Stephen Mumbo jumped to his death on Friday and many Kenyans were dumbfounded about why? The information that has been gathered since then postulates that work-place pressure might have contributed to his eventual demise.
But who was Stephen? Schoolmates, friends, family and colleagues paint a picture of a man who was quiet and shy.
The late Stephen was a standout student at St. Paul’s Amakura High School in Busia County and left the school in 1996. According to a story by the Nairobian, the boys who knew him at the school described him as a schoolmate who never missed church or and was always studying in the library.
He studied to become a civil engineer and then succeeded to become an assistant manager at PWC. A colleague who spoke to the Nairobian described Stephen’s approach to work at the company:
He would rather be late with a client’s report than bring in a report which had a comma in the wrong place. As an accountant, he wasn’t just careful with the figures, but with the grammar too. He was a perfectionist.
A close friend to the deceased told the Nairobian about Stephen:
He wasn’t the type to say no. He was always very well-groomed but always tired.
He was a man of few words according to colleagues who knew him. Maybe that may explain why Stephen’s suicide was met with such a shock by colleagues and friends who knew him.