MHRC outlines roadmap for Access to Information  ACT implementation

The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has outlined a roadmap on how it plans to implement the Access to Information (ATI) Act that President Peter Mutharika assented to last month.

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The Act, it is believed, will go a long way in helping to promote principles of transparency and accountability – both of which are catalysts for good governance and development.

In a statement seen by Nyasa Times, MHRC commends the government, development partners, the media, civil society organisations and all other stakeholders that played a role in developing and shaping the law.

According to the statement, the Commission says it has the ability to play its designated role and mandate as provided for in the Act.

Among others, MHRC plans to “hold a tripartite meeting with the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Information and Civic Education to share notes and agree on working modalities.”

Reads the statement in part: “The Commission is aware that Malawians have waited for a long time for the enactment of this bill. The Commission is further cognizant of the fact that success in the implementation of the act hinges on effective and thorough ground work to be undertaken with a broad cross section of stakeholders in government and among non-state actors. Together, we will accomplish the ideals for which this law has been enacted.”

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