Businessman Tony MacLeish is earmarked to become the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of the state-controlled National Water & Sewerage Authority (NAWASA).
MacLeish confirmed to THE NEW TODAY on Monday that he was offered the position and accepted the invitation extended to him to take charge of the NAWASA Board.
The position became open following the decision taken by the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government to sack the holder of the position, Terrence Forrester.
This newspaper can confirm that Forrester, a long-standing member of the NNP, is at odds with Prime Minister Mitchell for overlooking him as a possible candidate for the St. George South constituency.
Apart from being losing the Chairmanship of Nawasa, Forrester was also fired as Chairman of the Financial Complex Ltd, the entity that is responsible for overseeing all government buildings including the Financial and Ministerial Complexes.
Forrester is taking strong objection to the manner in which the NNP leadership singlehandedly selected Minister Steele as the Caretaker for the constituency.
According to MacLeish he was approached by Minister Steele on the job and not the Line Minister for Nawasa which falls under the portfolio of Works Minister, Gregory Bowen.
He said he was not exactly sure what happened between government and Forrester but he agreed to serve in the best interest of the country.
‘I will do whatever I can in service to my country”, he told THE NEW TODAY.
MacLeish refrained from making any further statement on Nawasa pending an official letter from government on his appointment as the new Chairman.
He said: ‘I have been asked to serve but I am not confirmed. However, I did say yes (to serve as Chairman). I am waiting on a confirmation letter. Once I get the confirmation letter we can talk further”.
MacLeish, a businessman with an accounting background, has mainly been involved in the Real Estate industry in recent years.