PR firm Oxygene Marketing Communications Limited management is on the spot following allegations of mismanagement, mistreatment and harassment from former employees.
A local blog quotes a source who opened the can of worms in the firm, “Oxygene MCL is picture of mismanagement, toxic work environment and a corporate culture based on sexual favours and intimidation where even promotions are based on sexual givings, and tribalism rules. The top management is wholly led by Nyeri boys!”
According to the reports, Oxygene has seen a mass exodus of employees from the firm in the past months on allegations of senior management involved in severe mismanagement and internal wrangles.
A founding member James Makau sued the firm over campaign funds from Jubilee they made in the 2017 elections.
According to reports, the disgraced Cambridge Analytica recruited hate bloggers to work with them through Oxygene MCL which was the local arm of Cambridge Analytica. CA mounted a heavily hate fueled campaign that greatly demonized Raila Odinga’s and was seen as having brewed hatred and split Kenyans. Oxygene reportedly received Sh500M from the Jubilee campaign deal.
Report further goes to accuse senior managers of sexually exploiting ladies in the firm forcing defiants to flee the company. “Some of the ladies have quit after being continually harassed and when they refuse to give in to demands they are pushed out”, sources said to KB.
At the same time, the firm is battling a case number ELRC.C/529/2019 between Jim Malombe Makau Vs Oxygen Marketing Communications Limited & Nicholas Kariuki Wachira at the Nairobi Employment and Labour Relations Court before Judge Honourable Justcie Byram Ongaya Courtroom number 20, Milimani Law Courts building on 14th November, 2019. Makau is a former partner who accuses the management of fleecing him.
Oxygène, according to people familiar with the shop, is styled as an independent, boutique communications agency that differentiates itself with a strong focus on strategy and planning, and having a strong team of partners who can offer senior level counsel to C-Suite on a broad range of complex issues that cannot be handled easily with just a PR and advertising identity.
Firm is owned by Mr Nick Wachira and former NMG boss Linus Gitahi. The partners include Alfred Ng’ang’a, James Makau and Mutahi Mureithi.
Oxygene manages big brands such as KRA, Safaricom, KCB, Huawei, NCBA, Seacom, GSK, CMA, Tullow, KBL , Unilever amongst many others.