Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture Chimwemwe Banda has advised President Peter Mutharika to seriously consider the enactment of the Access to Information Bill saying it will help in curbing corruption which has been rampant in the country.
Banda made the remarks at Sanjika Palace on Tuesday evening where President Mutharika hosted a dinner with journalists and media practitioners aimed at strengthening the relationship between media gurus and the government.
She said access to information bill is not only beneficial to the media but also to all Malawians since they will have access to government records in its activities.
“The Access to information is a practical tool to fight corruption because people have access to records on how certain decisions have been arrived at” said Banda.
The Principal Secretary said countries that have access to information legislation are perceived to be the least corrupt in reference to a Research carried out by Transparency International.
She also emphasized that the legislation will promote a culture of openness in government and public bodies.
“As you can see your Excellency this is a very important piece of legislation that will contribute greatly to the development of our country,” she said.
In his remarks, President Mutharika guaranteed journalist their safety when in line of duty and encouraged them for the good work they are doing.
Malawi Government claim to have done much on Access to Information Policy though it is yet to be included on the list of bills to be tabled in parliament.