The death of Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore has left the entire nation in shock. The soft-spoken Guyanese-born British businessman succumbed to cancer on July 1, at his Nairobi home.
Bob’s last wish was to criminalize rape in Senegal. He tweeted,
I’ve signed @BlackQueenSN and @ONECampaign’s petition to demand the Together, we can put an end to gender-based violence. #StopSexualViolence.
On 13th January, Collymore celebrated his 61st birthday and many including celebrities wished him nothing but the best in life.
‘Happy birthday sonko! shida ni jina yako bado imesota BOB,’ read MCA Tricky’s hilarious message to Bob Collymore
He later took to social media to thanking everyone for the wishes. He tweeted,
Heartfelt thanks for all the kind birthday wishes yesterday. After a year of cancer treatment, your wishes for good health and happiness is not something I take lightly. Happy New Year to you all!
In January, Africa lost one of its legendary singers Oliver Mtukudzi and while mourning the icon, he shared a touching message which read,
With Oliver Mtukudzi’s passing, the world has lost yet another jazz great. Tune into the Jazz Junction on @thejam984 until 7pm today as we pay tribute to this legendary musician. #RIPTuku #SafaricomJazz.
Tributes continue to pour in as the world mourns the man who brought a great change to society. Top leaders have paid tribute to Bob and below are some of their messages of condolences to the family;
Raila Odinga 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.
Uhuru Kenyatta 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”
Bitange Ndemo Go well my friend, Bob Collymore. History will remember you as a great, selfless and devoted leader and friend to this country. #RIPBobCollymore
Sakaja Johnson Go well @bobcollymore 🙏
Senator Gideon Moi I am deeply saddened by the death of Safaricom CEO Robert Collymore this morning. Collymore, a corporate leader par excellence had profound impact on the lives of Kenyans by the revolutionary and innovations in the telecommunications sector as he steered Safaricom.
And even as the company remained the most profitable, breaking new grounds in innovation that changed the lives of her clients, Bob remained simple and focused.
I wish to express my deepest sympathy and that of my family, to his family, friends and employees of Safaricom during this moment of grief.