Legislation: Freedom of Information Law a Game-Changer

Image result for Legislation: Freedom of Information law a game-changerKenya’s freedom of Information Bill will allow ordinary citizens to access state-held information, like for example how money is being spent in public domains such as schools, hospitals, police stations and government offices. The approach guarantees that good leadership and efficient/accountable use of public funds will not be entirely dependent on public officials. Citizens can now provide insights by having the power to ask for and review information. The new regulation also calls for proper record keeping by public institutions. Initially, public administrators were not compelled to document, provide or store information. Further, the law advocates for civic education as the citizens’ role to play, so that persons can comprehend the limitations to what can be shared. Classified data, like for example

information relating to the country’s defense department, can’t be routinely disseminated since it is not in the public interest to release it. However, developing nations across the globe can utilize the above mentioned law to restrict abuse of office/resources.




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