Citizen TV news anchor Jeff Koinange has recounted the emotional moments he spent with the late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, hours before he passed away on Monday morning.
Appearing on Citizen TV Power Breakfast show, the former CNN journalist narrated how he had to interrupt a lunch date with his mother and sister to rush to Bob Collymore’s home. He was joined by a close band of friends who formed Bob’s strong support network in his last days.
“On Saturday I was having lunch with my mother and my sister and I told them, ‘listen, given me an hour, I have to go see Bob.’ A group of us, about five of us, we had known this was coming. Bob had informed us. So we knew that he wasn’t gonna last very long,” Jeff said.
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Bob, who had been battling blood cancer, would use the occasion to bid farewell to his friends as he painfully laboured through the brief catch up session, Jeff said.
We went (to see Collymore) on Saturday afternoon around three O’clock and we hang out with him. He was in a bit of pain, his spine was giving him some problem, so he kept getting up and stretching his spine and sitting back down,” Jeff recounted.
Jeff further revealed that Bob had been told by his doctors that he would not live past July this year as he continued to painfully lose his battle against cancer. It also emerged that Bob had been preparing for his death and was ready for the inevitable.
“I have never seen anyone more prepared for death, like I did this man. He kept saying ‘I’ve lived a good life… I have some regrets… it’s not a perfect life, nobody is perfect, but I’m ready now,’” the TV presenter narrated.
The Guyanese-born British citizen died early on Monday morning at his home in Nairobi at the age of 61.
Bob Collymore has been battling cancer for the last two years and took a medical leave in October 2017 to seek treatment in the UK.
In May this year, Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki appointed Collymore to the National Cancer Institute board.
He will be interred on Tuesday in a private ceremony in Nairobi.