November 20, 2018

Why PwC Kenya Manager Took His Own Life Still Remains a Mystery

It’s been nearly a week since Stephen Mumbo died of an apparent suicide after falling from PwC’s 17th-floor Delta Towers offices in Nairobi, Kenya, to a second-floor balcony of the building, and local authorities are still investigating why he took his own life.

Reports out of Kenya surfaced earlier this week that Mumbo, an assistant manager of executory and forensics investigations at PwC Kenya, according to his LinkedIn profile, came to work as usual on the 12th floor of the building the morning of Oct. 12.

He seemed to be in good spirits and didn’t show signs of being upset.

Stephen Mumbo

Mumbo had made arrangements to work in a 17th-floor boardroom that day and was reportedly seen in the boardroom alone.

But what happened after that and before falling 15 stories to his death still remains a mystery.

Mumbo was pronounced dead on arrival at Aga Khan Hospital after succumbing to his injuries.

Some people on Twitter speculated that Mumbo committed suicide because he was having marital problems, while others believe he took his own life because he worked outrageously long hours and had no life outside of PwC.

But one report following his death said a worker at the building saw Mumbo “struggle to hold on to the window before screaming as he hurtled beneath,” prompting speculation that maybe he didn’t commit suicide and foul play was involved.

“There are very strong links that it was a suicide but this is just in theory,” said Kilimani OCPD Michael Muchiri.

“However it is still too early to make a conclusion but we are also looking at the prospect of whether there was some involvement,” he said.

After PwC Kenya released a statement on Twitter following Mumbo’s death, many people responded by criticizing the firm’s working conditions.

Others bashed the firm for not caring about the mental well-being of its employees.

PwC Kenya has yet to respond to an email from Going Concern requesting comment.

Related articles

In Case You Need Another Reason to Hate the French

french flag.jpgWalking around the PwC office in Midtown Manhattan, our blogospondent in the field happened across a couple of young ladies having the picture taken in front of the P Dubya sign out front, proudly posing as if it was their names on the building at 300 Madison.
Said blogospondent approached the young ladies and asked if they worked at the P Dub and they responded in heavily French accents, “yes”. As result of further prying, it was revealed that the ladies do work a lot during “busy times”, sometimes between 50 and 60 hours a week!
This compared to an American tax associate who we spoke to just a couple days before who, in the last fifteen days, had worked 185 hours.
Let’s recap: America – 185 hours in 15 days in the middle of June vs. France – 50-60 hours in one week during the “busy time”.
American vitriol towards the French may now ensue.

PwC Needs a Lesson or Two in Spin

240px-PricewaterhouseCoopers.svg.pngIn, lets talk about anything but Satyam, PwC news, the largest Big 4 firm was rated highest among professional service providers on brand recognition in the Brand Finance Top 50 ranking of Best Brands of British Origin.
“Chairman of PwC [in the UK] Ian Powell said the recognition was ‘testament to the strength and reach of our clients, the talents of our people, and the contribution that we make to the wider community.'”
We won’t take anything away from PwC but sometimes bad news is the best news for brand recognition. So this whole Satyam thing is probably not getting the credit it deserves. Come on P. Dubs! Lemons into lemonade!

PwC most recognised professional services brand
[Accountancy Age]