This year’s International Day for Universal Access to Information Day (IDUAI) commemorated annually on 28 September comes at a timely moment for Zimbabwe to enact a democratic access to information law following the gazetting of the country’s Freedom of Information Bill.
Zimbabwe should, therefore, seize this moment by ensuring that provisions of the Freedom of Information Bill which seeks to foster the exercise and enjoyment of the right to access information, are in sync with Sections 61 and 62 of the Constitution which provide for media freedom, freedom of expression and access to information.
Fundamentally, this Bill should also meet regional and international benchmarks, and as set out in the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights’ Model Law on Access to Information.
The gazetting of the Bill which has since been subjected to public hearings for input by members of the public and civic society organisations imposes immense national responsibility on the government and parliament to do the right thing. Read more