– Uhuru described the late CEO as a distinguished corporate leader whose contribution to the country’s well-being will be missed
– Ruto described him as a distinguished corporate titan whose shrewd leadership at the helm of Safaricom was commendable
– Raila remembered Collymore as a corporate leader who served the country with dedication and made the country Africa’s communication hub
– Collymore passed on at his home in Nairobi on Monday morning at the age of 61, leaving behind a wife and four children
President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and Opposition leader Raila Odinga have sent their condolences to the family of Safaricom’s CEO Bob Collymore who passed on at his Nairobi home on the morning of Monday, July 1.
The top political leaders reacted almost immediately after the sad news about the death of Collymore who had been battling cancer hit the airwaves.
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In a statement shared on social media by State House, Uhuru confirmed he had received with deep sorrow the passing on of the Safaricom boss whom he described as a distinguished corporate leader whose contribution to the country’s well-being 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 well-being will be missed,” the president said.
Ruto described the late as a distinguished corporate titan whose shrewd leadership at the helm of Safaricom was commendable.
“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,” he said.
On his part, former prime minister Raila remembered Collymore as a corporate leader who served the country with dedication and made Kenya Africa’s communication hub.
“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,” he said.
Below are reactions from several other leaders:
Collymore passed on at the age of 61 at his home in Nairobi on the morning of Monday, July 1, after long battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Safaricom in a statement said the CEO left behind a wife and four children.
“It is with deed sorrow that we announce the passing away of Robert (Bob) William Collymore CEO of Safaricom which occurred at his home in Nairobi on the morning of July 1, 2019,” the company confirmed.
Safaricom had in May 2019 extended Collymore’s contract by 12 months, effectively delaying his planned exit as CEO of the telecom giant.
The one year extension which was expected to end in August 2020 was to cover for the time Collymore was away on medical leave for about a year.
He joined Safaricom in November 2010, succeeding Michael Joseph as CEO of the two-decade old company.
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