Legendary newscaster Catherine Kasavuli has died at the age of 60.
This has been confirmed by KBC acting Managing Director Samuel Maina.
She was being hospitalized at the KNH Private Wing after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Until yesterday night,Kasavuli was jovial, high in spirit and appeared to be in stable conditions conditions and no visible signs pointed she’d breath her last.
During her stay in the hospital, notable government officials among them Sports and Youth’s Affairs CS Ababu Namwamba and Health CS Health CS Susan Nakhumicha who also said a word of prayer for Kasavuli.
Kasavuli started her career as a radio continuity announcer in 1980 at the Voice of Kenya, which was renamed to KBC in later years. She later transitioned to television at the company in 1985.
In March 1990, Catherine became part of the founding team of KTN as the first privately owned television station in the country. She had the honour of becoming the station’s first anchor to go on live broadcast, a shift from the previous pre-recorded format.
After being at KTN for 17 years, Kasavuli left the station in 2007 to join Citizen TV, owned by Royal Media Services. She was part of the mass exodus that saw a number of high-profile news anchors such as Swaleh Mdoe and Louie Otieno leave the Standard Group owned TV Station for Citizen TV.
In 2015, Kasavuli retired from the limelight to work behind the screens.
She has been eulogized by her former viewers,journalists whom she mentored in the media industry and high profile leaders in the country.
“Kasavuli was a reflection of analytical and professional journalism, demonstrated through her stellar career in the newsroom” Gideon Moi, Son of the former President Dainel Toroitich A. Moi. The late president was one of her ardent viewer.
7 Life Lessons learnt from her hospital bed
- Family is all you have at the end of the day
- Always make peace with your family no matter what
- Always depend on God and prayer
- Always appreciate friends and colleagues you can count on
- Keep believing and do not lose hope
- Love your body and treasure it
- Do good, it always come back