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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,4TH JULY 2019-All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi was the venue set for the memorial service of the late Bob Collymore on Thursday. As expected the day brought together Kenyans and all leaders of all walks of life to pay their last respect to the man they have known for a decade now.It is during the service that the late Bob Collymore’s wife, Wambui Kamiru, took the opportunity to give a moving speech to bring to life the true picture describing the Man Bob Collymore .
Wambui used an American animated adventure comedy film called ‘Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!’ to deliver her speech.
She further added that it had been delivered by the late Collymore in 2013 to a group of children at eagle group. She titled it, ‘A person is a person no matter how small’.
“When I was a little boy, my grandmother took in children whose parents could not take care of them. I remember sharing a bed with children and waking up when one of them had peed in bed,” she noted as part of the speech.
“We need to remember to see each other, to say hello and to say thank you. Being considerate means caring how you treat yourself, others and what is around you, you have to be gentle,” she continued.
Wambui advised mourners present telling them to believe in themselves and speak out whenever they felt something was not fair.
“Never be ashamed of who you are, never apologise for what you have, never let people decide how you should feel about yourself. Be proud of yourselves and your achievements.
“Stand up for what you believe in, speak out when you think something is not fair and be considerate to those around you especially for who or what is smaller than you,” she highlighted.
Just before Wambui gave her speech she remembered a random man that she saw in passing, when she was headed to the crematorium in Kariakor.
She further elaborated that in the midst of her grief, the elderly man reminded her of the kind of a life her husband had lived.
“An elderly gentleman in a bright orange jacket stood on the side of the road, raised his arm in the air and saluted. As our convoy slowed down, he shouted, Bob we love you, you have done well, go well Bob.
“It was someone that I will probably never meet again, a Kenyan like myself who felt that his duty that morning was to stand on the side of the road and announce to the whole world that Bob had left a mark in his life, nothing more,” she noted.