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‘It Pains To Admit It, But Apparently, I Have Passed Away’ Evans Monari Wrote His own Eulogy



Prominent Lawyer Evans Monari on Sunday was laid to rest in his Kisii rural home at a funeral attended by top Government officials and members of the legal fraternity.

In a message delivered by Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i, President Uhuru Kenyatta described the late lawyer as a man whose contribution to the nation was invaluable.

President Kenyatta lauded Monari for his commitment to promoting education especially for vulnerable children.

He described the late Monari as a legal mind whose intellect would leave an indelible mark in the profession.

Colleague lawyers eulogized Monari as a brilliant, diligent and kind lawyer. Leaders including Interior CS Matiang’i & ANC leader Mudavadi attended burial.

While all praises came from family and friends, Monari who appears to have prophesied his own death, had written his own eulogy. Read it below.


By Solicitor-General Kennedy Ogeto, CBS.

As Narrated By Evans Monari

It pains me to admit it, but apparently, I have passed away. Everyone told me it would happen one day but that’s simply not something I wanted to hear, much less experience. For once I didn’t get things my way this time around!

On 20 October, 1962 my parents and the larger
Riakumba Village celebrated my birth and I was
introduced to all as Evans Nyarong’i Monari, the first born child of George Hudson Monari Ogeto (who left us recently) and Teresa Bosibori Monari.

Thereafter, I celebrated the first birthdays of my siblings Ken, Dr.Fronica, Late Lilian, Geoffrey and Dennis. As a child I attended Nyakongo, Kahawa and St.Georges Primary Schools, which planted the seed that eventually led me to becoming a lawyer.

Frankly speaking, I really enjoyed reading comics like Archie, Astrix, Beano etc. Occasionally I would play ‘Hide and Seek’ and was the biggest trader of marbles in theneighborhood.

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I proudly started my secondary school education at Parklands but I didn’t like their uniform and soon left for Upperhill School where I spent five years. Indeed, I passed my A-level with flying colours winning thecoveted best literature student in Kenya before proceeding to study law at the University of Nairobi. Initially I wanted to study journalism but thanks to my late father who convinced me to study law, something I am forever grateful. So many things in my life seemed of little
significance at the time they happened but then took on a greater importance as I got older. The memories I’m taking with me now are so precious and have more value than all the gold and silver in my jewelry box.

Memories…. where do I begin? Let’s for a moment shift our thoughts from the fact that Iam gone from earth to another world to one of the many funny, joking, laughing, musical,happy comical times we shared together…and there were many for all us. For a brief My last assignment was as the Senior Disputes & Arbitration Partner at Bowmans Nairobi, Kenya: Coulson Harney LLP, Chairman & Non-Executive Director of Eaagads Ltd. and
Chairman & Director of Sax & Violins Lounge, Karen.

I bravely endured a long illness but unfortunately on Monday 04 October 2021 I passed on after being hospitalized at the Nairobi Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where I was battling multiple complications of his internal organs. I’ve been a devoted son, an energetic teenager, a loving husband, a comforting father, a dedicated lawyer, a true and loyal friend and if you don’t believe it, just ask me. Oh wait, I’m afraid it’s too late for questions. Sorry!

So … I was born; I blinked; and it was over. No buildings named after me; no monuments erected
in my honour. However, I did have the chance to know and love each and every friend as well as all my family members. How much more blessed can a person be? So in the end, remember… do your best, follow your arrow, and make something amazing out of your life. Oh, and never stop smiling.

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If you want to, you can look for me in the evening sunset or with the earliest spring daffodils
or amongst the flitting and fluttering butterflies. You know I’ll be there in one form or
another. Of course that will probably comfort some while antagonizing others, but you know me…..
it’s what I do.

I’ll leave you with this…please don’t cry because I’m gone; instead be happy that I was
here. (Or maybe you can cry a little bit. After all, I have passed away). Today I am happy and I am dancing. Probably playing a saxophone too.

Sir Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what
we give”. If that is true, then I made a great life.
May the perpetual light shine upon you Evans. Rest in Eternal Peace..

The Eulogy.

The Eulogy.

Monari died early this month at a Nairobi hospital while undergoing pancreatic cancer treatment.

Evans Monari who was part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s legal team at the ICC had been in the ICU at Nairobi Hospital for almost two months.

The late lawyer was a partner in Bowmans’ Law Firm Nairobi office where he specialized in commercial litigation, civil litigation among other matters.

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