In Summary
  • Reuters reported on Monday that a row has erupted at the giant telco after the Kenyan government insisted that Mr Collymore should be succeeded by a Kenyan.

  • Mr Collymore took a medical leave in 2017 to fight cancer and it is understood that he wants to exit the firm.

  • Choosing a chief executive at Safaricom has always remained the preserve of Britain’s Vodafone which was the major shareholder in the firm until 2017.

Kenya wants the next chief executive of Safaricom to be a local after Bob Collymore steps down in August because of health reasons.

Reuters reported on Monday that a row has erupted at the giant telco after the Kenyan government insisted that Mr Collymore should be succeeded by a Kenyan, delaying the announcement of his replacement.

THE BOARD

But Safaricom Board Chairman Nicholas Nganga on Tuesday said the board has not made a decision on the matter.

"This will be subject of deliberation by the board and once a decision is made it will be communicated at the appropriate time," Nganga said in a statement.

He said the board has in place a robust recruitment process that adheres to global best practice in identifying and appointing senior leadership team.

"I am happy to report that the board is encouraged by the quick recovery of Bob Collymore who remains firmly in charge and is doing a great job of leading our company and delivering on our purpose of transforming lives."

Mr Collymore took a medical leave in 2017 to fight cancer and it is understood that he wants to exit the firm.

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