• Catherine Kasavuli was eulogized as a mentor who guided many media personalities at the early stages of their careers.
• Sifuna highlighted unknown struggles facing the media industry
Media personality Catherine Kasavuli was eulogized as a mentor who guided many media personalities in the early stages of their careers.
A memorial service was held on Friday at the Friends' International Centre along Ngong road.
Nairobi senator Edwin Sifuna highlighted unknown struggles facing the media industry, saying journalists face similar challenges as regular citizens despite their glamorous image on television.
"As the Secretary-General of ODM, I have had the opportunity to interact with members of the media.
Not everything you see on TV is as glamorous as it seems. These individuals face struggles and problems, just like everyone else.
Senator Sifuna emphasized the importance of honouring prominent Kenyans who have passed away, including Catherine Kasavuli.
He talked about media companies not taking care of their staff despite them being the face of their companies.
"Many of these media companies, some of whom are my friends, do not take adequate care of the people behind the cameras. It's just a fact.
When you're told you need to dress well, those clothes are costly, shoes are expensive, and these days, I hear that you can't read the news without a weave, I don't know why. Even they come with a price," he added.
Her family has described her as a mentor and a great treasure.
Kasavuli's son Martin, nicknamed Tati, described his mother as jovial, stylish, and the coolest ever. Martin said his mum loved people and on several occasions, he met strangers in his mother's hospital room.
Media personality Jimmy Gathu said the veteran news anchor taught him the importance of harnessing talent.