Ailing boxer Conjestina Achieng is a bitter woman and this has been quite obvious in her altercation with the Sonko rescue team as she argued that she was tired of being a used for selfish gains.
Conjestina has been duped severally and with each betrayal, she has sunk deeper into depression and drug abuse. She has been, for many, a tool to gain political mileage and publicity while those around her seem to be using her as a cash cow.
Conjestina has been quoted naming people she believes stole from her when she lost it while her family believes she had invested in Nairobi but people around her took advantage of her illness to steal her wealth. If the claims by her family are actually true, then there could be individuals who are set against her recovery. Could it be that the former boxing champion was pushed to the ring too hard, too often and without a medical team for obvious reasons?
It was interesting to watch the Nairobi Governor’s rescue team and comedian Vincent Mutua, aka Chipukeezy, clash over who would fly with Conjestina to Nairobi. They had landed in Kisumu with the aim of rescuing Conjestina from a relapsed drug abuse after a video of her looking emaciated went viral on social media last week.
Chipukeezy is a board member for the National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA).
Former Harambee Stars Captain, Musa Otieno, was also together with Sonko during the visit to the boxer’s Yala home offering rehabilitation and job offers.
Convincing Conjestina was not easy as drama erupted within an hour of convincing as she complained of being used and at one time being dumped at Mathare Mental Hospital. Conje was obviously tired of being used and betrayed. Bitterness had grown within the once strong boxer but she knew she was broken and needed mending so she gave in, defeated but hopeful that probably this time, her well-wishers would not give up on her before she recovered.
As her mother, Gertrude Auma, watched the team leave the homestead, hope seems to have renewed as she said that her hope had been to see her daughter regain her lost glory. It is a renewed hope for Conjestina and her well-wishers as the fear of the boxer being used once more cannot be overlooked.