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By Mulengera Reporter

Wealthy businessman Francis Xavier Kitaka, the Executive Founder Chairman of MTK Uganda Ltd and Quality Chemicals Limited, has passed on today at the age of 85.

His business associate Emmanuel Katongole said the tycoon had passed on Saturday morning. Katongole added that Kitaka would be celebrated for his “selfless contribution to humanity.”

Born in 1935 to Celestino Mayambala Musoke and Monica Musoke,  Kitaka started school at Rubaga Primary School, before being admitted to Bukalasa Minor Seminary, from where he was thrown two years later for reportedly wearing bathroom sandals to Church. He then joined Rubaga Boys’ Secondary School in 1951, sitting his Middle School Examinations here in 1952.

From there, he proceeded to St Mary’s College Kisubi in 1952 for his Cambridge Ordinary School Certificate Examinations and to the Faculty of Science at Makerere University for an intermediate course, before he was admitted to the Department of Veterinary Medicine for a Diploma in Veterinary Medicine. In 1961, Kitaka secured a scholarship from the Government of Uganda to study Biochemistry at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and eventually became the first African biochemist in East Africa.

Before heading to Scotland for further studies, Kitaka had worked at the Animal Health Research Centre in Entebbe. In Scotland, he worked at Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen for eight years, before returning to Uganda in 1968 for a job as an entomologist at the Tick Control Department in the Ministry of Agriculture.

Four years later, he joined Wellcome Uganda Limited as Sales Manager, before he teamed up with Edward Martin and Randall Tierney to buy Wellcome East Africa Limited, which they renamed  Cooper Uganda Limited in 1989. They would, five years later, buy the building that houses their offices. They equally rebranded to MTK (standing for Martin Tierney Kitaka] Holdings Limited. George Baguma, Frederick Kitaka and Emmanuel Katongole joined MTK bosses in 1997 to found Quality Chemicals Limited (QCL).

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