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Leaders mourn iconic advocate; the late Monari

Different leaders and Members of the Law Society of Kenya continue to send messages of condolences to the family of the late Advocate Evans Monari who died early Tuesday morning at Nairobi Hospital.

Family sources say, Monari had stayed at the hospital’s ICU for close to two weeks.

Monari was part of the legal team that represented former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali who faced Crimes Against Humanity Charges in The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC).

Family member, Ken Monari said the late Monari died on Monday after a long illness battling multiple complications of his internal organs.

The deceased is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and was a Partner in Coulson Harney, Advocates where he was the Head of Dispute Resolution and Arbitration.

In his condolence message, President Uhuru described the late Monari as a solid and dependable legal mind who leaves behind a rich legacy of professional success.

“It is regrettable that we’ve lost Evans to the cruel hand of death after a long illness. He was one of our country’s leading lawyers who distinguished himself as a dependable resource as seen from his successes.”

Deputy President William Ruto said the late was a farsighted visionary lawyer with a supreme knowledge of the Constitution and the law.

“He was a gentleman, tireless and easy going. At this sad moment, our thoughts and prayers are with the Monari family, their loved ones and the legal profession.”

Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi said Evans was one of the greatest legal minds the Gusii community has ever produced.

“His professionalism, grasp of the law, charm and wit saw him rise to become one of the most successful and most sought-after lawyers in the country.”

His colleague Omwanza Ombati said; “It is written that there is a season and time for everything. Evans  lived on his terms.”

Borabu MP Ben Momanyi said through Evans some of the lawyers learnt a lot in the legal field. “His legal prowess was unmatched. I wasn’t surprised when he represented President Uhuru at ICC.”

He was admitted as a lawyer in 1987 after the completion of his studies at the University of Nairobi.

Another Advocate Donald Kipkorir condoled with the family quoting author William Shakespeare. “Death lies on him like an untimely frost upon the sweetest flower of all the field.”

“Evans was a giant in every sense; super clever, humorous, generous and humble. He was a sophisticate and philosopher.”

Kipkorir said in death, Evans rests in youthful eternity. “I am truly blessed our paths crossed. He lives in my heart forever. He is my truest friend.”

By Frank Akunga

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