Introducing the Kigali post box

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As far as I can tell this is it. This is the only post box in central Kigali serving a population of circa 1 million souls. The old Post Office, on Avenue de la Paix in the downtown financial district, was knocked down a couple of weeks ago along with the A-Z Book Centre. The remaining Post Office you can see pictured above is located next to the Novotel opposite the British Embassy in the Kacyiru district of Kigali.

I understand there is another post box at Kigali airport, but that’s a good 12km out of town. Rwanda currently has a paltry 19 Post Offices serving the entire population of 65+ million people. I understand a lot of the minibuses plying their way around Rwanda act as informal letter carriers although I’m not sure if people have to pay for this “service”. However, the government is on the case and looking at ways to improve the situation,

[The Director General of National Post Office, Celestin Kayitare]  said formation of channels like EMS and E-commerce have contributed a lot towards improving service delivery among other factors. However, he noted that a lot is needed to suit the recommendations of the UPU.

According to Kayitare the union recommends that at least every 9000 people should access postal services from a post office branch in the country. He therefore added that for Rwanda’s population which is about ten million, 1111 post branches are required. However, currently Rwanda has only 19 Post Office branches. link