Bob Collymore died today morning. The death came as a shock to most Kenyans but there are some who were privy to how bad the health issues the Safaricom CEO was dealing with.
One of those is T.V host and anchor Jeff Konange. Jeff spoke today morning on Citizen T.V and revealed that he had seen the CEO on Saturday.
Jeff told the host;
This past weekend actually. On Saturday me, my mother and my sister were having lunch. And I told them, listen give me an hour. I have to go see Bob. A group of us, it was about 5 of us, we had known that this was coming. Bob had informed us. So we knew that he wasn’t going to last very long.
He had been told by his doctors not to make any long term plans. In fact, he was told that if he makes it past July he will be lucky. He knew.
Before he died. Bob had been out of the country for 8 months. The Safaricom CEO’s absence was questioned but the company remained mum about what he was suffering from, only disclosing that he was seeking treatment in England.
When he spoke to Jeff Koinange on JKL live in August last year he had told Jeff how he had found out that he had cancer. he told his friend Jeff;
I had been feeling unwell for some time. i was tired, sometimes my body temperature would be high but that would last for 24 hours then i would feel fine again but things did not improve. I was diagnosed with cancer. the doctors told me at the time that i had probably had it for about 6 months… I went to london and they told me i had acute myeloid leukemia- a rare kind of blood cancer that is curable.
When he found out the diagnosis, Bob was quick to get back to Kenya and put systems in place for the long treatment that he would undergo, a time of between 6-9 months.