74-year-old former head teacher turns street beggar after failing to get his pension money

74-year-old former head teacher turns street beggar after failing to get his pension money

- Paul Losia was a tutor for over 30 years and rose through the ranks to head Kasimeri Primary School in Moroto district, Uganda

- The 74-year-old has made Moroto streets his new home and he often appeals for help from passers-by with the cries of "saidia, saidia, saidia" (please help)

- The septuagenarian has sustained injuries to his legs after long periods of walking on the streets begging for anything that can help him stay alive

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A retired headteacher has turned into a street beggar to sustain himself after failing to get his pension despite several attempts.

Ex-head teacher now street beggar after failing to get his pension

Paul Losia begging in Moroto streets. Photo: NBS TV.
Source: UGC

Paul Losia was a tutor for over 30 years and rose through the ranks to head Kasimeri Primary School in Moroto district, Uganda.

Begging in Moroto streets

According to a report by NBS Television, the 74-year-old has made Moroto streets his new home and he often appeals for help from passers-by with the cries of "saidia, saidia, saidia" (please help), attracting attention from the town's dwellers.

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A video shared by NBS showed Losia sleeping next to a huge heap of garbage oblivious of the dirt and foul smell emanating from it.

"I live on the streets. I am a beggar...look at me, I am old - 74 years-old and I am about to die without getting my pension...what is wrong? what is wrong? Why haven't I been given my money?" he posed.
Ex-head teacher now street beggar after failing to get his pension

Paul Losia said he has been frustrated by officials at the pensions department. Photo: NBS TV.
Source: UGC

The septuagenarian has sustained injuries on his legs after long periods of walking on the streets begging for anything that can help him stay alive.

Corrupt pension staff

After retiring over 15 years ago and instead of enjoying his life with his grandchildren, he has struggled to get money from the government to support his retirement.

He attributed his suffering to corrupt officials at the pensions department who have stood in the way of his hard-earned cash.

"They are very corrupt...very corrupt. Some pensioners have died without getting their money dating back to colonial times," he lamented.
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Losia has since turned into an anti-corruption crusader and has called for an end to graft in the landlocked country led by long-serving leader Yoweri Museveni.

As was earlier reported, an elderly Kenyan man who was stuck in the streets in Kampala moved netizens with his heartrending cry for help to reunite with his relatives.

The man, identified as Ezekiel Kamau said he hailed from Bondeni, Nakuru county, and relocated to Kampala when he was a young man.

He was found by Kenyans who had gone on a business trip to Uganda.

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