Patrick Gathara

Patrick Gathara

Patrick Gathara is a Nairobi-based writer and award-winning political cartoonist.

People in the park at night in front of water

Nairobi Should Rethink Its Colonialist Approach to Urban Design

The road being built in Nairobi is for the rich. Even if it will no longer traverse the city’s major park, it’s not the future-thinking urban design that Kenya needs.

Members of security forces climb stairs. The Dusit hotel can be seen through a window.

An Inhospitable City: Nairobi After the Dusit Hotel Bombings

In Kenya’s capital, the extensive security measures that have always divided the city—once by race, now by class—have grown even more extreme.

Kenyans board matatus in Nairobi, Kenya.

Once Again, a Ban on Matatus in the Nairobi City Center Has Failed

This month, Nairobi tried to ban matatus from the city center. As the privately owned buses are many Kenyans’ only travel option, the ban lasted only a day.