Minister Keith Rowley and chairman of the People’s National Movement Franklin Khan, over his victim-blaming comments in the wake of the murder of Japanese visitor Asami Nagakiya.
Last Friday, activists protested outside City Hall calling for Tim Kee’s resignation. Social media was bombarded with calls for this termination and activists also protested outside this country’s High Commission in London. While speaking to media, following the discovery of Nagakiya’s corpse, Tim Kee raised questions about lewdness and vulgarity in Carnival.
He later said his words were taken out of context by media professionals.
This past weekend, Tim Kee first announced plans to resign but there was speculation on Monday after a Facebook post from his spouse defending his action and stating he had more to do as mayor.
“It was really a sad moment, an uncomfortable feeling to take over the mayorship under such circumstances but in politics these things do happen and we are all saddened by it,” Valentine said Thursday.
“We assured Mayor Tim Kee that the work of the city will go on and we will stick to his projects.
“I gave him the commitment that the projects we have started in terms of development, I will press on with the support of the council,” Valentine added.
Valentine is expected to remain in office until local government elections which are due in eight months.
A press release from Tim Kee stated that he accepted full responsibility for making the reference that cast a shadow on the death of Nagakiya whose body was found in the Queen’s Park Savannah on Ash Wednesday in her Carnival costume.
“I once again extend my sincerest condolences to her family, friends and countrymen and wish that they be comforted by the outpouring of love which has been demonstrated by so many.
“Her loss is keenly felt as if she were one of our own, as over the years she has shown a deep love for the culture of this country and the national instrument in particular,” the release stated.
He said public officials must be held to a high standard of transparency, good governance and accountability.
“I did my best and I accept full responsibility for my actions and utterances. To the people of this country who feel they have been let down, I unreservedly apologise.
“As I demit office, I wish to encourage all of us as citizens and leaders to act in a manner that would best serve Trinidad and Tobago. To the residents of Port-of-Spain, I am indeed grateful for the opportunity to have served you,” he added.
The New Mayor of POS Keron Valentine.