Chairman of the National Housing Corporation (NHC), Timothy Mangal, is to be sworn in Thursday as a government Senator, well placed St Lucia Times sources have said.
Mangal, 48, is the Manager and Owner of Total Construction Supplies.
He is a former Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) candidate for the Castries South East Constituency who lost to current MP, Guy Joseph, in the 2011 elections.
The businessman would later ‘voluntarily and in the interest of my country’ quit the SLP, asserting that Saint Lucia needed to be rescued from labour.
He appeared on a United Workers Party (UWP) platform for the first time last year ahead of the June 6, 2016 general elections which the UWP won.
Mangal had also appeared at a joint news conference with his former political opponent, Guy Joseph.
Mangal will replace Jimmy Henry who resigned in July this year after reports that he was stopped and searched at the George F.L Charles Airport.
Henry announced his resignation as a Senator and a Government Minister in a carefully crafted 1:26 minute video posted on social media on July 12, 2017.
He attributed his decision to “personal’ issues which he said were taking attention away from his duties as then Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture.
Former government minister, Richard Frederick, had alleged on his television talk show that Henry was stopped at George F.L Charles Airport and questioned about an undisclosed sum of money in his possession.