PF’s failure to table freedom of Information Bill not surprising-Kaingu

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Mwandi MP and MMD vice president Michael Kaingu
Mwandi MP and MMD vice president Michael Kaingu

Opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) has described the Patriotic Front (PF) government’s failure to table the Access to Information Bill in the current session of Parliament as not surprising.

On Friday last week, during the Vice President’s question time, Guy Scott told parliament that his government regretted not bringing forth the already approved Bill but that the Bill is now due to go to a sub committee of legislation of a Cabinet after which it is expected to be ratified by Cabinet itself before the Bill is eventually tabled in Parliament.

This was contrary to what Dr. Scott had announced early this month that the PF government would table the Access to Information Bill in the current session of Parliament.

MMD vice president for politics Michael Kaingu has also described the failure by the PF government table the Bill in the current session of Parliament as one of the many failed promises the PF government has allegedly been telling the Zambian people.

Dr. Kaingu has observed that such a failure to present the Bill as was promised by the PF is a typical disadvantage of allegedly implementing socialist policies in a Democratic country.

Dr. Kaingu was speaking in an interview with Qfm.

22 COMMENTS

  1. Keep quite and shut up because you had 20 years in which you controlled parliament but you couldn’t also do it.
    i hate MMD to the born.

    I hope you are checking on your daughter wherever she is.

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    • Indeed, in 20 years MMD couldn’t. It’s easier to see mistakes when on the other side of the fence.

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    • But that is the reason we changed governments. It shouldnt take so long to bring such a bill to parliament unless you want to suppress free speech. Let’s forget about MMD and hold PF accountable to such promises.

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    • @Kafupi, is your mother still checking on who you are screwing with? What has it got to do with the FOI bill? Has Kaingu been a member of parliament under MMD for 20 years? Wasn’t Sata calling the shots in MMD as party secretary general from 1991 to 2001? Please Zambains just discuss the merits or demerits of the FOI bill. The side rubbish of 20 years is just nonsense. The MMD has been led by different people at different times. Most of the dunderheads in PF were the big wigs of the MMD’s first 10 years! Sata, Scott, Sakeni, Luo etc were the cream of Chiluba’s MMD!

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    • This moron should be ashamed of himself. He was in power and his political party was in govt from 1991 to 2011 and could not pass the freedom of information bill.

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  2. But dear, PF promised n MMD nevr did. Even if u hate MMD to the bone the truth is PF promised to do it in 90 days n this almost 2 yrs

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  3. check this:
    http://www.lusakatimes.com/2011/10/08/freedom-information-bill-tabled-parliament-90-daysvp/
    Freedom of Information bill to be tabled before Parliament within 90 days-VP
    Time Posted: October 8, 2011 9:58 am
    Vice President Guy Scott has revealed that the PF government will table the Freedom of Information bill before Parliament within 90 days. Dr Scott was speaking to Journalists at State House shortly after witnessing the swearing in of Lieutenant General Paul Mihova as Army Commander.
    —-
    Nenani Banda says:
    Government at work, 90 Days at work. VIVA PF
    Muyembe says:
    Proud of my Vice President.Donchi kubeba all the way.
    ZAMBIAN VILLAGER says:
    that is the way a nation should be managed – IN THE INTEREST OF THE CITIZENS – and NOT for PERSONAL FINANCIAL…

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  4. We ve freedom & fair coverage frm znbc which nevr hapend undr RB & Shikapwashaaaaaaa togeher with Chanda Chimbwi!Can u u imagine znbc was undr control of Mai bokosi midle finger!Wht else do we want apart frm fair coverage & access.RB evn went to encourage chimbwi’s iritatng insults aganst Sata caling him chisilu.He evn discouraged buyng The Post.Can u imagine!To day how many news papers re seling the streets of of Lsk?Its countles.So blame shud go to the root cause & lateron compare wht is prevailing in media circles as free circulation of publiction before we handle BOI.Alas whts gone wrong in mmd forgetng their own creation & blame pf.90 days was fr strategic road map then implementation wil folow later.Lets strategise together & comeup with solution.

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    • Dada
      You are obviously out of depth on what the Freedom Of Information (FOI) Bill is all about. In fact your rumbling shows that you are merely a PF useful id**t who will praise blindly even where they don’t understand a thing. FOI bill is about transparency and members of the public requesting information from Government and it’s departments. It is not about who says what on ZNBC or in th PF-Post. Besides, do you think the two journalists would have been ambushed and detained for nothing but being suspected of writing articles on the ZWD, if you had the freedom you are trying to claim under this Govt go thugs?

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  5. The PF/MMD strategy was and still is the same:

    Make a progressive announcement, do draft documents, find some excuse and stall, philibuster, create a series of stories situations and crises. When asked by donors, say that the document is in the “pipeline”. Just when the opposition and / or donors turn the screws, pull out the document and claim that you need to rework a few sections. Constitute a committee, technical working group and advisory groups and re-start the process. That should all take around 5 years.

    MCS was able to remove RB’s immunity in 3 weeks flat, get the SI55 through in a heart beat. The dilly dallying is just that. The FOI Act won’t happen till dogs master break dancing.

    Typical

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  6. The PF/MMD strategy was and still is the same: Make a progressive announcement, do draft documents, find some excuse and stall, philibuster, create a series of stories situations and crises. When asked by donors, say that the document is in the “pipeline”. Just when the opposition and / or donors turn the screws, pull out the document and claim that you need to rework a few sections. Constitute a committee, technical working group and advisory groups and re-start the process. That should all take around 5 years. MCS was able to remove RB’s immunity in 3 weeks flat, get the SI55 through in a heart beat. The dilly dallying is just that. The FOI Act won’t happen till dogs master break dancing. Typical

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  7. One argument another another!
    When are we ever gonna get something positive better off something entertaining? I would rather hear something about Zambian movies now mwe, last week was such a torture with the usual chochise, can we read something uplifting this week? Thanking you in advance!

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  8. Dr. Kanyingu??????????? When did he become a Doctor? In what?. I knew and I know this man since 1996, KOZO lodge, selling planks and cement and as well as MK sports. He has never been a Dr.

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    • Too bad. Then he wasn’t your friend. Your thought he was in your league. While he was doing all that, the man was studying and lets hope you too have made improvedd your life. Obviously he had a plan.

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  9. Someone asks you one thing and you respond with two unrelated responses. How the heck did you pass your grade 9 at this rate.

    My statement to all pf people is this: ANSWER THE QUESTION!

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  10. Fear not, the opposition is here! I’d like to imagine that some opposition MPs still exist in Parliament. That being the case, any MP is free [pronounced “Required”] to pass motions in the National Assembly. If the FOI wasn’t brought up by Dr. Scott [or PF], any other MP could have raised the issue.

    In case MPs forgot, it is their job to raise motions to be discussed. Further, if neither MP raises an issue, we as citizens have the right [pronounced “Privilege”, also “Obligation”] to raise and propose private member bills; provided we have sufficient signatures from other citizens.

    #OneZambia

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  11. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
    Why is it not possible the pass the Freedom
    of Information Bill asap? We need this Bill
    urgently, since ECZ observed that the Public
    Media was biased towards PF in bye-elections.
    We need independent public media and good
    protection for journalists. We need an end to
    silly censorship. Table it asap. We are watching.

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  12. At least PF is trying and making efforts to present it. MMD didn’t even give it a thought!

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    • This is just in! MMD is not on power any more; PF is in power now and were sworn in and charged with serving Zambia.
      What does this mean? Simple, it means that we can talk about MMD all day, all month, and all year and go absolutely nowhere. Let us learn from the past with living in it.

      #OneZambia

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