Media personality Caroline Mutoko, who was a close friend to Bob Collmore and attended his wedding as well as paid an emotional tribute to him.
In an article titled ‘A baby whisperer who made you care’ Mutoko has described Bob Collymore as an awesome and caring man.
One of my best moments was watching Bob take my friend’s daughter, who was probably five months at the time and just hold her, only giving her back a to her mum when she needed to feed. Bob was a certified baby whisperer. I know there’re people reading this and nodding. Bob was awesome.
Bob cared. He cared about his team, his people. He cared that events started on time (sigh). He cared that his customers were happy. He cared that his friends were okay. He cared about poverty, inequality, our planet, Kenya, Me. Things that didn’t bother most people bothered him because he cared and once he cared, he got you to care, too. Bob agreed to stay on as CEO at Safaricom because he cared. Safaricom wasn’t a job, Bob didn’t need a job. It was family, and you don’t leave your family.
She went ahead to console Wambui, the widow off Collymore,
Wambui, you brought out the best in Bob and our God, who makes no mistakes, put you into his life, at this time, for this journey. What a ride! My commitment stands — I’ve got your back,’ she said.
Royal Media Services chairman SK Macharia’s tribute read,
THE DEATH OF SAFARICOM CEO BOB COLLYMORE IS A MOMENT OF DEEP SORROW AND A BIG BLOW TO THE COUNTRY’S BUSINESS SECTOR. THE LATE COLLYMORE WAS AN OUTSTANDING CORPORATE LEADER WHO DEMONSTRATED A COMMITMENT TO TRANSFORMING LIVES. HE INSPIRED MANY THROUGH HIS COMMITMENT TO A WELFARE-MINDED WORK ETHIC.