Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga told journalists this morning that his ministry will not go ahead with plans to launch the bill tomorrow.
He said government is still consulting stakeholders but was quick to say this was not a way of buying time as did the MMD government when it withdrew the Bill from parliament giving the same reason as the PF.
Initially, the bill was supposed to be launched last week but government postponed it to this week citing the absence of Information Minister Fackson Shamenda.
Two weeks ago, Amos Malupenga met some donors in his office. When they promised that they have money for the project, Malupenga told them that infact the Freedom of Information Bill would be lauched a week later.
Apparently Malupenga lied as there were no such plans and the hasty plans are being put in place now. That is what is causing the postponments. Malupenga made the announcement without consulting the politicians who are now putting him under pressure.