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Kenya Cartoonist sacked after Museveni Caricature

Renowned Kenya cartoonist Godfrey Mwapembwa, known by his pen name Gado, says he will be suing the Daily Nation over what he says was the unlawful termination of his contract.

Gado is one of Kenya’s most popular cartoonists, often poking fun at the elite.
“The Coronation of M7, King Of Uganda”, depicting President Museveni’s February win, is one of his most recent cartoons.

Last year, Gado went on a sabbatical following what he termed was “discomfiture with his works”.

He had just drawn a cartoon in another publication of then-Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, which he says did not show him “in a good light”.

His editor at the newspaper suggested he take some time off – he’s not a full staffer but is contracted to provide cartoons until then end of July 2016.

However, last month, he was given a letter from the paper saying it no longer wanted his services.

The paper insists their parting has been amicable, but the cartoonist believes his sacking is politically motivated and says he believes the administration of President Uhuru Kenyatta has been very unhappy with his work.

By Robert Muriisa.

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