Collymore family moves to end succession dispute

Former Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore. [David Njaaga, Standard]

The family of former Safaricom boss Bob Collymore has resolved to settle their differences over his wealth and share the same amicably.

The consent filed before the Family Court now ends a dispute contained in the applications filed by Collymore’s former wife, Claire Hellen Collymore. Claire’s son with Collymore, James, had also joined his mother in objecting to Collymore’s widow, Wambui Kamiru being granted powers to manage his wealth.

“By mutual consent of all the disputants in this matter, all the application(s) in court concerning the matter under reference are removed by the act of signing this agreement and the matter should be marked as settled in the court records with effect from this agreement. It is further agreed that each disputant will settle their legal costs,” the agreement dated September 23, 2022 reads in part.

The agreement was filed before Justice Maureen Odero. Following a mention before the family court, the case was marked as closed on November 4, 2022. Collymore left all his Kenyan wealth estimated at hundreds of millions of shillings to his wife Wambui Kamiru.

Wambui Kamiru Collymore (centre) with kin outside the Lee Funeral Home following the death of Bob Collymore in July 2019. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

In wishes captured in his final Will he appointed former State House Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita as an alternate executor of his will should anything happen to Wambui. Collymore married Wambui in April 2016 but died three years into the marriage in July 2019. In the application for a grant of probate lodged with the courts, the full inventory of his wealth estimated to run into millions has been redacted.

In 2015, Collymore declared his Kenyan wealth as assets worth Sh287m. The Will strictly apply to his wealth in Kenya and mentions separate assets outside the country.

He had two wills that will take effect concurrently and independently of each other. The Kenyan one was drawn by Kaplan & Stratton in Nairobi and witnessed by Safaricom Chief Finance Officer Sitoyo Lopokoiyit and Charles Wanjohi, Safaricom’s Director of the Consumer Business Unit.

Mr Waita was a former Safaricom top manager who was poached by State House to head the Presidential Delivery Unit, before joining politics.