Wambui Kamiru, the widow to the late Safaricom C.E.O Bob Collymore, has in an interview talked about how she is coping with his death almost an year later.
Bob passed away today morning July 1, 2019 after a long battle with cancer.
He was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia and traveled to UK for treatment in October and returned in July 2018.
Speaking in an interview with Daily Nation, Kamiru said Bob had wanted a quick exit hence his quick cremation and no public viewing.
Kamiru also revealed that Collymore assigned various roles to the members of his inner circle.
Mr Bharat, for instance, was supposed to work out the cremation logistics while Mr Koinange and others were to ensure the memorial went smoothly.
The memorial happened that Thursday, two days after he was cremated.
“He (Collymore) scripted all of it. All of it, except what outfit he would be cremated in, and that was my choice.
And I chose to put his body in a Mudi suit, which is a white linen suit with flowers on the front of it. And he was barefoot, with no jewellery; none of those other possessions. Just him, in his purest form.”
Wambui further added that the ‘Boys Club’ have been so supportive that she feels like she is part of them.
“They have been very supportive. They have checked on me constantly. I feel like I’m part of a family with the boys’ club.”
Bob died aged 61 and left behind a widow Wambui Kamiru and four children.
Before his death Bob had bid President Uhuru Kenyatta goodbye and promised him a gift, a bottle of rare whisky.
It later emerged that Uhuru’s gift was bottle number 138 of Johnie Walker Directors Blend.
According to Diageo’s website, the whiskey edition was released in 2010 and given exclusively to Diageo directors.
The drink containing 46 per cent alcohol volume is packaged in 700 ml bottle that retails at Sh 460,000.