KAMPALA – Mr Francis Xavier Kitaka, chairman MTK Holdings Limited has breathed his last today. Details of his death are still scanty but we will keep you posted.
Kitaka has been living in the shadow of his son-in-law, Emmanuel Katongole, the CEO, Quality Chemical Industries Limited (QCi) but Francis Xavier Kitaka, 85, has been the brain behind the $32m plant alongside a multi-billion business empire that constitutes six companies.
Kitaka was the first (British-trained) biochemist in East and Central Africa and the first Ugandan to run a private veterinary pharmaceutical in Uganda.
He built on his professional expertise over time, moving from a government veterinary officer and biochemist in the 1960s to setting up sub-Saharan Africa’s first ARV manufacturing plant.
His MTK Holdings also runs Quality Chemicals Limited an associate of QCi.
QCi runs Mosquito Net Village Limited (formerly Caelestino and Monica Centre) that is located on Old Entebbe Road in Bunamwaya.
The company fights malaria through manufacture and sale of mosquito nets locally. The company also runs Tinosoft Limited a technology solutions company, as well as commercial real estate.