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Malawi Human Rights Commission ready to oversee ATI Bill affairs

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The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has said it is ready to intervene over breaches of human rights as stipulated in the Access to Information Bill.

The statement comes two days after Minister of Information, Communications and Technology, Malison Ndau, told Parliament that the MHRC had refused to take up the role because it is pre-occupied with its present responsibilities.

MHRC Chairperson, Justin Dzonzi, said in an interview yesterday that the commission agreed to play the role of an overseer during the drafting of the bill, and is ready for its implementation.

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“We gave our official position to Parliament and we provided the necessary information when we were consulted during the formulation of the bill. We are ready to act as an overseer over affairs regarding human rights in relation to the bill. We will just look up to the government to provide us with the resources so that we can serve Malawians,” Dzonzi said.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, cabinet ministers had a tough time in the House as they tried in vain to frustrate passing of the bill. But the opposition used its numeric strength to give Malawians a bill that they had waited for during the past 12 years.

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