Patrick Gathara

Patrick Gathara

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

Kenya

Kenya's BBI is the political elite's attempt to rewrite history

The initiative assumes our problems can be cured by letting the political class dictate how history is to be told.

Kenya's BBI is the political elite's attempt to rewrite history

Africa

Eurafrica and the myth of African independence

Independence did not decolonise African countries and did not put an end to European exploitation.

Eurafrica and the myth of African independence

Africa

Berlin 1884: Remembering the conference that divided Africa

135 years ago today, European leaders sat around a horseshoe-shaped table to set the rules for Africa's colonisation.

Berlin 1884: Remembering the conference that divided Africa

Russia

Russia has joined the 'scramble' for Africa

Russia seeks 'low-cost, high-profile' opportunities on the African continent to burnish its prestige.

Russia has joined the 'scramble' for Africa

Brexit

Why democracy is crumbling in the West

People are increasingly relegating decision-making to the elites and limiting their democratic participation to voting.

Why democracy is crumbling in the West

Kenya

Dynasties vs hustlers in Kenya

A new populist political narrative can help Kenya do away from ethno-politics.

Dynasties vs hustlers in Kenya

Robert Mugabe

What went wrong with African liberation?

The anti-colonial movements in Africa did not liberate the people; they only liberated the state.

What went wrong with African liberation?

Kenya

Kenya's census and government mass surveillance agenda

Why Kenyan citizens are asked for information that a regular population count does not need.

Kenya's census and government mass surveillance agenda

Kenya

Is Kenya's anti-corruption drive working?

High-level indictments, such as FM Henry Rotich's, do not necessarily mean less public money is being stolen.

Is Kenya's anti-corruption drive working?

Donald Trump

Trump's racism and American exceptionalism

The belief that America is exceptional is based on the old colonial misconception that power bestows moral superiority.

Trump's racism and American exceptionalism

Media

The problem is not 'negative' Western media coverage of Africa

Rather, it is the lack of in-depth and nuanced reporting on the continent and beyond.

The problem is not 'negative' Western media coverage of Africa

Censorship

The death of the political cartoon

A pillar of journalism is being destroyed by oppressive governments, online mobs and profit-oriented media moguls.

The death of the political cartoon