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Catherine Kasavuli, the single mom who befriended her only son

Martin Agingu Kasavuli, the only child of the late veteran journalist Catherine Kasavuli eulogized his mother as his friend and hailed the close friendship they shared.

The funeral booklet in Nairobi News’ possession states that the late Kasavuli was a single mother who doted on her son after his birth in August 1981.

Martin also called on men to be present and active in ensuring that the health of the women in their lives was good and all their checkups were up to date especially when it came to cancer.

During the funeral service held at the Friends Church on Ngong Road, Martin also revealed he was more of a body guard to his mother and was overly protective of her, which is why he was very nervous when his mother began receiving high profile guests in her room at the Kenyatta National Hospital prime care wing- and photos of her were taken as she convalesced.

“To the honored guests and dignitaries, I cannot say thank you enough. To CS Ababu (Namwamba), I was very nervous when that picture was about to go out and you gave me the opportunity- one of the things that I, I can’t remember who it was that said it, ‘son, either allow us to help your mother or get out of the way.’ And I said,eh, ok. So they said ‘this is what we needed to do.’ And I realized I was still being my mum’s bodyguard, I was still being very protective. I didn’t want to take away her privacy because many of you have little bits. Trust me, the only person who knows the full story is here. And I will tell you- she was the most humble of people, most conservative- beauty and glamour aside,” added Mr Martin Kasavuli.

Sports, Culture and Arts CS Ababu Namwamba visited the late Catherine Kasavuli on December 4, 2022, and he released photos on his social media showing an emaciated patient in her bed as they held hands for prayer for her healing, and he later hugged her. In the post, CS Namwamba credited the late Kasavuli as the first female TV anchor in Kenya who inspired generations of female anchors.

The late Catherine Kasavuli passed away on December 29, 2022, after a long battle with cervical cancer and is set to be buried at her home in Kakamega County.

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