Safaricom’s Chief Executive Officer Bob Collymore has died.
A statement from the telecommunications company on Monday morning said he succumbed to cancer at his home.
“It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing away of Robert (Bob) William Collymore CEO of Safaricom PLC which occurred at his home on the morning of July 1, 2019,” the statement reads.
According to Nicholas Ng’ang’a, Chairman of Safaricom, Collymore had been undergoing treatment in different hospitals and most recently Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday sent a message of condolence to Collymore’s family, friends and the Safaricom fraternity.
“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,” State House said in a statement.
Deputy President William Ruto described Collymore as a distinguished corporate titan, whose shrewd leadership at the helm of Safaricom was commendable.
He noted that Collymore 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,” Dr. Ruto said in a statement.
On his part, ODM leader Raila Odinga said the Safaricom CEO served Kenya with dedication and sustained the country as a communication hub in Africa.
On May 8 this year, Collymore was appointed as a Board member for the National Cancer Institute.
And last year, the Safaricom chief executive was appointed to the Vision 2030 Board.
His tenure at Safaricom was come to an end in August 2019 but the company extended his contract by one more year.
Collymore leaves behind his wife, Wambui Kamiru, whom he married in 2016 and four children.