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Patrick Bitature is a Ugandan businessman and entrepreneur and believed to be the second wealthiest Ugandan after Sudhir Ruparelia (PHOTO /Courtesy)

Patrick Bitature is a Ugandan businessman and entrepreneur and believed to be the second wealthiest Ugandan after Sudhir Ruparelia.

He is the chairman of Simba Group of Companies, an East African conglomerate, with interests in telecoms, energy production, mining, media, real estate, travel, and leisure.

He is the owner of Protea Hotels East Africa.

Bitature was born 10 May 1960 in Fort Portal, Kabarole District in the Western Region of Uganda.

When he was 13 years old, his father was murdered during the Idi Amin regime.

He then became the breadwinner, trading in sugar, clothing, shoes, and foreign currencies.

Later, he expanded into mobile telephones and mobile airtime distribution.

Bitature attended Namasagali College in Kamuli District for his O-Level education.

While there, he was mentored by Damien Grimes. He later attended Nyakasura School in Fort Portal, Kabarole District for his A-Level education.

He then studied at the London School of Accountancy in the United Kingdom before joining Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He holds the rank of fellow of the institute.

In 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the United Graduate College and Seminary International, based in Asheville, North Carolina.

In 1998, Bitature started a company that he named Simba Telecom Limited.

The company became a franchisee of MTN Uganda, which had just opened in the country.

Simba Telecom has grown into the largest seller of MTN airtime in Uganda, with gross sales in excess of US$80 million in 2010.

Over the years, he has formed other companies within the Simba Group of Companies, with subsidiaries in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.

Some of the companies in the group include the following:

Simba Telecoms Limited

Kampala Protea Hotel

Eletromaxx Limited – Owner-operator of the 70 megawatt Tororo Thermal Power Station

Simba Mining Limited

Simba Dairy Farm

Tororo Solar Power Station

Protea Hotel Kampala Marriott Skyz

Bitature is the chairman of the Private Sector Foundation Uganda, which is an umbrella body composed of private sector enterprises and offering lobbying advocacy and training for its members.

He was appointed to that position in 2014.

Since 2007, he has been the chairman of the board of directors of Umeme, the largest electric energy distributor in Uganda.

Since 2009, he has been the chairman of Ndege Premier Aviation Company, a private air charter and aeroplane management company based at Kajjansi Airport.

He has been a member of the board of directors of the Commonwealth Business Council since August 2013.

Since October 2007, he has been a member of Traidlinks Limited and a director of the Ugandan chapter. Traidlinks is an Irish, non-profit organisation focused on improving the productivity of subject matter experts and promotes the growth of Public-Private Partnerships.

Since December 2010, he has served as the honorary consul of Australia in Uganda.

Since March 2013, he has served as the patron of the Australian Alumni Association Uganda.

Some of his philanthropic activities include:

He is the founder of the Patrick & Carol Bitature Foundation, a charity organisation focusing on education and life-saving health care initiatives. It was established in December 2010 with the main objective of providing education and healthcare to disadvantaged youth in the community. Project 500K is one of the projects run by the foundation.

The Makerere University Business School Entrepreneurship Club initiated the Patrick Bitature Entrepreneurship Competition to nurture young talent through competition. The award supports and finances start up enterprises.

He has been the chairman of the Nyakasura School Alumni Association since 2010. He is the largest contributor towards re-development of the school’s infrastructure.

Since May 2010, he has served as the chairman of CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda, a paediatric neurosurgical hospital in Mbale in the Eastern Region of Uganda.

Bitature is married to Carol Bitature and has four children.

Nataliey Bitature is one of his children.

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