September 21, 2019

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.

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