He dropped out of school to join a village gang
Reverend Joseph Khakubi tells how a church crusade turned his life around
The deep cuts on your head…what happened?
I went through a lot before I became someone respectable. While many believe that I was hacked during a robbery, I actually sustained these marks from a strange disease.
Do the marks remind you of your past?
Sometimes, but they are more of a reminder of how far my God has brought me. This is the only proof of my testimony. Many people only believe in what they can see, and it never crossed my mind that I could be a man of God, serving my beloved people of Neyayo parish.
How was your childhood?
I was born out of wedlock and my mother got married at a very tender age, leaving me under the care of my grandparents who raised me with so much love.
They paid my school fee and took good care of me. I was like their last born. Though I faced some challenges, I blame it on the bad company I kept.
So what drove you to robbery?
Right from the beginning, I was a top performer but due to peer pressure, I dropped out of school in Form Three to join a village terror gang comprising other schooling dropouts. I was interested in the group ever since I joined Form One.
What do you regret most about your gang activities?
The day we attacked my grandparents. I can’t explain what came over me, I really frustrated that old man by stealing all his valuable items, including clothes.