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Kenyans mourn veteran broadcaster Catherine Kasavuli

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 Veteran broadcaster Catherine Kasavuli.

Kenyans are mourning veteran broadcaster Catherine Kasavuli who died at the Kenyatta National Hospital after a long battle with cervical cancer.

Taking to social media, fellow media personalities paid their last respects to the legendary TV anchor while pouring heartfelt tributes.

"I grew up admiring your prowess, beauty and skills when reading news. Used to imitate and later followed the same career path. You were indeed a great trailblazer. Fare thee well," wrote Naisula Lesuuda.

"A legend rests. I was lucky to have met you and sat in one of your Broadcast sessions. You've truly left an indelible mark in the broadcast space in the people that you nurtured. Go well Catherine Kasavuli," said Aby Agina.

Anne Waiguru said she was "deeply saddened" by her passing, adding that "she graced our screens as a passionate & professional news anchor who mentored as many as she inspired."

Ezekiel Mutua echoed that the media industry had lost an "icon, a true broadcasting legend," adding that Kasavuli lit the screens with her "voice and poise and made yourself a household name."

Gladys Wanga said Kasavuli was a "trailblazer," and "generations of us grew up watching you read the news on television with poise, intelligence, and prowess."

James Smart described Kasavuli as "unbelievably pleasant, humble, and warm."

He added, "She said to me when I joined TV to "always choose to be humble because I have been invited in people's homes" her huge star can't be dimmed and her place in Kenya's history is secured."

Ferdinard Omondi said he was honoured to have shared the studio with Kasavuli as a sports news anchor in his early years.

"She was a graceful senior colleague, a calm teacher, and a respectful mentor," wrote Omondi.

Robert Alai said, "Catherine Kasavuli was not only a great media personality who inspired millions in this country but he was also a huge part of the Kileleshwa family."

Last month, KBC Managing Director Samuel Maina informed the public that Kasavuli has been admitted to the KNH private wing and urged well-wishers to donate blood.

The post was shared widely as Kenyans sent messages of hope to the newscaster, who was the first anchor to host a live broadcast on KTN in 1990.

"Thank you to everyone who has visited, donated their blood, sent prayers and to everyone who has been contributing financially...May God never leave you.

"I am a strong woman. I know I will fight this. I am currently getting ready for a 2nd phase procedure," wrote Kasavuli while thanking well-wishers.

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