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ATI Vital to Track Public Resources

Chamambala Chamambala - pic by Christopher Sande

Non state actors in Lower Shire have indicated that the availability of Access to Information (ATI) Act provides a huge platform for citizens to take to task duty bearers on the utilization of public resources in order to achieve sustainable development.

Chikwawa NICE Public Trust Coordinator Joseph Chamambala told Zodiak   on Wednesday afternoon after MISA Malawi briefed NGOs on ATIA that for instance in the past, office bearers were misusing development funds and implementing substandard projects because people were lacking information to make necessary follow ups.

"Honestly this law has come at right time. I believe that the availability of Access to Information law is an opportunity for citizens to take duty bearers to task," said Chamambala.

He then called on citizens to utilize the law in demanding their right to accessing information in a responsible manner.

MISA Malawi Chairperson Tereza Ndanga has since asked non-governmental organisations in Lower shire to popularize the new law so that people should start demanding information from public offices.

Ndanga added that apart from demanding for information, the ATI law expects public offices to be proactive to make sure that the country attains meaningful development.

"The law is now operational, so Malawians may begin to demand information for them to enjoy their different rights," said Ndanga.

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