Media owners have petitioned President Peter Mutharika to make public the ‘inconsistencies’ in the draft Access to Information Bill and to ensure that the Bill is tabled before Parliament rises this December.
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Malawi’s government ministers rejected the draft Access to Information Bill on the basis that it is filled with discrepancies.
The government’s decision to reject the bill was retrogressive and indicated a lack of political commitment, says MISA Malawi.
The Blantyre City Council says winning the 2014 Padlock Award was a wake up call and has helped them tremendously improve how they made information public.
MISA Malawi has appealed to public institutions in the country to be transparent and respect citizens’ right to know.
The Special Rapporteur on Access to Information in Africa, Pansy Tlakula, is optimistic Malawi will have ATI legislation soon.