Kenya’s Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore dies of cancer

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Kenyans have taken to social media to eulogise Safaricom’s Chief Govt Officer Robert William Collymore, who the corporate mentioned died after a virtually two-year lengthy battle with most cancers.

“It’s with deep sorrow that we announce the passing away of Robert (Bob) William Collymore, CEO of Safaricom Plc, which occurred at his residence within the morning of 1st July 2019,” the agency mentioned in an announcement.

In Might, Collymore, 61, had mentioned he would keep in his place for an additional 12 months. He was set to step down in August after 9 years on the helm, throughout which era Safaricom’s share value rose by greater than 400%.

The appointment of his successor was delayed because the Kenyan authorities, which owns 35% of the corporate, has insisted {that a} native is picked to succeed him.

Collymore had travelled to Britain in October 2017 and obtained therapy for Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and he had since been present process therapy for a similar situation, the corporate mentioned.

“In current weeks, his situation worsened and he succumbed to the most cancers at his residence within the early hours of Monday…,” it added.