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Catherine Kasavuli: Veteran TV News Anchor Dies at 60

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Catherine Kasavuli, the celebrated TV news anchor is dead.

Kasavuli died on the night of December 29 at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) where she has been receiving treatment.

The revered news anchor was battling cervical cancer and had been admitted to the KNH private wing since October 26, 2022.

“Legendary broadcaster, Catherine Kasavuli, has died. She passed away on Thursday (December 29) night at KNH where she was receiving treatment,” said KBC in a statement on Friday, December 30 morning.

Early last month, the KNH blood donation unit appealed to members of the public to donate blood for Kasavuli through a blood request form.

Kasavuli’s family had also requested Kenyans for financial assiatance to help her offset her bill at KNH.

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Kasavuli made a name in 1990s as an anchor with KTN. Prior she had been working with KBC.

She would later join Royal Media Services and retired in 2015.

Kasavuli came out retirement to return as a prime time newscaster on KBC in July 2021, where she hosted the Legend Edition.

Kasavuli kicked off her career in 1980 as a radio continuity announcer at the Voice of Kenya, later renamed KBC.

Later, in 1985 after advice by a colleague, she switched from radio to KBC television.

In 1987, she enrolled for professional training at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC).

She then joined KTN in March 1990, where she stayed up to 2007.

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In 2007, she left KTN for Citizen TV where she worked as an anchor before taking up corporate affairs roles and temporarily retiring in 2015.

Approximately 15 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every week and 97% of women do not understand what causes it.

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