Only Kenyans can save Kenya

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 11:31, by Patrick Gathara
A version of this article was published in The Star

Before last weekend, you’d probably never heard of Hussein Farah Wachu. His is not a famous name, though perhaps it should be. A survivor of the infamous Garissa (or Bulla Karatasi) Massacre of November 1980, whose wife was subsequently murdered by an off-duty policeman fourteen years later, Hussein Farah still waits for justice two decades later. He is an example of what the American author, Negley Farson referred to as the “one half of Kenya which the other half knows nothing about, and seems to care even less.”

Last week, I was… ( Read on! )

The Religion of Development

Friday, August 08, 2014 - 20:18, by Patrick Gathara
A version of this article was published in The Star

A month ago, despite having failed to qualify for the biggest party on earth, members of Kenya's hapless national soccer team had a reason to smile. They were, after all, joining the other 32 national squads in Brazil 2014 courtesy of the (hopefully personal) generosity of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The Stars had to settle for a seat in the stands but what the heck! It was still the closest they have ever been to joining the spectacle.
Last weekend, however, that little joyride didn't seem to have done them much good as lowly-ranked Lesotho… ( Read on! )

The Language Of Occupation

Saturday, August 02, 2014 - 15:00, by Patrick Gathara
A version of this article was published in The Star.

“How can Africans not identify with victims when they've gone through the horrors of colonialism?” Horn of Africa analyst and Aljazeera contributor, Abdullahi Boru asked on Twitter recently, as Israel continued its punishing attack on Gaza. He was bemoaning what he described as the “uncritical support” the Jewish state was getting from some on the continent.

 Indeed, one would think that Africans would be among the first to recognize an anti-colonial struggle when they saw one. However it turns that colonialism can be rather easy to… ( Read on! )

Wishing On Alfred Mutua's Falling Star

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 09:33, by Patrick Gathara
A version of this was published in The Star

Legend has it that wishing upon a shooting star makes the wish come true. These broken pieces of rock and dust, burning up as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere, have for ages been thought to be signs that the gods are listening particularly attentively.  I think it is time to make a wish.

For more than a year, Dr Alfred Mutua, the media savvy governor of Machakos county has been a star in the Kenyan political firmament. His revolutionary idea, that government was instituted to deliver timely service to the people at a price that didn’t break the… ( Read on! )

What The Elite Don't Want Us To See

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 08:02, by Patrick Gathara
A version of this article was published on Aljazeera Online

Just over a month ago, Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga returned from what he described as a three-month sabbatical with a call for a national dialogue and announced a series of countrywide political rallies culminating on the historic Saba Saba (or 7/7 for the 7th of July), the anniversary of a banned 1990 rally, a highlight of the push for what came to be known as "the Second Liberation".

It is a hugely significant date. During the fight against the Moi dictatorship, Saba Saba came to be a symbol of defiance, a reminder of the… ( Read on! )

Profile

Patrick Gathara

Patrick Gathara

He likes to blog about Kenyan and international politics.

Biography | Personal Blogg (external link) | RSS

  1. [1] of posts are tagged with Marginalisation
  2. [1] of posts are tagged with Bulla Karatasi Massacre
  3. [2] of posts are tagged with Alfred Mutua
  4. [1] of posts are tagged with Property prices
  5. [1] of posts are tagged with Terror
  6. [2] of posts are tagged with Fake Development
  7. [1] of posts are tagged with Occupation
  8. [1] of posts are tagged with Machakos
  9. [1] of posts are tagged with Saba Saba
  10. [1] of posts are tagged with Hate speech
  11. [1] of posts are tagged with Elite
  12. [1] of posts are tagged with Mpeketoni
  13. [1] of posts are tagged with William Faulkner
  14. [1] of posts are tagged with Usalama Watch
  15. [1] of posts are tagged with NARC
  16. [1] of posts are tagged with Kroll report
  17. [1] of posts are tagged with Kasarani
  18. [1] of posts are tagged with Refugees
  19. [1] of posts are tagged with Somalis
  20. [1] of posts are tagged with State Of The Nation
  21. [1] of posts are tagged with Mama Ngina
  22. [1] of posts are tagged with Exclusion
  23. [1] of posts are tagged with Crimea
  24. [1] of posts are tagged with Kisumu
  25. [1] of posts are tagged with Radicalization
  26. [1] of posts are tagged with Sikh
  27. [1] of posts are tagged with Masjid Musa
  28. [1] of posts are tagged with Inequality
  29. [1] of posts are tagged with Lupita Nyong'o
  30. [1] of posts are tagged with Homosexuality

Search
CMS and web by Noop | Design by Ingrid Apollon | Supported by Norad