Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Friday came to the rescue of the ailing former Kenyan female boxer Conjestina Achieng’, who is ailing in her rural home of Siaya.
Sonko said Conjestina, who has won many titles for Kenya, will be airlifted to Nairobi and taken to Eden Home Rehabilitation Centre.
“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.
According to a video that has surfaced online, things are not going well for the 41-year old Conjestina, who lifted the Kenyan flag many times.
She participated in 27 fights, winning 17, losing four times, and drawing in six occasions.
In 2012, the former boxer was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder/paranoid schizophrenia and was admitted at Mathari Hospital.
However, the condition is seen to be deteriorating even after undergoing medication.
Sonko said Conjestina requires urgent medical attention.
“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,” said Sonko.
According to her family, gone are the days when Conjestina would be accompanied by the who is who in the corporate world, but now she been left to fend for herself.
Her mother, Getrude Adala, said she was grateful that Governor Sonko has come to the rescue of her daughter.
“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.
Conjestina’s brother, John Odera, and her sister Caroline Adala, said they are also glad that their sister has received help from Sonko.
“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,” they said.