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KBC unveils veteran journalist to replace Catherine Kasavuli

Kasavuli aired the Saturday prime-time bulletin which the new anchor will now take over

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The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) has unveiled veteran journalist Fayyaz Qureishi to take the place of the late news anchor Catherine Kasavuli as Saturday prime-time news anchor.

Qureishi who boasts over two decades of experience in journalism was part of the team unveiled in 2021.

Qureishi joined KTN in the 1990s where he anchored news alongside Kasavuli and gradually rose to become one of the common faces of prime-time news. He now joins KBC's English bulletin team made up of John Jacob Kioria, Shiksha Arora and Tom Mboya.

Kasavuli aired the Saturday prime-time news until illness forced her off cameras.


She would then go ahead to receive treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital where she passed on aged 60.

During Kasavuli's requiem mass, Nairobi senator Edwin Sifuna asked President William Ruto to build a monument in honour of the late TV queen.


Sifuna emphasised the importance of honouring prominent Kenyans who have passed away, including Kasavuli, who made a tremendous mark as the first female news anchor in the country.

"These individuals should be honoured, and I am glad that the Cabinet Secretary for Sports is also the Cabinet Secretary for culture. We should find ways to celebrate these heroes in life as well as in death," he said.

Kasavuli was celebrated as a journalist who mentored many journalists during her time in the newsroom.


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