27 October 2012

Activists in Zambia remain hopeful that an access to information law will be tabled in parliament

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (Zambia) Chapter reportedly remains optimistic that the government will fulfill its promise to table an access to information law in parliament.

The bill was initially scheduled to be unveiled on 26 June this year but was postponed by the government the day before.

Nalumino Nalumino, MISA Zambia acting chairperson, in an interview with Times of Zambia on 26 October, stated that "the media fraternity was optimistic that the Government still had the political will to enact the law considering the milestone achievement to allow the media to launch the Zambia Media Council (ZAMEC)", the formation of which was delayed by over three years under the former government.

The Minister for Information has apologised that the government was unable to table the bill during the opening session of parliament, due to other more pressing matters, such as the budget.