Kenya passes long-awaited Access to Information Law

President Uhuru Kenyatta [Photo: Bellanaija]

Kenya has passed the long-awaited Access to Information law, drawing praises from the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

The OGP praised the East African country as well as its civil society for working hard to get the law passed.

“This bill is an important commitment in Kenya’s 2nd National Action Plan and is part of a larger set of initiatives to enable effective and accountable government in Kenya,” the OGP said in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES.

Commenting on the bill, Maureen Kariuki, OGP’s Regional Civil Society Coordinator for Africa and the Middle East said, “by providing greater access and transparency to government decision-making, Kenya’s Access to Information Act will further strengthen the essential bond between citizens and government.

“This was a flagship commitment in the recently approved second Kenya OGP National Action Plan, and will help Kenyan citizens access vital information about how the country is run”.

OGP CEO Sanjay Pradhan added, “this bill has been in the works for many years now and we are delighted that Kenyan reformers in government and civil society have come together to pass this vital law.”

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