A popular PR firm, Oxygene Marketing Communications Limited, which has a sole responsibility of managing the image and reputation of big brands namely KRA, Safaricom, KCB, Huawei, NCBA, Seacom, GSK, CMA, Tullow, KBL , Unilever amongst many others, is embroiled in issues of mismanagement, sexual harassments and mistreatments if the accusations of ex-employees are anything to go by.
In a span of less than two months, the PR firm Oxygene Marketing communications limited has lost over 28 employees. All these are attributed to poor management structures and internal wrangles directly fueled by the Managing director.
The PR Firm that is co-owner by Nick Wachira and former NMG boss Linus Gitahi and other partners Alfred Ng’ang’a, James Makau and Mutahi Mureithi was mentioned in 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.
The court battle is over accusations of mismanagement and sexual harassment of employees at the firm.
In a viral exposé, Oxygene Marketing and Communicaton limited is described as a picture of mismanagement, toxic work environment and a corporate culture based on sexual favours and intimidation where promotions are based on sexual givings, and tribalism rules. The top management is wholly led by Nyeri boys!
A founding member James Makau sued the firm over campaign funds they made from Jubilee party during the 2017 elections.
According to reports, the disgraced Cambridge Analytica(CA) 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. PR Firm 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 say
Oxygène, according to people familiar with the PR Firm, 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.