Malawi govt ‘fine tuning’ Information Bill -Minister

Government says the much touted Access to Information Bill is being fine tuned before bring it to parliament.

Kasaila: Information Blll not ready

Kasaila: Information Blll not ready

Leader of the House Francis Kasaila, who is also minister of transport, said at a news conference in Lilongwe on Monday that the cabinet is yet to finalise looking at the bill before it is passed on to parliament for passing into law.

“The procedures are yet to be finalised,” said Kasaila.

He said it would take four weeks for the cabinet to finalise looking at the bill.

President Peter Mutharika, in his campaign promises, said he would ensure the bill is passed as soon as je would get into the presidency just as he would get a helicopter and visit his brother’s dream project -Shire Zambezi Waterway – which has since met resistance from Mozambique which controls the Indian Ocean.

Media body, Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa-Malawi) chair Thom Khanje is yet to react on the government’s announcement on the matter.

Kasaila said there will be eight bills carried over from the last seating of parliament.

Leader of the House said the minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe will present the state of the economy.

MCP spokesman AlekenI Menyani said the party is “doubtful “ that Information Minister Jappie Mhnango “will enhance democracy and bring to Parliament the Access to Information Bill when his tactics are grounded in dirty politics and deliberate misrepresentation of public information.”

He said: “ It is a shame that at the height of reforms the MBC (public brodacster) is classically being abused, considering that it runs on a public purse to such an extent,” Menyani said.

Parliament meets from November 6 to December 4.

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Omex70
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Stupid minister.

chilipaine
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We need the draft bills to be made available for public comment in a bid to enhance public participation in the enactment of bills….these concern all of us not MPs only…

zon
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Clear testimony that this government is not for the people. Malawians, let’s not the legacy of Kamuzu era of suffering in silence continue to rule our minds 20 years after democracy. Why do we continue to allow few selfish indiduals to mess with things that affect all of us. This country can hardly move forward in this kind of situation.

Therere
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good development as gossiping will stop once passed

Blessed Banda
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Mbava izi ndi zamantha kwabasi. Crooked bunch of people.

phodos
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Leader of the house(government) mwana Nsena Kasaila says no bill of information and Minister of information Japie Mhango mwana Mtumbuka says no bill of information.
You see now, its Tumbukas and Senas who are not willing to pass the information bill into law.Hahaha I am enjoying the vibe.
The Lomwes are very clever putting others on hot front lines iye ali phee. So squeeze Mhango and Kasaila for failing to table the bill.

Zathu zomwe
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Ine ndinava ngati akufuna akaione akomiti akuparliament for further sicruitnised then will be in parliement khangati anatelotu dzanalija pa zodiak i think telaza akhoza kukhala mboni yanga

Mzee
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Govt should table the bill it will not change anything the way it is crafted. Why attract bad comments on a simple issue. Just read the UK act you will discover that govt still controls access to information. The same is true with USA. Govts will always choose what information to releases. So Jappie pse table the bill musatitopese ife.

Eye Witness
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A Kasaila asena simukuwapindulira for not behaving like one. Siiwe mulomwe behave like Nsena weniweni…no nepotism, no jealous, no pretence we are always on point.

ben phiri
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We want access to information bill plus other bills

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