Help is on the way for ailing former boxing queen Conjestina Achieng after she was airlifted from Siaya to Nairobi by Governor Mike Sonko for treatment and rehabilitation.
According to a statement on his page, Governor Sonko stated that he was touched by the plight of the star and disclosed that he will personally ensure that ‘Conje’ is fully treated.
“I was touched by Congestina’s plight after a video of her current state went viral on the social media.
“My team led by the Nairobi City County Government sports board is leading the mission to airlift the veteran boxer who brought pride to the nation by winning several international boxing titles.
“I’ll personally ensure Congestina is fully treated and rehabilitated, before she’s assisted to get a stable job to enable her become financially independent,” wrote Sonko.
This follows a similar drive by Nacada Director and comedian Vincent Mwasia Mutua alias Chipukeezy who had sought the former world boxing super middleweight champion after a video of her sad state emerged online.
“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 his post.
An action, that was also a culmination of efforts by other celebrities including gospel singer Daddy Owen who decried how the former boxing legend, who put Kenyan boxing on the map on her heydays before mental issues took a toll on her, was fairing.
“Good news! We finally got contacts and as we speak @chipukeezy will be going to pick Conje in Yala or he may send someone, on arrival in Nairobi she will be taken to a rehab courtesy of Gava. I will follow up personally and update u guys… Plus thank you for the support guys… If u have other ideas as a long term solution for Conje kindly share kwa comments or inbox me… Together we can do this…!” Wrote Owen.
Once the pride of Kenya and famed for battling it out pound for pound with Laila Amaria Ali – Mohammed Ali’s daughter – ‘Conje’ was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder/paranoid schizophrenia.
She was admitted at Mathari Hospital in 2012.