Cherry takes insults to minister after ‘dead dog’ comment
The trading of insults between controversial waste hauler Anderson Fat Child Cherry and Minister of the Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe has been “swept” onto the streets. Cherry – the man behind Jose Y Jose Liquid and Solid Waste Management Inc – has now decided to speak through his compactor garbage trucks which he parked opposite Lowe’s Warrens, St Michael offices, with a sign that reads: “For rent – garbage trucks at low prices.”
Cherry, who is currently facing the law courts accused by Town and Country Planning of operating an illegal garbage dump at Lears Quarry in St Michael, told Barbados TODAY the protest was his way of letting the public know that the minister’s recent rejection of his offer to help the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) collect garbage was taking bread out of his mouth and worsening the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
Last Friday, Lowe told a news conference at his office that no one with dirty hands would collect “not even a dead dog” on behalf of the state-run SSA.
“Let me say this and I say it in no uncertain terms. I am not – and when I say I, I speak for the ministry – about to engage anybody who is currently undertaking an illegal practice in assisting the SSA in collecting anything; not even a dead dog,” Lowe told reporters.
Noting that the SSA was the only agency in Barbados authorized to collect and dispose of waste, the minister added: “So when you see somebody goes in the Belle and set up a dump site, it is illegal . . . because I can’t say on the one hand you are in violation of the law and on the other hand tell you come and help us.”
The minister also suggested at the time that Cherry had been baiting him with the offer in the hope that he would not respond.
However, Lowe’s rejection was emphatic.
“Well leh the ministry respond now. Go and clean up the illegal sites yuh have and then come to the ministry with clean hands. Simple as that,” he emphasized.
But Cherry has hit back in an equally aggressive manner calling for the minister to resign or be fired by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.
“There is garbage all around Barbados and we have Zika virus . . . . As a Barbadian I find it very sad that I have five garbage trucks and garbage all ‘bout Barbados that need to be picked up and as Barbadian I can’t pick up any; and then the Minister come out and make them outrageous statements. I feel insulted as a Barbadian that trying to help,” he said in an interview next to the parked trucks. The prominent waste hauler said this matter was not about him, but more so about Barbadians as a whole.
“It is unfair to me, and it is unfair to all the other Barbadians, and I think he should resign . . . I think that his boss should call for his resignation immediately,” he added.
Cherry also sought to ridicule the minister by inviting Barbadians to make use of his services at “Lowe” prices.
“We would gladly pick up the waste for them at a “Lowe” price . . . at a “Lowe” price, “very “Lowe” price,” he said.