Meet Martins Kato, Makerere’s 84th Information Minister

Written by: 
Daphine Nanyunja


Makerere- Martins Kato is a Third Year Student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Bio-technology.  From childhood, Kato always wanted to be a leader and stood up whenever there was chance of becoming a leader.

His journey of politics started way back in his primary school, where he served as the religious prefect, and a head prefect in secondary school. “Leadership has been my thing and I have great passion for it,” Kato says.

On joining Makerere University, he was elected the class representative in his class which was his starting point to engage in Makerere politics. This position earned him more leadership responsibilities as he was then elected the chairperson Electoral Commission of Makerere Bio-technology society, which showed him that more responsibilities awaited him.

When the guild campaigns started, Kato stood in the race for the Guild Representative Council (GRC) for the School of Bio-Sciences where he emerged victorious.

 “I regard this my political year. I was confident and sure that I would win the GRC race as my abilities had already been tested, plus a lot of support from my friends,” Kato explains.

On wining the GRC race, Kato was appointed the Information Minister in the 84th guild cabinet.

“I thought information ministers are always people from Journalism since this is a sensitive office, which really got me puzzled when I was appointed,” Kato adds.

He believes his abilities brought him this far even though the element of luck cannot be left out.

The Information Minister’s office has been beneficial to Kato with a good budget from the many allowances, facilitation to attend conferences, among others.

 He has been exposed as he visits many media stations which has earned him a lot of friends.

“It is a pleasure to be in a big institution and people can recognize you,” Kato says.

Even though Kato has gained a lot from his office, it has created him enemies especially the people he works with who are envious of his position and believe they can do what he does.

Kato has made friends with prominent people he has met, including Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Vice Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe, and Bank of Uganda’s Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile.

Kato is principled and believes in hard work so as to produce the best which is recognized and appreciated by a few, than seeking for cheap popularity.

“He is a focused and hardworking person I have known; he wastes no time and strives hard to achieve the set goal,” says Kasawuli Simon, a close friend to Kato.

He urges the students to do away with the biases of politics and those with capability should stand up to be leaders.

Kato attributes his success to his brother Wasswa Toniks who has encouraged him and stood with him, as well as helping him attain his goals.

Kato looks up to many politicians in Uganda who inspire him, including EALA MP Mukasa Mbidde, Robert Kyagulanyi MP Kyadondo East and Frank Tumwebaze, the Information Minister of Uganda.

In five years to come, Kato hopes to stand as Member of Parliament for Kyotera Municipality where his home is and hopes to be a Minister in Uganda in the coming years.

“Makerere University is Uganda summarized. If I can be a minister in the guild cabinet at Makerere, why not in Uganda someday,” asks Kato.

Besides his engagement in politics, Kato is a sports person who enjoys games especially soccer which he cannot miss out on watching during his leisure time.