Standard Media Group Draws Wrath of Wambui Collymore Over Breach of Privacy

Wambui Kamiru Collymore, widow of the late Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Bob Collymore, on Tuesday September 15 told off the Standard Media Group over what she termed as intrusion into her private life.

Wambui joined hundreds of Kenyans on Twitter in  reacting to a story published on Standard Digital with the title Inside Bob Collymore’s Last Will.

In the story, the daily revealed that the late Safaricom boss left all his wealth to her and appointed State House Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita as trustee in the absence of the widow.

File image of the late Bob Collymore’s widow Wambui Kamiru Collymore. Source: Business Daily

But in a series of tweets, Wambui rebuked the media, stating her private life is not newsworthy arguing that there are better stories that the Kenyan media can focus on.

“Since 2016 when my name first appeared in press concerning my private life, I have done some interviews and turned down alot more than I have accepted. Often my interviews are focused on the work I do in the hope that it educates and empowers others. My argument has always been that my personal life is not news worthy, ” she stated.

“As I understand it, the job of media is to inform, educate and empower. This is the essence of free press – to enhance critical thought and then to drive positive change.

“Since the focus is on me again and I still don’t consider myself newsworthy, here are a couple of stories that I wish were national news. These are stories, I would like to see on the front page.” she added.

She went on to share some of the human interest stories that she thought the mainstream media should put on the front pages.

“It is not by chance that media is called the 4th Estate. In lieu of a strong opposition, media really should be holding fort,” she proposed.

Wambui called upon the media to hand power back to the people, and it can only do so if it provided content that informs, educates and empowers.

She further highlighted one of the media’s duties to raise consciousness as well as fullfil the greatest role in redirecting Kenya from the bleak future that it is hurtling towards.

“We also don’t have much time to waste. I am not the news. The news is what we are leaving in the dark. Media can determine the future of our country everyday, on that front page by casting light into the dark. On just that one page, media can make or break us as a nation.” she pointed out.

The Standard had reported that in the event Nzioka Waita, who was Collymore’s friend, became the sole trustee, the late Guyanese businessman’s wealth in Kenya would be split between three entities.

Collymore’s son by his previous marriage James Collymore of UK would get 40 per cent of his wealth while his daughter Sarah Collymore, similarly of UK, would get an equal share of the estate.

Wambui’s children would get 20 per cent of the wealth but only after attaining the age of 18, and in equal shares.

Wambui first came into the limelight in 2016 after tying the knot with Collymore in a private affair in Nairobi’s Kitisuru area.

She is founder of The Art Space, an independent commercial art gallery situated on Riverside Drive in Nairobi.

Bob Collymore passed on in July last year after battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia for nearly two years.

Wambui Collymore with the late former Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore. Source: Standard Digital
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