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Patrick Gathara

Patrick Gathara

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

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

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