BY SAM ALFAN.
Outspoken lawyer Donald Kipkorir has lashed out at Kenyans mourning departed colleague Evans Monari saying most of them were not there for him at his hour of need.
In an emotional tribute to Dr Monari, Don as he is popularly known said those crying loudest were not there to assist the lawyer when he mostly needed them.
The departed senior counsel died after battling illness for a while. Colleagues in the legal profession had to be rallied to fundraise to clear a bill of Sh16 million as Monari battled for his life in Intensive Care Unit.
“Yet, when he died, many are shedding tears. I have no issue with mourning. But i have a problem with those who were in a position to hold Monari’s hand when he needed, and didn’t. I have a problem with those who could have given Monari public assignments and didn’t. Who could have given him BIG LEGAL BRIEFS and didn’t. He never sought favours but he should have been given,” he wrote.
The lawyer took issue with senior public officials who he said had a chance of picking him for honours, state jobs or big legal briefs but never did. He also poured tribute to Monari saying he was among the best brains but remained humble.
“He would switch from discussing William Shakespeare to the most mundane and base of human life at its most primeval. He had friends across all social strata”, adds Kipkorir.
He further states that for all the years Evans was his friend, he shared all he had even the little he didn’t have.
“If he had one tunic, and he met one without clothes, he will remove his tunic and give him. He always assisted whoever asked. He was the lone Samaritan in our life journey from Jerusalem to Jericho”, says Kipkorir.
Monari was super clever and reached the pinnacle of his legal career, yet the system didn’t reward him and he confided to him many times that he was waiting for President Uhuru Kenyatta to give him a public office.
Kipkorir adds that Monari wanted to serve the Public. He saw his friends becoming Judges, Attorney General, Solicitor General and Cabinet Ministers. He waited for his call that never came through.
Lawyer Kipkorir revealed that there were moments Monari had rough patches in his career and life like all of us.
He adds that there are moments Monari needed friends to hold his hand and to give him water to drink,to drop him home, to walk with him and very few were there. They can’t be five.
Yet, when he died, many are shedding tears. I have no issue with mourning. But i have a problem with those who were in a position to hold Monari’s hand when he needed, and didn’t. I have a problem with those who could have given Monari public assignments and didn’t. Who could have given him BIG LEGAL BRIEFS and didn’t. He never sought favours but he should have been given.
Monari deserved to have been made a Minister, Attorney General or Chairman of the biggest State Corporation. He should have been given EGH and SC. He wasn’t given any. Kenya rewards charlatans, fraudsters and conmen. But our brightest, we only celebrate them when they die.
“As I watch, read and listen to those mourning my friend, they remind me of Marcus Junius Brutus, the adopted son of Julius Caesar who led the Conspirators in killing his father. Evans was Father to many. He mentored many. He gave inspiration to many”, Kipkorir adds.
As we mourn Dr. Evans Monari, it is time to soul searching. Don’t say someone is your friend, when you didn’t know his struggles and if you knew, it, didn’t help in any way. Don’t call someone your friend, if you didn’t pick their calls or called them. If you never invited them to break bread.
Hypocrisy in Kenya stinks to the High Heavens, he concluded!