|Born||1960 (age 54–55)
Fort Portal, Uganda
|Alma mater||Namasagali College
(East African Certificate of Education)
(East African Advanced Certificate of Education)
Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
(Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries &Administrators)
United Graduate College and Seminary International
Private Sector Foundation Uganda
|Years active||1990s – present|
|Known for||Investments, Business|
|Home town||Fort Portal|
|Net worth||US$100 million (2012)|
Patrick Bitature is a Ugandan businessman and entrepreneur. He is the founder and chairman of the Simba Group of Companies, an East African conglomerate, with interests in telecoms, energy production, mining, media, real estate, travel, and leisure. He is reported to be one of the wealthiest individuals in Uganda, the third-largest economy in the East African Community.
Bitature was born in 1960 (date?) in Fort Portal, Kabarole District in the Western Region of Uganda. He was the first born in a middle-class family, where the father worked in the East African Community. When he was 13 years old, his father was murdered during the Idi Amin regime. He then became the bread winner, 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 Father 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. He then joined the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He currently holds the rank of Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the United Graduate College and Seminary International, based in Asheville, North Carolina, USA.
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.
- Simba Telecoms Limited
- Kampala Protea Hotel
- Eletromaxx Limited – Owner-operator of 70MW Tororo Power Station
- Simba Mining Limited
- Simba Dairy Farm
- Tororo Solar Power Station
- He 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. The shares of stock of Umeme are listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange and are cross listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange Limited.
- Since 2009, he has been the chairman of Ndege Premier Aviation Company, a private air charter and earoplane 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 SMEs and promotes the growth of Public-Private Partnerships.
- Since July 2011, he has been a shareholder and board member of Wanainchi Group Holdings Limited, operating in Uganda as ZUKU Satellite Pay TV Uganda.
- 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 the philanthropic activities that he is involved in include the following:
- 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.
- 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.
- Since June 2005, he has served as a board member of the Uganda chapter of the Youth Business Trust. Prince Charles is the organisation's Patron.
Bitature is married to Carol Bitature and together, they are the parents of four children.
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