Mutharika, Malawi parliament set to collide over Information Bill

Malawi Parliament has said  it is unlikely that the Access to Information bill would be passed in this sitting, saying there is need to critically scrutinise the bill and probably make amendments as demanded by representatives of the media.

Kawale: We will scrutinise the bill

Kawale: We will scrutinise the bill

Chairperson of Media Committee of parliament Sam Kawale said after minister of Information Jappie Mhango presents the bill in the plenary in the House, it will be deferred to the committee for more scrutiny and input from other stakeholders.

He said the process might take long to meet this meeting of parliament deadline which rises in three weeks time.

“There are a number of areas that needs to be looked into. It might be passed in June,” said Kawale.

The media and other stakeholders have complained that the government has watered down contents of the bill that it is not making sense or defeating he whole essence of accessing information.

Media Institutive of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi chapter  president Thom Khanje said his organisation would be lobbying parliament to reject the draft bill in the current form.

However, President Peter Mutharika said he would veto the bill if parliament changes.

He was against two sections that say the bill should not be repealed or changed in future and another one which gives power to people to access information  retrospectively  (which happened even before the bill came into effect).

However Kawale said parliament cannot pass into law a bill that is against the wishes of Malawians.

“Any mistake we are going to make will affect us negatively in future. We are not making laws for a specific person or party or government. We are not making laws to last five or 10 years. We will listen to the people so this bill will delay for now,” Kawale said.

It is not yet known when Mhango will present the bill which has been appearing on parliament’s order paper for weeks now.

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levelheaded
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6 months 18 days ago

There is nothing like the law that is not changed in the future elsewhere.
What do you think of our grand children in 2050, are they going to view this law as we are seeing it today?
There was no law even in the bible before the ten commandments. God did not judge those who wronged before the ten commandments.
You MCP MPs, should Malawi judge your party in a democratic way in Kamuzu era before democracy was ushered in Malawi?

Why are you behaving like you will never taste that hot seat?

mjomba welewo
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mjomba welewo
6 months 18 days ago

Akuopa chani kodi? kaya afune asafune zitheka basi.

Telling the truth
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Telling the truth
6 months 18 days ago

Peter Mutharika’s powers to veto bills are regulated under Section 73 of the Constitution. Under this section peter Mutharika as State President cannot veto a bill if it is again debated, passed and presented to him. When it comes to making laws Parliament is supreme.

peter
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peter
6 months 18 days ago

Does this professor understand our laws?

Atupere
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Atupere
6 months 19 days ago

This mutharika is stupid & foolish. He thinks this country is his family that he can just do as he wishes.wachabechabe uyu.

Tonny
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Tonny
6 months 19 days ago

we know you are one among cash getters . this bill is going to pass whether you like it or not. A Muthalika why are you shake?

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