Nasha lambasts Khama over Freedom of Information Bill

Nasha is unimpressed with the President's actions PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE
Nasha is unimpressed with the President's actions PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE

Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Margaret Nasha, has blasted President Ian Khama for failing to act on the Freedom of Information Bill despite the crucial legislation having been brought to Parliament four years ago.

Addressing the 20th anniversary of the Media Institute of Southern African (MISA) Botswana gala dinner over the weekend, Nasha said Khama had made promises to the nation regarding the Bill but nothing concrete had yet emerged.

“The President told the nation in his 2014 State of the Nation address that his government was in the process of preparing what they call Protection of Data Bill, after which they would publish their own version of the Bill but four years later no mention of either of the two bills,” she said.

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Implement the recommendations Mr. President

The nation is eagerly awaiting this report to have a glimpse of what the recommendations are like, possibly for further debate. Mr. President, it’s our ardent hope that true to your promises, the public will have an opportunity to peruse the report and see if it reflects their interests as the Commission went around the length and breadth of the country collecting views of the people with some choosing to write to the Commission’s...

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