The state Minister of Finance for Planning, David Bahati has said he is what he is today because he remained real as he vended banana leaves, cigarettes and bananas on the streets of Kabale.
“The bishop has today welcomed me to this function himself even with my humble beginnings. I can assure you that this is no mean feat. You to can become someone influential in society in future,” Bahati, also Ndorwa West MP said on Sunday afternoon during a fundraising ceremony at St. Maria Goretti Secondary School, Rushoroza in Kabale municipality.
Bahati who is a double orphan reportedly lost his mother shortly after his birth.
The money that he got from vending banana leaves and cigarettes on Kabale streets financed his primary school studies.
He then earned a bursary at Kigezi High school where he studied for his O and A levels before going to Makerere University on government sponsorship.
“I urge you to be disciplined, to avoid strikes. Avoid sex because HIV is still around and it kills. Avoid taking alcohol and marijuana if you want to be better in future” Bahati advised students.
He added that his life was simply a living testimony that anyone can succeed in life as long as he or she was committed and disciplined.
Catherine Atwakire Ndamira, the Kabale District Member of Parliament advised students to cherish and utilize their time at school responsibly.
At least Shs30 million was raised both in cash and pledges towards the construction of the multipurpose Hall.
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