Patrick Gathara

Patrick Gathara

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

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?

Kenya

Does Uhuru Kenyatta know Kenya is burning?

Kenya's president doesn't seem to consider the murder of Kenyans as a security crisis.

Does Uhuru Kenyatta know Kenya is burning?

Kenya

Kenya's fear of liberty

Kenyan society has a way to go before it can describe itself as not just free, but also free of the

Kenya's fear of liberty

War & Conflict

Mysteries linger over Westgate Mall attack

Kenyan government has failed to provide conclusive answers over what really happened in last year's

Mysteries linger over Westgate Mall attack

Israel

Israel and Kenya: Narratives of disposability

Why does the loss of some lives merit more grieving than the loss of others?

Israel and Kenya: Narratives of disposability