It’s the first for Grenada – one of the island’s young and upcoming legal brains, Dwight Horsford is now occupying the prestigious position of “Her Majesty’s Attorney-General for Anguilla” which is a British dependency in the Caribbean.
Horsford, the former Solicitor-General in Grenada’s Ministry of Legal Affairs, took the oath of office on Monday from the British Governor for the island, His Excellency Tim Foy, OBE in the presence of Chief Minister, Victor Bank.
A journalist from the tiny island who covered the event told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the Governor indicated at the brief ceremony that the small island was pleased to get the service of Horsford because he felt that the Grenadian attorney-at-law has the “kind of talent needed as the Principal law officer of the government”.
In brief remarks, Chief Minister Bank noted that a lot of research was done on Horsford’s background before engaging him for the job and that the island is “very pleased….indeed fortunate to have him at this time”.
Horsford is due to take a second oath as a member of the House of Assembly in the Parliament of Anguilla at its next sitting.
The former Grenada Solicitor-General decided to quit the government service against the backdrop of the failure of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell to deliver on a promise made to him to assume duties as Attorney-General of Grenada around the end of May.
Sources told THE NEW TODAY that when the date came, the Prime Minister choose to extend the contract given to his close confidante, Dr. Lawrence Joseph for another six months without informing Horsford of the decision.
The Solicitor-General decided to seek employment elsewhere and successfully applied to the British authorities for the post of Attorney-General in the dependency and won the job from a high-powered list of candidates including a British Queen’s Counsel.
According to well-placed sources, the lucrative contract awarded to Horsford is almost three times that which was being paid to him in salaries under the Mitchell-led government.
There are unconfirmed reports that Dr. Joseph would remain in the post of Acting Attorney-General most likely until year-end.
Former high court judge, Darshan Ramdhani who is tipped to be his successor might be offered the alternative position of Solicitor-General for the time being.
A government insider told THE NEW TODAY that the Mitchell-led government is trying to woo a female attorney-at-law with close ties to the ruling New National Party (NNP) to accept the post of Attorney-General.