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Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore dies at 61

Safaricom CEO Collymore has succumbed to cancer days after announcing retirement (PHOTO/COURTESY)

NAIROBI – Safaricom chief executive officer Bob Collymore has on Monday July 1 succumbed to cancer at the age of 61.

According to Mr Nicholas Nganga the chairperson of Safaricom,the late Collymore took a medical leave in October 2017 to fight cancer.

“He has been undergoing treatment for his condition since then in different hospitals and most recently at Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi. In recent weeks, his condition worsened and he succumbed to the cancer at his home in the early hours of Monday,” Nicholas Nganga said in a statement.

Collymore is survived by a wife (Wambui Kamiru) and four children.

Collymore has been the head of East and Central Africa’s biggest telecom services provider, which recently declared a record Sh63.4 billion profit, since he took over from Michael Joseph in November 2010.

In December 2018, the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Collymore a member of the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Board on a three-year term.

In May this year, Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki appointed Collymore to the National Cancer Institute board.

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