As the days pass we learn more and more about the late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore. What is becoming clear is that the man had a big heart and that most people who encountered him were normally spellbound by the man he was.
Yesterday on Jeff Koinange’s show, JKL Live, the boy’s club as they were known reminisced about their lives with him. That Boy’s club included former presidential aspirant Peter Kenneth, Alykhan Satchu, Patrick Quarcoo, Bharat Thakrar, Nic Hailey, Joshua Oigara and Jeff Koinange himself.
Peter remembered how President Uhuru Kenyatta interrupted both of them during a trip they had taken to the coast. Peter recalled that Bob had picked him up in Nairobi and they both flew to Lamu on a helicopter that Bob himself was controlling.
When they landed they boarded a boat to take them around Manda Island and while they were sailing, Bob received a call that halted proceedings.
Peter told Jeff;
He goes to a corner of the boat, and he’s in this very tight conversation looking serious so I ask him what’s wrong with you we didn’t come here for phone calls and he says ‘Shhhhh’.
Peter went on to say that the conversation went on for 25 minutes more minutes with them unaware that Bob was speaking to the president during that whole time. He told Jeff;
So one day I’m going to tell President Uhuru he called Bob in my presence at that boat.
Despite Uhuru not being a member of Bob’s boys’ club the two clearly enjoyed a special friendship. Apparently, a day before the late CEO told his boy’s club about his impending demise to his friends Uhuru had visited Bob at his Kitisuru home where they spent time together.
Bob’s memorial will be conducted on Thursday at the All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi where President Uhuru is expected to attend and shed more light on his relationship with the departed corporate titan.