Conjestina Achieng: Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko Offers Legendary Boxer Another Rehab Chance

Conjestina Achieng: Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko Offers Legendary Boxer Another Rehab Chance

Robert Abong'o
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
  • Mike Sonko has extended a lifeline to Conjestina Achieng for rehabilitation
  • The former Kenyan boxer has had mental issues after her career ended in 2011
  • Conjestina has been re-admitted to the Mombasa Women's Rehabilitation Centre

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has offered a renewed opportunity for the struggling Kenyan boxing icon Conjestina Achieng to undergo rehabilitation.

Following online reports of Conjestina's relapse after a visit to her rural home in Yala, Sonko, in a statement on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, expressed his commitment to supporting Conje's healing journey.

He announced that the former boxing great had been readmitted to the Mombasa Women's Rehabilitation Centre to restart her treatment.

Conjestina Achieng has been offered lifeline for rehabilitation. Photos: Mike Sonko and AFP's Tony Karumba.
Conjestina Achieng has been offered another chance at rehab. Photos: AFP's Tony Karumba and Mike Sonko.
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"Despite setbacks in Conjestina's healing journey, I am determined not to give up. This marks her third and final chance, and she has been readmitted to the Mombasa Women Rehabilitation Centre, where a team of specialists, including counsellors, consultants, and physiatrists, will oversee her treatment," stated Sonko on his X handle.

On January 2, 2024, media personality Carol Radull shared pictures of the former boxer's return to her village after a period in Mombasa, where she received treatment and later secured a job at Sonko's club as the head of security, as reported by Tuko.

Radull noted a change in Conjestina's demeanour, expressing concern over her return to previous habits.

"When I arrived, she was having a bad day, but her face lit up when she saw me, and we chatted for a long time as best we could. I tried to gently encourage her to 'clean up her act.' Many have tried to help her, but a long-term solution has eluded us," Radull posted on her X handle.

Conjestina's struggles began after her boxing career ended abruptly in 2011 due to mental health issues. Despite previous attempts at rehabilitation, recent reports suggested a relapse.

Sonko, who had previously come to Conjestina's aid in 2022, clarified recent controversies, including a viral video featuring phone conversations with the boxer's family. The video depicted Conjestina leaving Sonko's care after a misunderstanding. Sonko defended his involvement, expressing doubts about the family's ability to support Conjestina's rehabilitation effectively.

The latest initiative by Sonko demonstrates his ongoing commitment to helping Conjestina overcome her challenges and embark on a path to recovery.

Conjestina torches personal items

In August 2021, Sports Brief reported when the retired boxer Conjestina torched her items inside her home in Siaya.

The fire started inside the house, with the majority of her clothes in the flames.

Detectives claimed a person started the fire.

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