UK High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey has paid tribute to Guyanese-born British businessman Bob Collymore who has died after losing his battle against cancer, aged 61.
Through his Twitter account, Mr Hailey said: “Rest in peace Bob Collymore. Your contribution to Kenya has been immense. Through your leadership, Safaricom has transformed lives across this country. All your friends at the British High Commission stand with your family on this sad day.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta also used Twitter, through the State House account to convey his message of condolence, saying: “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.”
Opposition leader Raila Odinga said: “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.”
Business Ireland Kenya chair Darren Gillen also shared his own tribute, saying: “It really is a sad day here in Kenya to hear about the death of Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore a real inspirational man and a corporate genius. Condolences to his family and the Safaricom family may he rest in peace and rise in glory.”
Mr Collymore had received treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia in Britain during 2017 and according to the company, he had been undergoing treatment for the same condition before his death.