Why Bob Collymore’s Ashes Were Thrown in the Ocean at Diani Beach After Cremation

The late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore’s widow Wambui Kamiru has divulged where the family took his ashes after cremation.

Collymore, who died on July 1st last year, was incinerated in a private ceremony held at the Hindu Shamshan Bhumi Cremation Centre in Kariokor, Nairobi as per his wish.

In an interview with Daily Nation ahead of Collymore’s 1st death anniversary, Wambui disclosed that the family chose the Indian Ocean as his final resting place.

She said the ashes collected after the remains of Collymore were burnt were spread in the Indian Ocean at the Diani Beach in Kwale County, which she described as her late husband’s favourite place in the whole world.

“Bob’s ashes were deposited into the sea in Diani. Diani was his favourite beach in the whole world, so we thought it best to put his ashes in the sea there,” said Wambui.

Collymore died aged 61 after a long battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a type of cancer that starts in the blood-forming cells of the bone marrow.

“In Bob I found somebody who was like me, in that we like to call it as it is. And because he called it as it is, it wasn’t easy to derail him. And I liked his honesty. And because he was honest, it meant that the people around him had no room to be dishonest around him. And that’s why he could call out corruption,” said Wambui.

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