City in shock as top PwC manager commits suicide

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The death of a high-flying corporate manager shocked the city yesterday.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers’s Business Recovery Services manager Stephen Mumbo reportedly jumped off the 17th floor of Delta Corner building in Westlands, Nairobi, in what is thought to have been suicide. Police, however, said they have launched investigations into the mysterious death, which they termed “suspicious”.

Kilimani police boss Michael Muchiri yesterday told the Star police were yet to establish the cause of Mumbo’s death.

“We cannot tell if this was suicide or if he was pushed. Co-workers have recorded statements with the police and other people who were in the building. This is where we are going to start our investigations from,” Muchiri said.

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Mumbo died at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi from injuries after falling from the 17th floor of PWC offices at Delta Corner building in Westlands, Nairobi.

Mumbo was found lying motionless at the ledge of the building by his colleagues, who called for an ambulance and rushed him to hospital.

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 Country senior partner of PwC Kenya Peter Ngahu said his job involved administrations and receiverships, supporting clients through negotiations and trying to turn around companies in distress.

“At this time, we cannot comment directly on the circumstances surrounding Steve’s death,” Ngahu said .

The deceased was an alumni of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, where he studied Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, according to his LinkedIn biography.

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Ngahu said the company will offer their staff counsellors “to help us to work through the shock and emotions that we all feel. Counselling is only the beginning”.

Within hours, social media was awash with speculation about the death, with users linking it to depression and work pressure.

The incident occurred just a day after the commemoration of World Mental Health Day.

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