Malawi govt makes u turn on Information Bill

Ministry of Information has sharply contradicted minister of Transport and Public Works Francis Kasaila on Access to Information Bill as the government says it will now be tabled in the forthcoming seating of parliament.

Jappie Mhango :  Information Bill  will be tabled

Jappie Mhango : Information Bill will be tabled

The u-turn is also a clear indication that there is a huge problem on how communication is managed and disseminated within the government departments and ministries.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the ministry of informarion says the bill will be tabled in the forthcoming parliament which starts Friday.

The statement says the government is committed to tabling the bill in parliament because it is part of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) campaign promise and is contained in the party’s manifesto.

This sharply contradicts what Kasaila, who is also Leader of the House and government business told the press in Lilongwe. He said the bill is not yet ready for tabling because the government is fine tuning it and might be tabled in the next seating of parliament next year.

Leader of Opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera told a local radio station that the opposition would put pressure on government to table the bill in the forthcoming parliament.

“We will speak for Malawians. We are touching base with all Malawiams. We are meeting chiefs,” he said.

The ministry of Information recently came out screaming against presidential press secretary Gerald Viola who suggested in an interview that government will buy a presidential jet when the economy improves.

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It shows these they don’t what they are doing. One says this the other the opposite of what the other is saying. Can the nation develop like this? I don’t think so. Let’s keep watching


Always giving contradicting views yet from the same government, pali chani apa? chisokonezo chokha chokha


musogoleli akakhala o zungulila mutu omulondolanso amakakhala ozungulila muti


No direction, confusion, uselessness at its best. We left government with people who can twist stories based on situation. Both kasaila and mhango are tuned to say what they present to the public. Its not that there is no communication. The kasailas statement was their first stand and they have discovered that it will not work for them, hence the change. These people are not serious enough to be entrusted with running government.


no wonder anthuwa akamalankhula amakhala kuti atasweka why cant they contradicts themselves? l think pressure is amounting them


Which DPP are you talking about Patrick Phiri? This is the worst out of all the parties that have ruled Malawi.


Imwe a jappi ma wiskot na jacket everyday , mukupulika kotcha yayi


Both of these Ministers are empty head.


Boma iri nde kaya, always disorganised.

Patrick Phiri

DPP has shown that they are the only ruling party since independence interested in transparency, hence their commitment to table the bill.


The u turn is due to pressure from those who are for the bill, shupit!

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