Govt buying time on Access to Information Bill – Mweetwa

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African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC) Zambia Chapter Chairperson Cornelius Mweetwa says government has all along been buying time on the presentation of the Access to Information Bill to Parliament.

Speaking on Radio Phoenix’s Let the People Talk this morning, Mr Mweetwa says government has now run out of excuses as to why the Bill cannot be taken to Parliament for enactment.

He says the Access to Information Bill is passed will enhance the fight against corruption and improve the management and utilization of public resources.

Mr Mweetwa adds that the Access to Information Act would give effect and life to other anti corruption related laws such as the Public Interest Protection Whistle Blowers Act of 2010.

He says the eleven Acts that would come in conflict with the Access to Information Bill if enacted would not take two years to amend of government serious.

Speaking on the same programme, Information and Broadcasting services Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba says the legal impediments to the enactment of the Access to Information bill in its current form cited by the Attorney General are valid.