Pan African Tech Company Cellulant loses 6 IT Experts in the Dusit Terrorist Attack

They were killed as they fought to protect and save some of their colleagues


Pan African mobile payment company Cellulant was probably the hardest hit in the Tuesday terror attack in Riverside Nairobi, losing 6 highly valued IT experts in the incident.

The six men were all shot dead during the terrorists’ attack which left at least 21 people dead when Al Shabaab militants raided the upmarket luxury hotel and office complex.

They were killed as they heroically fought to protect and save some of their colleagues.

Those killed were Ashford Kuria (head of product development), Dennis Mwaniki (Head of Information security), Jeremiah Mbaria (head of hub), John Ndiritu (quality assurance tester) and Kelvin Gitonga (hub engineer).

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Founded in 2004 in Nairobi by Kenyan Ken Njoroge and Nigerian Bolaji Akinboro, Cellulant recently hit a valuation of Shs 10.8 Billion ( USD 105 million) after raising Shs 47. 5 Billion in a Series C funding led by TPG’s Rise Fund.

Headquartered in Nairobi, Cellulant operates in 8 African countries, including Nigeria.

It provides one-stop digital payments platform among other mobile payment solutions.

There will be a memorial service for the six on Tuesday, 22nd January 2019 at CITAM, Valley Road, 10.30am.