Patrick Gathara

Patrick Gathara

Patrick Gathara is a communications consultant, writer, and award-winning political cartoonist based in Nairobi. 

WikiLeaks

Assange and WikiLeaks: A view from Kenya

WikiLeaks has been a key source of revelations about the transgressions of the Kenyan political elite.

Assange and WikiLeaks: A view from Kenya

Africa

Why are Kenyans starving in food-secure Kenya?

The country has more than enough food to feed its population; yet dozens are starving in its drought-stricken north.

Why are Kenyans starving in food-secure Kenya?

France

The path to colonial reckoning is through archives, not museums

Returning colonial archives would allow Africans to begin constructing more accurate narratives of colonial experience.

 The path to colonial reckoning is through archives, not museums

Kenya

Kenya should let the ICJ settle its maritime dispute with Somalia

The Kenyan government's decision to engage in a diplomatic escalation against Somalia is likely to backfire.

Kenya should let the ICJ settle its maritime dispute with Somalia

Kenya

Americans can use some democracy advice from Kenyans

As democracy crumbles in the US, Kenyans can teach Americans a thing or two about political struggle.

Americans can use some democracy advice from Kenyans

Kenya

Kenyans will be asking tough questions after the Nairobi attack

Al-Shabab has been targeting Kenyan civilians and soldiers for years now. Why have no lessons been learned?

Kenyans will be asking tough questions after the Nairobi attack

Africa

Obama's impact on Kenyatta's imprimatur

In Kenya, Barack Obama's visit is seen as an international acknowledgement of Uhuru Kenyatta's government.

Obama's impact on Kenyatta's imprimatur

War & Conflict

Is Kenya at war with al-Shabab?

In Kenya, talk of war masks a multitude of sins on the part of the government and security agents.

Is Kenya at war with al-Shabab?

War & Conflict

Kenya massacre: No lessons learnt from Westgate

Kenya government response to Garissa massacre shows nothing has changed since Westgate Mall attack.

Kenya massacre: No lessons learnt from Westgate

Africa

What African leaders failed to learn from Singapore

Across Africa, Singapore's founder has been lionised and some have sought to replicate his autocratic methods.

What African leaders failed to learn from Singapore

Environment

PR stunt hides a brutal truth about the ivory trade

Kenya's government relies on dramatic pictures of burning ivory to obscure any critical interrogation of its record.

PR stunt hides a brutal truth about the ivory trade

Kenya

Did Kenya get justice at the ICC?

A guilty verdict is not the only measure of justice; a properly investigated case is the least anyone could ask for.

Did Kenya get justice at the ICC?