Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAF) says it is delighted that the Freedom of Information Bill will finally be presented to parliament in September this year.
PSAF Executive Director Lillian Keifer said the announcement by Chief Government Spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni that the bill will be tabled during parliament’s next sitting is a step forward in the achievement of media freedom.
She was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today.
Ms Keifer said the announcement is long overdue, as Zambians have for a long time been wondering when the bill will be presented to parliament after the previous deadline of June passed.
She expressed hope that the tabling of the bill will go ahead as planned, and that there will be no delays this time.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Kennedy Sakeni told journalists in Lusaka yesterday that the Freedom of Information bill will be presented to parliament in September this year.
Mr Sakeni said the bill is currently undergoing legislative procedure through the parliamentary Committee, after which it will be presented to cabinet for approval.
He said it is only after the bill had been approved by cabinet that it can be presented to parliament.
Mr Sakeni however, assured the public that government is working round the clock to finalize the stages of the bill so that it can be presented to parliament during the next sitting in September this year.