President Edgar Lungu’s retrogressive thinking on enacting the Access to Information Law has continued receiving condemnation including diplomatic opposition.
The latest challenge comes from US Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz. Schultz who could not be as frontal as local opposers in his condemnation simply explained the main purpose of enacting the Access to Information Law. He said the main aim is to give the average Zambian citizen access to government information and the ability to hold government accountable.
Speaking when he featured on a special interview on QFM yesterday, Schultz noted the Zambian Access to Information Bill is similar to the US Freedom of Information Act which made a big difference when it was enacted.
Schultz said enacting the Access to Information Bill into law will help create an open society in Zambia like the situation is in the United States where people could petition to get information directly from the government.
Schultz said that it is important the enactment of the Access to Information Bill is separated from discussions of what is classified information and what is the correct professional behavior for Zambian Journalists.
And Schultz hailed the Zambian media for being fearless, open and active.