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Parliamentarians passed the bill two months ago Parliamentarians passed the bill two months ago Image sourced at malawivoice.com

Malawi Leader Accused Of Ignoring Pertinent Bill

Written by  Written By CFM Reporter Feb 13, 2017

Malawi President Peter Mutharika is coming under fire for ignoring the Access to Information (ATI) Bill.

Parliament passed the bill last year in December after a heated debate between opposition and government legislators.

Apart from the long awaited ATI legislators also passed the National parks and wild life act and the Land Bill which also sparked debate among the citizenry.

The move has raised questions by the masses who continue accusing Mutharika of purportedly ignoring it.

This assumption is coming over comments he made saying there are a few areas contained in the bill that he is uncomfortable with.

Mutharika is quoted in the media saying that he would snub the ATI if provisions about applying the law retrogressively and barring future parliamentarians from amending it were not going to be reviewed.

Though the ATI was submitted together with other bills, eager Malawians are to wait 20 days before knowing whether it’s been endorsed or not.

It was only submitted to Mutharika in the first week of February.

Leonard Mengezi who is Parliamentary spokesperson, confirmed the submission of the bill adding that it is currently being reviewed at the ministry of justice.

Mengezi adds that the delay is because the ATI was sent late to the President.

If assented to by the Malawi leader, citizens will be allowed to demand and receive important information held by the government as part of promoting accountability and good governance.

Last modified on Monday, 13 February 2017 10:49

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