Kapeya reassures the nation on Access to Information Bill

Mwansa Kapeya during an interview on Radio recently
Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Mwansa Kapeya has assured the nation that government has nothing to hide and is committed to enacting the Access to Information Bill.

In a ministerial statement to Parliament today to update the house on the progress made so far on the Access to Information Bill, Mr Kapeya says government believes the Access to Information Bill is one of the most progressive of its kind have been developed in close and full collaboration and participation of key stakeholders such as the civil society, academia and legislative experts.

Mr Kapeya says the ministry has engaged a legal expert to undertake a review of conflicting legislation to the Access to Information Bill before it is enacted.

He adds that the legal expert has since been given one month in which to undertake the review process.

Mr Kapeya says once the review is completed, the Ministry of Information will proceed to present the Access to Information Bill to the legislative committee of Cabinet for consideration before being taken to Cabinet for approval to be tabled before Parliament.

Meanwhile Information and Broadcasting services Permanent Secretary Emmanule Mwamba has called for unity in the media, stating that business rivalry should not bring about animosity in the industry.

Speaking during a meeting with Media Managers and News Editors in Lusaka today, Mr Mwamba noted with sadness the prevailing disunity in the media.

He also noted that the country has also been divided, urging the media to play a key role in uniting the country.

And Mr Mwamba has assured the media that the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Were he is board Chairperson will not sit on applications for radio or television licenses.

He says the common trend were applications for radio and television licenses went missing at the Ministry of information should come to an end with the operationalization of the IBA.

Mr Mwamba says it is not government’s desire to stifle media expansion.