Leonard Chiti
Leonard Chiti
Jesuit Centre for Theoretical Reflections (JCTR) Executive Director Leonard Chiti has commended Government over its recent pronouncement through Chief Government Spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga that the Access to Information (ATI) bill will be tabled before parliament for enactment as soon as Parliament reopens.

Briefing the media in Lusaka yesterday, elated Father Chiti said although Access to Information (ATI) bill enactment is long overdue is good move by Government, affirming that constant appreciation of principles and values that the Access to Information (ATI) law will uphold transparency in all economic activities as Zambia crave to hasten its social and economic development in a transparent manner.

Father Chiti was quick to mention that it was sad that the delight of many stakeholders and many citizens is short lived in Zambia as many pronouncements have been made without tangible actions to actualize them which has in turn rendered the pronouncements by Government a mere political rhetoric.

Father Chiti has since urged Chief Government Spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga to ensure that her pronouncement about the Access to Information Bill (ATI) is taken to Parliament for enactment and avoid falling in the same web with her predecessors who made similar pronouncements but never took the Bill to Parliament for enactment.

He also advised the Information Minister Kampamba Mulenga to engage stakeholders and citizens as the bill is taken to parliament for enactment.

Father Chiti however noted that in an event that the current Minister of Information and Broadcasting does not proactively engage stakeholders and citizens en-route to taking the ATI Bill for tabling in the next sitting of Parliament, the Coalition will have no choice but to mobilize Zambians and expose Government’s and specifically the current Minister’s ill intentions to delay the enactment process of the ATI Bill.

“Minister Kampamba Mulenga should ensure that she does not fall in the same web with her predecessors who made similar pronouncements but did not take the Bill to Parliament for enactment and she must engage stakeholders and citizens as the bill is taken to parliament for enactment because if she will not the Coalition will have no choice but to mobilize Zambians and expose Government’s and specifically the current Minister’s ill intentions to delay the enactment process of the ATI Bill” Father Chiti said

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    • SO Chiti is suggesting Kambwili failed and Kampamba would as well if she doesn’t make a timely announcement on Bill of Information.

      WHo on earth doe Chiti thinks he is to advise a woman who has proved VERY successful since she took over from Kambwili.

      The Government and Mulenga in particular have worked VERY hard and it is about time we give them a pat on their backs for a job well done.

      Not too hard to do is it?

      People like CHiti are mere agents hiding behind UPND. Disgusting

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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    • They need to put clear clauses that deal with those that want to produce falsehood and disseminate the same.

      Clauses that will promote freefoms with maturity in dissemination of information.

      It should only support freedom of information with responsibility.

      Freed of information, not freedom of falsehood and malice.

      We know some grips in Zambia that thrive on falsehood, and think by it they can go to statehouse.

      Freedom of information shall law, and law has never been an open cheaue, but has checks. And that is what it will be.

      Not freedom of falsehood.

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    • lungu brought this case on HH so he could divert attention of sleepy Zambians as he steals ZCCM-IH through an Israeli Shelf Company called Israeli front called SAPIR CAPITAL

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      Here’s one of the FAQ:

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      SAPIR, acting as AGENT, conducts public/private debt/equity offerings which are made available to SAPIR’s Investors who then individually determine whether they wish to invest in an offering. Thus, the amount of capital needed by the Issuer is aggregated through a “best efforts” syndication of participating Investors.

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  1. I cannot believe that this man thinks the government can do anything that benefits citizen.

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  2. Thiis is a great initiative, more needs to be done in this dept. Hon Given Lubinda when he was Min of Info made great strides in drafting the Bill, we need a real free media for all to participate equally- these are the ingredients for development as free govt media will act as a barometer for the govt depts. Great move and good objective voices have recognised this initiative! Well done guys!

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  3. Just wait until the so called Civil Society folks hear this. Expect protests on consultation!

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