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Mar 18, 2011

Mahogany Vendors won’t go says aspiring politician

Twenty-three Mahogany Street vendors, who operate under Belize Electricity Limited’s main transmission line, are no closer to finding a solution to their impending relocation. B.E.L. charges that the vendors are in danger because they are immediately under the path of the transmission line, which runs above the City’s Reserve. The reserve is controlled by the City Council which also charges the vendors to use the location. But according to a release from B.E.L., City Hall and the Public Utilities Commission agree that the vendors should move. On Thursday an aspiring U.D.P. politician, Mark King said he represented the twenty-three vendors and called for a meeting with P.U.C., B.E.L., City Council and the vendors. Not to be outdone, today, the man he’s running against in the U.D.P. Lake Independence Convention, Percy Lewis, now claims he also represents the twenty-three vendors and his solution is different. Lewis says that the vendors won’t move, so B.E.L. needs to move the transmission lines.

Percy Lewis, U.D.P., Lake I Candidate

“The people who own businesses along side Mahogany here have taken a stand. Their position is there will be no moving. What will move is these polls because three years ago they sneak them in here; perhaps at midnight. These people have been here for thirty, fifteen, twenty, ten years and so on with their businesses and now they sneak these things in. It’s like peeing on your head and calling it rain.”

Jose Sanchez

Percy Lewis

“B.E.L. would say that these polls were here before the businesses.”

Percy Lewis

“That is not true. You can interview them and you can see that along there, some of them would have put the length of years of their businesses here. So they need to either bury these polls or move them in the same manner they are doing on New Road.”

Jose Sanchez

“But you’re not a vendor here in Mahogany. What is your roll?”

Percy Lewis

“Exactly! I am a political aspirant. I am running to be the standard bearer for U.D.P. in this area. And these are the people that I stand in solidarity with—these are my kind of people; hard working people. And I am telling you, when they built the Mollejon and the Hydro, they said they would reduce rates. Where are the reduced rates for the people of Belize?”

Jose Sanchez

“Where would these lines go if they move them? Where can they go?”

Percy Lewis

“Ah that is their problem. The same way they brought them here, they can move them—either bury them underground or put them somewhere else.”


Wiley, the Barber of Mahogany Street

“We no wah move from yah cause we need to survive. If we do move from here, they have to find a spot just like this—where there trafficky and thing where we could survive because we dah professional barber and we can’t make they put we anywhere ina any hole. All ah we down get together, we done sign the paper and thing and we done reason with each other with and all ah we down with weh di happen out yah right now. So we want they just come reason with we and make we know. We can’t make they try move these wire from off this round here and do weh they have to do bout it. Because we cant make they try stop we from live out yah. We have like four five kids to feed everyday—put they ina school, do things for them and so. So if they move us from here, what will we do? You get me? We can’t do nothing.”

According to a letter sent by B.E.L. to the vendors, their electricity service will be cut on December thirty-first.  The company will reconnect the businesses for free once they relocate.

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1 Response for “Mahogany Vendors won’t go says aspiring politician”

  1. CEO says:

    Crazy situation! Percy Lewis you have no knowledge what you are talking about! Transmission lines cannot get moved just like how you speak. The interest of a few should never get in the way of the country.

    How the heck BEL gets to control the right-of-way that transmission lines are over or under? Poor management!

    The problem starts with the City of Belize that has no real city planning in place. These people should not have been allowed there, and yes the city should provide another location for them. Poor planning!

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