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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Bob Collymore reveals what makes Safaricom successful



In his first media interview in 2019, Collymore sat down with KTN News Business Editor Aby Agina.

In the Trading Bell interview that will air on KTN News on Collymore candidly opens up about running the multi-billion company, his health and what to expect in the telecom industry this year.What keeps you awake at night? Agina asks Collymore.

“People who don’t sleep well, don’t perform well,” he responds with a smile on his face. A person is supposed to sleep a maximum of seven to eight hours a day,” he says.

In 2017, Collymore started intensive treatment for cancer but he never lost the sparkle in his eyes and the warm smile.

His baritone voice is even louder when he laughs. He is back in Kenya responding well to treatment and enjoying the warm weather.

afaricom CEO and Founder of Safaricom Jazz, Bob Collymore with his wife Wambui Kamiru during a past event. [Photo: Courtesy].

In the interview, Collymore explains how Fuliza was started. He is categorical that for a company to be successful, it must understand the market needs and what the customer wants.

Fuliza is not about encouraging people to take debts but give them an opportunity to complete transactions when they have insufficient money in their M-Pesa accounts,” he says.

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He attributes Safaricom’s success so far, to M-Pesa and the data business as well as their e-commerce platform Masoko.

In the interview, he further reveals that the average data usage in a month in Kenya is 8.5MB. He says this will increase to between 3 and 5GB in the next three to five years.

Leading Safaricom with a team of 10 executives

Collymore had to take an extended time off work to seek treatment in England after he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

This is a type of cancer that starts in the blood-forming cells of the bone marrow. He describes that phase of his life as one of the darkest points.

Despite his absence from work, he kept updated with what was going on. He credits the company’s success to 10 executives who he says are the engine of Safaricom.

“Don’t send me your CVs, Safaricom is led by one person and managed by great executives of 10 people,” he chuckles.



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VIDEO: Uhuru loses temper, threatens to deal with CS Macharia




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Kenyatta made a surprise visit to a Chinese construction site where he found the construction work had stalled and started to enquire the reason behind it.

He also enquired on how they had been allocated funds and listened as the CS and the Chinese contractor each gave a different figure, much to the President’s dismay.

The CS tried to interject the President to save face for the Chinese but a seemingly infuriated Uhuru could hear none of it.

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Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina (right) and Danielle Olivier from New Zealand, whose partner Amando Kurti was arrested for allegedly assaulting a businessman in Narok, arrive at Narok Police Station on February 17, 2019. PHOTO | GEORGE SAYAGIE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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The latest report by Airports Council International has ranked the facility as the fourth busiest airport in the continent.

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