Access to Information Bill enactment still on course – Katema

Information minister Dr Joseph Katema
Information minister Dr Joseph Katema
Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Joseph Katema has reassured the nation that the process of enacting the Access to Information Bill is still on course.

Dr. Katema has told Qfm News in a telephone interview that this is why recent sentiments suggesting that the removal of Mwansa Kapeya from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Service has stalled the process of enacting the bill cannot be true.

Dr. Katema says his Ministry has been giving updates to all interested stakeholders such as the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia chapter on how much progress has been made towards the enactment of the legislation.

He says his Ministry has also be holding talks with other stakeholders who are not directly pushing for the enactment of the legislation as government holds the position that enacting a law requires wider consultation.

Dr. Katema has further disclosed that currently, preparations to have the bill tabled before Parliament are underway but that it will be up to Parliament’s program to dictate when the bill can be listed for the consideration of the house.