Posta Uganda, a courier service provider, has been sued over a student’s thesis that did not reach its intended destination.
The service courier was sued at the High Court in Kampala on October 7 by Dr Tom Otiti, a physics professor at Makerere University.
Professor Otiti in his suit says that on April 15 this year he sent the thesis to his student whom he was supervising at Principal College of Natural and Applied Science, Dar-es-Salaam University in Tanzania; but the student never got the document.
Otiti explains that the affected student did not graduate as the result of the thesis not reaching him, a mischief that he says has greatly embarrassed him and that he is on the verge of losing his three-year contract as an external examiner with the university.
The name of the affected student is not mentioned in the court documents.
A thesis is a document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree or professional qualification presenting the author’s research and findings.
Prof Otiti says the author of the said thesis is threatening to sue the University of Dar-es-Salaam for anguish so caused to him which they said university does not have any defense to.
The professor contends that Posta Uganda employees are so indifferent as to the damage caused to his hard-earned good reputation, by portraying him as an irresponsible person, whereas not for which he seeks exemplary damages.
According to the court records Prof Otiti gets 1500 US Dollars, or 3.7 million shillings, per assignment and on average, he gets about four assignments in a year. This gives him prospective income of over 14 million shillings he stands to lose due to the missing thesis.
Through his lawyers of Ngaruye Ruhindi, Spencer and Company Advocates, the physics professor now holds Posta Uganda liable for the loss of the thesis after its employees received it but never reached the intended recipient.
Posta Uganda has been summoned to court to file in its defence within 15 days from the date of receipt of the summons before a hearing date can be fixed.