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Politics Safaricom's CEO, Bob Collymore, tells us what he thinks about the historic handshake between Kenyatta and Raila

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On November 2017, Mr Odinga urged opposition supporters countrywide to boycott Safaricom products as a punishment to the firm for allegedly supporting the Jubilee's government.

play Safaricom's CEO, Bob Collymore, tells us what he thinks about the historic handshake between Kenyatta and Raila. (the star)

 

  • On March 9, 2018, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his once fiercest rival, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga shook hands and declared their decade-long political rivalry is over
  • On November 2017, Mr Odinga urged opposition supporters countrywide to boycott Safaricom products as a punishment to the firm for allegedly supporting the Jubilee's government.
  • Business Insider SSA met with Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore who recently returned to back to work after nine months away undergoing cancer treatment and asked him what he thought of the historic handshake.

On March 9, 2018, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his once fiercest rival, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga walked out of Harambee House, smiling from ear to ear and holding hands like two long lost buddies who haven’t seen each other for decades and calmly in the full glare of cameras shook hands and declared their decade-long political rivalry is over and vowed to work together to heal the country.

“In the life of any nation, a time comes when the people and their leaders must audit the progress made towards the attainment of the goals and prayers laid out at the founding of the nation…such a time has come for Kenya,” Mr Odinga, who read the joint statement, said.

Coming on the backdrop of a fiercely disputed back to back general election filled with insults and threats, the first one which was nullified by the Supreme Court and effectively entered into African annals as the first ever presidential election on the continent to be nullified and the second one which the opposition didn’t participate claiming it was already rigged and to top it all Mr Odinga swearing himself in as the people’s president, the handshake came as  a big surprise not only to ordinary Kenyans but businesses alike.

play Safaricom House. (Business Today)

 

Following prolonged electioneering period which negatively affected businesses and saw many register massive losses, the handshake was a godsend.

One such company which was caught up between Kenyatta and Odinga’s feud was Kenya’s largest telecommunication firm and most profitable company, Safaricom.

Also read: BOB COLLYMORE THIRD BEST PAID CEO WITH SH196.5 MILLION SALARY

On November 2017, Mr Odinga urged opposition supporters countrywide to boycott Safaricom products as a punishment to the firm for allegedly supporting the Jubilee's government.

Ten months later on, Safaricom is still standing and growing stronger by the day.

play Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore. (George Tubei)

 

The company posted a 19.9 per cent increase in net income for the year ended March 2018 and its earnings grew to Sh55.3 billion ($553 million), compared to Sh48.4 billion ($484 million) the year before on the back of M-Pesa and data revenues.

Business Insider SSA met with Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore who recently returned to back to work after nine months away undergoing cancer treatment at a London hospital and asked him what he thought of the historic handshake.

“I am really pleased! I was pleased to see them coming together and I thought it showed great statesmanship, honestly a bit late because we lost too many lives during that period, I was here during the first election and not the second and one life is too many generally so it’s really great to see that the two principals came together and I think it has brought the country together,” said Collymore.

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