Details about the 130 year old gift Bob Collymore owed President Uhuru

 

Before he died, the late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore had a gift for his pal President Uhuru.

The gift is now the subject of debate on social media after Uhuru hinted that Collymore could have given it to his boys club.

While the gentlemen in the boys club chuckled about it, President Uhuru notified them that they will have to return it, ASAP.

Uhuru said, “I was supposed to have gone back to collect my gift reserved for a special friend from Bob and so Peter Kenneth, Oigara and crew, you will pay. That did not belong to you.”

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Uhur addreses mourners at All Saints 4th July, 2019

What is this gift you ask?

Well it turns out it is a Johnnie Walker Directors Edition brand that Uhuru is said to love (The oldest blended scotch whisky ). It’s not available to the public.

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According to the Whiskys auctioneer:

Johnnie Walker The Directors Complete Collection 6 x 70cl

Never available at retail, this collection was only given to very important Diageo types. Very few bottles made it to the secondary market and collectors have fought to get hold of this essential part of Walker history.

Incredibly rare, this is the complete 6 bottle collection consisting of annual releases between 2008 and 2013, each with their own unique, presentation, design and character, yet all unmistakably Johnnie Walker.

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RIP: Similarities between Bob Collymore and Mastermind CEO Wilfred Murungi

 

 

The business community has this year mourned the death of two CEO’s, namely Safaricom’s Bob Collymore and Mastermind Tobacco’s Wilfred Murungi.

Many have eulogized the tow saying the country has lost valuable assets. We take a look at similarities between the two gentlemen.

10 things Bob Collymore taught wife Wambui when he was alive

1. The memorial service of Mastermind Tobacco founder Wilfred Murungi took place on June 13 at All Saints Cathedral, just like Bob Collymore’s. Both memorial services were open to everyone.

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Mastermind Chairman Murungi

2. They were CEO’s of top companies in Kenya

Wilfred was at the helm of the company for more than three decades.The late Murungi founded Mastermind after learning the ropes of the cigarette industry during a stint at BAT Kenya, which he left in 1985 having held the position of technical director.

Bob held the position of CEO of Safaricom Limited since November 1, 2010.

Bob Collymore’s wife Wambui breaks her silence after his death

In various interviews, Collymore revealed that he started earning money at the age of 12 while living with his grandmother in Guyana.

He would make art pieces from plastic moulds and also little brooches from coconut shells which he would sell.

3. Their funerals were strictly for family and very simple at that

None of them had those elaborate ceremonies associated with the who’s who in Kenya where tens of speakers bore people with speeches (or politics).

Only 8 people attended the funeral of Murungi, while Bob’s immediate family asked Kenyans to respect their privacy.

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The body of Bob Collymore

Photos of the late Bob Collymores family at the cremation ceremony

4. They have both been eulogized as industrious and vibrant entrepreneurs who made a significant contribution to the growth of the Kenyan economy.

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‘He was one hundred percent human’  Juliani honors Bob Collymore

 

When Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore walked down the aisle, only one artiste was on the guest list. That artiste was gospel rapper Juliani.

Collymore died on Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was then cremated at Kariokor yesterday.

His life has been celebrated by the who is who in the country, and his favourite artiste has now spoken out.

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“He was a hundred per cent human and a gentle giant,” Juliani told Word Is yesterday.

The two met years ago at a Safaricom event, and since then, their friendship blossomed. Many a time, the two have been photographed attending events together.

“The day we met, I talked to him in Kiswahili and I still believe that is what attracted him to me,” Juliani said.

He went on to say that Bob was way humbler than what people would expect and cared about people. “He was also concerned about the next move for Kenya as a country with his project Ghetto classics, and he knew each member,” he said.

Photos of the late Bob Collymores family at the cremation ceremony

The last time the two talked was on Friday, when they joked about a clip of white people taught how to dance because he always said he did not know how to dance.

“A thing we always laughed about. We made fun out of it,” Juliani said.

He said they were ready about his death because they were updated.

Bob also loved his family and he was a great family man. He wedded his long-time girlfriend Wambui Kamiru in a colourful ceremony in 2016, in a low key-wedding in Naivasha that was attended by close friends and family.

RIP Bob Collymore: How he supported a mother friendly work space (A THREAD)

According to Uhuru Kenyatta’s photographer, Michael Khateli, who was also the official photographer at Bob’s wedding, it was a happy feeling all over and generally, people were happy for him. All the guests congratulated him and his bride.

“At first, I felt very intimidated, but he made you feel like his equal, he would ask about my photography, about the camera I use, how business is, why I started doing photography, as he also did photography as a hobby,” he said.

Juliani was among those who attended his cremation ceremony in Kariokor.

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RIP Bob Collymore: How he supported a mother friendly work space (A THREAD)

 

Many of us are envious of the employment conditions of the mothers working for Safaricom.

That’s because we frequently hear about the excellent conditions that allow new moms and older mums to enjoy working despite family obligations.

10 things Bob Collymore taught wife Wambui when he was alive

A female employee has shared a thread on Twitter on her thoughts about Bob Collymore and how he made mothers love working for the Telco.

The Twitter user by the name Nancy wrote:

Bob Collymore made motherhood bearable in Safaricom plc. He charmed mothers by introducing 4 months maternity leave, 6 months working halfday post maternity leave, 7am to 5.30pm daycare with qualified professional caregivers, fully equipped lactation rooms.

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Bob Collymore allocated maternity leave after baby adoption, case by case he increased medical cover for children with special needs, baby friendly vaccines in the cover, great maternity cover for normal and CS deliveries…… e.t.c

Bob Collymore died from Acute Myeloid Leukemia. What is it?

Her comments about the late Bob Collymore have left many in tears.

Here are comments from KOT reacting to her thread:
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@stevomuiruri..
Makes the employees feel as part and parcel of the company but not money making machines for the investors. #RIPCollymore

waithera mwangi
@waitheramwangi6..
I once saw a safaricom employee who was pregnant with a motherhood blouse. I was soo happy yaani!

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Maureen A.M
@mo_nyangim..
Yes. The first and only maternity benefit of its kind in Kenya. The daycare facility being top notch. Fare thee well Bob

Photos of the late Bob Collymores family at the cremation ceremony

Beutah Maroko M.
@BBeutah..
I love that , may he Rest In Peace .
Faith chepkoech korir
@KorirChepkoech..
That was great…..
RIP Bob
kerry Betty
@misati35..
Wow that was cool,I didn’t know that

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Photos of the late Bob Collymores family at the cremation ceremony

Grieving family members of the late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore came together for the service to cremate the man many have described as an inspiration.

The ceremony is underway at the Kariokor cemetry where it is said the late Collymore is being interred.

The wife Wambui Kamiru was surrounded by friends who hugged and held her in a comforting way.

The Guyanese born British businessman continues to be eulogized on social media with celebrities, politicians and KOT describing how he impacted their lives.

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Bob Collymores family

Jeff Koinange sadly reveals last words Bob Collymore ever told him

The home of the late CEO was Monday heavily guarded as members of the public were asked to keep away while the family grieves.

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Bob Collymores family grieving

10 things Bob Collymore taught wife Wambui when he was alive

Collymore died on the 1st of July 2019 at his home in Nairobi after battling cancer. He has died at age 61 and has left behind a wife and four children.

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Bob Collymore family at Kariokor

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Bob Collymore’s Whatsapp message to Eric Omondi about his [email protected] swim stunt video

 

Early this year a video of Eric Omondi went viral. KOT were unhappy with it because Eric was swimming in his birthday suit with small boys. Many commented that it was inappropriate and sent the wrong message.

Eric apologized and has now opened up about the consequences of his actions.

He has written it on the day that Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore is being buried.

 

So on the 3rd day of March 2018 a video of me Swimming in River Turkwel in Turkana surfaced online and went viral. A few people found it funny, Majority were extremely offended. I apologized for the Video. A few corporates that were in line to Sponsor my inaugural Stadium tour which was in two weeks time were all over sudden not returning my calls.

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At around 12:46 PM Bob Collymore sent me the text above. He then called me and asked me to see him in the morning, I did and after along conversation about so many things he stood up suddenly and Said “Eric I have a meeting, I will Sponsor the Stadium tour forward me the proposal NOW!” This came as a complete surprise since we barely discussed Sponsorship

Here is the private message Bob Collymore wrote to Eric Omondi after he apologized to Kenyans.

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The letter Bob Collymore’s wife Wambui wrote defending her marriage to him

 

 

After their wedding, critics trolled Wambui, and she responded in a letter titled ‘A Letter To My Children’. She set the record straight about her relationship with Bob. In part, she wrote:

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“My marriage to the man I love and respect had some interesting effects on the conversations on Twitter and Facebook (these may be obsolete by the time you are reading this).

10 things Bob Collymore taught wife Wambui when he was alive

“However, for a few days there, lots of Kenyans talked about ‘tribalism’, and some admitted their desire to leave and go to another country because of how unbearable it can be sometimes to live in a society where people first judge you by your ‘tribal’ origin. A lot of people refused to be part of the conversation, arguing that it should no longer matter. These people are the reason why we will still have a country to call home.”

Bob met Kamiru, the founder of The Art Space gallery in Nairobi, during a fundraiser for survivors of the Loreto Convent Msongari school bus crash that occurred in July 2011.

The two, who were both divorcees, lit social media with photos looking lovey-dovey, and they were branded couple of the decade.

Similarities between the lives of Bob Collymore and Steve Jobs

Wambui had twins from a previous marriage as well as Collymore. The CEO kept his private life under wraps, and he rarely talked about his blended family.

In March 2018, Bob’s son graduated from a UK university. Bob shared a photo of him accompanied by a warm message that read, “Guess whose son just received his 1st Class Honours degree in music from Martha Lane-Fox at a graduation ceremony at London’s Barbican. #ProudDad.”

Gloria Muliro pays tribute to the late Bob Collymore

The nation is still mourning Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, who died yesterday. The Guyanese-born British-Kenyan businessman was not only a CEO but a man who touched the hearts of many.

He brought a great change to the music industry by giving local artistes a chance to showcase their talent through Twaweza, Safaricom Jazz and Safaricom Live.

Jeff Koinange sadly reveals last words Bob Collymore ever told him

Many artistes have eulogised him, describing as a great man who mingled with anyone, despite his status.

King of Genge Jua Cali told the Star on phone, “Collymore has been very supportive of Kenyan music since he joined Safaricom. His journey, he has been with us all through. During Safaricom Live, he would travel to wherever the event was just to support us. His support was not just in the boardroom. He has been for the industry.”

He added, “I would like to send my condolences to his wife, kids, and the Safaricom fraternity. As a player in the industry, I’m hurt.”

He also empowered the youth through different programmes, such as Blaze, Ghetto Classics and M-Pesa Foundation Academy, which sponsored needy students.

Another project was Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Football Tournament, which aims to recruit young talent aged 16-20 years to play in a national tournament and showcase their talent.

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Bob was also a lover of art and he attended several art galleries, where people showcase paintings. He used to visit his wife’s art gallery, Art Space Gallery, along Riverside Drive, to support her.

Gospel artiste Gloria Muliro, who has worked with Safaricom for quite a while, told the Star, “I was so shocked when I learnt about his death. I will remember him as a man who was so down to earth.”

Adding, “The first time I ever came closer to him was two years and he was a humble person, easy going and he mingled with everyone he met. I pray that the Lord rest his soul in eternal peace.”

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Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore is dead

Bob Collymore the esteemed CEO of Safaricom is dead. The CEO died of Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

A statement released by Safaricom stated that at the time of his death he had been undergoing treatment at various hospitals, the most recent at The Aga Khan Hospital.

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Bob Collymore dead

The statement went on to explain that his condition had deteriorated the past couple of weeks before his untimely death. The statement is below;

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Bob Collymore dead

His death mirrors that of another great tech titan, Steve Jobs the founder of Apple. Two CEO’s taken way too soon by complications caused by Cancer.

Jobs died at his Palo Alto, California, home around 3 p.m. on October 5, 2011, due to complications from a relapse of his previously treated islet-cell pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, which resulted in respiratory arrest.

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