Francis Xavier Kitaka, one of the founding directors of Quality Chemical Limited, a firm that partnered with Cipla to form pharmaceutical manufacturing company CiplaQCIL, has today passed on. The Cipla Quality Chemical chairman Emmanuel Katongole confirmed the news. He said the deceased will be celebrated for his “selfless contribution to humanity.”
Born in 1935, Kitaka professionally progressed from a government veterinary officer and biochemist in the 1960s to setting up sub-Saharan Africa’s first ARV manufacturing plant
He was the first (British-trained) biochemist in East and Central Africa and the first Ugandan to run a private veterinary pharmaceutical in Uganda. 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.
Kitaka is also the former Chairman of Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited.