Safaricom CEO was announced dead earlier this morning in the wee hours, at his home.
As reported by The Sauce, the corporate titan succumbed to poor health after a long battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He has been undergoing treatment in different hospitals and most recently in Aga Khan University Hospital.
According to a report, the beloved father and husband is set to buried tomorrow(2.07.2019). The Star reported Former Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore will be buried on Tuesday in what is expected to be a private ceremony. Safaricom chairman Nicholas Nganga on Monday(1.07.2019) said he could not give a lot of details of the burial and called for time to give the family time to prepare.
The corporate giant Safaricom made a statement after news of Collymore’s passing went public. Safaricom Chairman Nicholas Nganga said, “On behalf of the Board of Safaricom PLC, we extend our deepest condolences to his family, the staff of Safaricom PLC and partners and the nation at large who he serves selflessly and with joy.”
— Safaricom PLC (@SafaricomPLC) July 1, 2019
The Safaricom official social media handle and website changed from green to grey and the larger Safaricom organization has continued to share moving moments under the leadership of Collymore. Collymore created room for innovation and encouraged the creation of technology that would improve the lives of ordinary mwananchi. Among some of the most notable innovations include M-Shwari a mobile saving scheme has also be a revolutionary innovation created with Collymore’s tenure as Safaricom CEO.
The M-PESA Academy which was launched in October 2018, has had a great impact on the education and nurturing of young minds. The state of the art, co-residential High School, has continued to value education, nurture talent, aspirations and interests of each student. According to the site, the institution is driven by innovation, technology, and innovation creating a new generation that will change Kenya.
The M-PESA Academy shared a special tribute highlighting their best moment with the father of four. They tweeted, “Not all heroes wear capes. Fare thee well our Beloved Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom. We mourn you, we celebrate a life well lived and a great mind. May you find peace, Rest in Power Bob Collymore.”
Not all heroes wear capes.
Fare thee well our Beloved Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom.
We mourn you, we celebrate a life well lived and a great mind.
May you find peace, Rest in Power Bob Collymore.
Tutaonana Baadaye.#ThinkersDoersLeaders #RIPBobCollymore pic.twitter.com/X0bRaMNh1m
— M-PESA Academy (@MPESAFdnAcademy) July 1, 2019
Public figures and Kenyans at large continue to share their tributes to the man who affected many via the #RIPBobCollymore.
Collymore battled with Acute Myeloid Leukimia for a few years, even seeking treatment abroad. Leukemias are cancers that start in cells that would normally develop into different types of blood cells. According to Cancer.org leukemia starts in early forms of white blood cells, but some leukemias start in other blood cell types. There are several types of leukemia, based on whether the leukemia is acute (fast-growing) or chronic (slower growing), and whether it starts in myeloid cells or lymphoid cells.
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) starts in the bone marrow (the soft inner part of certain bones, where new blood cells are made), but most often it quickly moves into the blood, as well. It can sometimes spread to other parts of the body including the lymph nodes, liver, spleen, central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), and testicles.
Bob Collymore died at the age of 61.