Masaka is a large City in the Central Region of Uganda, west of Lake Victoria, And has its headquarters of in the town.
Years back, the town was largely destroyed in the Uganda-Tanzania War of 1979 and again in the 1981-1986 civil war that removed Milton Obote from power for the last time.
It is approximately 140 kilometres to the south-west of Kampala on the highway to Mbarara.
The town is close to the Equator (many tourists love this palce). The coordinates of the town are 0°20’28.0″S, 31°44’10.0″E (Latitude:-0.341111; Longitude:31.736111).
Most of the people in this city are farmers with both cattle and other crops.
Other economic activities include; Meat and fish processing, Furniture manufacturing, Manufacture of footwear, Manufacture of baked products, Cattle rearing, Manufacture of beads, Gathering grasshoppers( It can earn a collector over UGX:50 million annually).
Key Interests here can include:
- Masaka Currency Center – a currency storage and processing facility owned and operated by the Bank of Uganda, Uganda’s central bank.
- A branch of the National Social Security Fund
- offices of Masaka Municipal Council
- Masaka central market
- Western Campus of Kampala University
- Henry’s College Kitovu
- headquarters of the Mechanized Division of the Uganda People’s Defense Force
- Muteesa I Royal University
- Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria
- Masaka Regional Referral Hospital
- headquarters of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Masaka
- Lake Nabugabo, 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the east of downtown Masaka.
- Bukakkata, (39 km) east of Masaka.