Zambian FOI Bill to Be Offered in 2013, Minister Says

24 December 2012

A key Zambian minister has promised that a freedom of information bill will be presented to Parliament in the first quarter of 2013, according to a newspaper report.

Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, Kennedy Sakeni, made the comment during a trip to see the Northern Province Permanent Secretary, Hlobotha Nkunika, in Kasama, the Lusaka Times reported.

The Zambia government on June 25 postponed a planned June 26 unveiling of a freedom of information bill, citing scheduling difficulties in getting approval for the bill by the Attorney General. The bill has been developed by a task force of government and non-government representatives. (See previous FreedomInfo.org report.)

Media Institute of Southern Africa (Zambia) Chapter acting chairperson Nalumino Nalumino in October said he remains optimistic that the Patriotic Front (PF) Government will propose a promised FOI bill. (See previous FreedomInfo.org report.)

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