Roots Party leader George Wajackoyah on Thursday, January 12, 2023, defended his move to advocate for the legalization of marijuana.
Speaking during a memorial service for late veteran journalist Catherine Kasavuli at Friends Church, Ngong Road, Wajackoyah said his marijuana agenda was misunderstood.
The 2022 presidential candidate insisted that marijuana would have cured Catherine Kasavuli of her cancer disease.
“My sister (Catherine Kasavuli) has died of a curable disease. When I was talking about Marijuana many people didn’t understand me. I was talking of medical value that cures cancer, cures COVID, and other maladies,
“Canada grows marijuana for industrial and medical purposes. But here people think I’m a madman. I’m doing my second Ph.D. anyway,” Wajackoyah said.
Wajackoyah, who emerged third in the August 9, presidential election further revealed details of his last conversation with the late Catherine Kasavuli.
Wajackoyah stated that they talked about how research needs to be advanced toward the treatment of cancer.
“When I last spoke to her we talked about how somebody somewhere needs to do something about this thing (cancer). Let us find out what we can do to arrest cancer.
“Let us look for a way of treating our people…Cancer is treatable. People are rushed to India for treatment and the medicine they are given is made out of Marijuana,” he said.
The prime-time news anchor passed on two weeks ago following a battle with cancer.
Confirming her death, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) Managing Director Samuel said the late Kasavauli died on the night of December 29, 2022.
“It is true. She passed on yesterday night. It is related to the cancer ailment that she’s been bravely fighting in the recent past,” Maina said.
Kasavuli began her media career in 1980 at the Voice of Kenya which was later renamed KBC before she switched to the television wing of the station in 1985.
In 1990, Kasavuli joined KTN which was just starting where she anchored the news for close to two decades before she moved to Royal Media Owned Citizen TV in 2007.
She stayed at Citizen TV where she held different positions until she retired in 2015 to work on her personal projects.