CSOs Warn Government On ATI Law
An anti-corruption advocacy grouping, National Alliance Against Serious and Organized Corruption has threatened an unspecified action if government does not operationalize the Access To Information Act.
Chairperson of the grouping Moses Mkandawire said the alliance will meet the responsible minister soon to push for the act’s use, adding something needs to be done if corrupt persons are to be easily identified.
Mkandawire said absence of the law is slowing down the fight against corruption in Malawi.
“The fight against corruption is slowing down in the absence of the law. We will discuss with the minister on the date to operationalize it, failing which we shall have unspecified action,” Mkandawire said.
He added operationalizing the law will strengthen accountability policies that will eliminate especially organized corruption.
Misa Malawi chairperson Tereza Ndanga said the ATI law will afford people opportunities and knowledge of asking informed questions of different issues.
“This law will help not only journalists but also all Malawians. It will assist people to get all the information they need, be it in councils and all government institutions which will assist in asking informed questions,” said Ndanga.
Government spokesperson Mark Botoman declined commenting on the the threat by NAASOC.
The anti-corruption alliance says corruption in the country is at all levels, citing among others conflict of interest, embezzlement and illegal gratuities as most common forms of corrupt practices used.