Chief Government, Spokesperson Chushi Kasanda has revealed that Cabinet has agreed to a roadmap leading to the enactment of the Access to Information Bill by June 2023.
Giving an update on the decisions made by Cabinet at its meeting held on Monday, in a statement yesterday, Kasanda said the government wants to ensure that adequate consultations are undertaken with all stakeholders so that the access to information law is enacted as planned.
“The President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr Hakainde Hichilema, on Monday, 6th February 2023, called for the Second Cabinet Meeting in the Year 2023, at State House to deliberate on policy and legislative matters aimed at improving the general living standards for the people through enhanced service delivery. The following were the decisions made: Access to Information Bill Cabinet agreed to the roadmap leading to the enactment of the Access to Information Bill by June 2023, the process of which has been embarked upon by Government, and the genesis of which dates back to the 1990s, when the country transitioned to multiparty politics,” she stated.
“It is in the interest of Government to ensure that adequate consultations are undertaken with all stakeholders, so that as planned, the access to information law is enacted in order to enhance access to public information. In view of the fight waged by the current administration, against corruption, Cabinet 1s fully aware that the enactment of the Bill is also expected to enhance the fight against corruption and support efforts towards rational utilization of public resources”, Kasanda said.