By: Thula Chisamba
It has been revealed that corrupt public civil servants who are misusing tax payers money in Malawi find refuge in the Official Secrets Act.
The Act, which was created deliberately, bars any public official from leaking official secret information to the general public.
According to information made available to The Malawi Star, some section of public servants made it clear that they are restricted from leaking any public secret.
“We cannot give you information because we are strictly told not to do so,” said a government minister who opted for anonymity.
Another official who is working at the treasury echoed the latter saying cashgate could have not been revealed if some private businessmen were not involved. He also added that the plan to loot public funds was a secret which was only shared to those who were loyal to their masters.
“If you want to disseminate information to the public, this act should be abolished otherwise, forget about justice in Malawi,” he said.
Media organizations in Malawi have asked authorities to pass Access to Information Bill into a law.
However, government officials are not willing to pass the bill as they have rejected it some time back during the Parliamentary seating.
This publication got hold of a copy which has explained that even if ATI bill is to be passed in the Legislatures house, access to public information will still be denied. The move has angered Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi chapter President Thom Khanje.
“If it is still inferior to the Official Secrets Act, then it’s useless to make ATI bill into law,” said Khanje.
For the past two years, billions of Kwachas were plundered by top government official but only less than K500 million has been recove