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Bob Collymore’s succession: What Kenyans are saying

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The appointment of Kenya Airways chairman Micheal Joseph as Safaricom interim CEO following the death of Bob Collymore has sparked debate with Kenyans trying to understand the board’s rationale behind overlooking senior executives at the company to appoint a former CEO currently serving as board member at the telco.

Micheal Joseph is no stranger to the corner office at Safaricom House having served as chief executive between 2000 and 2010 when he retired.

Joseph oversaw the implementation of a number of Safaricom’s flagship projects including M-Pesa which was taken to the next level by his successor, Collymore.

However Kenyans are caught in a debate revolving around the board’s decision to overlook Chief Customer Officer Sylvia Mulinge, Chief Special Projects Joseph Ogutu and Chief Finance Officer (CFO) Sateesh Kamath.

{Read: Bob Collymore to be laid to rest on Tuesday in a private ceremony}



In April reports emerged that a succession war was rocking the Ksh1.1 trillion firm over Collymore’s imminent exit with the government insisting that the former’s successor must be a Kenyan.

{See also: Bob Collymore: Guyanese boy who was living his dream}

However Collymore’s term as CEO was extended by 12 months to compensate for the 9 months he was absent on medical leave.

Collymore was set to retire in 2020 but chairman Nicholas Ng’ang’a has confirmed that the the deceased had informed the board of his deteriorating health condition and informed them that he would be unable to see through the one year term.

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