Written by  Solister Mogha, Mana

Minister of Information, Gospel Kazako has promised to conduct intensive awareness on Access to Information (ATI) Act to enable Malawians access public information.

Kazako: Let's work hand in hand to create awareness on ATI Kazako: Let's work hand in hand to create awareness on ATI

Kazako made the promise in Zomba when he visited Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO) to appreciate the organization's role on community engagement and fight against women and child abuse.


The minister said though the Act came into operation in 2020, there was little demand for public information by Malawians which he cited could be due to lack of knowledge on ATI.


“The current leadership promised accountability and free access to public information and Malawians have the right to demand the information they need from any public office.


“We will therefore, as a ministry, engage various stakeholders in raising awareness about the Act,” said Kazako.


“Let me urge media houses in the country to work hand in hand with my ministry to promote the Act so that together, we fulfill the mandate of making Malawi an informed nation,” added the minister.


Kazako has since commended YONECO for implementing various programs that provide community members an opportunity to speak out their mind on social concerns affecting the children, youth and women.


He said the organization was a typical example of how the ATI Act should operate since people are allowed to seek information and be assisted accordingly.


“YONECO is doing a lot in terms of counselling the youth and women and also assisting those whose rights have been violated. The institution, which is community centered, has also made the voices of the voiceless heard.


“It is because of the approach by YONECO that programs mostly on reproductive health and gender based violence have been and are currently being implemented by players in the country,” the Minister said.


YONECO, Executive Director, McBain Mkandawire said the institution has made changes to its programming with much focus on children and women.


“We are doing a lot in terms of raising awareness on children and womens rights and we will continue doing so until we record some changes,” said Mkandawire.

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