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Nov 2, 2016

Chicken Dread and Dougie Bury the Hatchet…

A politically charged fracas that ensued outside of a popular Belize City nightclub on Sunday morning between two political opponents has been settled.  Footage of the disturbance outside of Sit and Sip went viral and Eastern Division North police were preparing to levy charges on Douglas Grant Junior for brandishing his licensed firearm in the open.  All of this because of a heated exchange between Grant and well-known fried chicken vendor Paul Ferguson.  Anyone familiar with either man is aware of the unwavering loyalty each has for his party.  So, despite being on the lower rung of their respective political ladders, the incident is equally a black-eye to the U.D.P., as it is to the P.U.P.   Today, both men requested an exclusive joint interview with News Five’s Isani Cayetano where they explained the escalation of the tiff and subsequently buried the hatchet.  The kiss and make up has also resulted in any further legal action against Grant being dismissed.

 

Isani Cayetano

“Having some kind of familiarity with each other, I know you’ve spoken with each other, you’ve ran jokes with each other and what-have-you.  Why did you guys allow the situation that played out near the Sit & Sip Bar on Sunday to go that far, in terms of the weapon being drawn and police having to come and sort of break up the entire commotion?”

 

Douglas Grant, Friend/Political Opponent

“When I stepped out, me and Paul had the said encounter and I believe that we took it to a level that we didn’t have to go to.  It was early in the morning, tempers were flared up and I think the political atmosphere we’re in right now and the tensions, I think, and the words exchanged between me and Paul, I think that’s what led to that where it ended up when the police got there.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now Paul, at any point in all of this did you consider taking the high road and just, you know, walking away or just keeping your opinions to yourself and just say, “You know what, I’ll leave it at that and be the bigger man and walk away?”

 

Paul Ferguson

Paul Ferguson, Friend/Political Opponent

“Like Douglas said, tempers, you know, got out of hand.  Yes, I thought about that but I felt that during the exchange of words and when you turn back around and then I realized well yes, this di get outta hand.  So I have to show that no, I noh wahn back down, you know.  I said, me and Dougie dah bally from long time and just like di man said, alcohol play wahn role, I believe, and fu tell ahn man eena wahn way ah provoke the situation eena wahn way but ih neva mi had to escalate to that.  I was shocked, I was surprised.  To be honest, I was surprised.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now you guys are both aware that this looks bad on you guys politically, I mean bad enough that as friends it reached to this point but in terms of the respective political organizations that you belong to, it looks bad that at the lower level; you have the area representatives and the hierarchy of the respective parties, but at the lower level, you guys resorted to drawing a weapon and you resorted to hurling insults and what-have-you.  Is this, the fact that you’re both sitting here at the moment the result of calmer heads coming together or is this the result of, let’s say a political directive that you guys need to resolve this issue one way or the other?”

 

Douglas Grant

Douglas Grant

“No.  This is a calmer heads coming together.  A neutral friend of mine and Paul reached out to both me and Paul after he heard what had happened and he brought us to sit down and he said he believe that we could have fixed the situation between me and Paul and we sat down.  Both me and Paul agreed, we sat down and we decided to work it out.  We also decided between me and Paul that it looks extremely bad for politics and politics da something weh I love and weh Paul love.  The nation knows that.  But that’s democracy and it will bring that kind of heated, if per se, confrontations or that sort of thing.  But, for lack of a better term, dah something weh I love and weh Paul love, politics and we deh eena it fi di long haul and we come from different walks of life and we think that as men we work it out.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now Paul, you’re known for being a very outspoken person.  For as long as I’ve known you, you’ve been a very candid person, in terms of expressing yourself and your political views and what-have-you.  And for as long as I’ve known you Doug, to an extent you’ve been fairly reserved but you also have that side of you where you’re a political adjutant.  Talk to us about how you guys resolve the issue to where the charges are now being dropped, or the charges won’t be filed, correct me if I’m wrong, simply because from looking at the video it appears that you are in the fault for having drawn your weapon and waved it.  Can you begin by talking to us about why you’ve now chosen to dismiss the process of going ahead with charges?”

 

Paul Ferguson

“Through a mutual friend, like Dougie explained, reached out and said that, mek wi sihdown and talk, we could work this out mein, you know.  I come from a very religious family and my ma always teach me eena life dat yo haftu forgive for God to forgive you. I explained that I noh wahn proceed with the charges anymore because I noh wahn sih di man go da jail fu what.  Weh I wahn get outta it?  You know, he already explained to me and apologized to me and I accept that.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“That’s from your perspective and that is to be respected as such.  However, the fact that there is footage out there and the fact that on Tuesday’s newscast the Assistant Commissioner of Police Dezerie Phillips went ahead to mention that there is sufficient evidence to move against you with a criminal charge.  That is from the police department.  Where do you stand on that?”

 

Douglas Grant

“I won’t comment on whatsoever the police department has said or whatsoever the police department is doing.  That’s not my prerogative and I can’t get into that.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now is there anything else you gentlemen want to say with regards to either putting this incident behind you and looking forward?”

 

Paul Ferguson

“Yes, the incident is behind us.  We have talked, we have worked out our differences and it’s time to move forward.  We have to show, it’s our responsibility as people to explain to the people of this country that, listen to me, noh because wahn incident gaan on we wahn pursue to try geh wahn man lockup or charged and stuff like that.  So dah my responsibility fu come to the media and explain weh really gaan on and like I said, I’m a very forgiving person, I come from a churchgoing family and I have kids out there that I love dearly and my kids mean the world to me, my wife means the world to me and I love them dearly.  I’m not saying Mr. Grant but because of the situation you never know weh could happen.  I noh wahn di walk round di look behind my back.  I wanna walk and I know I straight and so I am so happy, I am so glad that we can work out this peacefully.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Mr. Grant, any final words on that?”

 

Douglas Grant

“My final words, I just wahn publicly apologize for my behavior out there that night and publicly apologize to Paul that I regret what happened and I am sorry.”

 

Paul Ferguson

“And I accept your apology and we are moving forward from here.”

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