MPs urge speedy info Bill enactment

MISA Zambia Acting Chairperson Helen Mwale
MISA Zambia Acting Chairperson Helen Mwale

A COMMITTEE comprising Members of Parliament (MPs) drawn from various political parties has demanded speedy enactment of the Access to Information (ATI) Bill.
The committee yesterday met with some civil society organisations to push for the enactment of the Bill.
Committee chairperson Kabinga Pande said the impediment in the presentation of the ATI Bill to Parliament was because it was undergoing some comparisons and checking other Bills that might interfere with it.
Mr Pande said the committee had invited Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Mwansa Kapeya to discuss the way forward and when the Bill would be presented to the House.
He said much technical work had already been done and that the committee was now waiting for the minister to give the Government’s position on the Bill.
He was speaking at an Access to Information workshop held at the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection offices yesterday.
Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia acting chairperson Hellen Mwale said the ATI Bill was not a privilege but a right that every citizen was entitled to, hence the need for a Constitution that would expressly provide for this right.

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