KEEP MASAKA TOWN CLEAN: The police and army have today embarked on cleaning Masaka town.

The Police and men and officers of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) have today embarked on cleaning the Central Business District (CBD) of Masaka municipality, a source has said.

By press time it was not possible to establish the scope of untidiness that had characterised the town but the source said heaps of garbage littered along the streets like Elgin and Kampala Road in the CBD had been cleared during the exercise.

Located in the central region Masaka, a town on the western shores of Lake Victoria with a population of about 104,000 people, has for long been plagued by grubbiness, prompting the district officials and the security organs to initiate the cleaning exercise.

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Once the cleanest and biggest town and the business hub of central Uganda, Masaka town is currently famous for grasshoppers, which provide a source of livelihood to a big number of its residents, some of who earn as much as Shs50 million annually. Other activities include meat processing; and the manufacture of furniture, footwear, crafts and baked products. The town is about 140 kilometres from Kampala and visitors there have to cross the Equator, which is about 37 kms from the Masaka CBD.

Masaka was devastated during the 1979 war in which former President Iddi Amin was ousted and 35 years later it has failed to recover to its past glory.