- 75 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 9, 1940
- Place of birth:
Kiambu, Limuru, Kenya
- Date of passing: Apr 20, 2015
- Place of passing:
Kiambu, Ndumberi, Kenya
|Guka you will forever remain in our hearts|
This memorial website was created in memory of our grandfather, uncle, father and brother mzee Simon Gatee Kiarie, 75, born on February 9, 1940 and passed away on April 20, 2015. We will remember him forever.
As you all know, back in mid 2010, guka as we fondly called him was driving his long owned toyota along kiambu road, when masked gunmen suddenly shot him. He had severally complained of a mysterious cars following him, and infact as we all know, he had had several prior attempts on his life due to his political work. After the shooting, guka developed severe health complications and I remember crying uncontrollably the first time I saw him looking frail seated in a wheelchair shortly after the incident. Though in great physical pain, he souldered on for over four years until he finally succumbed to his injuries.
Guka was a lifetime member of the Anglican Church of Kenya, a longtime member of various opposition political parties and a passionate community human rights activist. He was generous to a fault and always reached out to help anyone who needed a helping hand. He leaves behind two sons, George Warima and Edwin Gachinga, his ex-wife Loise Wangui, two sisters, a brother, sixteen grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and many friends.
You lived a life worth emulating guka. Your bravery, courage and kindness will never be forgotten. The most wonderful grandfather I could ask for. We'll forever love you and cherish you. Forever missing you.
"Until his passing, I'd worked for mzee for twenty one years. I had started with him as a young man, and he took a fatherly figure with me over the years. He has guided me throughout my political career, teaching me how to live a fulfilling life. How to speak up for myself. He'd usually joke with me saying 'Tam uretua mboga ukarangwo nu?' Mzee you have taught me everything I know, it's hard to believe your gone to heaven where you're now seated together with Jesus. Till we meet again up there...rest well"
"As some may know my grandfather, Simon K. Kiarie passed away on April 20th, four years after that fateful morning when he was shot while driving home. Close family members were there during his final moments. Unlike the the constant pain he endured during the last four years, his final moments were quiet and he actually smiled a little. He went peacefully with no drugs, & no pain. I am grateful that I was able to be with him, to tell him that I loved him, and that he was the best guka (grandfather), and friend that I could ever have hope to have. His courage & bravery in his human rights works touched so many, and left a lasting impression on us all. While many will remember him for his outspokenness, he will always be something much more than a political activist. He was Guka."
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