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How The Internet Reacted To Bob Collymore’s Sudden Demise


Kenyans and the world woke up to the news that Safaricom’s CEO, Bob Collymore had passed away at his home in Nairobi. The CEO, who had been battling Cancer for a little over two years, succumbed to the illness after his health deteriorated the past few weeks.

Bob, real name Robert William Collymore, was an openly jovial person who steered Kenya’s largest telco into a great success having overseen the launch of a number of products and changes at the telco over the years.

Part of Bob’s achievements at Safaricom includes; the launch of M-Shwari, Lipa Na M-PESA, migration of M-PESA servers from Germany to Kenya, Fuliza overdraft facility, Jazz Festival, Masoko, M-PESA 1Tap and the rebranding of Safaricom from “the better option” to “Twaweza – When we come together, great things happen”.

Following the sad news of Bob’s death, both Kenyans and the world reacted in different ways. At the time of going to press, Bob Collymore, Rest In Peace and Safaricom, were all Trending topics in Kenya.

Safaricom’s official Twitter accounts, @SafaricomPLC, @Safaricom_Care and @SafaricomNews had all greyed out their profile pictures and header images in honour of the late Mr Collymore.

Safaricom Accounts

Some of the leaders who were prompt in sending out condolences messages to Bob’s family and colleagues include Raila Odinga, Ali Hassan Joho, Chief Justice Maraga, Deputy President William Ruto and the President:

Even as we mourn Bob Collymore, his dedication to his work and his relatability really stood out and there’s nothing that shows this more than the CEOs last tweet, which was to a Safaricom customer who was complaining about issues he was having with his Safaricom line:

Bob Collymore will surely be missed.

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