For the last two decades, political cartoonist Godfrey Mwampembwa - better known as Gado - worked for Kenya's leading newspaper, the Daily Nation. He used satire to hold power to account in the country and across the region. But that all ended three months ago when he was fired.

According to Gado, although he is contesting the reasons for his firing, the order came from a place much more powerful than the Media Group - from President Uhuru Kenyatta's office. Although Gado's work has been known to rub officials up the wrong way, a recent slew of risque critiques have seen tensions rise in neighbouring Tanzania. The East African - a Media Group newspaper - was banned from Tanzania when a Gado caricature criticising President Jakaya Kikwete caused an uproar. 

Gado is convinced this was the beginning of the end for his role with Media Group - but what are the other contributors to this seemingly harsh response to Kenya's constitutional reforms that supposedly "guaranteed" freedom of speech? We talk to Gado about his story and what it says about the state of the media in Kenya.

In addition to Godfrey Mwampembwa, other speakers in this story are: Robi Ochieng, lecturer, USIU; John-Allan Namu, investigative journalist; Tom Mshindi, editor-in-chief, Nation Media Group; and Dennis Itumbi, government spokesman.

Source: Al Jazeera