Former Kenyan boxing legend Conjestina Achieng’ is not dead.
She is continuing with her medication at the Mombasa Women Empowerment Network (MWEN) Hospital in Miritini.
Rumours started going round on social media since Thursday that Conjestina is dead.
Conjestina said that she was well rubbishing those saying she is dead.
“I am going on well with my treatment and everything is okay. Those who are saying that I am dead, well I’m not. I am very much alive,” said Conjestina.
She said that it was wrong for people to spread fake news that she is dead.
“It is very wrong for someone to say that someone is dead yet they are not. They need to control their tongues and understand the meaning of what they are saying before spreading it,” Conjestina added.
Former Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko on Saturday afternoon paid her a visit at the facility to dispel rumours that she is dead.
“Those who are saying that Conjestina is dead she is not, she is still with us and is doing fine. She had small challenges but she is well taken care of,” said Sonko.
He had gone to check on her as well as donate boxing equipment and pledge to continue supporting her and making follow ups on her condition until she is better.
He brought her boxing gear and equipment to continue training.
“I heard that she wants to continue with her training, that’s why I brought her this equipment. We will encourage her to train her female colleagues,” Sonko said.
He blamed the government for neglecting her despite making Kenya proud in the boxing ring.
He said that Conjestina’s life had remained a pity.
“The outgoing government was not serious about our sportsmen and women and our artists. Many of our freedom fighters and heroes have been neglected and are living poorly”
“I hear they set up a board to look into it. I have faith that once the Kenya Kwanza government is put in place, we will help all Kenyans live a dignified life,” he said.
Amina Abdalla, Mombasa Women Empowerment Network Chairperson Amina Abdalla said that her health had improved adding she had advanced to stage two of her treatment.
“We are done with one of her treatments and we say that she is now stable. We are now going to the next step where we will allow her to do co-curricular activities like sports,” said Abdalla.
Abdalla said that from here she will go to step three where she will be allowed to do more intense exercises.
She said that she will remain in the facility for the next six months before she is finally released to go home.
“Dispel the rumours, Conjestina is going on well with her medication and she is fine. We have high hopes she will make a full recovery,” she said.
Conjestina was admitted to the institution in early July after her health and mental status deteriorated.
Sonko came to her aid after pictures of her suffering on the streets in Siaya emerged and caused uproar on social media.
This was after Conjestina’s elder son Charlton Otieno texted him asking him to intervene and help his mother whose health was getting worse.
[From left; Conjestina Achieng’ Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko and Mombasa Women Empowerment Network Chairperson Amina Abdalla. Photo/Ahmed Omar/Sept’ 06, 2022].
In the past, Sonko took Conjestina to several rehabilitation centres including Nairobi County rehabilitation centres, Parklands and Diani Beach among others.
Conjestina had a promising career in boxing, winning medals and flying the Kenyan flag high.
That was before she became mentally ill and settled down at her Siaya home.
Sometime last year, reports emerged that she had burnt down her house in Siaya.