A highly Livable , Vibrant Agro Economically Based City With Prosperous People
To Provide Co-ordinated, Acceptable Affordable Accessible Wealth-enhancing Services to the people for sustainable livelihood
To Operationalize and maintain all public goods as well as control all developments and businesses
The Broad Objectives
- To promote local economic growth and development
- To promote effective physical planning and land management
- To promote a safe and healthy environment
- Improve quality and accessibility to social services
- To improve governance and citizen participation
Our Historical Background
Masaka was founded as a township in 1953. It became a town council in 1958 and a municipality in 1968.
Masaka was a strategically important location during the Uganda–Tanzania War (1978–79), and was accordingly garrisoned by Uganda Army troops. These soldiers terrorized the local civilians, and most fled the town. On 23–24 February 1979, the Tanzania People's Defence Force and allied Ugandan rebels attacked the settlement, resulting in the Battle of Masaka. The town was bombarded with artillery, and fell to the Tanzanian-led forces after light resistance. The Tanzanians subsequently levelled much of the town to take revenge for atrocities committed by the Uganda Army during its previous invasion of northwestern Tanzania.
In course of the Ugandan Bush War, Masaka again suffered from fighting. The town was garrisoned by the Uganda National Liberation Army which served as Uganda's national army at the time. In late 1985, National Resistance Army rebels laid siege to the town. After heavy combat, Masaka's garrison surrendered on 10 December 1985.
In 2019 the Cabinet of Uganda, resolved to award Masaka, city status effective July 2023. In November of the same year, Cabinet revised the date of city status to 1 July 2020.
As of June 2021, the city of Masaka occupied a total area in excess of 100 square kilometres (25,000 acres). Masaka City Council, with assistance from the Central Ugandan government and the World Bank is in the process of implementing major road and street improvements, as part of the Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) program. The city has a working budget of USh73 billion (approx. US$21 million), in the 2020/2021 financial year.
Masaka City is among the ten (10) newly established cities in Uganda until the end of the Financial Year 2019/2020, it was a Municipal Council with 3 municipal divisions of Katwe-Butego, Kimaanya-Kyabakuza and Nyendo-Ssenyanga. At the attainment of the city status on 1st July 2020, the two divisions of Katwe-Butego and Nyendo-Ssenyange were joined together with parishes of Kasanje and Kibisi from Kalungu District LG, the whole of former Mukungwe sub-county and two of the parishes of Buwunga sub-county (Kitengeesa and Bulando) from Masaka district LG all to form one city division named Nyendo- Mukungwe Division. On the other hand, the division of Kimaanya- Kyabakuza was amalgamated with the whole of former Kabonera sub-county of Masaka district LG and two of the parishes of Kkingo sub-county(Kiteredde / Kkingo and Ssenya parishes) from Lwengo district LG to form the second city division named Kimaanya-Kabonera Division. These two city divisions will be under Masaka city and each will be a constituency of its own