Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko came to the rescue of former World Boxing Champion Conjestina Achieng on Friday (2/11/18).
Governor Sonko, through his vibrant rescue team, airlifted her to Nairobi to get treatment and rehabilitation, as well as a job once the process is over.
“She will be received in Nairobi. We shall buy her new clothes and take her to rehabilitation centre for care because she needs urgent medical attention,” said Sonko.
Sonko also expressed the desire to get the former sensation in shape.
“She is among the patriotic Kenyan who made us proud, therefore, we shall not sit down and watch her suffer. We have taken up her case and we hope she will regain her health,” Sonko explained.
Getrude Adala, Conjestina’s mother thanked the Nairobi Governor and hoped the treatment worked this time.
“I thank Governor Sonko for coming to the rescue of my daughter. I’m hopeful that this time round she will fully recover. It is very sad that my daughter has in the last seven years been living a miserable life because of her condition,” she said.
“Our sister is suffering from mental sickness, but we are hopeful that she will get help in Nairobi. We send our appreciation to Governor Sonko for offering to help,” said Conjestina’s brother John Odera.
Sonko’s efforts followed an initiative by NACADA Director and comedian Vincent Mutua alias Chipukeezy, who had sought the veteran boxer after a video of her in a sorry state went viral.
I’ve talked to the family and we have agreed I go pick her tomorrow in Kisumu and take her to the Best Rehab/mental in Kenya… As NACADA we will take care of her,” read Chipukeezy’s post.
In January 2011, Conjestina’s father sent an appeal to Kenyans to help him take her to hospital after her behaviour deteriorated from the norm.
According to her father, she removed her son from school, set ablaze to all her boxing gear and disposed of all the equipment from her gymnasium, which she had opened in 2009.
She was admitted at the Mathari hospital in Nairobi which specialises in mental health care. She was later released.