Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Bob Collymore has passed away on Monday morning at his Nairobi home.
A statement from the telecom giants revealed that the company’s CEO succumbed to Cancer at his home in Nairobi.
“Our beloved CEO @bobcollymore has passed. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, our colleagues, partners and the nation at large.” Said Safaricom PLC
In October 2017, Robert (Bob) William Collymore proceeded to the UK to receive treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and returned on July 2018 to resume his duties.
He has been undergoing treatment for this condition in different hospitals and most recently at Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi.
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The late Collymore has left behind his wife Wambui Kamiru who he married back in 2016 and four children.
Messages of condolence.
President Uhuru Kenyatta took to social media to mourn the death of Safaricom PLC saying as a country we have lost a distinguished corporate leader whose contribution to our national wellbeing will be missed.
“It is with deep sadness that I have this morning received news of the death of Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore after years of battling cancer. As a country, we’ve lost a distinguished corporate leader whose contribution to our national wellbeing will be missed” Said President Uhuru Kenyatta
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga termed the late Bob as a dedicated leader who sustained Kenya as a communication hub in Africa.
“My condolences go out to the friends and family of Mr. Bob Collymore as well as the entire Safaricom fraternity. Bob served our country with dedication and sustained us as a communication hub in Africa. May his soul rest in eternal peace.” Said Hon. Raila Odinga.
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Also mourning his death was the Deputy President William Ruto who said “Bob Collymore was a distinguished corporate titan, whose shrewd leadership at the helm of Safaricom was commendable. He steered the company to new heights and contributed immensely to the evolution of Kenya’s corporate scene.
Collymore was exemplary, brilliant and courageous, especially in the manner he battled cancer. Condolences to his family, colleagues, and friends. Rest In Peace.”