Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore dies in Nairobi, aged 61

Safaricom chief executive, Mr Bob Collymore. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Safaricom chief executive, Mr Bob Collymore. He died on the morning of July 1, 2019. FILE PHOTO | NMG

VALERIE KOGA

By VALERIE KOGA                                                                                                                  JULY 1, 2019

Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Bob Collymore has died at his home early morning on July 1, 2019, Safaricom chairman Nicholas Nganga said in a press statement.

The Guyanese-born British citizen took a medical leave in October 2017 to fight cancer and resumed work in July 2018.

“He had been undergoing treatment for this condition since then in different hospitals and most recently at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi. In recent weeks, his condition worsened,” the statement says.

A screen grab of the Safaricom statement following CEO Bob Collymore's death.

A screen grab of the Safaricom statement following CEO Bob Collymore’s death.

Collymore, 61, is survived by widow Wambui Kamiru Collymore and four children.

Following news of his death, Twitter was flooded with condolence messages.

 

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