Posta Uganda taken to court over student’s missing thesis
Posted Tuesday, October 15 2013 at 01:00
KAMPALA-Posta Uganda, one of the largest courier service providers in the country, has been dragged to court over a missing student’s thesis. The service courier was sued by Prof Tom Otiti, a physics lecturer at Makerere University, on October 7 before the High Court in Kampala.
The professor in his suit claims to have on April 15, sent a thesis to a student he was supervising at Principal College of Natural and Applied Science, Dar-es-Salaam University in Tanzania; but the student never received it.
He explains that the affected student did not graduate, an incident he says has greatly embarrassed him and that he is on the brink of losing his contract as an external examiner.
A thesis is a document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree or professional qualification presenting the author’s research and findings.
“The plaintiff shall adduce evidence to effect that the author of the said thesis is threatening to sue the University of Dar-es-Salaam for anguish so caused to him which the said the university, does not have any defense too. In law and a result of the plaintiff’s three-year contract is prone to cancelation for which he seeks mandatory injunction against the defendants (Posta Uganda),” Prof Otiti states in his law suit.
Job in balance
“The plaintiff contends that the defendant’s (Posta Uganda) employees are so indifferent as to the damage caused to his hard-earned good reputation, by portraying him in the eyes of the earlier intended addressee as an irresponsible person, whereas not for which he seeks exemplary damages,” he adds.
According to the court records which this newspaper has seen, the professor and academician gets $1500 (over Shs3.7 million) per assignment and on average, he gets about four assignments in a year, which prospective income of over Shs14 million he stands to lose due to the missing thesis. Through his lawyers of Ngaruye Ruhindi, Spencer and Co advocates, the physics don now holds Posta Uganda liable for the loss of the thesis since its employees in their course of employment received it but it never reached the intended recipient.
Subsequently, court has ordered Posta Uganda to file its defence within 15 days from the date of receipt of the summons. The summons were dated October 8.