Progress Slow on Drafting FOI Legislation in Kenya

25 May 2012

Kenya’s Constitutional Implementation Commission is continuing to draft a freedom of information bill and a data protection bill, but the process is taking longer than expected.

“Too long, “ observed one person close to the process in a note to FreedomInfo.org.

Once approved by the commission, the bills must be approved by the Cabinet  and Parliament.

 There are ongoing discussions about the possibility of introducing a private members bill on freedom of information in an attempt to speed up the government efforts to table the bill in parliament.

To date, however, FOI supporters have worked with government ministries on the draft, which has been reviewed by the Kenya Law Reform Commission as is required by legislative procedures.

In January, the Implementation Commission asked for further modifications of a draft freedom of information law, according to an expert who attended the meeting. (See previous FreedomInfo.org report.)

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