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Bob Collymore’s body cremated at Kariokor

Bob Collymore’s family, including his widow Wambui Kamiru (Third, Left) at Lee Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Former Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore’s body was cremated on Tuesday in a private ceremony.

His body left Lee Funeral Home in the morning.

The cremation happened at a temperature of between 1,000 to 2,000 degrees Celsius.

Upon arrival at Kariokor, the body was secluded in a room where only his wife, children, mom and sister were allowed.

Other members of the family, named James and Sarah were also allowed.

The family then joined friends in an open space for the ceremony.

The 61-year-old succumbed to cancer at his home in the wee hours of July 1, 2019 at his Nairobi home.

He had been battling with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) for almost two years.

Collymore leaves behind a wife and four children.

Safaricom chairman Nicholas Nganga on Monday asked that the family be given privacy.

He said the company was saddened by the news of Collymore’s demise, but added that the company is in good hands.

Nganga said Collymore was “ready and at peace in the two years he had been ill”.

“It’s been nine years since he joined Safaricom leading with a vision. Safaricom will honour him by completing work he was passionate about. It is sad but we have to live with the reality.”

Former CEO Michael Joseph has been appointed to take over Collymore’s position in an acting capacity.

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