Sonko rewards Conjestina with a job after her recovery
Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has announced plans to hire former boxing champion Conjestina Acheing as security and training head in his various establishments.
Sonko made the statement on Twitter in response to Carol Radull, a sports journalist who had shared photos of Conjestina’s rehabilitation at a Mombasa rehabilitation center.
Sonko stated that he will not allow Conjestina to return to Siaya, where she was living in deplorable conditions before he intervened and took her to the rehabilitation center. He stated that he has prepared a good plan for her in which she will also be paid.
“She will be the overall assistant head of security and head of all female bouncers at Club Volume Mombasa at night & during peak hours/holidays. She will also serve as the head trainer in all the gyms in our establishments (Salama Bling Beach Resort, Kimeremeta Safari Lodge etc…). As a long term measure, we are intending to open for her a boxing training centre where she will be coaching boxing,” Sonko tweeted.
Conjestina, a former celebrated boxer and the first African woman to hold an international title, has struggled for years with mental illness and drug addiction. She has been in and out of rehabilitation facilities and hospitals, with little help from the government or the boxing federation.
Sonko, known for his charitable activities and contentious political career, has been one of her supporters since 2018, when he flew her to Nairobi for treatment. He has also been paying for her care and medication at the Mombasa rehab center.
Radull, who has been following Conjestina’s progress, thanked Sonko for his generosity and said that after she graduates, she will work in a gym training young boxers.
“Eight months in the centre in Mombasa and my girl Conjestina Achieng looks so good! Work in a gym awaits her upon completion where she will be training young boxers. Thank you Mike Sonko. We never give up! Charltone Otieno, thanks for sharing Mum’s pics and allowing me to use them,” Radull tweeted.
Many Kenyans have also expressed their gratitude to Sonko and their admiration for Conjestina on social media, wishing her well in her recovery and future endeavors.