In Pictures: Bob Collymore memorial at All Saints Cathedral


In Pictures: Bob Collymore memorial at All Saints Cathedral

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was among dignitaries at the memorial service for the late Bob Collymore on Thursday.

Blair was spotted next to President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at the All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi on Thursday.

“Bob was a wonderful example of how a good life can be led. He was an effective man. He got things done,” the former PM said on Thursday.

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Earlier on his social media pages, Blair described Collymore as a visionary leader who interacted with people from all walks of life.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, DP William Ruto and former British PM Tony Blair
President Uhuru Kenyatta, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, DP William Ruto and former British PM Tony Blair

“It was with great sadness that I learned of Bob Collymore’s passing. Bob’s vision was of a world that is prosperous, interconnected & inclusive & under his guidance, Safaricom opened up technology to Kenyans in all walks of life. My deepest condolences to his family,” the tweet from the Tony Blair institute reads.

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On his part, Safaricom Chairman Charles Ng’ang’a described Collymore as a man who ‘hated dishonesty, fraud and corruption’.

As part of his tribute, interim Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph read a poem that he said was one of Collymore’s last wishes.

British Envoy to Kenya Nic Hailey said Collymore’s contribution to Kenya is immense as through his leadership, Safaricom transformed lives across this country.

“All your friends at the British High Commission stand with your family on this sad day,” he said.

Radio Africa CEO Patrick Quarcoo narrated his first encounter with the Safaricom CEO, injecting humour and wit into a sombre occasion.

“When I was first met Bob, he had two strikes against him. First, whether he could fill shoes of Michael Joseph. The second strike I will not talk about… He made all his friends to change, become more human and warmer” he said.

The event was attended by family members, friends, government and corporate dignitaries and members of the public who wished to celebrate the former Safaricom CEO.

Safaricom Chairman Nicholas Ng'ang'a arrives at All Saints Cathedral alongside other guests.
Safaricom Chairman Nicholas Ng’ang’a arrives at All Saints Cathedral alongside other guests.

 

Wambui Kamiru Collymore (centre), wife to the late Bob Collymore.

 

Sandra Ojiambo, Safaricom Head of Corporate Affairs with Wambui Collymore.

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