Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore dies

RIP Bob Collymore

Bob Collymore

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore is dead. Collymore passed on at his home in Nairobi after long battle with leukemia.

In a statement sent to newsrooms from the mobile service provider, Collymore passed away at his home on Monday morning.

The statement signed by Safaricom's chairman Nicholas Nganga said that Mr Collymore's condition worsened in recent weeks.

Following the announcement of Mr Collymore's death Kenyans took to Twitter to share their condolences with his family and friends.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was among the first leaders to send his condolences message.

"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," the Head of State said.

"As a country, we've lost a distinguished corporate leader whose contribution to our national well being will be missed," he added.

"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," ODM leader Raila Odinga.

"Bob Collymore was a distinguished corporate titan, whose shrewd leadership at the helm of Safaricom was commendable. He steered the company to new heights and contributed immensely to the evolution of Kenya's corporate scene. Collymore was exemplary, brilliant and courageous, especially in the manner he battled cancer. Condolences to his family, colleagues and friends. Rest In Peace," Deputy President William Ruto.

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