No doubt Bob Collymore will be remembered for many things. It is not M-Shwari, the M-Pesa Academy, and growth of the M-Pesa platform that made the late Safaricom CEO fondly loved in and out of the giant telco company.
Collymore was instrumental in setting up and supporting various initiatives geared towards making the lives of those around him and the less fortunate better. According to one Jackline Lavoga Kibisu, an employee at Safaricom, the late CEO also made motherhood bearable at the company.
Celebrating her departed boss on social media, Jackline revealed that Collymore charmed mothers at Safaricom by introducing a four-month maternity leave and allowing mothers to work half-day for six months post maternity leave.
“He also introduced 7 AM to 5.30 PM creche/daycare with qualified professional caregivers, fully equipped lactation rooms and maternity leave after baby adoption. Case by case increased medical covers for children with special needs, baby-friendly vaccines in the cover and great maternity cover for normal and CS (Caesarean section) deliveries, etc.,” Jackline shared.
Collymore succumbed to cancer on Monday at the age of 61. According to his wishes, revealed by his family, his body was cremated on Tuesday at the Kariokor Crematorium, Nairobi. A memorial service will be held tomorrow, Thursday, at the All Saints Cathedral with all Safaricom Shops remaining closed from 10.30am to 2.30pm in honour of the fallen gallant soldier.
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