Justice minister Samuel Tembenu has said the Access to Information bill has finally been submitted to parliament, just weeks before the IMF team jets into the country and parliament meets for mid year budget review.
Tembenu’s comments should give a sigh of relief to proponents of the bill, including National Media Institute for Southern Africa (Namisa) whose president Thom Khanje doubted the government would ever bring the bill in parliament.
The Minister said the government has sent the bill to the legislative body through the Legal and Constitution Affairs committee of parliament, the normal channel of sending government bills to National Assembly.
The government has finally brought the bill to parliament after donors put the passing of the bill into law among other conditions for resumption of aid in Malawi.
Civil society groups and the media have been lobbying for the bill to be passed into law with opposition Malawi Congress Party spokesperson saying if the law was operational, Malawians would have known who went formed the larger than life President Peter Mutharika September UN entourage.