POST OFFICE ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

 

PART I
Interpretation

   2   Interpretation

 

PART II
Establishment of Post Office

   3   Appointment of officers of the Post Office

   4   Benefit of contracts, etc, enure to successors

 

PART III
Privileges of Postmaster-General

   5   Powers of Postmaster-General

   6   Exclusive privilege of Postmaster-General

   7   Power of Postmaster-General to make regulations

 

PART IV
Duties of Postage

   8   Exemption from postage

   9   Payment of postage

   10   Unpaid or insufficiently prepaid postal articles

   11   Liability for payment of postage

   12   Recovery of postage

   13   Provision of stamps, stamped envelopes, etc

 

PART V
Transmission of Money by Post

   14   Money and postal orders

   15   Refund of wrong payment of money or postal order

 

PART VI
Conditions of Transit

   16   Liability for loss, etc, of postal articles

   17   Redelivery to sender of postal article

   18   Power to detain postal articles

   19   Interception of postal articles in public emergency

   20   Power to detain and open a mail bag

   21   Power to open certain postal articles containing goods

   22   Power to withdraw from transmission seditious and prohibited articles

   23   Customs Act to apply to postal articles

   24   Postal articles not to be opened or returned

 

PART VII
Contract Packets and Vessels

   25   Duty of master to deliver mail bags, without delay

   26   Notice of departure of contract packet or vessel

   27   Duty of master of vessel to carry snail bags

   28   Power to receive on board postal articles

   29   Gratuities to masters of vessels

 

PART VIII
Offences

   30   Fraudulent issue of money orders, etc

   31   Unlawfully opening, etc, postal articles

   32   Fraud in connection with delivery of postal articles

   33   Secreting mail bags or postal articles wrongly delivered

   34   Fraudulently removing stamps

   35   Transmission of prohibited articles

   36   Fraudulent evasion and false statement on postal articles

   37   Unlawfully disclosing contents of postal articles

   38   Imitating post office

   39   Damaging Post Office letter box

   40   Contravention of exclusive privilege of Postmaster-General

   41   Selling stamps, etc, at other than fixed rates

   42   Carelessness, etc, in delivering mail bags

   43   Defacing Post Office

 

PART IX
General

   44   Post Office mark prima facie evidence

   45   Exemption from stamp duty

   46   Venue of indictment

   47   Manner of laying property

   48   Penalties

   49   Post-letter: Construction

      SCHEDULE

 

THE POST OFFICE ACT

[Date of Commencement: 15th December, 1941]

Cap 301.

Law 60 of 1941.

Acts
8 of 1967,
42 of 1969,
9 of 1978.

LN 382/1970.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Post Office Act.

PART I
Interpretation

2   Interpretation

   (1) In this Act-

   "cash on delivery postal article" means a postal article on which the Postmaster-General or other postal administration undertakes at the request of the sender to collect, or secure the collection of, a sum of money on behalf of the sender from the addressee of the postal article as a condition of delivery;

   "contract packet" means any vessel, including an aeroplane or airship, used for the conveyance of postal articles pursuant to contract or continuing arrangement;

   "fictitious postage stamp" means any facsimile or imitation or representation of any label, stamp, or device, for denoting postage issued under this Act or by the Postmaster-General of the United Kingdom or by the Government of any part of the Commonwealth or by any foreign country;

   "franking machine" means a machine for the purpose of making impressions on postal articles to denote prepayment of postage and includes any meter or meters and any franking or date-stamping die or dies incidental thereto;

   "mail bag" means any bag, box, basket, parcel, or other envelope or covering, in which postal articles in course of transmission by post are conveyed, whether it does or does not contain any such article:

   "master" means any person, excepting a sea pilot, in charge of a contract packet or a vessel;

   "officer of the Post Office" includes any person employed in any business of the Post Office or on behalf of the Post Office;

   "the Post Office" means the department established for the purpose of carrying the provisions of this Act into effect and presided over by the Postmaster-General and includes every house, building, room, vessel, carriage, or place, used for the purpose of a post office, and every letter-box provided by the Post Office for the receipt of postal articles;

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