2 February 2007

Zambia: State Awaits Stakeholders Input in FOI Bill

GOVERNMENT has circulated to all stakeholders questionnaires on how to improve the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill, which it withdrew from Parliament last year.

Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, Vernon Mwaanga, said after the input by stakeholders, the bill would be submitted to the Minister of Justice, George Kunda, so that he could scrutinise it and see how best the law could apply in Zambia in relation to countries where a similar legislature was already in existence.

Mr Mwaanga, who is chief Government spokesperson, said in response to a follow-up question on his ministerial statement to the House by Monze MP, Jack Mwiimbu (UPND), who wanted to know when Government would reintroduce the bill in Parliament.

"I deliberately left out this issue in my statement, but now that it has been asked, let me state here that we have now circulated questionnaires to all stakeholders on how we can improve on the FOI bill after which we shall present it to the ministry of Justice for scrutiny.

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