Veteran Kenyan boxer Conjestina Achieng is not dead, says her elder brother William Ochieng.
Rumours claiming that Conjestina passed away have been rife on social media Wednesday, May 18th with uncertainty increasing about her status.
“Conjestina Achieng is not dead. Those who have come up with such bad rumours should consult first,” Ochieng told eDaily.
“Conjestina’s situation has not improved. She is still at home.”
Mr Ochieng says the former boxer’s family is going through financial difficulties.
“However, things are not good at home. Her son who is in Form Four at Maliera Boys High School has been sent home due to a fee balance of Ksh124,000. My daughter at Lwak Girls High has also been sent away from school. We urgently need help,” William Ochieng said.
The former boxing champion fled from Foundation of Hope Rehabilitation Centre in Kisumu where she was receiving treatment for clinical depression and marijuana dependency on April 29th.
Conjestina’s brother told eDaily in a May 6th interview that the fifth born in a family of ten was causing panic among family members after she, on May 3th, confiscated several pangas from primary school going children who had just turned up for term two.
“Conjestina ran away from rehab centre. In fact I am stranded at home with her. We are totally confused,” William said.
William said he learnt of Conjestina’s escape from rehab when he spotted her wandering at Yala Town in Siaya.
“Recently (May 3th), she confiscated pangas from school-going children. The pupils had the pangas for the purpose of slashing the overgrown grass but Conjestina waylaid them and took them away from them. You can never know what she wanted to do with them – especially now that her health is unstable,” William said.
Mr Ochieng said due to his boxing and self-protection skills, he is the only member of the family who can keep a close watch on the former boxing star.
“It is only me who can block Conjestina from doing wrong things. She is depressed and frustrated. She is capable of boxing anyone in sight. That calls for me to be around her every time – I cannot run my errands; I cannot travel to Nairobi to go follow up on Conjestina’s land that has been grabbed. I am the only one who protects the family,” Mr Ochieng said.
“I fear for everyone at home. I can receive a burning report anytime. We are calling on well-wishers and the government to help us take her back to the centre or for further treatment so that she is stabilized,” Ochieng said.
To help the family, you can send your contribution to the bank account: 01109740032200, name: William Ochieng Adala.