This was posted on facebook today
I warned Members of PanTrinbago Executive. I even wrote the president.
May 23rd 2012
Mr. Keith Diaz
PAN TRINBAGO (1986) INC.
Victoria Park Suites
14 – 17 Park Street
PORT OF SPAIN
Dear Mr. Diaz,
It is with a deep sense of concern for the future of the Steel band Movement in Trinidad and Tobago, that as an elected member of the Central Executive of Pan Trinbago, I put in writing expressions of my grave dissatisfaction with what appears to be a flagrant disrespect for Executive decisions.
You will recall that from the first meeting of this Central Executive Committee, I stated that I operated on the principles of transparency, accountability and prudent financial responsibility. I have also advocated that all Committees as prescribed by the Constitution of Pan Trinbago should be appointed to assist the Organization to function effectively. Two such crucial Committees are the Finance and Legal Committees which could have incorporated members of the Central and possibly Regional Executive.
The non-existence of such Committees raises even more alarming signals, in that there are several matters not reaching the attention of the elected ten (10) members of the Central Executive at the monthly meetings – matters which in normal circumstances (if functioning under the rule of transparency and integrity) would be tabled ,discussed at length, pros and cons weighed and then under the guidance of both Financial and Legal advices a decision arrived at with the executive working collectively for the upward progression of the organization.
Mr. President , you will recall that you hired a Consultant in December 2011 to manage the Panorama Greens, and for this you paid him a sum of money over Four Hundred Thousand Dollars – ($400,000.00). You followed this up with the total disregard of the decision taken by the Central Executive at a meeting held on March 6th 2012 to put a hold on any further action with the forming of the company based in Nigeria, i.e. ‘The Africa Trinidad and Tobago Steel pan Development Company Limited’ until pertinent information could be ascertained of track record of the company with which Pan Trinbago is seeking to join forces and the feasibility of such a venture.
May I again remind you that the Central Executive further agreed that a formal business plan and the rationale for the establishment of such a Company should be laid before the meeting for discussion, after which a decision will be made.
I am sure you will understand my utmost consternation when I read on ‘When Steel Talks’ that “Africa Trinidad and Tobago Steel Pan Company Ltd. Kicks off” and that there was a signing of documents to that effect!
The decision to move on the aforementioned matters you did without the sanctioning of the Central Executive and which action deems you autocratic and dictatorial and compromising the integrity of not only the other elected members of the Executive but of the membership you serve.
Mr. President, as the elected Assistant Secretary of Pan Trinbago, I consider these actions as a show of blatant disrespect not only to myself, but to all members. How can decisions of such magnitude are taken without the prior knowledge or authorization of the Central Executive. May I again remind you Mr. President that ten (10) persons were elected to this Executive by the membership.
Let me state clearly, that I am not against this Organization venturing boldly into foreign markets, but I reiterate only under good governance and not by a clique of individuals purporting to be acting for or on behalf of the organization, when in fact it is to promote their individual selves, trading on the strength of an Organization formed by those who sacrificed much to bring to its present level and trampling on the in-put of those elected to have give such. I take serious umbrage to that type of behavior!
Mr. President, I suggest that you engage in a period of reflection to re-examine your path and those you have allowed to freely hitch a ride! It is inexcusable when ‘mistakes’ are made that can tarnish the entire Executive of Pan Trinbago and by extension the entire steel band body.
I believe in collective responsibility but I may be put in a position where I have to speak on my own behalf if only to protect my integrity and I really would not like matters to reach that far. I have admired your love for the movement and the way you interact with the pan men and women but Mr. President I ask that you go back to being guided by our Constitution – put together and approved by our membership.
I end by saying that this letter is sent with these constructive criticisms in good faith and with you giving heed can only help to further strengthen the organization in its quest to become the true World Governing Body!
PAN TRINBAGO INC.
Copied to members of Central Executive of Pan Trinbago Inc.
BRM you did warn him, this is what happens when ones ego get outta hand.
When are the people on WHEN STEEL TALKS going to understand that LEADING PAN TRINBAGO is singularly about positioning yourself to STEAL MONEY. Look at Bill Clinton (big ex-president) creating a global foundation just so he could live in style and get bribed and teef half the money.
It's all the same everywhere you go. But Beverley like she really from Tobago. First of all I doubt Diaz could even read that letter (much less comprehend it) and second of all he worked for decades to get that job so that he could run all kinda racket and teef over 14 million dollars. Nobody was about to get in his way.
Allyuh grow up in Trinidad?
You obviously do not know the Character of the members of the New Visionaries. I would suggest you ask your manager of Tripolians, i am sure he would educate you on the members of that Team.
Surely there is a legal way to have the President impeached or a vote of no-confidence in him passed
Ms Beverly Ramsey Moore:
After reading your very candid letter I feel encouraged by your unquestionable probity. Nothing contained therein appears to be ambiguous.
What alarms me is that your letter which was copied to other members of the Central Executive is dated May 23rd 2012. We are almost at the end of 2016.
Surely, others, sharing your deep concerns would have been forthcoming AND vocal about the disturbing issues you have delineated.
Perhaps, they were and I am simply not aware.
I thank you, nevertheless, for being so straightforward.
Ah just realize that BYRON SERRETTE is going down the same road that BEVERLEY tried to go down and end up in a cul-de-sac in Tobago. What a narrow-minded and power-hungry place to come from. If that is the case DIAZ go eat allyuh up again!!!!
You jest as harden as Bugs...
Objectors not swayed at Pan Trinbago meeting...
Peter Ray Blood
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Despite an extraordinary meeting last Sunday at Scherzando panyard in Curepe, conflicting opinions continue in the upper echelons of Pan Trinbago. The meeting, held at the behest of Pan Trinbago president Keith Diaz, was summoned to discuss claims made by two former central executive committee members—Keith Simpson and Beverly Ramsey-Moore—that Diaz and the executive had taken unilateral decisions without the involvement of the entire central executive.
The two questionable issues were a payment of over $420,000 to a consultant for the design and layout of The Greens at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain for the 2012 Panorama competition, and the formation of the Africa T&T Steelpan Development Company Ltd.