When contacted yesterday, Manning’s wife, former Local Government Minister Hazel Manning referred all questions to her husband, saying “I am not giving any interviews. Whatever questions you have, I prefer that you speak with Mr Manning himself.”
According to reports, the church is owned by one Reverend Juliana Pena, the spiritual adviser of the former Prime Minister who cannot be located.
Manning has denied on several occasions that the then PNM government was involved in the construction of the church. In the run up to the PNM’s resounding 29-12 defeat at the hands of the People’s Partnership in the May 24 General Election, work was stopped at the site which was abandoned and left to the mercy of thieves and vandals.