Latest from Patrick Gathara

Kenya’s government is abandoning its citizens in the face of disaster

The government's coronavirus strategy appears to be falling apart. It is the time for citizens to demand more.
  • Jul 25, 2020

In Kenya, colonial statues came down. The problem was what replaced them.

Removing statues is just the first step of a longer, more difficult process.
  • Jul 8, 2020

Kenya is turning a public health crisis into a law-and-order one

The government is used to demanding obedience rather than seeking consent.
  • May 7, 2020

Kenya’s coronavirus strategy is straight out of the colonial playbook

It is imperative that the state start treating its citizens as partners rather than problems.
  • Mar 25, 2020

Democracy is in retreat in Africa — and not just in Sudan and Algeria

Kenyans have a long history of fighting against oppression.
  • Jun 6, 2019

Sudan’s future is uncertain. But sadly, Bashir’s looks rather promising.

For now, the system that kept dictator Omar Hassan al-Bashir in power might be experiencing some strain — but it is still very much in control.
  • Apr 12, 2019

Nigeria’s election shows that technology won’t save broken democracies

As the dust settles on Nigeria’s elections amid reports of technology failures and violence, it is clear that digital elections are no panacea.
  • Mar 19, 2019

What the unspeakable tragedy of Caroline Mwatha reveals about Kenya

The Kenyan state still has trouble recognizing, let alone honoring, the humanity of ordinary Kenyans.
  • Feb 13, 2019

Kenyans suspend skepticism amid Nairobi attack. But we should know better.

Kenya’s government is notoriously unreliable when it comes to issuing information about terrorist attacks.
  • Jan 16, 2019