Biography

BIOGRAPHY

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 is married to Carol Bitature and together, they are the parents of four children.

EARLY LIFE

Patrick Bitature was born on May 10th, 1960, in Fort Portal, Kabarole District in the Western Region of Uganda. He was the first born in a middle-class family, where his father worked within the East African Community. When Patrick was 13 years old, his father was murdered during the Idi Amin regime. He then became the bread winner, first trading in sugar, bringing it from Kenya to areas of Uganda where it could not be found.

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, going on to join the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

CAREER

In 1998, Patrick and his wife started Simba Telecom Limited. The company became a franchisee of MTN Uganda, which had just opened in the country. Since then, 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, to form the Simba Group of Companies, with subsidiaries in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. He also serves on many Boards in Uganda and is an active philanthropist.