- Joseph Kato’s father was murdered by mysterious gunmen
- But the demise of his dad did not thwart his dream of becoming a medic
- He worked hard in school, scored good grades, and topped his class
- His outstanding performance won him scholarships. And now, he is a doctor
About 20 years ago, Joseph Kato, a 27-year-old teenager from Luweero district in Uganda, lost his father. He was murdered by mysterious gunmen.
The death of Kato’s father, John Senyonjo Kyeyune, nearly paralyzed his education, as there was no one left to pay his school fees.
His mother, Robinah Namusisi, was a housewife, and he had five siblings who were all looking up to the widowed mom. The future looked bleak. But Kato had a dream that one day he will become a doctor no matter what happened. That dream never died with his father.
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“I made a promise that I was going to work hard to become a medical doctor. There was no reason to retract despite the challenges,” he says.
Today, Kato is a medical doctors in Uganda. So how did he make it all the way to the university after his dad passed on?
One of the things that was outstanding about Kato was of course his hardworking and brilliance. True to his words, he worked hard in school and his good performances attracted support from his other relatives.
His uncle Retired Col Fred Bogere picked him up right from right primary school and taught him all the way to university.
“He was always top in class. That encouraged me to chip in and support the boy. I believed he was going to make it,” says the uncle.
Kato went to St Mary’s Kitende for the O and A levels, scored aggregate of eight and 18 points respectively, joined Kampala International University (KIU) in Uganda, pursued medicine, and graduated with a CGPA of 3.66 in Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery.
He is yet another proof that despite challenges, dreams can come true if you work hard towards achieving those dreams.
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