‘A year without toilets’, Post Office Lira branch continues to do business


Posta Uganda building on Kampala road, Kampala City. Photo by The Observer.

In October 2020, we gave a contract to some group of people to build for us a toilet but they were later stopped by the then Lira district police commander (DPC), Mr Mugerwa Benard,” Mr Dauson Osinya, the manager Uganda Posta Limited Lira branch.

Lira – 29, March 2021: Employees and clients of Post Office Lira City branch may contract hygiene related diseases after the branch official reveals they have been operating for over a year now without toilets.

The shock revelation was made following a visit by Parliamentary Committee on Information Communication Technology and National Guidance (ICT & NG) led by her Chairperson, Hon. Paul Amoru Omiat, MP Dokolo North constituency.

The committee’s purpose of the visit was “on a fact finding mission on the operations of Uganda Posta Limited”. They’re visiting other branches across the country on the same.

Mr Dauson Osinya, the manager Uganda Posta Limited Lira branch told the committee that Lira office has “got so many challenges which includes; lack of toilets for staff, an ongoing court case by Uganda Telecommunication Company” that stopped them from renovating the facility, among others.

Mr Osinya said in October 2020, they gave a contract to some group of people to build for them a toilet but they were later stopped by the then Lira district police commander (DPC), Mr Mugerwa Benard.

Also, Mr Henry Karamagi, the manager Uganda Posta Limited Kitgum branch said they are facing a challenge from some government entity that uses the facility, failure to pay in time, citing schools, Court and Police, among others.

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Mr Tonny Ayo, the MP for Kwania and a member of the committee asked Lira branch to have documents at hand if they want Parliament to help them follow up with an ongoing Court injunction.

An injunction was issued against Post Office by Uganda Telecom (UTL) and MPs have been asked to intervene to resolve the matter through a dialogue.

Mr Paul Amoru attributed the poor status at Post Office Lira to weak leadership in Lira office, saying “it is not the work of the police to oversee Uganda Posta offices”.

According to MP Amoru, the committee has gathered all the information from Uganda Posta Limited in various districts and will report back to Parliament for further actions.


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