FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
The Freedom of Information Act was passed by the National Assembly on 24th May 2011 and enacted into law on 28th May, 2011.
The purpose of the act is amongst other things:
- To provide easy access to public records for journalists, civil society organizations, and anyone who may request for it.
- To outline channels and procedures by which requests for information can be made.
- To protect officers who disclose such information after a request is made.
- To ensure public institutions organize and maintain all information in their custody in a manner that facilitates public access to such information.
- To ensure public institutions publish a description of their organization and responsibilities of the institution including details of the Programmes and functions of each division, branch and department of the institution.
- To protect public records and information to the extent consistent with the public interest and the protection of personal privacy.
THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT AND IMPLEMENTATION GUIDELINES
- FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, 2011
- GUIDELINES FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF FOI ACT 2013
HOW A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST IS MADE?
Requests can be made either electronically via email or via a typewritten letter indicating the information sought after, the scope, and the format in which the response is preferred.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR RESPONDING TO AN FOIA REQUEST?
Electronic requests should be channeled to the following email address:
Physical requests should be addressed to:
The Deputy Registrar
Information and Protocol Division
IS THERE A FEE FOR FOIA REQUESTS?
A fee that covers the costs for duplication of documents may be charged.
Click here to download the Freedom of Information Act 2011
Click here to download the Guidelines