Attorney-at-law Dwight Horsford is to be removed from the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Grenada Airports Authority (GAA).
Well-placed sources told THE NEW TODAY that the newly re-elected New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell is moving Horsford as part of a decision to put in new leadership at several state-run bodies.
The news comes one week after the announcement that Horsford was leaving his post of Solicitor General of Grenada to take up a lucrative position as the new Attorney-General of the British dependency territory of Anguilla.
PM Mitchell had offered Horsford the AG position after the NNP victory at the March 13 poll but has stalled on it by giving a further extension to the contract of the current holder of the post, Dr. Lawrence Joseph.
This newspaper understands that the Horsford decision to quit the government post was one of the subject items discussed at Monday’s weekly Cabinet meeting.
The resignation reportedly took the regime by surprise as none of the government ministers had prior knowledge of the move to Anguilla.
This newspaper was told that Horsford’s letter of resignation was hand delivered to the Office of Governor-General, Dame Cecil La Grenade and copied only to the Secretary of the Judicial & Legal Services Commission (JLSC), Minister of Legal Affairs, Kendra Maturine-Stewart and AG Dr. Lawrence Joseph.
The source said that the decision to remove Horsford as GAA Chairman was taken before the announcement was made that he had been appointed as AG in Anguilla.
He stated that a top female employee in the Ministry of Finance, with close ties to PM Mitchell is seemingly wielding “a lot of power” and apparently influencing the decision to change the board of directors at several state bodies.
The source said that Horsford has not received any “official” communication from iine Minister, Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen (Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation) that he would be losing his GAA chairmanship.
The airport authority is said to be one of the few state-owned bodies that can be considered as financially sound under Horsford’s leadership.
The majority of the statutory corporations are believed to be in dire financial trouble and being kept afloat largely through the assistance of funds from the national treasury.