Martin Kasavuli, on Thursday, January 12, thanked President William Ruto during the requiem mass of his mother and veteran TV anchor, Catherine Kasavuli.
During his speech at the TV queen's funeral service, Martin expressed his gratitude to Ruto for supporting him during instances when the Head of State did not have to.
His shoutout came at the tail-end of his speech when he retreated back to his seat after paying a special tribute to this mother before returning to the podium to deliver a personal message.
"There has been a lot of speculation in media and rumours which I don't have to speak on behalf of the President but all I want to say is thank you very much and God bless you," Martin stated.
Martin, who is Kasavuli's only child, also recounted his encounter with the Head of State in 2015 during the burial of Makari - the son of former cabinet minister Mukhisa Kituyi.
"In 2015, when my friend Makri passed on, I was seated next to the deputy president. I was minding my business when he reached out to console me.
"One thing I noticed about him is that he read every page about the programme and he asked me questions that I should have known and I was caught flat-footed," he recounted.
Earlier at the event, Martin chose not to read a written tribute to his mother and from his heart, he shared with the mourners the great relationship they enjoyed for over 40 years.
He described the TV darling as a loving, caring and understanding mother who was ever-present in his life. He added that she was very humble and always had a warm smile.
On January 8, Ruto contributed Ksh5 million to the late Kasavuli's family and waived her hospital bill at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
This is after the family requested for members of the public to step in and help them foot a medical bill of Ksh4 million.
Kasavuli died in December 2022 after battling cervical cancer.