Radio show presenter Massawe Japanni has on Tuesday afternoon lashed out at people who have shared their private chats with the late Bob Collymore on social media.
According to the Radio Jambo host, those who have shared their chats are “desperate to prove association with the late Safaricom CEO.
Taking to Instagram, Massawe mentioned: “So now guys are publishing private chats with Bob on Social media? NKT! Are you desperate to prove association? It was private. Please.”
She has since elicited a heated debate on social media with some people insinuating that she was attacking celebrated comedian Eric Omondi.
On Tuesday morning, Omondi shared a WhatsApp chat that Bob wrote him after a video of him swimming naked in Turkana leaked.
According to the chat, Bob wrote: “Hi Eric Just a private note. You did well to apologies. Those of us in the public eye do more harm when they stay quiet. Having said that, I agree with Njoki Chege’s piece in the Nation today. I don’t think you did anything wrong. My friend Richard Branson once did launch in the Nude, we all chuckled and moved on. Comeday is a tricky area where you have to push the boundaries from time to time and go beyond pulling funny faces and doing silly voices. You are a master of your craft and will continue to have my admiration as a comedy artist. Continue to push the envelope because it’s only by doing so that you will remain Kenya’s funniest comedian. All the Best. Bob.”
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So on the 3rd day of March 2018 a video of me Swimming in River Turkwel in Turkana surfaced online and went viral. A few people found it funny, Majority were extremely offended. I apologized for the Video. A few corporates that were in line to Sponsor my inaugural Stadium tour which was in two weeks time were all over sudden not returning my calls. At around 12:46 PM Bob Collymore sent me the text above. He then called me and asked me to see him in the morning, I did and after along conversation about so many things he stood up suddenly and Said "Eric I have a meeting, I will Sponsor the Stadium tour forward me the proposal NOW!" This came as a complete surprise since we barely discussed Sponsorship. The Stadium tour is currently on the 19th County Sponsored by @safaricomplc_
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Kenyans were quick to dismiss Massawe over her post, asserting that people are mourning the late CEO the best way they know how to.
Mumbua Mwenda stated: “I think people are only posting those messages (which are all positive BTW) to show the world just how kind this man was… Which makes the rest of us learn from him also.”
“If u never had private chat and don’t have anything to post pambana na hali yako,” Symore Ongaro noted.
One Bobo Kinuthia was haste to exclaim: “Let people mourn Bob their way. Am sure if you had a picture of him or those chats we would be reading them now!!!”
On Monday BBC journalist Larry Madowo also shared on his social media his memories of him referring to him as a person who was passionate about life.
I have hundreds of texts with Bob Collymore going back to 2011. He responded to each of the countless interview requests, banter and more recently, health updates. He lived a full, passionate life. So long, my friend 💔 https://t.co/0qyUfgAxcp
— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) July 1, 2019
Collymore succumbed to cancer on Monday morning at his home at his Nairobi home.
He had been battling with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) for almost two years.
Collymore was cremated in a private interment process at the Kariokor crematorium.