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Stakeholders punch holes in ATI law

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IM Swedish Regional Director Dalitso Kubalasa has called for inclusive partnerships for effective operationalisation of Access to Information (ATI) and Public Finance Management (PFM) laws.

“We need to strategically charm duty-bearers to proactively disclose public information and build trust for a win-win scenario.” he said.

He said this at a stakeholders’ engagement meeting which Centre for Social Accountability and Transparency (Csat) organised to sensitise people to the importance of operationalising legislation.

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It is now a year after President Lazarus Chakwera committed to seeing to it that the ATI law was operationalised to give democracy a new lease of life.

However, Csat Executive Director Willy Kambwandira said, despite gazetting the ATI law, citizens continue to struggle to enjoy access to public information.

“The culture of secrecy by some public officers is crippling the successful implementation of the access to information law,” he said.

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He urged the Malawi Human Rights Commission, Ministry of information and Ministry of Finance to see to it that the ATI law was operationalised.

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