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Gado, Kenya’s feted cartoonist gets a job with Deutsche Welle


Gado, a celebrated cartoonist who was recently fired by Nation Media Group has landed a job with a German media house

The media house, Deutsche Welle, broadcasts all over the world in over 30 languages, among them, Kiswahili

It is barely a month since Nation Media Group informed one of Africa’s  most celebrated cartoonists that they would not be renewing his contract.

His unceremonious firing came in the wake of a controversial series of  caricatures he had drawn, poking fun at the current leadership. He had worked for Daily Nation for two decades before he was fired.

Deutsche Welle (DW) an international media company has offered the feted cartoonist a job. On Wednesday, March 23, Gado published his first cartoon with DW.

It was a satirical representation of the just concluded Zanzibar elections that saw  incumbent president, Ali Mohamed Shein, take over 91% of the total win in an election that was disputed by  the opposition.

Gado is one of the Kenyan media personalities who have been taken by the German media house. In 2015, Edith Kimani, a former news presenter at KTN left the Standard Group and started working with DW.

Nation Media Group is currently embroiled in a legal tussle with Dennis Galava, an editor who was fired over an article that nitpicked the current government. The former Nation editor is suing the company for a tune of KSh 400 million.

Gado, who spoke to Allan Namu, an investigative journalist, spoke of his disappointment at the manner in which he was fired. Parting ways with his employer of 23 years under unknown circumstances was not a thing he had envisioned in his career as a cartoonist.


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