Mozambique Legislation Environment: Parliament approves Right to Information Act, at last!

 Parliament approves Right to Information Act, at last!

Parliament approves Right to Information Act, at last!

The Mozambique Parliament has approved, on Wednesday (26), unanimously and definitively in the first day of fifth Session which runs until 05 December, the draft of the Right to Information Act, which requires public and private institutions to dispose all information considered of public interest and domain in order to make it accessible to citizens without any damage, except in cases provided by law.

Alfredo Gamito, the president of the Civil Service Commission and Local Government, said that the Right to Information Act is the result of a long work of the members that are part of this committee.

The reference device “regulates the exercise of the right to information, the materialization of the constitutional principle of permanent democratic participation of citizens in public life and the related fundamental rights guaranteed”.

This is a bill approved in general in August, and was shelved for eight years in the parliament, after being submitted by MISA Mozambique.

In light of this standard, public and private entities are required to provide information regarding business plans, annual budgets, activity reports and audit, inspection, investigations, surveys, environmental assessment reports, minutes of any award competitions public, concluded contracts and the related income and expenses, among other useful information for citizens.

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