African payments company, Cellulant has paid tribute to 6 of its employees killed during an attack by terrorist group, Al Shabaab. The attack took place on January 15th at Riverside compound in Nairobi which also houses Cellulant’s office.
The employees put their lives on the line to save their fellow colleagues during the assault. They include; the head of product development, 3 engineers, a quality assurance tester, and the head of information security.
Ashford Kuria – Head of Product Development
Ashford was the ultimate geek. His knowledge of everything about everything was incredible. He will be best remembered by the Cellulant family for his big smile, warm personality, kindness, love to everyone and most importantly his tenacity.
Wilfred Kareithi – Implementation Engineer
Wilfred was an energetic, always happy individual who never shied away from taking on tasks – no matter how challenging. He helped everone around him unconditionally and always sought to mentor new staff members and share knowledge.
Kelvin Gitonga – Hub Engineer
Kelvin was a versatile engineer who worked in the Hub implementation department. He always believed that technology would one day change the world.
Jeremiah Mbaria – Head of Hub
Jeremiah was not just the Hub’s leader, he was also a brother and a mentor to many. He guided his team with humility and corrected with humor. He was a lover of God and everyone he came across; and always challenged his team to grow.
John Ndiritu – Quality Assurance Tester
He was always jovial, calm and best known for his humor. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help when called upon.
Denis Mwaniki – Head of Information Security
Denis was a curious explorer, strategic thinker, a gentleman and exemplary leader. Amongst his various strides for the company includes helping to secure the coveted global ISO 27001 information security certification.
The attack by terrorist group al-Shabaab, left 21 people dead including Kenyan and foreign nationals
In remembrance of their giant impacts on the startup as well as the bravery shown, a live memorial is being held in their honour today.
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