Vodafone recalls Safaricom CFO John Tombleson from Kenya

John Tombleson (pictured), Kenyan operator Safaricom's CFO, is due to exit the company after a five-year stint.

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While reasons for Tombleson's departure remain unclear, Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore has denied that Tombleson's extrication has anything to do with his name being one of those implicated in alleged multibillion-shilling tendering irregularities, investigated in a KPMG report.

The aforementioned report includes a review of 23 questionable tenders awarded between September 2013 and August 2015. Tombleson is one of four other senior executives accused of possibly having influenced the purchase of a KES 1.15 billion piece of land at Nairobi's Garden City - where Safaricom plans to build its headquarters.

As Tombleson is a key resource, his contract has a set limit and he will thus shift into his next position in line with the routine rotation schedules put in place for any employee seconded to Safaricom from Vodafone.

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