Malawi leader has not assented to Information Bill: Parliament yet to dispatch to State House

President Peter Mutharika has not put his pen to paper to sign the Access to Information (ATI) Bill into law, 30 days after it was passed as State House says it has not yet reached his table.

Kalilani: The ATI Bill is yet to reach President Mutharika

Presidential spokesman Mgeme Kalilani told Nyasa Times that the ATI Bill has not been submitted by Parliament for President Mutharika’s nod.

“The bills that came from Parliament including money bills have been assented by the President. But the ATI Bill has not been submitted,” Kalilani said.

Parliament’s spokesperson Leonard Mengezi said they delayed sending ATI Bill to President Mutharika because it needs to be cleaned with lots of amendments.

“The ATI bill has enomours  amendments to which several stakeholders had to give input before the final one could be submitted to the President,” said Mengezi.

“Parliament has not yet received the cleaned copies from Ministry of Justice,” he added.

“The process is rigorous. Things will be done accordingly. We can’t be rushing.”

He said the ATI Bill was yet to be  dispatched to the Head of State.

The  ATI Bill, expected to become law after President Mutharika assents to it and gets gazetted, is expected to empower Malawians to hold government and duty-bearers accountable on governance issues, according to Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament chairperson Maxwell Thyolera.

He passed Bill is almost similar to the original one that had been butchered and was presented in Parliament in July 2016.

If Mutharika rejects the ATI Bill, he will be required to formally write the Speaker of Parliament  to explain his decision.

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7 years ago

This law should be cleaned from both parties not only government as if malawi belongs to DDP

Murupale pa Thyolo
Murupale pa Thyolo
7 years ago

The President once said that he will never sign that bill whether diluted or in full. I will hang myself if my good president puts pen to paper on this very stupid bill. Ife ndi Alomwe aphwanga. Nonse mulira mpyooo. Boma tinalanda kwa UDF and UDF inalanda kwa MCP and you think MCP tingailore kuti itilande boma ife? Kuli bwino ngati zativuta tikabweze kwa mwini munda-UDF. Bill bill chiani? Ife sitisaina, Sichoncho a President? Peter ndi another Comrade Mugabe. Ndati he is not signing that BILL. I have prophecised.

7 years ago

Pitala ndiye pumbwa weni weni ndithu aaaa Amalawi masankha sankha

Zinenani Zoona
Zinenani Zoona
7 years ago

I smell a rat. The bill has to be ‘cleaned’ of what? I hope it’s not a trick to replace the approved bill with the that useless version which the DPP wanted. Parliament is suspect here. Let’s wait and see.

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