Pastor Glenn Awong is unapologetic for the activities that were allegedly uncovered at his Transformed Life Ministries Rehabilitation Centre after police officers from the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) raided the compound in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
In fact, Awong sees himself as a saviour of the people that he said he was “caring” for.
“I am here to take away heartache for family. Families love their children but they recognise that they are mental and they are not responsible for their existence to seek help. I am the only ministry besides the Ministry of Health, doctors prescribe me social workers and they are not badly treated.”
Awong, in a hastily arranged media conference to which Guardian Media Limited was not invited, said he was “no monster” and demanded an apology from Police Commissioner Gary Griffith after 69 persons were rescued from the compound, many found in cages.
“So I want to believe now besides the allegations. I am suing the government for monies they have for me and the did not pay me. I figure politically. I could be wrong, but when things come in my thought(sic). I am alright because if the National Security did not know about it and the Ministry of Health did not know about it—then it was a cabal!”
Several of the journalists who attended the media conference questioned Awong but were unable to challenge him on several of the allegations because they did not have all the information.
Several weeks ago Guardian Media spoke to people who claimed they were tortured and abused while they had stayed at the facility.
Close to noon, Guardian Media’s Lead Editor of the Investigative Desk Mark Bassant contacted Awong after hearing about the media conference. He said: “I cannot speak to you at the moment since I am about to talk to the media. I should be available in about 30-45 minutes. But if when we speak I would have to have my lawyer present.”
Strangely, Awong’s lawyer was not present during the media conference.