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Sep 1, 2017

CitCo and “Chicken Dread” Battle to Stalemate

News Five was called out to Princess Margaret Drive this morning in front of Edward P. Yorke High School where we found special constables of the Belize City Council and police officers in a stand-off with well-known vendor Paul “Chicken Dread” Ferguson. His staff of four had been selling what he calls the best fried chicken in Belize from their trailer in front of the school compound since the start of classes on Monday, but allegations that they did not have the proper paperwork kept the constables on their tail. It all came to a head today and only News Five was there. Ferguson told the officers and our Aaron Humes that it comes down to politics.

 

Paul Ferguson

Paul Ferguson, Vendor

“This trailer de yah from Monday so why you neva come from Monday to tell me ‘Mr. Ferguson you can’t stay yah?’ You know why, because that Chinese lady over there that sell food di tek lick! So she call them. If you call City Council right now, deh no get no directive fu move me, but I done tell them I wah tek the charges and I wah sell my chicken and I wah move the trailer this evening when I done sell; I tell deh that I wahn tek the charges.”

 

Aaron Humes, Reporting

That was the situation we met on Princess Margaret Drive as Paul Ferguson tried to explain to police that special constables from the Council were harassing his workers and attempting to prevent them from making an honest living. But they were not the real targets – he was.

 

Paul Ferguson

“It has been an ongoing situation for the past six to seven years that wherever I go to sell chicken they come and try to move me. I’m trying to make an honest living. I truly believe it’s politically motivated because I’m a P.U.P. and they don’t want me out here. The Chinese lady on the corner sells chicken and for the last week or so my staff was out here selling chicken and they didn’t try to move us. But today all of a sudden they come – I thought they were escorting Dean Barrow just now, the way all the cycle and police were coming; come on, we’ve got to be real.”

 

Reporter

“So you said you were out here from Monday but they only started to come after you today because you were out here personally?”

 

Paul Ferguson

“Yeah, they call and tell me the special constable came out here, that’s why I came out here to see what is going on and that’s what I am out here now personally.”

 

And police, after consulting with the constables, decided not to haul the trailer away, but instead give notice of summons to court.

 

Voice of: Police Officer

“Mr. Ferguson you are charged, by the Corporal, for not having a peddler’s license. Do you have one in your possession?”

 

Paul Ferguson

“No, sir, I no have no peddler’s license boss; I no have nothing.”

 

Voice of: Police Officer

“You will be warned for a summons to go to court, and the other one is obstruction…”

 

But Ferguson is undeterred. He notes that he just provides the recipe while the staff of four does the real hard work.

 

Paul Ferguson

“Obstruction of something but they talked about the Food Handler’s – that is not in their jurisdiction; they are not Health. They are special constables; they have no right to question me about food handlers.”

 

Reporter

“But for the record, do you have a license along with the rest of your staff here and are you following, as far as you know, regulations by the City Council and whoever?”

 

Paul Ferguson

“I personally don’t have but my staff do; and for the peddler’s permit yes they do, everything is in place. I don’t work here.”

 

Reporter

“You just help out from time to time and manage the business basically?”

 

Paul Ferguson

“They just use my recipe and my name but I don’t run this. I’m here today because of the crisis going on right now; my situation and that’s why I’m out here.”

 

And true to his word, Ferguson and his crew left after the stroke of noon. Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.

 

This afternoon, Ferguson called to tell us that he has settled with the Council and will get his official peddler’s license, but he did not indicate whether he would still be summoned to court.

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