State House yet to respond to Misa Malawi on ATI

State House is yet to respond to media body, Misa –Malawi which insinuated President Peter Mutharika lied when he said one of the inconsistencies in the Access to Information Bill include a clause that says no parliament in future shall repeal the law.

Mambulasa (C) with other lawyers Felisa Kilembe (R) and John Suzi-Banda: Parliament can repeal any law

Mambulasa (C) with other lawyers Felisa Kilembe (R) and John Suzi-Banda: Parliament can repeal any law

Legal advisor to Misa-Malawi, Mandala Mambulasa recently told a newspaper that there is no clause in the draft bill that declares that no parliament shall repeal the Access to Information Bill.

“Maybe the President was misled. If parliament can repeal the Republican Constitution, what can stop it from doing the same with this law,” said Mambulasa.

State House is yet to clarify that.

Mutharika, who boasted that he has the finest lawyers in his cabinet singling out minister of Justice Samuel Tembenu, ministers of Energy Bright Msaka and Foreign Affairs minister George Chaponda said the cabinet legal affairs committee is scrutinising the bill.

The President, who is a law professor himself, said he would not work under pressure from either donors or civil society organisations to have the bill passed.

Mutharika also said the government was not comfortable that the bill would allow people to seek information on issues which happened before it came into effect.

Spokesperson for Malawi Congress Party Jessie Kabwila jokingly said Mutharika was afraid Malawians would easily find out the people he took to the UN general assembly in September.

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Bololo Sakondamadzi
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This Access to information bill is becoming a big joke. Soon or later it will come back to haunt the president and his government and it will come in big way. Just last year or earlier this year or thereabout government wanted to stamp its authority on NGOs by demanding information on their financing and their financial management activities and government hit a wall. Why. The answer is very clear there is no law to oblige NGOs to comply to that. Govt is shooting itself in the foot by playing pingpong with this bill. Government needs this law more than… Read more »
Chingolopiyo
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Akudya ndalama za gay zimutsata, Malawi is totally colonised by Global Fund led by satan. From now on its not gud just to sign an human rights treaties without knowing what it contains. Lero amuna ayamba kukwatira okha okha, Malawi wasanduka Sodom

gober
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Kodi akuwopa chani? Akufuna tipite pa msewu kuti bill ipite ku parliament?

kusyeje
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mukamva kuti Nyapapi amanena malemu a Bingu ndi Peter Mutharika akulu akulu chisanzo chaonekano.

ephrahim
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“Where there is no will, there will be no way!”
What can we do with all this finest lawyers, when they only move for their own benefit, but not for the general puplic?

lackison
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People akuti atilodza .kkkk

Malilime
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Peter is poor in thinking capacity

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