A group of stakeholders says it will study the Access to Information (ATI) bill to see if the intended purpose has been met.
The ATI coalition in a statement issued on Thursday, indicated that the intended purpose of an access to information law was to allow members of the public to access public documents that affected them and the nation at large.
The coalition, through Executive Director at Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR), Alex Muyebe, said that it would like the access to information law to embrace principles of maximum disclosure, limited scope of exceptions, and public interest to mention but a few.
“The intended purpose of an Access to Information Law is to allow members of the public to access public documents that affect them and the nation at large.” Alex stated.
“Therefore, the Access to Information coalition will study the Bill to see if the intended purpose has been met and will give a more comprehensive statement in the coming week,” Muyebe stated.
The coalition believed that the most important thing was not just to have an access to information law in Zambia, but also to have an access to information law whose content reflected the will and aspirations of the Zambian people.
The coalition stated that zambian people would have liked to have a law that met all the global and regional framework on the right to access to information.
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